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  • 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
  • TAC to Raise R10m to Remain Open

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to raise R10 million in November 2014 to keep the organisation afloat, the organisation is relying on public donations, hoping big funders will then follow.

    Mark Heywood, one of TAC’s directors states that, “The TAC thinks there is a red light over the country's response to the HIV epidemic," following recent statistics released by the Human Sciences Research Council, which show that in 767 people died each day in South Africa from AIDS related illnesses in 2012, 280,000 in a year.

    Speaking after a national council meeting, the health advocacy group emphasised the ongoing struggles in the health system and outlined TAC's work and key campaigns, assuring that, "TAC will always remain a voice of the voiceless people of South Africa."

    To read the article titled, “TAC's critical R10-million month,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Boards, Heads of PF-Affiliated NGOs Suspended

    Zambia’s Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, Edgar Lungu, has with immediate effect suspended boards and executive directors for the PF-affiliated non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    In a statement issued, Lungu, who is also acting President, said the measure has been taken to strengthen the decision made by President Michael Sata on 28 August 2014.

    The PF, through the office of the secretary general, formed various NGOs to help with research, capacity and institutional growth.

    To read the article titled, “Boards, heads of PF affiliated NGOs suspended,” click here.

    Source: 
    Daily Mail
  • Govt Urged to Give Land to ‘Able People’

    The African Farmers' Association of SA (AFASA) says that government must ensure land is allocated to individuals who have the capacity to use it.
     
    AFASA president, Mzamo Mlengana, points out that, "We are saying to the minister (of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti), we need to have criteria for the farmers' selection."
     
    Mlengana argues that, "When you select a farmer who is not a farmer, it works to the negative of what we are doing. It opens us and government to criticism. Once again, perception will be 'look at the black farmers who have been given land, it's not working'."
     
    To read the article titled, “Give land to able people: Farmers,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
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