The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed concern about the imminent closure of the South African Press Association (SAPA).
In a press statement, “SANEF extends its solidarity and support to the 48 staff, including 35 journalists, at the SAPA who are about to lose their jobs in an industry that has already shed far too many posts under tough economic conditions.”
SANEF further says that, “We are concerned about the demise of the 76-year-old independent national news agency and how it will affect the media landscape in the country and the continent, given its important role in the daily fabric of newsrooms – big and small.”
To read the article titled, “SANEF ‘concerned’ about SAPA demise,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Oxfam, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has announced its upcoming developmental strategies to ensure good health, water, sanitation and better livelihood among the needy and vulnerable in Africa.
Oxfam West African Regional Director, Aboubacry Tall, points out that the organisation has plans to ensure that the poor and needy had access to food, clothing, shelter, potable water, good health care and education in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
Tall says that about 28 million pounds was raised in 2014 from private bodies and bilateral donors including the British, German and United States governments to assist Ebola affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali.
To read the article titled, “Oxfam designs strategies to develop Africa,” click here.Source:Ghana Web
Southern Africa Network Against Trafficking and Abuse of Children (SANTAC) has urged journalists in Malawi to help in lobbying Parliamentarians to pass the Trafficking In Persons Bill.
SANTAC president, Maxwell Matewere, points out that the push for the trafficking legislation follows the statistically proven increased cases of human trafficking.
Matewere expressed concern that with only two weeks before close of the deliberations, it was worrisome that not much progress had been made as per debate on the Bill, raising fears of its being postponed to the next parliament meeting while trafficking cases continued to go on an upward spiral.
To read the article titled, “Media urged to lobby for Trafficking Bill,” click here.Source:All Africa
Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists have unfurled a banner at the 2nd Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2015 in Sea Point which read ‘nuclear investments cost the Earth’.
The banner hung for a short while in the hotel foyer where delegates were registering for the congress, until hotel security asked activists, perched on a ledge above it, to come down.
Greenpeace’s Melita Steele, says that their intention have been to ‘communicate directly with the congress delegates, which we did, so we came down’.
“In fact nuclear projects are a distraction from the real solution to the crisis: investments in renewable energy. It would take at least 15 years for new nuclear projects to deliver electricity to the grid, which is far too little, far too late and comes at far too high a price.”
To read the article titled, “Renewable energy can resolve urgent problems,” click here.Source:IOL News
SECTION27, a non-governmental organisation, says activism is central for a democratic country like South Africa as it encourages accountability and engagement to ordinary people.
SECTION27 executive director, Mark Heywood, believes that activism must be linked with the Constitution because it demonstrates change in society.
Heywood adds that activism is a powerful tool that is used by people to voice their problems and challenges in government.
To read the article titled, “Activism seen as crucial to SA's democracy,” click here.Source:SABC News
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that South African workers no longer trust trade unions.
In its latest survey, SAIRR’s Boitumelo Setlhatswe is of the view that the trade unions lose control of the workshop floor.
The report indicates that registered union membership have declined by 26 percent between 1994 and 2014, adding that it also shows that the number of registered trade unions decreased by 14 percent between 1994 and 2014.
To read the article titled, “Report highlights workers distrust in trade unions,” click here.Source:SABC News
Members of Ses'Khona People's Rights movement say they will take to the streets of Cape Town once again to highlight the lack of proper sanitation in poor communities.
Nine leaders were found guilty by the Bellville Regional Court last week of contravening the Civil Aviation Act after they threw human waste at the Cape Town International Airport last year.
Members of Ses'Khona say they are planning a big march in Cape Town next month, because despite several attempts to force the city to address sanitation issues, nothing has been done.
To read the article titled, “Ses'Khona to march again for proper sanitation,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Constitutional Court will hear an application by a non-governmental organisation seeking to determine whether Parliament has failed in its constitutional obligation to get political parties to disclose the source of their private funding.
Currently, political parties are not obliged to disclose their funders and the applicant in the matter, My Vote Counts NPC, is calling for a more inclusive, transparent and accountable political system.
Forming the basis of its case is the constitutional right to access information and the right to vote.
To read the article titled, “NGO calls for transparent, accountable political system,” click here.Source:News 24
City Press reports that a court battle is set to rage over newly expanded powers that Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, has gained over the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.
Civil action group, SOS Support Public Broadcasting coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, points out that, “The changes are far-reaching and reduce the board's power significantly.”
The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition collective, along with other partners, have approached the High Court in Pretoria in a bid to have Muthambi's new powers declared unlawful and unconstitutional.
To read the article titled, “Court battle over Muthambi's SABC powers,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has expressed disappointment at the consultative meeting being held by the Gauteng Provincial Government on e-tolls.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, says the panel, which was appointed to look into e-tolls, does not have the necessary scope to take it to a national level.
The organisation has also lashed out at the Gauteng Provincial Government for complicating issues and not addressing the elephant in room, which it claims is the fact that the e-toll system has failed.
To read the article titled, “OUTA disappointed at e-toll consultative meeting,” click here.Source:SABC News