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​Malawi NGO Board to Have Policy

The NGO Board of Malawi which was established under the NGO Board Act will soon have an act which will be guiding activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Malawi.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, disability and social welfare (MoGDCSW) who is also chairperson of the Steering committee on the formulation of the policy, Dr Mary Shaba, has confirmed about the consultation process on the NGO Policy.

​DRC Arrest Activists – HRW

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested at least 27 associates of Moise Katumbi, a presidential aspirant, and other opposition party members since late April 2016.

According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the arrests occurred between 22 April and 7 May in and around the southern city of Lubumbashi, where Katumbi is based.

The organisation argues that the investigation into Katumbi for his alleged ‘recruitment of mercenaries, [including] several retired American soldiers’, appears politically motivated.

SANRAL Criticised Over e-Toll Summons

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (SANRAL) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls.

The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, says SANRAL employed attorneys with ‘virtual offices’ in contravention of Magistrates Court rules.

​NGOs 'Devils in a Sheep Skin' - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma’s son has warned South Africans to guard against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are ‘devils in a sheep skin’.

In a press statement, Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, echoed sentiments made by State Security Minister David Mahlobo in his budget vote speech.

Mahlobo reportedly told MPs that, “Not everybody is our friend. The forces that are opposed to us are hard at work. Our NGOs play an important part in South Africa, but there are those who work to destabilise the state."

​Mahlobo Slams NGOs and ‘Foreign Forces’

State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, says that there are South Africans and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who are collaborating with foreign forces to destabilise the country.

Mahlobo points out that, "Not everybody is our friend. The forces that are opposed to us are hard at work. Our NGOs play an important part in South Africa, but there are those who work to destabilise the state."

He says they knew who they were and that the government would not be shy in dealing with them.

​NGO Launches New Youth Engagement Forum

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has launched an online educational platform dedicated to inspiring responsible civic participation among South African youth by strengthening their political knowledge‚ democratic values and skills.

The Civics Academy (www.civicsacademy.co.za) offers short‚ informative videos covering topics around democracy‚ governance‚ elections‚ political parties‚ the justice system‚ the Constitution‚ economics‚ civil society and the environment.

The Grand Bargain is Key to Increasing Humanitarian Funding to Southern NGOs - But there’s a Risk it Will Fail to Deliver

The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul is fast approaching, and we’re preparing to participate in what could be the most important conversation about humanitarian funding yet. But there’s still a high risk that the summit will fail to address key drivers for change laid out in the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing report, ‘Too Important to Fail: Addressing the Humanitarian Financing Gap’.

​Zambia to Revise the NGO Act

Zambia’s Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Emerine Kabanshi, says government is revising the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Act No 15 of 2009 in order to enhance Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) participation in service delivery.
 
Kabanshi says CSOs play a critical role in fostering economic development in the country as well as uplifting the living standards of the less-privileged people in society.
 

​Court Rejects Labour Amendments

Despite losing a bid to have the Labour Relations Act amended, the Free Market Foundation has welcomed the clarification provided by the Gauteng high court ruling on the matter.
 
The three-year-long court battle was brought against ministers of labour and justice and constitutional development as well as 47 bargaining councils and challenged section 32 of the Labour Relations Act.
 

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