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​SANEF Welcomes Court Decision on SABC Journos

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed a Labour Court decision which effectively reinstates four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were dismissed for challenging editorial policy.

SANEF says the court decision affirms media freedom and sends a strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.

SANEF’s Sam Mkokeli says, “SANEF welcomes the decision of the Labour Court. It's a very important decision and it sends a very strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.”

AICC to Launch Corporate Citizenship Manuals

In an effort to overcome the various socio-economic challenges that developing nations like Malawi continue to face such as ever-growing population and decreasing resources, the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) plans on launching corporate citizenship manuals.

Through the manuals, the organisation seeks to foster a productive working partnerships between governments, private sector and the civil society to work together to exercise shared responsibility to achieve collective prosperity that help build sustainable communities.

Call for Youth to Access Condoms, Sanitary Towels

“Access to condoms in schools‚ youth friendly clinics and access to sanitary wear in schools.”

Those are the demands made in the Youth Declaration which‚ SECTION27 says ‚ was signed by 92 organisations and individuals at the 2016 International AIDS Conference.

In a press statement, SECTION27 expresses the view that clinics are currently not safe and friendly places for learners and young children‚ adding that, “When they ask for condoms or HIV testing they yet reprimanded and are now choosing to stay away from clinics which is making them even more vulnerable.”

NMF Helping Zulu Family in Tanzania

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) says arrangements are being made to bring Gugu Zulu’s body back to South Africa after the racing driver died on Mount Kilimanjaro.

In a press statement, NMF spokesperson, Neeran Naidoo, says that other members of the climbing team are due to return to South Africa.

Zulu died on Monday, 18 July 2016, while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Letshego and project leader Richard Mabaso.

Meanwhile, the foundation says it does not know the cause of Zulu’s death, only that he suffered breathing problems.

SA Urged to Break Silence on Zimbabwe Rights Crisis

The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign has called on International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to condemn police brutality and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

The call was made in an open letter to Nkoana-Mashabane which also voiced ‘deep concern’ over police arresting journalists‚ the alleged extortion of motorists and a clampdown on the use of social media.

OUTA Unveils Shocking Facts About SAA Contractor

 

Civil rights body, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has presented proof that BnP Capital, which has a contract with South African Airways (SAA), have its Financial Services Board (FSB) licence revoked.

OUTA director of legal affairs, Advocate Ivan Herselman, points out that, "We have learnt that the FSB licence of BnP Capital has been suspended."

He was speaking in Johannesburg, a day after OUTA said it planned to interdict the contract between SAA and BnP Capital, and will take further litigation procedures against SAA board members.

Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC

Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in a video released by 21 African and international non-governmental organisations.

In January 2016, the African Union (AU) gave its Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC a mandate to develop a ‘comprehensive strategy’ on the ICC, including considering the withdrawal of African member countries from the court.

Women, Youth, Let Down by NGOs – Adamu

Peter Adamu in his article titled ‘Women and youth activism a let-down’, says that he has the opinion that the work and voice of human rights and civil rights activists has been compromised by the political happenings in Zambia.

Adamu argues that he has always echoed the need for people especially those working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or civil society organisations (CSOs) to be sober and focused on the work they are meant to do.

NGO Calls for an End to Abuse Against Children

A child rights organisation has called for practical interventions that can significantly benefit children in the country in order to bail them out from the challenges that they face.

The organisation, the Child Rights Permanent Committee (CRPC) which is a grouping of child rights non-governmental in Malawi under the NGO Gender Coordination Network, made the call during a meeting which was aimed at assessing children’s rights.

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