The Solidarity Helping Hand confirms that a relief fund has been opened after the robbery at Pretoria’s President Kruger children’s home on 29 October 2014.
In a press statement, Helping Hand states that it wants to support the children’s home as much as possible during this crisis.
The organisation asserts that, “We have therefore already contributed R10 000 towards a relief fund. Our hope is that with the public’s help, we will be able to replace most of the home’s losses.”
To read the article titled, “Pretoria children’s home robbed,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Peace Parks Foundation says it will invest R30 million in anti-poaching efforts in Mozambique and game parks in Limpopo.
In a press statement, the Foundation declares that the funds would be spent on upgrading field communication technology used by rangers, cross-border radio communication systems, training rangers, improving their working conditions, counter-trafficking programmes, sniffer dogs, and research.
The project also entailed helping the judicial system in Mozambique implement the new Conservation Areas Act, which makes provision for stiffer penalties for anyone found guilty of illicit wildlife product trafficking.
To read the article titled, “R30m for anti-poaching fight,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to raise R10 million in November 2014 to keep the organisation afloat, the organisation is relying on public donations, hoping big funders will then follow.
Mark Heywood, one of TAC’s directors states that, “The TAC thinks there is a red light over the country's response to the HIV epidemic," following recent statistics released by the Human Sciences Research Council, which show that in 767 people died each day in South Africa from AIDS related illnesses in 2012, 280,000 in a year.
Speaking after a national council meeting, the health advocacy group emphasised the ongoing struggles in the health system and outlined TAC's work and key campaigns, assuring that, "TAC will always remain a voice of the voiceless people of South Africa."
To read the article titled, “TAC's critical R10-million month,” click here.Source:All Africa
Zambia’s Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, Edgar Lungu, has with immediate effect suspended boards and executive directors for the PF-affiliated non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
In a statement issued, Lungu, who is also acting President, said the measure has been taken to strengthen the decision made by President Michael Sata on 28 August 2014.
The PF, through the office of the secretary general, formed various NGOs to help with research, capacity and institutional growth.
To read the article titled, “Boards, heads of PF affiliated NGOs suspended,” click here.Source:Daily Mail
Civil Society leaders say they feel concerned and embarrassed over the cash and jet gate scandal that have spoiled the reputation of Malawi at both local and international levels.
They hope and pray that Malawians in the civil service, the private sector and the non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector will ensure that the theft of billions of tax payer's money is not repeated.
Speaking in Lilongwe during the NGOs display day and launch of the NGO Governance Charter, NGO board chairperson, Emily Banda, urged government to ensure that those found responsible or found aiding those responsible, should be quickly brought to book.
To read the article titled, “NGOs embarrassed with cashgate, pledge to support government in fighting corruption,” click here.Source:All Africa
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
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
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
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
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