Pandor Challenges ICT Industry to Engage with Government

Delivering the keynote at the Cisco Connect South Africa conference in Sun City, Pandor said government had been intrigued by the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – introduced in January 2016 by the WEF's Klaus Schwab – and deliberations were happening in Cabinet to ensure the country was not left behind.

The minister stressed the opportunities that technology and innovation offered to the country on both the economic and social levels, including agriculture, education, communication, commerce and healthcare.

Twitter Praises for Anti-Corruption Drive

Twitter users have welcomed the Gauteng Political Report delivered by Premier David Makhura in the Legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Makhura announced that disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against 125 government officials allegedly involved in financial misconduct.

Former Congress of South Africa Trade Union Secretary –General, Zwelinzima Vavi ‏says, “Listening to #GPPoliticalReport, good progress being registered. How I wish similar advances were made in all provinces.”

Sexualised Violence in the National Debate

Cross-Border Observations from India and South Africa

In early 2013, two young women were brutally gang-raped and murdered in different parts of the world: Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old from India and 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Both cases received uncharacteristic attention but what were the dynamics and specific factors and circumstances that propelled them into national and international prominence and can unpacking this influence the development of enhanced strategies to tackling endemic violence against women?

Zambia to Review Controversial NGO Law

The Zambian government says it is in the process of reviewing the controversial Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Act of 2009 to enhance civil society organisations’ (CSOs) participation in public affairs.

Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister, Harry Kalaba, says that Government is doing everything possible to ensure that laws that promote freedom are enacted or repealed if they did not meet the aspirations of citizens.

South African National AIDS Council: Campaigns Manager

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) brings together government, civil society and the private sector to create a collective response to the scourges of HIV, TB and STIs in South Africa. The Council is chaired by the Deputy President of South Africa and meets four times per year.

SANAC seeks to appoint a Campaigns Manager, based in Pretoria.

This is a three year performance-based contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance.


Shadow Report Reveals that Gauteng DSD’s Funding of Shelters is Inadequate

The Minimum Standards on Shelters for Abused Women recognises that ‘shelters represent an absolutely critical point of crisis intervention’ and places a duty on the Department of Social Development to ensure that shelter interventions are able to meet basic needs and provide support, counselling and skills development to women. In order to deliver quality services however, shelters must have adequate resources.

Government Broadband Tender Cancelled

Broadband for all in South Africa has hit a snag as bidding for government’s first phase of its 'Connect' project has been cancelled, according to a tender bulletin update.

The tender, which was headed up by the telecommunications and postal services ministry, was originally divided in two phases.

Phase one was allocated R1.5bn and was expected to connect 6 235 government facilities in eight district municipalities. Phase two was subsequently planned to connect 35 211 facilities in another 44 disctrict municipalities by 2020.

Police Patrol Harare

At least six Zimbabwe activists were abducted and beaten up Friday ahead of a planned protest in Harare against President Robert Mugabe's government, a protest leader told AFP.

Riot police were on patrol in the capital to prevent crowds gathering after civil action groups vowed to hold the first anti-government protest in several weeks.

Frustration at Zimbabwe's economic collapse under the authoritarian regime of Mugabe, 92, has triggered a series of protests this year, with security forces often beating up demonstrators.

Power Corrupts, but Power Without Status Corrupts Absolutely

“The total drain of corruption on South Africa’s economy is estimated in the hundreds of billions of rands per year or 10 percent to 25 percent of gross domestic products (GDP). Auditor-general reports of unauthorised, irregular, and fruitless / wasteful spending found roughly R15-billion in 2009 and R26-billion misspent today.” - As stated by a December 2011 paper, ‘The Cost of Public Corruption in Democratic South Africa’, by the Money and Politics Project of the Open Society Foundation (MAPP) for South Africa.


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