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NGO Urged to Keep Girls in School

A primary school head teacher at Chambuluka in Chikwawa district, Malawi, has asked for non-governmental organisations to go to his school and implement activities that will help keep girls in school.

The head teacher, Baton Sande, made the remarks when Nice Trust Chikwawa office organised an interface meeting with the communities.

He said there have been 10 dropouts of girls in the first term as well as the second term which is not yet finished posing a threat that there might be more of dropouts if no tangible measures are put in place.

Malawi Government Angered by NGOs

Malawi government has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of causing problems in the agriculture sector since they roll out projects without consulting relevant sectors.

District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) for Chiradzulu Sheila Kang’ombe says some NGOs do not follow government policies when implementing development projects.

NGO Donates 65 Desks to a School

Bukoba Region based non-governmental organisation, Jambo Bukoba, has donated 65 desks worth 4.2m/- to Nyamiaga Primary School, in Ngara District.

The Jambo Bukoba Manager, Stephen Gonzaga, says the donation was in effort to mitigate the shortage of desks facing the region.

The Kagera Regional Commissioner, John Mongela, commended Jambo Bukoba for the timely intervention by constructing and renovating several classrooms including Kasambya Primary

Lungu’s Proposal Supported by NGOs

Two non-governmental organisations based in Livingstone have welcomed First Lady Esther Lungu’s proposal for the private sector to help set up maternal centres for teenage mothers in the country.

Southern Province coordinator for Poverty Reduction Education Programme, Gift Lwembe, says the idea needs the support of all stakeholders.

Lwembe has told ZNBC News in Livingstone that the proposed teenage maternal centres will improve the lives of young mothers who often lack knowledge and income to support their children.

Mugabe Urged to Thank NGOs

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says President Robert Mugabe should stop attacking non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have kept the country afloat over the past 16 years of social and economic turmoil and, rather, commend them for covering up ‘your’ mess.

The MDC party led by Welshman Ncube was day responding to the veteran leader's utterances at African Union summit in Ethiopian, as well as upon his return at the Harare International Airport, when he denounced NGOs operating in the country.

Govt Lose Faith in its Own Policies: IRR

When it comes to employment equity‚ national government departments need to play catch-up with their provincial and local government counterparts.

So do parastatals‚ according to the Institute for Race Relations (IRR)‚ where 59.4 percent top managers are black-African.

National government’s figure is worse at 54.9 percent while provincial and local government can boast 73.8 percent and 75.7 percent respectively.

SANRAL to Increase Toll Fees

Just in time for the Easter holidays and long weekends, roads agency, the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) is increasing its toll fees.

Although the government’s new financial year starts in April, the new tolls all kick in from 1 March 2016, which means they will be in time to catch holiday traffic over two long weekends in March, Human Rights Day on Monday (21 March), and the Easter weekend which starts on Friday, 25 March.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says the increases were between 2-8 percent.

SPCA Lays Criminal Charges Against Tiger Brands

Tiger Brands, South Africa’s biggest food company, has had criminal charges laid against it by an animal-rights group - the National Council of SPCAs - over a pig slaughter method that involves the animals being gassed to death in cages after being lowered into a pit.

In a press statement, the organisation says it laid the charges because its concerns have not been addressed.

It notes that the system involves the suffocation of the pigs with carbon dioxide before they are slaughtered.

SADAG Continues to Save Lives

For more than two decades, the South African Depression and Anxiety Groups (SADAG) has saved hundreds of lives by providing a support network.

South Africa ranks among nations with high suicide rates, with 10 percent of all non-natural adult deaths due to suicide, despite this being preventable with appropriate help.

It is for this reason we are disturbed by reports that the country’s largest mental health support and advocacy group, the SADAG, faces closure due to financial difficulties.

NGO Suspends Executive Director

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu has been suspended as the executive director of her parents’ legacy foundation, only weeks after tying the knot.

The board of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation met and unanimously, and quietly, decided to suspend Tutu.

It had threatened to resign en masse if action was not taken to ameliorate the implications of Tutu’s marriage to, Professor Marceline van Furth, a professor with links to her parents’ foundation.

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