Diaspora, NGO Remittances Decline 16 Percent

Remittances - of both Diaspora and non-governmental organisations flows - into Zimbabwe fell 16 percent in the first quarter to US$192.9 million against US$231.4 million recorded in the same period a year ago.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the slowdown is attributed to slow recovery in global and regional economic activity while the stronger United States dollar also meant that remittances from countries such as South Africa would have a much lower value if converted.

​Outcry Over Ban of LGBT Groups From AIDS Summit

Human rights advocates from major Western nations and organisations are protesting against a United Nations decision to bar 22 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) affiliated groups from taking part in a high-level United Nations AIDS conference next month.
Because the 193-member U.N. General Assembly operates by consensus, the countries calling for the ban - Russia, Tanzania and 52 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – are not required to give an explanation.

​NGOs Welcomes the Withdrawal of NPRC

Zimbabwean non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have welcomed the withdrawal of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Bill from Parliament following MPs' adverse report.
Both the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) and Heal Zimbabwe say the development is an opportunity for people's concerns to be factored into the proposed law.

​NGOs Slam Govt Over Nuclear Deadline

Two leading environmental organisations, Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI), say government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.
The two organisations argue that Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.

​Malawi NGO Board to Have Policy

The NGO Board of Malawi which was established under the NGO Board Act will soon have an act which will be guiding activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Malawi.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, disability and social welfare (MoGDCSW) who is also chairperson of the Steering committee on the formulation of the policy, Dr Mary Shaba, has confirmed about the consultation process on the NGO Policy.

​Madonsela to be Honoured for Fighting Corruption

Reports say that South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, who took on President Jacob Zuma over the use of taxpayers' money to upgrade his home, will be awarded the prestigious prize for her commitment to fighting corruption.

As the public protector, Madonsela has worked tirelessly to protect the public from corruption and incompetence by government institutions and officials.

She will be awarded the German Africa Foundation's annual prize for exceptional contributions to promoting peace, democracy and human rights.

SANRAL Criticised Over e-Toll Summons

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (SANRAL) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls.

The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, says SANRAL employed attorneys with ‘virtual offices’ in contravention of Magistrates Court rules.

​NGOs 'Devils in a Sheep Skin' - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma’s son has warned South Africans to guard against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are ‘devils in a sheep skin’.

In a press statement, Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, echoed sentiments made by State Security Minister David Mahlobo in his budget vote speech.

Mahlobo reportedly told MPs that, “Not everybody is our friend. The forces that are opposed to us are hard at work. Our NGOs play an important part in South Africa, but there are those who work to destabilise the state."

​Mahlobo Slams NGOs and ‘Foreign Forces’

State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, says that there are South Africans and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who are collaborating with foreign forces to destabilise the country.

Mahlobo points out that, "Not everybody is our friend. The forces that are opposed to us are hard at work. Our NGOs play an important part in South Africa, but there are those who work to destabilise the state."

He says they knew who they were and that the government would not be shy in dealing with them.


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