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Summit to Change Face of ICT in SA

The information and communication technology (ICT) summit in Bloemfontein is trying to fast-track access to information by South Africans.
 
Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, says good progress is being made, adding that: "We are told as a country that we are at 48.7 percent … that also relates to the Free State and Limpopo is at 32 percent, with Gauteng at 59 percent and the Western Cape leading."
 

WEF Gets Underway in Cape Town

The World Economic Forum on Africa which takes place in Cape Town this year, has already attracted over 1 000 participants from more than 75 economies.
 
Three heads of state including President Jacob Zuma are expected to address delegates and this year's meeting will focus on 10 global challenges of the World Economic Forum.
 

Child Protection Still a Challenge in SA

According to Gilles Virgili, violence is widespread in South African society to the extent that the country has been described as having the highest prevalence of violence in the world.
 
In her article titled ‘Unaccompanied migrant children fall through cracks of Child Protection’, Virgili states that violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination affect women, girls and boys across all social strata in South Africa, greatly reducing their safety and security and at the same time limiting opportunities for development.
 

UN to Raise Funds for Zim’s Development

The United Nations (UN) plans to raise $1.6 billion from donors to improve agriculture, food security, health and governance in Zimbabwe between the years 2016-2020.
 
According to a UN resident coordinator in Zimbabwe, Bishow Palajuli, the global agency had raised US$1.64 billion for its Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF), which started in 2012 and ends this year and is now seeking to do the same for the next four year period.
 

FPB Not Aiming to Censor Internet Usage

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has refuted rumours that its Draft Online Regulation Policy will censor Internet usage in South Africa.
 
The FPB says the proposed regulations are to ensure that commercial media distributions do not publish or promote illegal material such as pornography, violence and hate speech outside of the guidelines.
 
Advocacy group, Right2Know, argues that the draft policy - Draft Policy on Online Regulations - is too vague and open ended to understand who exactly will fall within the limitations of the proposed regulations.

COSATU Slams New e-Toll Dispensation

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has rejected the latest revised e-toll tariffs.
 
COSATU says it will be going back to the streets to campaign against the system, which it believes is a form of privatisation of public goods.
 
COSATU acting general secretary, Bheki Ntsalintsali, says the revised tariffs are meant to deceive road users. "The question of e-tolls being made cheaper for now, we feel it would be made expensive later, this is a sugar-coated pill."
 

Call to Delay New Immigration Regulations

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) has asked the Department of Home Affairs to delay implementing the requirement of an unabridged birth certificate to fly with children.

In a press statement, the organisation’s chief executive officer, Frans Cronjé, warns that the ‘onerous’ new travel regulations‚ which come into effect within a month‚ will harm South Africa’s tourism industry.

TAC Warns SA’s Health System is ‘Falling Apart’

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says the shortage of critical medicines at health facilities cannot go unnoticed any longer.

The TAC's Anele Yawa says some patients in KwaZulu-Natal have reported going for a month without their antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and other chronic medications.

The organisation further says there is a shortage of ARVs and other medication such as painkillers in the country particularly in KwaZulu-Natal which has the second highest number of people on ARVs after Gauteng.

e-Tolls Here to Stay, Says Ramaphosa

South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the unpopular user-pays e-toll system is here to stay - but fees will be cut in half.

Ramaphosa, who announced that a monthly cap for light motor vehicles will be reduced from R450 to R225, says that e-toll fees will be linked to licence renewals – so that motorists cannot get their car discs unless they have paid their e-toll bills.

In announcing the revised e-tolls repayment method, Ramaphosa confirmed that the e-tolls are here to stay and that all the previously unpaid bills will have to be settled.

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