Lungu’s Proposal Supported by NGOs

Two non-governmental organisations based in Livingstone have welcomed First Lady Esther Lungu’s proposal for the private sector to help set up maternal centres for teenage mothers in the country.

Southern Province coordinator for Poverty Reduction Education Programme, Gift Lwembe, says the idea needs the support of all stakeholders.

Lwembe has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that the proposed teenage maternal centres will improve the lives of young mothers who often lack knowledge and income to support their children.

Mugabe Urged to Thank NGOs

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says President Robert Mugabe should stop attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have kept the country afloat over the past 16 years of social and economic turmoil and, rather, commend them for covering up ‘your’ mess.

The MDC party led by Welshman Ncube was day responding to the veteran leader's utterances at African Union summit in Ethiopian, as well as upon his return at the Harare International Airport, when he denounced NGOs operating in the country.

Govt Lose Faith in its Own Policies: IRR

When it comes to employment equity‚ national government departments need to play catch-up with their provincial and local government counterparts.

So do parastatals‚ according to the Institute for Race Relations (IRR)‚ where 59.4 percent top managers are black-African.

National government’s figure is worse at 54.9 percent while provincial and local government can boast 73.8 percent and 75.7 percent respectively.

NGO Suspends Executive Director

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu has been suspended as the executive director of her parents’ legacy foundation, only weeks after tying the knot.

The board of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation met and unanimously, and quietly, decided to suspend Tutu.

It had threatened to resign en masse if action was not taken to ameliorate the implications of Tutu’s marriage to, Professor Marceline van Furth, a professor with links to her parents’ foundation.

What About the Women?

The 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA) yielded no surprises when President Jacob Zuma failed to single out South African women as a vulnerable group, much less present reforms constructed to address injustices against women.

The SONA is meant to set out the government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead, which is the basis for executive action during that calendar year. These objectives inform budget allocation and service delivery and they should affect the realisation of women's rights and impact on their social and economic position.

Malawi’s Anti-Gay Law Back in Force Again

Malawi’s country’s government, which is heavily reliant on support from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Western aid money, had previously confirmed that it would no longer arrest people for same-sex sexual acts - an agreement first laid out in 2012 after a prolonged campaign.

When two men were arrested on gay sex grounds in December, Malawi’s Justice Minister has stepped in to quash the case and impose a ‘moratorium’ on gay sex convictions.

NGOs Urged to Work With State

Tanzanian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country have been urged to cooperate fully with the government during the implementation of their various activities so that they can bring real development to the community.

The call was made here by the chairperson of the National Board for Coordination of NGOs, Rukia Masasi, when its members had an audience with Singida region NGO leaders in a fact finding mission on various activities being implemented by the organisations.

ZANU-PF Urged to Stop Attacking NGOs

Zimbabwe’s opposition parties and political analysts have urged ZANU-PF to be consistent and desist from attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs), saying this creates unnecessary hostility in the face of need.

Opposition parties urged the government not to create unnecessary acrimony after a spirited campaign by the ruling party to lampoon NGOs.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, points out that: “Needless to state non-governmental organisations, as usual, will have to come onto the scene in order to provide food to the starving millions in the villages and towns.”

Ses'khona March in Solidarity With Zuma

Ses'khona People's Rights Movement says people must recognise that Jacob Zuma is not only the African National Congress (ANC) leader but also the country's President and must be given due respect.

Thousands of people from the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathered Keizersgracht Street in the Cape Town central business district CBD to stand in solidarity with the President Zuma.

This comes after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has promised to disrupt Zuma's speech once more if he does not tell the nation why he fired Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister.

SANRAL Warned Over ‘Rent-A-Thug’ Tactic

The latest tactic adopted by the South African Roads Agency (SANRAL) of appointing a debt collection firm to ‘hound’ people for payment of e-tolls could well backfire on it‚ Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) cautions.

The organisation joins the Automobile Association (AA) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) – formerly known as the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance – in condemning threatening SMS messages being sent to motorists.


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