• NGO Director Unable to Enter SA

    A director of a nonprofit chefs’ school in Cape Town has been declared ‘undesirable’ by the Department of Home Affairs after overstaying his visa by 25 days.

    Barry Berman, a United States citizen who runs the Infinity Culinary Training school in Pinelands, may not re-enter the country before June 2015.
    He co-founded the school in 2009 with Zimbabwean-born, Spencer Moyana, to teach basic cooking skills to people from poor communities to improve their chances of gaining employment.
    To read the article titled, “NGO director unable to enter SA,” click here.

    IOL News
  • NLB Donates in Honour of Women

    The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
    The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
    Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
    To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Court Warned Against Minister’s Powers

    The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has told the Constitutional Court that the police minister's powers to suspend the head of the Hawks are too broad and open to abuse.

    HSF’s David Unterhalter told the court the prescripts governing the power to suspend are vaguely defined, adding that, "Grounds of suspension are not specified."

    Unterhalter, who warned that, "An exercise of power without proper review is dangerous," argues that the minister's powers of suspension are not specified, and a suspension made on ‘a ministerial whim’ could disrupt the office of the Hawks, with ‘huge consequences’.

    To read the article titled, “Power without proper review is dangerous – HSF,” click here.

    News 24
  • CASAC Criticises Zuma Over Nkandla

    The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that President Jacob Zuma's failure to account properly on the Public Protector's report on his Nkandla homestead shows contempt for Parliament and for the Constitution.

    In a press statement, CASAC points out that, "The president should be allowed to complete his answers to the questions that had been tabled for answer on 21 August 2014, and to respond to any supplementary questions in the National Assembly.”

    Meanwhile, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, wrote that, "I am concerned that the decision you have made regarding the police minister gives him power he does not have under law, which is to review my decision taken in pursuit of the powers of administrative scrutiny I am given... by the Constitution."
    To read the article titled, “CASAC: Zuma showing contempt for Parliament,” click here.

    News 24
  • NGO Urged JMPD to Comply With Law

    The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) says that instead of condoning ‘abusive behaviour’ on the part of metro police officers, senior Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JPMD) official should ensure that officers comply with the law.

    JPSA national chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, urged JMPD management to adhere to its standing orders, and encourage officers to act like adults and responsible law enforcers, instead of thugs.

    Dembovsky was responding to Metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar’s comments following a reported incident of ‘abuse’ perpetrated against Johannesburg motorist, Kady-Shay O’Bryan, by a JMPD officer.

    To read the article titled, “Metro Police called out on ‘thug’ behaviour,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • GMOs: The ‘Good and Bad’

    According to an article articled ‘The Good and Bad of Genetically Modified Organisms’ by Peter Sunday, the African Union a few months back called for an explanation regarding the good and the bad of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for Ugandans to decide which path to take.

    Sunday states that the debate  around GMOs comes at a time  when 400 African organisations representing small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, social movements, non-governmental organisations, organic producers, consumers business people have signed an African civil society petition sent to African union denouncing GMOs on the basis of lack safety data on GMOs.

    He further states that major trading countries are involved in conflicts in relation to patent rights of the products produced, with others argues that GM corn can trigger health problems like allergies.

    To read the article titled, “The good and bad of Genetically Modified Organisms,” click here.

    New Vision
  • Ebola Moving Faster - MSF

    Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says the ebola crisis in West Africa is outstripping the ability of aid organisations to stem the epidemic.

    MSF head, Joanne Liu, likened the disease to a war, adding that “It is deteriorating faster, and moving faster, than we can respond to."

    Speaking after her return from a 10-day mission to the hard-hit region, Liu warned that, “"It's [ebola] moving, and advancing, but we have no clue how it's going. Like in a war time, we have a total collapse of infrastructure."

    To read the article titled, “MSF: Ebola moving faster than we can handle,” click here.

    News 24
  • Court Order to Keep Modise’s Livestock

    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it has obtained a court order permitting them to keep animals belonging to National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson, Thandi Modise.

    The move follows a report that Modise plans to approach the courts to compel the SPCA to return livestock impounded at her Potchefstroom farm last month.

    Inspector for the organisation Andries Venter says: “We have sent them communication [and] they are refusing to answer before we can hand over these animals back. We need a plan on how that farm will be run as well as who the culprits are that were supposed to be looking after these animals.”

    To read the article titled, “SPCA obtains court order to keep Modise’s animals,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Call to Counter Racism in South Africa

    The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says more is needed to be done to counter racism in South Africa.

    In a press statement, following the publication of photographs of two white students from the University of Pretoria (UP) in domestic worker outfits and their faces smeared with brown paint, the organisation said it noted with concern the insensitive and racially stereotypical attitude displayed by the two students."

    The foundation’s director, Neeshan Balton, says that, "The foundation understands that while the two youth may have at the time been unaware of just how demeaning their actions were, it raises questions about their upbringings, their education and what they are taught at universities."

    To read the article titled, “More must be done to counter racism – foundation,” click here.

    News 24
  • R2K Files Urgent Application Over Tolls

    The Right2Know (R2K) says it has filed an urgent application to open up the court record on tolling in the Western Cape which South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants kept closed.

    R2K spokesperson, Alison Tilley, told the Cape Town Press Club that the organisation wants to make documents public that had been filed from the moment the city of Cape Town took SANRAL to court over the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project.

    SANRAL applied to the Western Cape High Court to prevent the city from filing its supplementary founding papers in an open court because of commercial confidentiality.

    To read an article titled, “R2K to file urgent application over tolls,” click here.

    SABC News
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