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  • GBV Indicators Study for Western Cape

    The Gender Link’s Western Cape GBV Indicators Study provides the first comprehensive baseline data on violence against women in the province.

    The study shows that 39 percent of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and that the same proportion of men admit to perpetrating violence.

    It found that most of this violence takes place where all citizens should feel safest - in the home and in communities – and that the highest proportion of violence is the kind for which there is no category in police records - emotional, verbal and economic abuse.

    To read the article titled, “GBV Indicators Study - Western Cape Province, SA,” click here.

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    All Africa
  • Gift of the Givers Supplies Not Yet Reached Gaza

    Medical equipment and supplies taken by the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, have not yet reached Gaza almost a week after arriving in Egypt.
     
    The South African Department of International Relations is still negotiating its safe passage and seeking clearance from the Egyptian government.
     
    The team was allowed to enter the war-torn region after being stuck at the Egyptian Raffah border crossing.
     
    To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers supplies not yet reached Gaza,” click here.

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    SABC News
  • NGOs Hand Out 4 000 Cardboard Cots in KZN

    Approximately 4 000 cardboard baby-cots are being distributed in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to curb neonatal mortality.
     
    World Vision South Africa and the Help Our Little Ones Foundation, spearheading the project, have designed 10 000 cardboard cots to distribute in six provinces across the country.
     
    The NGO’s spokesperson, Sasha Endemann, advises that mothers must have attended at least four antenatal classes to qualify, emphasising that, “This is to promote healthcare and improve the mortality (rate) of both the mothers and their newborn.”
     
    To read the article titled, “KZN hands out 4 000 cardboard cots,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • NGO Supports Call for Fuel-Levy to Pay for E-tolls

    The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) supports the call for a fuel-levy to help pay for Gauteng’s controversial e-tolling system.
     
    The JPSA along with the majority of interested parties who have already made their submissions to the Gauteng e-toll review panel sitting, set up by Gauteng premier David Makhura, argue that the multi-billion rand project must be scrapped.
     
    JPSA’s Howard Dembovsky says there are other ways to pay for the roads, and declares that, “We have made a number of recommendations and of course we cannot ignore the elephant in the room which is the fuel levy. We have provided sustentative proof that there is no such thing as not being able to ring-fence the fuel levy.”
     
    To read the article titled, “JPSA weighs in on e-tolling debate,” click here.

    Source: 
    Eye Witness News
  • NGO Director Unable to Enter SA

    A director of a nonprofit chefs’ school in Cape Town has been declared ‘undesirable’ by the Department of Home Affairs after overstaying his visa by 25 days.

    Barry Berman, a United States citizen who runs the Infinity Culinary Training school in Pinelands, may not re-enter the country before June 2015.
     
    He co-founded the school in 2009 with Zimbabwean-born, Spencer Moyana, to teach basic cooking skills to people from poor communities to improve their chances of gaining employment.
     
    To read the article titled, “NGO director unable to enter SA,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • NLB Donates in Honour of Women

    The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
     
    The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
     
    Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
     
    To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Court Warned Against Minister’s Powers

    The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has told the Constitutional Court that the police minister's powers to suspend the head of the Hawks are too broad and open to abuse.

    HSF’s David Unterhalter told the court the prescripts governing the power to suspend are vaguely defined, adding that, "Grounds of suspension are not specified."

    Unterhalter, who warned that, "An exercise of power without proper review is dangerous," argues that the minister's powers of suspension are not specified, and a suspension made on ‘a ministerial whim’ could disrupt the office of the Hawks, with ‘huge consequences’.

    To read the article titled, “Power without proper review is dangerous – HSF,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • CASAC Criticises Zuma Over Nkandla

    The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that President Jacob Zuma's failure to account properly on the Public Protector's report on his Nkandla homestead shows contempt for Parliament and for the Constitution.

    In a press statement, CASAC points out that, "The president should be allowed to complete his answers to the questions that had been tabled for answer on 21 August 2014, and to respond to any supplementary questions in the National Assembly.”

    Meanwhile, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, wrote that, "I am concerned that the decision you have made regarding the police minister gives him power he does not have under law, which is to review my decision taken in pursuit of the powers of administrative scrutiny I am given... by the Constitution."
     
    To read the article titled, “CASAC: Zuma showing contempt for Parliament,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • NGO Urged JMPD to Comply With Law

    The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) says that instead of condoning ‘abusive behaviour’ on the part of metro police officers, senior Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JPMD) official should ensure that officers comply with the law.

    JPSA national chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, urged JMPD management to adhere to its standing orders, and encourage officers to act like adults and responsible law enforcers, instead of thugs.

    Dembovsky was responding to Metro police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar’s comments following a reported incident of ‘abuse’ perpetrated against Johannesburg motorist, Kady-Shay O’Bryan, by a JMPD officer.

    To read the article titled, “Metro Police called out on ‘thug’ behaviour,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • GMOs: The ‘Good and Bad’

    According to an article articled ‘The Good and Bad of Genetically Modified Organisms’ by Peter Sunday, the African Union a few months back called for an explanation regarding the good and the bad of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for Ugandans to decide which path to take.

    Sunday states that the debate  around GMOs comes at a time  when 400 African organisations representing small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, social movements, non-governmental organisations, organic producers, consumers business people have signed an African civil society petition sent to African union denouncing GMOs on the basis of lack safety data on GMOs.

    He further states that major trading countries are involved in conflicts in relation to patent rights of the products produced, with others argues that GM corn can trigger health problems like allergies.

    To read the article titled, “The good and bad of Genetically Modified Organisms,” click here.

    Source: 
    New Vision
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