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GJN Report Focuses on ‘Privatised Aid’

A damning report has warned that free-market consultants in Britain are taking hundreds of millions of pounds ring-fenced to alleviate poverty in the developing world, as the government continues with its agenda of privatising aid.

Conducted by British non-governmental organisation, Global Justice Now (GJN), the study raises grave concerns over the sheer amount of aid money the Department for International Development (DfID) has given to consultants Adam Smith International (ASI) for overseas aid projects.

Allocation of Police Human Resources Challenged

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is challenging the allocation of police human resources in the Western Cape and nationally,
saying there is not an equitable distribution in terms of black and poor neighbourhoods.

In a press statement, the LRC says it has filed an application in the Equality Court against the minister of police, national police commissioner, Western Cape provincial commissioner and the minister for community safety in the Western Cape.

NGOs Play Key Role in Upholding Rights

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), backed by academia, social justice advocates and the arts play an important role in upholding the ideals of human rights in South Africa and on the continent.

As the country commemorates Human Rights Day on 21 March, access to justice remains an important theme for human rights NGOs and all efforts are directed towards helping individuals and groups from poor communities.

Zuma’s Apology an Insult to South Africans

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has described President Jacob Zuma’s response to the Constitutional Court judgment on the Nkandla matter, as an insult to all South Africans.

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, whose joined numerous others in criticising Zuma’s ‘apology’ on the matter, points out that, “A simple apology is all we received from the head of state, along with a feeble excuse of misunderstandings and misguidedness, with a promise of new focus on policy revision related to state expenditure.”

China’s NGOs Go Global

Rapid economic growth over the past three and a half decades has transformed China’s position from a recipient of international aid to a donor nation. China’s overseas development assistance has mirrored its state-run commercial investments and trade activities. In other words, the majority of China’s overseas development assistance is directed at nations, notably in Africa and Southeast Asia, where it has a substantial stake in accessing natural resources and low cost human capital.

UN Report Shows SA Government Must Start Respecting Human Rights!

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Committee hard-hitting report on South Africa’s record on civil and political rights.

The organisation calls on the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development to speedily implement the committee’s recommendations and give a deadline by when these reforms will be in place.

NGOs Concerned About Botswana’s NHRI

Botswana non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are concerned that their government and the United Nations (UN) are engaged in processes concerning the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) without the strategic engagement of civil society organisations.

Between 2015 and 2016 the NHRI Benchmarking Missions for delegations of the Botswana government and the UN in Botswana, were undertaken to benchmark human rights institutions in Ghana, Namibia and Tanzania.

Slain Activist to be Laid to Rest on Saturday

The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) says the anti-mining activist, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, murdered in an alleged ‘blue light’ hit last week, will be laid to rest this weekend.

His murder‚ which has been linked to a decade of work that he did with the committee in the Wild Coast in opposing open-cast titanium mining by the Australian mining company Mineral Commodity Limited (CMR)‚ drew widespread condemnation.

Mining CEO Accused of Inciting Violence

The Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) has accused an Australian mining company’s chief executive officer of inciting violence in an area where an anti-mining activist was murdered.

The murder of Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe is continuing to makes waves as condemnation of the killing and calls for police to find the perpetrators are taken up by different organisations.

Namibian NGOs in Need of Donor Funding

According to Lahja Nashuuta, ever since the World Bank elevated Namibia to the upper middle income country status, majority of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country have been struggling to remain afloat as donor funds dry up.

Nashuuta states that since the reclassification of Namibia from the lower-income country to upper–middle income country in July 2009, donors have redirected their funding to country that are classified as more poorer than Namibia, leaving local NGOs in financial squeeze.

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