Eskom has publicly apologised to three environmental non-governmental organisation – Greenpeace, groundWork and Earthlife Africa - after it was accused of spying on them.
Eskom chief executive, Brian Dames, argues that the use of private companies to gather intelligence from stakeholders is unacceptable and not how Eskom does business.
“To the extent that this may have happened as a consequence, even if unintended, is regrettable and Eskom apologises for this,” he explains.
To read the article titled, “Eskom apologises for spying on NGOs,” click here.Source:News 24
The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in a bid to stop Top TV from starting broadcasts of three pornographic channels on 1 December 2013.
JASA says it believed the Independent Broadcasting Authority (ICASA) had erred in law in failing to find out that the constitutional rights of children should have trumped Top TV’s rights to freedom of expression.
The Alliance also contended that fixing a watershed time of 20h00 ‘flew in the face of common sense’, bearing in mind that most children finished their homework at about 8pm and then watched television for an hour or two until bedtime.
To read the article titled, “NGO in court bid to stop porn channels,” click here.Source:The Citizen
- According to the Culture Foot Solidaire (CFS) says that hundreds of African teenagers are still being led abroad by false agents promising soccer riches only to be abandoned on the streets of European countries.
Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international who heads the Culture Foot Solidaire group (CFS), says that it is estimated that up to 15 000 young African players were taken abroad every year under false pretences.
Mbvoumin says that the agents, often using fake business cards allegedly issued by European clubs, approached the players’ families, promising a lucrative contract abroad in exchange for a fee ranging between 3 000 and US$13 400.
To read the article titled, “Trafficking of young African players still rampant,” click here.Source:Sports Live
The National Anti-Corruption Forum has urged the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to be vigilant as the 2014 elections draw closer.
The forum says some politicians are beginning to interfere with the agency's work in a desperate attempt to push their parties' agendas.
The latest SASSA annual report has revealed that over 7 700 fraud and corruption cases were registered with the agency in the past year.
To read the article titled, “SASSA warned to be vigilant ahead of 2014 elections,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) says that the government's three major economic policies are incoherent.
In relation to the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path, and the Trade and Industry Department's Industrial Policy Action Plan, the CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, believes it is essential to have consistency within these policies.
“The economy is in trouble and South Africa needs certainty. It's time to make the tough choices and stick to them," explains Bernstein.
To read the article titled, “South Africa has incoherent economic policies, says CDE report,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the Gauteng e-tolling controversy offers President Jacob Zuma the opportunity to indicate to government officials what he means by consultation.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that they agree with the president’s notion however are let down by the actions displayed by the authorities in ignoring the views of the people.
Zuma told residents in Soshanguve that South Africans want to be engaged continuously and have strong views about how they want to be governed.
To read the article titled, “Outa wants Zuma to act on e-tolls,” click here.Source:Fin 24
As the world coffers appear to gradually dry up at a time when most non-governmental organisations are donor driven, it is about time these so-called non-profit making groups embrace the concept of social enterprise to sustain their projects.
According to an analysis by Tonderayi Matonho, these organisations also need to build positive relations with the people and communities they have assisted for the many years they have been in existence.
Matonho is of the view that the social enterprise concept integrates into programme activities an income generation and business model, creating complete transformation and sustainable processes.
To read the article titled, “Donor-driven NGOs, should enterprise or they die,” click here.Source:All Africa
Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers’ movement, declares politicians unwelcome in Durban’s informal settlements until such time that the housing needs of the poor are addressed.
The movement’s general secretary, Bandile Mdlalose, states that the shack dwellers are tired of the lies they hear from politicians and have to send a message that they are not wanted in their areas.
He was responding to protests by Kennedy Road residents, following eThekwini mayor, James Nxumalo’s visit where he handed out meat parcels to the poor.
Abahlali believes the mayor’s visit was an insult to the residents of Kennedy Road informal settlement who were yet to receive houses promised to them years ago.
To read article titled, “Give us houses not meat, mayor,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) states that it would be in national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega’s best interest, and that of the police service, for her to step aside while the investigation into her conduct is pending.
Phiyega faces a criminal charge of defeating the ends of justice for allegedly interfering in Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer’s crime intelligence investigation.
ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, argues that a lack of experience and a police service in crisis has tainted Phiyega’s term as the national commissioner.
To read article titled, “Phiyega must go,” click here.Source:The Citizen
When families and communities fail children, the government is left with the job of caring for them. Often non-governemental organisations (NGOs), such as Childline, carry out this responsibility - but they are struggling to survive.
In Diepsloot, where the bodies of cousins Yonelisa Mali, two and Zandile Mali, three, were found in a public toilet this week - Childline could only field one social worker.
The cousins' bodies were found near the spot where Anelisa Mkhondo, five, was found dumped and murdered last month.
Joan Van Niekerk, advocacy and training manager for Childline, says the situation was dire. The organisation works to protect children from all forms of violence.
Though it is ‘grateful’ for government funding, Van Niekerk says it covered only a third of the organisation's services nationally.
"There is money in this country, it just doesn't go to the services that are so urgently needed," said Van Niekerk.
"What you have is [President Jacob] Zuma spending R238-million on his Nkandla residence while he earns a president's salary. But just 10 kilometres from his home you have children who do not have enough to eat."
Childline recently cut its staff complement. North West had the highest retrenchment rate but there were also job losses in other provinces such as Northern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
In Western Cape, Childline had to sell its property just to survive.
Van Niekerk says Diepsloot was not the only Childline office with only one worker. Many small offices in KwaZulu-Natal are in the same situation.
According to a summary report by the Financial and Fiscal Commission, there are about 900 000 orphans in South Africa and the state has an obligation to provide them with social services.
"Many NGOs are facing serious financial difficulties as a result of the increase in the demand for their services, coupled with a decline in external and government funding in recent years," the report says.
"Delays in transfers from the government threaten their very existence and their ability to deliver services."
Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says R5 billion had been budgeted for NGO funding this year.
The police have offered a R100 000 reward for information about the whereabouts of the suspected killer of the Mali children.
Police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said the suspect, who is in his 30s, is about 1.7 metres tall and light-skinned.
This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount budgeted bythe Department Social Development for NGO funding this year.
- Nashira Davids is a journalist for The Times, and Graeme Hosken is a senior reporter at Sunday Times. This article first appeared on the Times Live website, www.timeslive.co.za.