The United States (US) government has launched a five-year, US$100 million programme to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, states that his country remains committed to the welfare of Zimbabweans.
Nonprofit international development organisations, World Vision and CNFA, will implement the five-year programme in Zimbabwe's most drought-prone provinces.
To read the article titled, “USAID targets Zimbabwe food shortages, malnutrition,” click here.Source:All Africa
Having been labelled a ‘rape apologist’, David Bullard tried to make peace by starting a donation drive for the Rape Crisis Centre, but the organisation rejected his money.
The controversial columnist started his attempt at donating with this tweet: “Followers, please donate to @RapeCrisis and I’ll start the ball rolling with R3 000. Bank details please.”
The Rape Crisis Centre responded by saying: “@RapeCrisis will not be party to @lunchout2’s whitewashing his actions through associating himself with us. We decline his donation.”
To read the article titled, “No thanks, rape NGO tells Bullard,” click here.Source:IOL News
International charity, Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), has expanded its Action Meningitis health intervention scheme to Chikhwawa in Malawi.
In a press statement, MRF states that in partnership with Blantyre District health office, the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre and D-tree International, a new triage system which uses mobile phone technology, has been introduced to speed up and track hospital referrals.
The organisation further adds that since December 2012 over 96 000 children who were at risk of dying in a queue waiting to be seen were triaged.
To read the article titled, “Meningitis foundation extends interventions to Chikhwawa,” click hereSource:All Africa
There is Hope, a Christian non-denominational organisation, has launched a multipurpose conference centre in Lilambwe, Malawi, with a aim of serving the Dowa community, and partners including government.
The centre, which has been successfully completed, is part of different projects Dowa District Executive Committee members approved the organisation to implement in the district.
Representative of the Dowa District Commissioner, Hackson Mainja, urges the community and the traditional leaders surrounding the camp to take good care of the facility and work with the organisation on the different projects it has planned.
To read the article titled, “NGO launches multipurpose conference centre in Dowa,” click here.Source:All Africa
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that childbirths as a proportion of the total South African population are at a record low for the first time in more than two decades.
In a press statement, SAIRR researcher, Thuthukani Ndebele, points out that, "Women are choosing to delay childbirth and ultimately have fewer children, so that the number of babies born per 1 000 people in a given year is shrinking."
Ndebele says a shrinking proportion of births, coupled with better life expectancy, will result in the proportion of young people dropping while that of older persons will grow.
To read the article titled, “Fewer births in SA - survey,” click here.Source:News 24
The Opposition for Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that 71 percent of Gauteng motorists do not have e-tags.
A survey carried out by OUTA shows that 71 percent of its second ‘statistically sound’ sample size of 2 700 vehicles do not have e-tags fitted.
The counting, which took place during peak hour traffic at nine different on/off ramps during early February - three months into operation – is an indication that freeway users are largely steadfast and exercising strong levels of civil courage by not getting e-tagged to the levels required by the South African National Roads Agency.
To read the article titled, “OUTA: 71 percent of Gauteng motorists still untagged,” click here.Source:Fin 24
Corruption Watch's executive director, David Lewis, believes that this is a cause for concern, furthermore while other reports stem from other parts of the country, Gauteng is perhaps deemed as most corrupt as a lot of public servants report to the province.
He further adds that, while South Africa’s corruption profile has dropped in the international index, South Africans themselves hold the perception that corruption in the country is deteriorating and this calls for a great incentive to combat it.
To read the article titled, “Gauteng among most corrupt provinces: Corruption Watch,” click here.Source:SABC News
Gift of the Givers Foundation, a humanitarian organisation, says that there is no way they can initiate contact with the militants who kidnapped Pierre Korkie, a Bloemfontein teacher, in Yemen.
Gift of the Givers Foundation is worried about Korkie's well-being, who is being held hostage in Yemen by al-Qaeda militants.
The militants had extended the deadline to 8 February 2014, for a R33 million ransom to secure Korkie's release.
To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers in dark about Korkie’s well-being,” click here.Source:SABC News
The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) demand answers about the reason behind the resignation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) group chief executive officer, Lulama Mokhobo.
The SABC has issued a statement, indicating that the reasons for her departure are ‘personal and confidential’.
SOS coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, states that the broadcaster has been allowed to run in crisis and constant instability for far too long, with a high turnover in executive staff and board members in recent years.
To read the article titled, “SABC in hot water over group CEO's departure,” click here.Source:Times Live
Zambia rejects non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are calling for the distribution of condoms to inmates in prisons, saying the move will promote homosexuality and sodomy, which are against the country’s laws.
Some NGOs have been advocating for the distribution of condoms in prisons as a way of reducing sexually transmitted disease.
Home Affairs minister, Ngosa Simbyakula, states that government is not in support of the calls and asked what the condoms will be used for.
To read the article titled, “No to condoms in our jails, says Zambia,” click here.Source:News 24