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Masebola Donates to the MRCB

Leading by example, the regional director of education in the Kgatleng District in Botswana, Sir Wonder Masebola, has pledged P5 000 towards the building of five classroom blocks at the Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind (MRCB).

Masebola notes that the centre’s appeal to the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana bore fruit when the company donated over P1 million.

Cape Times Big Walk Cancelled

Big Walk Trust chairman, Gerald Ponte, confirms that, the Cape Times Big Walk has been cancelled for the first time in more than 60 years as not enough sponsorship could be raised.

Ponte states that, Discovery’s seven-year participation as co-naming rights sponsor had come to an end, adding that, “While every effort has been made to secure a replacement, we were not able to secure the correct funding. The trust has explored options, but could not reconcile asking walkers to contribute to an event that would not support the walk’s charity objectives.”

Aid Workers Chased Away from Church

Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, says its aid workers were chased away from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, and threatened with arrest if they come near the site where a church building collapsed, killing dozens of people including South Africans.

Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, asserts that, “They [aid workers] tried to go to the church, but they were chased away. The authorities there did not want them to take any information or come near.”

NGO Wins an International Award

A South African non-governmental organisation, Partners for Possibility, which pairs business people and school principals to improve school management and teaching, has won an international award in Belgium.

Partners for Possibility received the award for Innovative and Creative Partnerships in Africa for its solution to the challenges facing education in South Africa.

One in 10 Girls Sexually Abused Worldwide - UN

A United Nations (UN) report finds that around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20.

Drawing on data from 190 countries, the global report by child welfare agency United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), entitled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ also reveals that one fifth of all murder victims are children and teens, with homicide the leading cause of death among male youths in Latin American countries.

NGO Recalls Lwandle's Brutal, Violent Eviction

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) states that a young man committed suicide and a woman miscarried following the eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town.

Sheena St Clair Jonker, founder of the Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa argues that these are only a few cases she could consult with, adding that “I am trying to assist you in connecting with the real and the authentic."

De Klerk Foundation: Media Freedom is Threatened

The FW De Klerk Foundation expresses concern about possible threats to media freedom in South Africa on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2014, under the theme which reflects the media’s importance in development, the safety of journalists and the rule of law as well as the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

The Foundation’s spokesperson, Jacques du Preez announces that while media freedom was protected by the Constitution when weighed against the theme for this year’s Press Freedom Day, South Africa did not appear to entirely measure up.

Project Tackles, Prevents Stunting of Children

The United Nations Humanitarian food agency has launched a new project to tackle stunting in nearly one million affected children under the age of five in Malawi.
 
The World Food Programme (WFP) states that the project is designed to reduce stunting in the district by five to 10 percent, as well as build evidence for the best ways of tackling the problem.

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.

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