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  • Call for a Modern Leader for Mozambique

    The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa says the time has come for a modern leader to be elected in Mozambique's elections.

    The organisation’s executive director, Denis Kadima, says that people need a modern leader who does not come with baggage of liberation fighting.

    The comments come as the ruling party, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) chose a presidential candidate with no struggle credentials and comes from a different province.

    To read the article titled, “Mozambicans need a modern leader: Analyst,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • ISS: Farm Killings Not Politically Motivated

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has refuted some reports which claim that farm attacks are racially motivated.
     
    The ISS study has found that most attacks are motivated by greed and not by racial intolerance.
     
    ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that the report could not find any evidence showing that violent crimes committed on farms and small holdings were motivated by race or class.
     
    To read the article titled, “Farm attacks not racially motivated: ISS,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Project Targets Teenage Pregnancy

    Save the Children has launched a three-year project geared at reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu, Malawi, to complement government’s work in the promotion of girls' education in the country.
     
    Speaking during the launch ceremony in Ntcheu, Save the Children programme manager, Frank Mwafulirwa, argued that incidences of teenage pregnancies contribute highly towards girl's school dropout rate in the country especially in primary schools.
     
    Mwafulirwa stated that, "According to Demographic Health Survey of 2010, 28 percent of girls drop out school due pregnancies and less than 10 percent of such girls are re-admitted in the schools across the country."
     
    To read the article titled, “Save the children intervenes in reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Global March Against Poaching

    Thousands marched in Africa and around the world on 4 October 2014 to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.
     
    The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo.
     
    In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities.
     
    To read the article titled, “Elephant poaching: thousands march worldwide for wildlife protection,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Guardian
  • Confusion Over Zim Unemployment Rate

    Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change has recently described Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate of 85 percent as a ticking time bomb.
     
    In its 2013 election manifesto, President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party claimed unemployment levels stood at 60 percent.
     
    The secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union, Japhet Moyo, told a newspaper late in 2012 that the unemployment rate was between 80 and 90 percent while the country’s National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations suggested that overall unemployment in 2011 stood at 95 percent.
     
    To read the article titled, “Is Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate four percent, 60 percent or 95 percent?” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Calls for Renewed Global Push to End Poverty

    In the report, ‘Financing Africa’s Future: The Fight Against Poverty’, the ONE campaign laments setbacks in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty around the world and called for a renewed drive to that end.
     
    ONE says that some progress has been made, noting that the proportion of people living on less than US$1.25 a day has been halved over the past two decades.
     
    The organisation praises such countries as Britain, Japan, Germany, Norway France, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands for increased aid.
     
    The advocacy organisation of nearly six million people - cofounded by Bono of the music group U2 - aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and is funded by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations.

    To read the article titled, “Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • WHO: Ebola Set to Explode Without Drastic Action

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, the Ebola epidemic is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, warning that hundreds of thousands could be infected by the end of 2014.

    In a report, the United Nations agency declares that new cases would surge from hundreds each week to thousands without ‘drastic improvements in control measures’, with the number of infections set to more than triple to 20 000 by November 2014.

    The research paper warns that the outbreak could drag out for years and become entrenched in West Africa, which has already seen almost 3 000 deaths.

    To read the article titled, “Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Coalition Calls for Better Response to Mental Health, Addiction

    Health organisations have launched a new drive to address what some have called a ‘mental health pandemic’ fuelled by drug abuse in South Africa.

    During the Rural Health Conference in Worcester, Western Cape, the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, Rural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA) and other health organisations launched the Rural Mental Health Advocacy Campaign which aims to advocate for mental health services, including those aimed at addressing drug and alcohol addiction.

    RuReSA’s chairperson, Kate Sherry warns that, "We are facing a mental health pandemic, it is everywhere, and the health system is not prepared to deal with it."

    To read the article titled, “Coalition calls for better response to mental health, addiction,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Launch of the Tipfuxeni Project, 23 September 2014

    The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), in partnership with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), launched the Tipfuxeni Project, on 23 September 2014 in Johannesburg.

    Tipfuxeni, is a two-year online capacity building project aimed at South African non-governmental organisations (NGOs). One of the components of the Tipfuxeni Project is an interactive web platform, which provides NGOs, especially those that have not benefited from any information and communication technology (ICT) projects before, the opportunity to take advantage of ICTs and raise awareness about their work, share best practices and access information on NGO opportunities, among others.

    Speaking during the Tipfuxeni launch, deputy minister of monitoring and evaluation in the presidency, Buti Manamela, described South Africa as a better place due to NGOs such as SANGOCO and SANGONeT whose mission over the decades, and in the outcome of Tipfuxeni, has been in cultivating active and vocal citizenry by being participants in their own development. Manamela states that, “The Tipfuxeni Project recognises that ICTs have a critical role to play in ensuring that NPOs [nonprofit organisations] embrace the vision outlined in the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030. The project is founded on the belief that access to ICT plays a crucial role in creating conditions for meaningful participation of people in society.  The profound meaning of the Xitsonga word Tipfuxeni, which means Do It For Yourself, is a critical underpinning of our national call to action, Together We Move South Africa Forward.”

    He adds that, government is deeply committed to working with NGOs to combat concerns of poverty, unemployment and inequality which continue to haunt society 20 years into democracy.

    To view the full speeches delivered at the launch refer to:

    SANGOCO and SANGONeT would like to thank all civil society organisations and all stakeholders involved for supporting the launch of the Tipfuxeni portal.

    We encourage you to continue engaging the sector on issues relating to NGO fundraising in South Africa through the Tipfuxeni portal, www.tipfuxeni.org.za, Twitter: @Tipfuxeni_Tipx and Facebook: Tipfuxeni Portal.

     

  • Activists Call Action on Climate Change

    Activists concerned about climate change have delivered a petition on ‘climate justice demands’ to government officials at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

    The gathering, which comes ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate summit to be held in New York next week, saw climate and energy campaigners of groups such as local climate movement 350Africa, Greenpeace and Right2Know Campaign dancing and waving placards containing the slogans ‘We Fight Climate Change’, ‘No More Coal’, and "Clean Energy Now’.

    Ferrial Adam of climate movement 350Africa says people are tired of ‘talk shops’ and want to see real action.

    To read the article titled, “Climate change is happening to us now: Pretoria activists,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
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