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Zim's CSOs on the Edge as Donors Ship Out

The future of Zimbabwe's mainstream civic groups involved in political and human rights advocacy looks uncertain amid indications their traditional sponsors are not keen on renewing their contracts.

It has emerged some of the contracts expire during the first quarter of 2016 with no prospects for further extension.

Most civil society organisations have been left battling to pay salaries let alone finance their operations and this has seen some local non-governmental organisations cut staff or revising contracts in some instances as the struggle to survive gets tougher.

ANC Stalwarts Concerned About the Future of SA

Three organisations representing the African National Congress stalwarts issued a powerful appeal to the ruling party to implement urgent ‘corrective’ actions against state capture and other threats to democracy.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s name – on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation – is listed at the end of the letter that was sent to the National Executive Committee.

NGO Criticises SA Over Minimum Wage

Lobby group, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) says that the introduction of a national minimum wage will likely increase the country’s unemployment rate.

In a press statement, the organisation warns that, “Raising the minimum wage and making it applicable nationally, cannot fail to increase unemployment.”

It argues: “Rather than consider a national minimum wage, intended to raise the wages of people who already have jobs, government should be giving its full attention to creating conditions that will lead to an increase in the demand for labour.”

Services for South African Rape Victims Come Under Threat

South African newspapers recently reported that organisations supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria face severe funding cuts.
This follows a decision from the United States-based organisation to limit its funding to the eight areas in South Africa that have recorded the highest prevalence of HIV.

NGOs Team Up to Support People With Albinism

Vision for Life, a programme jointly implemented by Essilor and a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation, Standing Voice, has announced a three-year partnership to dole out protective glasses to over 4 000 children with albinism across six regions in the country.
 
Launching the programme to improve education opportunities for children with albinism in Tanzania, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office - People with Disability, Abdallah Possi, said that the programme will address the specific visual needs of 4 200 children.
 

SJC Demands Justice for Mafevuka

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC says that justice for raped and slain, Sinoxolo Mafevuka, would be the appointment of “qualified‚ competent‚ skilled and experienced South African Police Service (SAPS) personnel” to her case.
 
In a memorandum to Khayelitsha Cluster Commander Major-General JJ Brand, the organisation states that this would help ensure that the ongoing investigation and gathering of evidence in a manner that will guarantee justice for the 21-year-old.
 

Govt to Appeal Al-Bashir Ruling in ConCourt

Government will consider a Constitutional Court appeal following its defeat in a Bloemfontein court on 15 March 2016.
 
Government was appealing a Pretoria High Court ruling which stated that because South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute‚ Al-Bashir should have been arrested when attended the African Union Summit in June.
 
In the same vein, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh‚ executive director of the Southern African Litigation Centre says that they were delighted that the Supreme Court of Appeal had dismissed the government's appeal.

Call to Protect Children From Abuse

Malawi’s former justice of the Child Justice Court, Esmie Tembenu, has stressed the need for the country to protect children from all forms of abuse.

This comes at a time when some non-governmental organisations expressed worry over the delay to adopt the child protection policy.

Tembenu says there is need to protect children from continued abuse and responding to the abuse by taking a child away from the abusive environment.

SA Schools 'Hotspots' for Corruption – CW

Since July 2015, Corruption Watch has received at least 1 000 reports of corruption across schools, making them the main graft hotspots in the country.
According to the organisation’s annual report released this week, “The corruption hotspots in 2015 are schools, which make up 16 percent of overall reports during the year, followed by traffic and licensing at 12 percent, immigration at six percent and housing and healthcare at five and three percent respectively.”

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