The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has once again pleaded with government to listen to ‘critics’ against e-tolling, in light of new information provided by a whistle blower on the user payment system.
This, as the organisation awaits feedback from the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office on a complaint it laid, following ‘damning’ information it received from a source within the system.
The City Press reported on 30 March 2014 that an employee of Austrian Company Kapsch - used to design the e-toll system – had warned the South African National Roads Agency Ltd of the high risk in the implementation of a national roll-out.
To read the article titled, “OUTA claims proof of e-toll mismanagement,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working with women and children say child abuse has become an epidemic in the country, with one in four children becoming victims of abuse.
Saartjie Baartman spokesperson, Shaheema McLeod, states that one of the problems that they have picked up in their areas is that there are little resources available for parents to take their kids for assistance.
McLeod explains that, “…a lack of a political will to make resources available. There seems to be more violent acts committed against children, and parents need to keep in mind to put preventative measures in place.”
To read the article titled, “NGOs decry child abuse 'epidemic',” click here.Source:SABC News
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that a toxic blend of secret money and political influence is creating a ceremonial undermining of South Africa’s democracy.
ISS senior researcher, Judith February, argues that there is no way of know when the corporate and private world are investing in political parties for favours because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties.
She is of the view that, “We have no way of knowing when private or corporate interests try to buy political favours in South Africa,” further stating the need for a legislation to enable transparency and prevent the potentially corrupting influence of secret money on politics and government.”
To read the article titled, ‘Dodgy donations’ undermine SA’s democracy,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has responded to the Public Protector's report by saying those implicated should consider stepping down.
In a press statement, the SACC points out that, "For the future of the nation and the sustainability of our fledgling democracy, we urge those implicated in the report to consider stepping down."
The organisation also says that the report on Nkandla "should be interrogated, not on the timing of its release, but the merits of the contents therein and the implications for the country."
To read the article titled, “Those implicated by Nkandla report should resign: SACC,” click here.Source:Times Live
The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2017 the Tuberculosis (TB) rate may rise in Angola.
Fight Against Tuberculosis Programme coordinator, Celestino Teixeira, stresses that the country has done everything to implement the WHO strategies on disease.
Teixeira further states that in 2013, Angola reported a total of 60 807 cases of tuberculosis of all forms, observing an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.
To read the article titled, “Tuberculosis cases may increase in country by 2017 - WHO,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Zimbabwean government has been asked to urgently remove laws that restrict the work of human rights defenders and repeal offensive sections of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that inhibit freedom of assembly.
A report released by civil society organisations is critical at the slow pace of the implementation of a number of recommendations, aimed at curtailing and improving human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
Analysts say there has been little progress in implementing key aspects of the human rights recommendations, notably the need to repeal draconian laws and ensure accountability for past rights abuses.
To read the article titled, “Govt urged to implement recommendations on human rights,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has warned that the poorest patients will suffer if provincial health departments do not pay the National Health Laboratories Services (NHLS) monies owed to it.
CANSA head of health Professor Michael Herbst maintains that the NHLS renders a crucial service to cancer patients.
Herbst points out that, "They [NHLS] do the histological or the laboratory tests to get the final diagnosis of cancer but they also do other tests. They also do tests for cancer markers, and without this it is very difficult for the treating specialists to properly and adequately treat the patients and this is just not on."
To read the article titled, “Poor patients will suffer if NHLS is not paid soon: CANSA,” click here.Source:SABC News
Corruption Watch says a finding that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla residence has damaged the government's credibility.
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, warns that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, report on her probe into the matter has ‘severe’ implications.
Lewis is of the view that, "The massive increase in the costs of the upgrade from R27 million to in excess of R200 million, coupled with the president’s failure to take steps to prevent or even query clearly escalating costs reveal that he placed personal and family interests above those of the public."
To read the article titled, “Nkandla report damaged govt credibility – NGO,” click here.Source:News 24
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that the Free State is hardest hit by medicine shortages for HIV and tuberculosis.
TAC national chairperson, Anele Yawa, is urging the premier to end what she calls the chronic shortage of medicines in the Free State health system.
On 20 March 2014, several members of the TAC marched to Free State Premier, Ace Magashule’s office in Bloemfontein to hand over a memorandum urging him to intervene in Free State health matters.
To read the article titled, “FState hardest hit by medicine shortages - TAC,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZSCD) has charged that government is wasting time by once again extending the registration for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.
Government has again extended the registration period for NGOs by sixty days effective 4th February to 5 May 2014.
ZCSD executive secretary, Lewis Mwape, points out that mainstream NGOs in the country will never register under the NGO Act and that government’s extension of the deadline is a sheer waste of time.
To read the article titled, “Government wasting time extending the registration for NGOs-ZSCD,” click here.Source:Lusaka Times