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​NGO Discovers ‘Very Poor’ Family in Limpopo

A Filthy worn-out mattress on beer crates is the only item resembling a bed inside a dilapidated two-room structure shared by 15 members of a family living in Limpopo.

The family's plight was recently discovered by a land rights organisation, Nkuzi Development Association, which is now trying to seek intervention from various provincial government departments.

AI Recommends Decriminalising Sex Work

Mona is a homeless sex worker who has been beaten and gang raped by a gang of six armed police officers.

Her story and those of many other vulnerable sex workers have been published in research reports by Amnesty International.

The advocacy organisation also launched its policy on the protection of sex workers' rights‚ recommending the decriminalisation of sex work‚ which has been welcomed locally.

UTH, NGOs, Partner to Localise Cardiac Operations

Eight children who were on the waiting list to be evacuated abroad for cardiac surgery recently met their fortune from philanthropic cardiac surgeons who visited University Teaching Hospital (UTH) from Italy.

The team of 10 medical experts were in the country under the auspices of Mission Bambini, an Italian non-governmental organisation (NGO) in collaboration with ‘We for Zambia’, a local Italian NGO.

The two NGOs and the Italian embassy organised the coming of the medical team during their vacation – a noble way of spending one’s holiday.

Zimbabwe Grants Amnesty to Female, Youth Prisoners

According to a Zimbabwean pro-democracy non-governmental organisation, "... There has been an upsurge of intra-party violence within ZANU PF as President Robert Mugabe's loyalists bay for the blood of his perceived opponents.

The NGO, which fears recent remarks by the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, could further worsen the situation, stated that Zimbabwe has a holding capacity of 17 000, but has been holding over 19 900 prisoners.

The organisation believes that the pardon will go a long way in helping to provide better conditions for the inmates that remain incarcerated.

Diaspora, NGO Remittances Decline 16 Percent

Remittances - of both Diaspora and non-governmental organisations flows - into Zimbabwe fell 16 percent in the first quarter to US$192.9 million against US$231.4 million recorded in the same period a year ago.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the slowdown is attributed to slow recovery in global and regional economic activity while the stronger United States dollar also meant that remittances from countries such as South Africa would have a much lower value if converted.

Bipolar Disorder Can be Triggered by Various Factors

Psychiatrist from South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Dr. Antoinette Miric, says substance abuse and the environment may trigger Bipolar Disorder.

Miric points out that, “Bipolar is not only inherited but may be triggered by a number of factors. At SADAG we believe at least 24 percent of the South African population is affected by Bipolar although only one percent has been diagnosed.”

She adds that people who are affected with Bipolar Disorder can live a perfectly normal life with the proper treatment.

​NGOs Welcomes the Withdrawal of NPRC

Zimbabwean non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have welcomed the withdrawal of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Bill from Parliament following MPs' adverse report.
 
Both the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) and Heal Zimbabwe say the development is an opportunity for people's concerns to be factored into the proposed law.
 

​NGOs Slam Govt Over Nuclear Deadline

Two leading environmental organisations, Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI), say government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.
 
The two organisations argue that Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.
 

​ANC Conducted A 'Ruthless People's War' – SAIIR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that during the last decade of the struggle in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) wanted hegemony over the country.
 
SAIRR head of policy research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, point out that the ANC has always depicted its liberation struggle as a just war, fought by just means.
 

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