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  • NGO Takes GBV Fight to Rural Areas

    The Eastern Cape Childline office and Masimanyane Women's Support Centre are taking their programmes to rural areas as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

    The organisations will launch their programme at Nxarhuni village, Eastern Cape, an area which was chosen for the launch as it has experienced a number of violent crimes against women in the past six months.

    Senior Social Worker at Childline, Nondumiso Buyana explains that: “We've also realised as Childline in the province that mostly in the rural areas there’s not many people that are working there, mostly it will be Department of Social Development and we thought it’s best that we also form partnership and assist these communities because most people…”

    To read the article titled, “Childline takes gender crime fight to rural areas,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Court to Hear R2K Applications on Key Points

    The High Court in Johannesburg will hear an application for a list of South Africa’s National Key Points to be made public.

    The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the SA History Archive (SAHA) want the list to be made public in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).

    R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, says in 2012, a request was made to the South African Police Service for the list of key points, but it was refused.

    Civic organisations had complained that the secrecy surrounding National Key Points had been ‘used to undermine’ the right to know and to protest in public spaces.

    To read the article titled, “High court to hear R2K application on Key Points,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Expert Criticises Police’s Incompetency

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the recent dropping of high profile cases shows that there is no ‘sound relationship’ between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

    ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that sometimes police rush to make arrests without gathering sufficient evidence because of public or political pressure.

    Burger adds that in so-called ‘low profile’ cases, the level of incompetency as far as investigating is concern is worse than in ‘high profile’ cases.

    To read the article titled, “Expert highlights police incompetency,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • ANC, Ses’khona to Thrash Out Problems

    The African National Congress’ (ANC) provincial executive committee in the Western Cape has given the green light for high-level talks with the Ses’khona People’s Movement, following an attack on controversial poo-throwing activist, Andile Lili.
     
    The ANC and Ses’khona have been at loggerheads recently over what the people’s movement dubbed ‘political meddling in a job-creation project it had with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).”
     
    And after Ses’khona publicly blamed the ANC for the attack on Lili, the provincial leadership resolved to meet Ses’khona to smooth over the troubles and thrash out a common approach to the challenges of housing, sanitation and jobs.
     
    To read the article titled, “ANC, Ses’khona to thrash out problems,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • NGOs Hailed for Refurbishing Classrooms

    Tanzania’s Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, has hailed Pestalozzi Children's Foundation (PCF) of Switzerland and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for the timely intervention in constructing and renovating several classrooms in Bukoba District.

    Massawe points out that, "The government appreciates Public Private Partnership (PPP). The assistance is timely. We thank the two NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and the people of Switzerland for their good spirit. Other NGOs should emulate the example."

    VSO programme manager, Christopher Munubi, says five classrooms and two teachers' houses were renovated at Nyakato Primary School including toilets and a water tank with capacity of 2 000 litres.

    To read the article titled, “Kagera RC hails NGOs for refurbishing classrooms,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • OUTA Welcomes SANRAL e-Toll Submission

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has welcomed the South African Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) decision to make a submission to the Gauteng e-tolls review panel.

    In a press statement, SANRAL spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “While very late in the panel's process, the about turn is most welcome and we look forward to hearing SANRAL’s response to the numerous questions and concerns that have emerged.”

    Clarke says he hopes that the agency's decision to face the panel meant that it will be more willing to be more ‘professional, transparent and engaging’ with the public about e-tolls in the future.

    To read the article titled, “OUTA welcomes SANRAL e-toll submissions,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Peters Urged to do e-Toll Maths

    The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) is shocked at the gross exaggeration and disingenuous nature of transport minister, Dipuo Peter’s statement on e-tolls.

    In a press statement, OUTA points out that, “It must be implied that Minister Peters is referring to the amount required to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).”

    Peter’s told the Gauteng E-Toll Advisory Panel that a further R3.65 needs to be added to the fuel levy if it was to be used to fund road infrastructure needs.

    To read the article titled, “Do the e-toll mathematics, minister: OUTA,” click here.

    Source: 
    My Broadband
  • SANEF Welcomes Review of e.tv Practices

    The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has welcomed the decision by e.tv to review its editorial management practices.

    In a press statement, SANEF chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, points out that, "Council has noted developments regarding allegations of editorial interference at eNCA implicating politicians, shareholders and senior executives."

    Mkhabela says SANEF welcomes the e.tv decision to launch the review of the channel’s editorial management practices to safeguard editorial independence and credibility of news coverage.  

    To read the article titled, “Editors' forum welcomes review of e.tv practices,” click here.

    Source: 
    Fin 24
  • MMEWR Donates to Vulnerable Kids

    Botswana’s Department of Mines under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has donated toiletries to Bana Ba Letsatsi Rehabilitation Centre in Maun.

    Speaking during the donation, Hossia Chimbombi, who is a principal engineer, said the donation will help those in need, adding that they heard Bana Ba Letsatsi's cry for help and they decided to help by coming together as employees and contributing.

    Chimbombi says they have raised P7 200 to buy toiletries for the centre and they will continue to help the centre.

    To read the article titled, “MMEWR donates to vulnerable children,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Ses’khona Demonstrates in Cape Town

    Now the group of African National Congress (ANC) members, who also run a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ses’ khona, have turned on the ANC and will be marching on the party’s provincial headquarters in the Cape Town central business district on Thursday, 6 November 2014.

    ANC leaders have voiced their concern with the behaviour and conduct of Ses’khona, a NGO that is led by former ANC councillors, Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili.

    The ANC’s provincial secretary in the Western Cape, Songezo Mjongile, characterised the Ses’ khona leadership as ‘thugs’ who are trying to intimidate the party’s provincial leadership, which had raised concerns about their conduct and tactics.

    To read the article titled, “W Cape poo-flingers turn on ANC,” click here

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
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