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  • Govt Assures Support to Volunteers

    Zambia’s Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Emerine Kabanshi, says that government recognises the efforts of volunteers and has pledged to support their work.

    Speaking during the launch of the International Volunteer’s Day on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television, Kabanshi said government has notably recognised volunteer activities in international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    She notes that, “International volunteer’s day provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the achievements, contributions and promote volunteerism worldwide.”

    To read the article titled, “State assures support to volunteers,” click here.

    Source: 
    Daily Mail
  • Court Ruling Brings Hope to Homosexuals

    According to Log Raditlhokwa, a social commentator, many homosexuals and those who support their sexual rights lobby in Botswana and outside the country are elated.

    Recently, the Gaborone High Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for government to deny gay and lesbian people the right to register their organisation called Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO).

    Raditlhokwa argues that although government has decided to appeal the high Court judgment, the triumphant LEGABIBO is in high spirit as it hopes that its victory may eventually pave the way for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    To read the article titled, “The cost of yielding to homosexual activism,” click here

    Source: 
    Mmegi
  • Diamond Traders Warn NGOs Over Marange

    World renowned diamond traders and producers have castigated non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for disseminating falsehoods about human rights violations at the Marange diamond fields.

    The diamond chiefs says the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme should stick to issues of certification and not involve itself in human rights.

    Addressing the conference, chairperson of the Dubai Diamond Exchange and former director-general of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, Peter Meeus, says NGOs should not be controlled by foreign governments which have economic interests in the respective countries they operate in.

    To read the article titled, “Stop soiling Zim diamonds, NGOs told,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Struggling NGOs Slam Minstrel Funding

    Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011.

    While the association thrives, groups such as the Treatment Action Campaign, which previously benefitted from lotteries board funding but announced last month they desperately needed to raise R10 million to keep afloat, have to do their own fundraising.

    Another organisation, the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, says it is difficult to compare the minstrel funding with that of welfare groups because they were paid from two different lottery categories. The minstrels fell into the arts, culture and national heritage grouping while NGOs were in the charities category.

    To read the article titled, “Struggling NGOs slam minstrel funding,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Salt Reduction Targets to Save Lives - HSF

    According to the Department of Health, many processed foods on shop shelves have already hit the salt-reduction targets set for 2016.

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa’s Sam Mabaso says that if all the department's goals are reached by the deadline year of 2019, almost 3 500 lives would have been saved every year and the department would save at least R500 000 in subsidies.

    The Department of Health spokesperson, Khutso Rabothata, explains that: "Salt intake in South Africa is double the recommended levels and we've the highest hypertension rate in the world."

    To read the article titled, “No more than a pinch of salt,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Remembering Mandela Tribute Expo Opens

    An exhibition of former president Nelson Mandela’s life has opened almost a year after the icon’s death.

    Tributes to Mandela’s family from the time he fell ill in 2013 and messages of condolence are on display at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg.

    Nelson Mandela Foundation Research and Archive director, Verne Harris states that, “…When Madiba was in hospital last year [2014], people came in their thousands and left cards, even gifts along the wall of the hospital. We made a selection of those material."

    To read the article titled, “Remembering Mandela tribute expo opens,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Private Sector Blamed for Inequalities Among Pupils

    According to a report released by several international civil society organisations (CSOs), the private sector involvement in education in Africa creates inequalities among pupils.
     
    In a joint statement, the organisations state that, “Privatisation policies increase inequality in access, do not guarantee quality and undermine the notion of education as a public good,” furthermore, “Increased private sector participation in education is a strong driver of segregation and inequalities of opportunities.”
     
    The report, which focuses on the progress made in regards to the Millennium Development Goals in Africa, was compiled the African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Development Programme.
     
    To read the article titled, “‘Private sector creates unequal education system’,” click here

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Nature Conservationist Ian Player Dies

    The Wilderness Foundation has announced that nature conservationist, Ian Player, has died at his home in the Karkloof Valley in KwaZulu-Natal.
     
    In a press statement, the organisation declares that: "87-year-old Dr Ian Player, passed away peacefully at midday on 30 November 2014 after a short illness.”
     
    Player committed his life to conservation and, in particular, to the preservation of the rhino.
     
    To read the article titled, “Nature conservationist Ian Player dies,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • TAC Boycotts Official World AIDS Day Proceedings

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) boycotts official World AIDS Day proceedings for the second consecutive year as the group alleges that the millions of rands used to host this year's event in the Free State would be better spent strengthening the health system.
     
    TAC national general secretary, Anele Yawa, states that, “As the TAC, we are totally opposed to our government spending millions of rands on high profile events every World AIDS Day, often in provinces where the challenges are immense," adding that, "In many instances, these high profile World AIDS Day events do not make any positive impact in our battles to contain the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics in our country."
     
    Meanwhile, Joe Maila, spokesperson for the Department of Health, has described what he calls TAC's estimations of alleged government spending on World AIDS Day celebrations as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘extreme exaggeration’.
     
    To read the article titled, “South Africa: TAC to Boycott Official World Aids Day,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Advocacy Group to Re-apply for Registration

    Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) advocacy group states that it will re-apply to register as an organisation.
     
    LEGABIBO will make a fresh application to the country’s registrar of societies, after winning a case in which it challenged government’s refusal to register the organisation.
     
    During an interview, LEGABIBO coordinator, Caine Youngman, declares that, "We are working with our legal team to finalise our registration papers before submission tomorrow."
     
    To read the article titled, “Botswana: Gays, lesbians re-apply for registration,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
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