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  • Call to Intensify Fight Against HIV

    Tutu says the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is not over and people need to recommit themselves to eradicating the virus.

    In a pre-recorded message at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) briefing in Johannesburg, Tutu pointed out that, "AIDS is not over while one person still needs ARV antiretroviral medicines, or dies of tuberculosis."

    He said it is not over until the evils that drive HIV, like rape and violence against women and children, are defeated.

    To read the article titled, “Fight against HIV/AIDS not over: Tutu,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO Leader Shot in Cape Town

    Ses'khona People's Rights Movement chairperson, Andile Lili, is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot four times on 5 November 2014 in Khayelitsha.

    Ses'khona spokesperson, Sithembele Majova, points out that the movement is devastated by the news, and also found it strange that the shooting happened on the eve of a planned march to Parliament and the African National Congress offices over the high rate of unemployment.

    Meanwhile, Western Cape police are investigating the attempted murder of a 39-year-old male, and that the motive is unknown. No arrests have been made yet.

    To read the article titled, “Andile Lili shot outside home – reports,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • AWF Calls for Lion Hunting Ban

    The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), calls on the world to totally ban sport hunting of Africa’s lions until the decline in lion populations is reversed.

    AWF senior director of conservation science, Philip Muruthi, warns that lions are extinct in North Africa, severely depleted across West and Central Africa, and now losing ground in their strongholds of East and Southern Africa.

    In a press statement, Muruthi states that, “For those sport hunters and hunting outfitters in the United States and in Africa’s lion range states that have always adhered to the letter of the law, we fully recognise the sacrifice we are asking them to make,” cautioning that “…the absence of lions has profound and long-lasting repercussions on Africa’s ecosystems.”

    To read the article titled, “African Wildlife Foundation calls for tougher rules on lion hunting,” click here.

    Source: 
    Coast Week
  • Organisation Demands Legal Recognition

    Lambda, the sole Mozambican association defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people, has protested publicly against the illegal refusal by the Justice Ministry to register it as a bona fide association.

    Lambda first submitted its application for legal recognition as an association in 2008 and since it received no reply, it submitted an appeal in August 2013 but there is still no reply.

    Lambda points out that, under the current laws, any group of 10 or more Mozambican citizens, over the age of 18, can form an association, and legal registration should not take more than 45 days.

    To read the article titled, “Gay Mozambicans demand recognition,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Gates Criticised for Spending Less on Africa

    According to John Vidal, African non-governmental organisations received just four percent of Bill Gates’ money for agriculture work, with 75 percent for United States organisations.

    Vidal says that most of the US$3 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the United States, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10 percent spent in Africa.

    He says analysis of grants made by the foundation shows that nearly half the money awarded over the past decade went to global agriculture research networks, as well as organisations including the World Bank and UN agencies, and groups that work in Africa to promote hi-tech farming.

    To read the article titled, “Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Guardian
  • Churches, NGOs, Mourn President Sata

    Churches and non-governmental organisations have expressed sadness over the passing of Zambia’s President, Michael Sata.

    The organisations have also appealed to Zambia to give Sata a befitting send off.

    The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says it is also saddened by Sata’s passing, adding that, “MISA will remember President Sata for his contribution towards media freedom which included the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act operational and allowing the Zambian media to self-regulate through the Zambia Media Council.”

    To read the article titled, “Church, NGOs express sadness at Sata’s death,” click here.

    Source: 
    Daily Mail
  • SAPS Under Pressure in Meyiwa Case - ISS

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that reports that the late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's family appointed private investigators to help solve his murder put pressure on police to do their best.

    ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, believes that in cases where there is national and international media interest, police will be more likely to put together special investigative teams.

    "This may be a form of showing a lack of confidence in the ability of police to effectively and efficiently investigate. It could be that the family believe it could speed up the process. The family is looking for immediate answers," adds Burger.

    To read the article titled, “SAPS under pressure in Meyiwa case – ISS,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • HSF Fights for Full Access to JSC Deliberations

    Given the core role of the judiciary, the Helen Suzman Foundation wants to know exactly how appointments to the Bench are decided.

    The battle for access to closed-door deliberations over the selection of candidates for the Western Cape Bench continues on 29 October 2014 in the Cape Town high court.

    The Helen Suzman Foundation returned to court to ask for the right to appeal a judgment refusing it access.

    To read the article titled, “Helen Suzman Foundation: Battle goes on for access to full JSC deliberations,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO: Relief Fund Opened After Robbery

    The Solidarity Helping Hand confirms that a relief fund has been opened after the robbery at Pretoria’s President Kruger children’s home on 29 October 2014.

    In a press statement, Helping Hand states that it wants to support the children’s home as much as possible during this crisis.

    The organisation asserts that, “We have therefore already contributed R10 000 towards a relief fund. Our hope is that with the public’s help, we will be able to replace most of the home’s losses.”

    To read the article titled, “Pretoria children’s home robbed,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • R30m Donation for Anti-Poaching Fight

    The Peace Parks Foundation says it will invest R30 million in anti-poaching efforts in Mozambique and game parks in Limpopo.

    In a press statement, the Foundation declares that the funds would be spent on upgrading field communication technology used by rangers, cross-border radio communication systems, training rangers, improving their working conditions, counter-trafficking programmes, sniffer dogs, and research.

    The project also entailed helping the judicial system in Mozambique implement the new Conservation Areas Act, which makes provision for stiffer penalties for anyone found guilty of illicit wildlife product trafficking.

    To read the article titled, “R30m for anti-poaching fight,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
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