The Strategic Studies Group of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has held its inaugural meeting in Lusaka with delegates calling on governments to invest in indigenous human capital and institutions on the continent.
ACBF executive secretary, Emmanuel Nnadozie, says Africa is at the centre of an investment boom that countries on the continent should grasp and take advantage of to enhance economic development.
Professor Nnadozie said the continent should focus on infrastructure development to ensure that investments being attracted find a conducive environment to thrive.
To read the article titled, “NGO urges State to invest in human capital,” click here.Source:Daily Mail
- African Vision Research Institute (AVRI)Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Monday, August 12, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
AVRI seeks to appoint a Research Officer, based in Durban.
The Research Officer will provide research and technical support to the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) on all eye health research activities.
- Provide technical support to all AVRI activities;
- Coordinate research project activities;
- Supervise field research activities and conduct data checks;
- Conduct, monitor and evaluate research activities;
- Oversee the data collection, recording and reporting to ensure that the appropriate and correct data is collected and recorded;
- Coordinate and conduct/ supervise data entry into research data bases;
- Assist in the write-up of research protocols, reports and articles for publications;
- Assist with ethical approval applications;
- Facilitate communication with research partners and collaborating institutions;
- Submit monthly project reports.
- A Masters Degree (Health or Social Sciences) with a minimum of two years or equivalent work experience in research-related programmes;
- Experience in conducting and overseeing research;
- Data collection and supervision experience;
- Communication and managerial skills;
- Ability to speak English;
- Verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to develop and maintain close relationships with various stakeholders;
- Ability to mobilise resources to ensure programme activities are implemented;
- Multi-tasking skills;
- Problem solving skills;
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
- Dependable and detail-oriented;
- Personal and professional maturity and judgment.
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Enquiries: Dr Jyoti Jaggernath or Mrs Janine Parsons: Tel 031 202 3811.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.
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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, remains under pressure from two non-government organisations (NGOs) that are demanding that she improve the education system.
SECTION27 - which fought her on the non-delivery of textbooks to schools last year, especially in Limpopo - now wants her to ensure that desks and chairs are provided for 200 000 pupils in the province.
The NGO is also monitoring the department's efforts to improve sanitation at schools after 414 were found to be in urgent need of ablution facilities.
To read the article titled, “More woes for Angie,” click here.Source:Times Live
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says a re-draft of the norms and standards for school infrastructure will take at least six months to complete.
Two weeks ago, Motshekga pointed out that, "The South African government is a democracy that requires all involved and interested in education to have ample time to make input to the final regulations."
At that time, the Equal Education (EE) group says it was taking her to court for allegedly breaching an agreement to publish the document by 15 May 2013. The matter was to be heard in the Bisho High Court on 11 July 2013.
To read the article titled, “Re-draft will take six months,” click here.Source:News24
Transport Minister, Ben Martins, says e-tolling is needed to pay for and maintain infrastructure critical to South Africa's future economic growth.
Addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Martins pointed out that, “The South African economy requires infrastructure to develop and grow, create jobs and to fight the scourge of unemployment and inequality."
He was speaking during the debate on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, which is necessary before e-tolling can take place in Gauteng or anywhere else.
To read the article titled, “E-tolls needed for infrastructure,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says her department is yet to receive notifications about textbook shortages in Limpopo.
This after the South African Democratic Teachers Union, SECTION27, including the Democratic Alliance, say they have received reports from various schools in the recent weeks, indicating they have yet to receive textbooks, two months is into the new academic year.
Another challenge that had been raised by SECTION27 was that of infrastructure in the province, which Motshekga admitted that it is a widespread challenge.
To read the article titled, “Limpopo quiet on textbooks,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Equal Education says pupils at public schools should be guaranteed minimum standards of education.
In a press statement, the organisation says that it is taking legal action against Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to compel her to put into practice basic "norms and standards" for all pupils in public schools.
It maintains: “Motshekga’s argument against implementing norms and standards is based on a misconception of the right to basic education."
To read the article titled, “Education NGO takes on minister,” click here.Source:News24
South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders.
The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in Mozambique.
The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide setting up of efficient and cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, information and communication technology and transport.
To read the article titled, “Southern Africa: SA welcomes SADC Infrastructure Plan,” click here.Source:All Africa
The future of 32 NGOs is uncertain after the City of Joburg kicked them out of municipality-owned buildings in the city centre.
The city acquired Nedbank Building in Commissioner Street and Bramfischer Towers in 2009 through the Johannesburg Property Company and sub-let it to the NGOs.
The city's spokesperson, Nkosinathi Nkabinde, says that the city is committed to pay 80 percent of the rental per year, which is R5.2 million.
The NGOs owe the city R328 000.
To read the article titled, “NGOs vow to fight eviction from Joburg buildings,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
Seven Tanzanian NGOs are planning to support the government in a case where a Kenyan organisation is seeking to block the construction of a highway across the Serengeti National Park.
A lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Kenyan-based Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), sought to have the East African Court of Justice declare the Tanzania government’s plan to construct a US$480 million commercial highway through the Serengeti Park unlawful.
The leader of the group, Edward Porokwa, says the organisations support the government plan to build the Arusha-Musoma highway through the Serengeti as it will benefit local communities, adding that these communities have a right to modern infrastructure.
To read the article titled, “Dar gets NGO support over Serengeti road,” click here.Source:The EastAfrican