​‘Low Uptake’: Extension of e-Toll Debt Discount

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says the 10-day extension of a 60 percent discount offer on outstanding e-toll debt is to be expected.
OUTA says the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) “recent legal summonsing of a few handpicked e-toll defaulters” – which it describes as an attempt to spook the public - appeared to have failed.

​NGOs Welcome Declaration of Malawi State of Disaster

Non-governmental organisations have welcomed President Peter Mutharika’s declaration of Malawi as a state of national disaster describing it as a much-needed acknowledgement of the scale of the problem.
In a statement, they say the declaration should send a strong signal to donors to act quickly to the country’s disaster situation.
“The International community should act swiftly and decisively on government’s declaration of emergency where people are facing worsening hunger because of El Nino related drought and nationwide crop failures,” it explains.

MISA Criticises SA Over Press Freedom

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says South Africa is one of four countries listed as having concerning ‘media policy developments’.
In a statement released by the to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2016, MISA points out that, “While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws on the continent – 19 to date – the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people.”

​SANRAL Trying to 'Lipstick a Pig' - OUTA

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says it doubts claims by road authorities that 300 000 people had taken up the e-toll discount dispensation of 60 percent.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, says: “Anything short of R2.5 billion collected or committed for collection, will still mean the system will have only pushed compliance up to roughly 50 percent.”

​SANEF: SA Journos Have Something to Celebrate

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says on World Press Freedom Day the fundamental principles of media freedom are celebrated and evaluations are made of the role of media freedom in countries throughout the world.
The organisation, which celebrates one of the most important days on the media calendar, paid tribute is paid to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Squires’s Ruling Crucial in Zuma’s Legal Battles

According to Wyndham Hartley, it is not a foregone conclusion that the High Court in Pretoria will grant the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma leave to appeal against its decision that the dropping of fraud and corruption charges against the president was irrational and, therefore, needed to be set aside.
Hartley says according the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), a lobby group, following intense speculation that the NPA would seek to appeal against the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision.

​NGOs Plan to Distribute 2.5m Condoms

The Ngamiland Council of NGOs (NCONGO) and Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) are planning to distribute 2.5 million condoms in seven months throughout the Ngamiland region.

NCONGO executive officer, Monametsi Sokwe, points out that the project is also aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about several issues relating to HIV and sexual health using information, education and communication (IEC) materials and a social media campaign.

Increase in Restrictive Laws on Foreign Funding to NGOs

From 1993 to 2012, 39 of the world’s 153 low and middle-income countries enacted restrictive laws on foreign funding to civil society organisations, both domestic and international.

In some cases, these governments banned overseas funding for local actors outright, while in other instances, they imposed new rules restricting which locally-operating non-governmental organisations could receive aid, and for what purpose.

​Namibian NGOs Face Bleak Future

The categorisation of Namibia as an upper middle-income country has left many orphanages, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in a state of limbo as donors have gradually withdrawn financial assistance.
This has in turn compelled some organisations to shut their operations, as there no funds to sustain them, leaving vulnerable children and orphans stranded with no place to call home.

​Free Diabetes Testing on World Health Day

The Zimbabwe Diabetic Association (ZDA) has offered free diabetes testing to over 400 people in Mashonaland East to commemorate the World Health Day.
The World Health Day is commemorated on 7 April annually.
ZDA president, Dr John Mangwiro, who says the organisation was offering free diabetes testing to people around the country, adds that: "We are doing awareness activities on prevention and management of diabetes to people around the country…”


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