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  • Govt Urged to Give Land to ‘Able People’

    The African Farmers' Association of SA (AFASA) says that government must ensure land is allocated to individuals who have the capacity to use it.
     
    AFASA president, Mzamo Mlengana, points out that, "We are saying to the minister (of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti), we need to have criteria for the farmers' selection."
     
    Mlengana argues that, "When you select a farmer who is not a farmer, it works to the negative of what we are doing. It opens us and government to criticism. Once again, perception will be 'look at the black farmers who have been given land, it's not working'."
     
    To read the article titled, “Give land to able people: Farmers,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • Zuma Criticised Over Nkandla Comments

    The FW de Klerk Foundation says that President Jacob Zuma’s comments regarding the distinction between proper state expenditure and self-enrichment are disturbing.
     
    In a press statement, the foundation says Zuma’s reported comparison between the construction of George airport and money spent on his Nkandla home raises ‘disturbing questions’.
     
    “If he is correctly reported, the president’s comments raise disturbing questions regarding his views on the distinction between proper state expenditure on bona fide projects and expenditure that will result in his own enormous and unjustifiable enrichment,” argues Dave Steward, the organisation’s executive director.
     
    To read the article titled, “Zuma's Nkandla comparison raises alarms,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Zambia Tackles Gender Parity in Land Reforms

    Rights organisation, Gender Links, says that, "Cultural practices and customary laws in Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) limit women's ability to access, own and control means of production such as land and livestock."
     
    The organisation believes that the inability by women to access means of production has had an impact on their economic independence and ability to move out of poverty.
     
    Statistics indicate that women's access to land for food production is critical to the welfare of the entire region as women are primarily responsible for maintaining households.
     
    To read the article titled, “Tackling gender parity in land reforms,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Protestors Burn Unpaid Bills and e-Tags

    Protesters burnt their unpaid e-toll bills on top of an empty coffin while singing the national anthem outside the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) offices in Pretoria on Saturday, 18 October 2014.
     
    The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), in reference to the electronic tolling system, says that, "Today we bury a stillborn that was born in December last year, and before December this year, we will cremate him."
     
    A 50-vehicle-strong convey led by COSATU embarked on a drive-slow on Saturday morning from the trade union federation's headquarters in Johannesburg to the SANRAL offices. They were joined by bikers and taxi drivers.
     
    To read the article titled, “Protesters burn unpaid e-tolls in empty coffin at SANRAL offices,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • NGO Marches for Media for the People

    Around 200 people marched in Cape Town on Saturday, 18 October 2014, to demand lower mobile call rates and media transformation.
     
    The group blew whistles as they marched down Long Street and carried signs stating ‘Free Set Top Box’ and ‘Media for the people’.
     
    A rapper, on the truck leading the march, belted out catchy lyrics calling for free Internet and media.
     
    To read the article titled, “Right2Know marches for 'media for the people',” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Call for a Realistic Approach to End Hunger

    Oxfam says that a more holistic and integrated approach needs to be developed to end the scourge of hunger in South Africa. 

    Oxfam Economic Justice Campaign manager, Rashmi Mistry, says that according to the report ‘The Hidden Face of Hunger in South Africa’, low incomes, rising costs, a lack of access to productive resources and climate change are amongst the reasons causing 13 million people to go to bed hungry.

    “In our dialogue with government, we discovered that the gap between their implementation, policies and strategies is very far from what people actually need and are experiencing on the ground and that needs to change.”

    To read the article titled, “Ending hunger needs a more realistic approach: Oxfam,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • 'Person of Integrity' Award for Madonsela

    The Corruption Watch says Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, will be honoured with Amnesty International's 'Person of Integrity' award for 2014.

    Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, points out that, "Given the recent attacks on the public protector and her office, one of the crucial anti-corruption institutions in our constitutional democracy, this award represents a gratifying show of support from the global community."

    Lewis states that this achievement is a clear demonstration of the wide-reaching impact of the exemplary way in which Madonsela has maintained the integrity of her office and fulfilled her role in this country.

    To read the article titled, “Madonsela to get 'Person of Integrity' award: Corruption Watch,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Another Protest Against e-Tolls

    Very few people in the African National Congress support the tolling of Gauteng's highways, according to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

    COSATU’s Gauteng secretary, Dumisani Dakile, points out that, "This thing it has never been placed in any gathering of the ANC [African National Congress]."

    Meanwhile, COSATU, along with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance and the National Taxi Alliance, will stage a protest on Saturday, 18 October 2014, from COSATU House in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, to the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) offices in Pretoria. Protestors are expected to hand over a memorandum to SANRAL, burn e-tags and the bills which have received by the people.

    To read the article titled, “Very few in ANC support e-tolls – COSATU,” click here.

    Source: 
    Fin 24
  • SERI-SA to Fight ‘Inhumane’ Evictions

    The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI-SA) is assisting Lesiba Matlaila (71), Sophie Kgomare (71) and Kgomare’s daughter, with their application against their eviction from 236 Wilson Street, Fairlands, were they resided for four decades.

    The organisation states that there are numerous personal circumstances, unique to this case, which the court must take into account.

    It says that All Building and Cleaning Services, a property development company, has flouted its duty in terms of meaningful engagement in its eviction efforts, instead resorting to coercion tactics to remove the three people.

    To read the article titled, “Rights group fights 'inhumane' eviction,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • School Closed With No Plan - SECTION27

    Legal advocacy group, SECTION27, says that a Northern Cape school that closed over asbestos pollution concerns did so without a plan for the pupils’ continued education.

    According to SECTION27’s Sasha Stevenson, the Khiba Junior Secondary School, serving 220 pupils from mostly poor backgrounds in Ga-Mopedi village in the JT Gaetsewe district, closed on Monday, 13 October 2015.

    Stevenson argues that, “The closure has happened without any consultation with the school governing body (SGB) or the community. Most of the learners have now been sent home.”

    To read the article titled, “School closed with no plan – SECTION27,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
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