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Is Service Delivery Protest a Meaningful Act of Expression or An Act that Can Just Be Switched Off?

After twenty two years of democracy and 20 years of the Constitution becoming effective; some parts of society in South Africa resort to the use of protests to get their voices heard. It is of concern that these protests are also joined by young people whom the future of this country requires them to be actively involved in equipping themselves with knowledge and skills to be able to engage and be active citizens in the running of the country. A question to be asked is – are these actions a desperate measure to polarise public opinion; are they effective in getting politicians to act?

Court to Hear R2K Applications on Key Points

The High Court in Johannesburg will hear an application for a list of South Africa’s National Key Points to be made public.

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the SA History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, says in 2012, a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points, but it was refused.

MSF Opens Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a humanitarian-aid non-governmental organisation, initiates an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.

According to a report published in PLOS Medicine, MSF has made the data clinical and research staff collect, freely available online – marking the first time a medical humanitarian organisation has fashioned a policy to openly share its data.

Wits Centre to Tackle Obesity

Professor Shane Norris from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Developmental Pathways for Health Unit has launched Action: the Africa Centre for Obesity Prevention.
The centre, which will provide information and research on the growing obesity epidemic across Africa, aims to communicate to the public how to lose weight‚ stay healthy and combat the confusion that reigns around what to eat and what not to eat.

Norris explained that it was tricky to shed kilos and keep them off because the body is programmed to keep weight on or return to the person’s higher weight.

Right2Know Campaign: National Administrator

The Right2Know Campaign is an umbrella group of organisations and activists campaigning to advance the free flow of information in South Africa.

The Campaign seeks to appoint a qualified financial administrator as National Administrator.

The National Administrator should have a minimum of three years relevant experience to provide administrative and bookkeeping support to our national and provincial structures.

This is a full-time positionbased in Salt River, Cape Town.

Salary: R13 400 per month before tax.

Responsibilities:

Right2Know Campaign: Right to Communicate Organiser

The Right2Know Campaign is an umbrella group of organisations and activists campaigning to advance the free flow of information in South Africa.

The Campaign seeks to appoint a Right to Communicate Organiser to support its campaigns for media freedom, diversity and access to telecommunications - the Right to Communicate.

With limited budget of R12 000 a month R2K will consider appointing someone either full-time, part-time or on a retainer – depending on the successful candidate’s skill, knowledge and experience.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Internship

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information, is committed to empowering people around the world with trusted information and free legal assistance.

TrustLaw Connect is the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono service that connects NGOs and social enterprises with the best law firms around the world. Launched in 2010, TrustLaw Connect has grown to include over 1 500 members in 145 countries. Our mission is to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide to drive social change.

NGO Stresses Need for Access to Information

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has bemoaned the current state of access to information in Africa, citing the negative impact the glaring lack of information is having on the citizenry.

This observation was made during the ongoing NGO Forum of the 51st Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) in the Gambian capital of Banjul.

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2010

SANGONeT is currently compiling its 2010 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.

The Calendar, to be released in December 2009, will cover a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues.

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