The Right2Know Campaign legal team was kicked out of the South African National Road Agency's (SANRAL) Cape High Court application relating to planned e-tolling in the Western Cape.
SANRAL, which requested that parts of the hearing to be held in secret, wants to ensure that supplementary papers on the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project are not put on public record.
The organisation is one of several entities, including the Democratic Alliance, protesting outside the court.
To read the article titled, “Right to Know lawyers kicked out of court,” click here.Source:SABC News
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) is considering laying charges against the driver transporting the giraffe that died in Gauteng.
Tshwane SPCA managing director, Rick Allan, points out that, “At this stage we are still investigating and considering charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act.”
The organisation states that, “We believe the method in which the animal was transported was not correct. The death of the animal could have been avoided.”
To read the article titled, “NSPCA considers charging giraffe driver,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says United States (US) President, Barack Obama, should ensure that human rights concerns are a major focus of the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
The organisation argues that rights concerns should not be relegated to meetings in the margins of the summit, which is hosted under the theme ‘Investing in Our Future’ from 4-6 August 2014 in Washington DC.
HRW’s Africa director, Daniel Bekele, points out that, “The Leaders Summit seems to have dispatched Africa’s serious human rights problems to a sideshow, but the summit’s development and security goals hinge on addressing repression, corruption, and the rule of law.”
To read the article titled, “Make human rights central to summit,” click here.Source:Human Rights Watch
GE (NYSE:GE) has announced that it will invest US$2 billion in facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018.
GE made the announcement in advance of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where GE is hosting African and global government officials, policy experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conference on investment, infrastructure, and innovation in Africa.
GE chairman and chief executive officer, Jeff Immelt, points out that, “I am proud of our 100-year history in Africa. Through investments such as our new multi-modal manufacturing facility in Nigeria, Algeria gas turbine manufacturing, and our customer innovation centre in South Africa, we remain a committed partner to Africa’s sustainable growth.”
To read the article titled, “GE to invest US$2 billion in Africa by 2018,” click here.Source:Stock House
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been challenged to stick to their core business of being vehicles of development and shun meddling in politics.
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland Province, Chris Mushohwe, says that NGOs should not engage in politics but rather partner the government and become instruments for development.
Mushohwe was speaking at the commissioning of a classroom block in Chindoti village that was renovated by Plan Zimbabwe.
To read the article titled, “NGOs urged to shun meddling in politics,” click here.Source:Bulawayo 24
Mpumalanga’s Gert Sibande District recognises 24 leaders from the local community of men who have sex with men (MSM) for making a difference in their communities and fighting homophobia.
The Anova Health Institute, in partnership with the Department of Health and national associations of people living with HIV, launched the HIV prevention Boithato Project where MSM are provided with condoms, water-based lubricant and MSM-friendly HIV testing spaces.
The executive mayor of the Msukaligwa Municipality, Sipho Bongwe, says “We will continue supporting their project and work… because this is not only their struggle but ours as well.”
To read the article titled, “Awards recognise leaders among men who have sex with men,” click here.Source:Health-e
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) says that 23 suicides occur daily in South Africa and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported every day, adding that help is available to anyone planning on taking their own life.
SADAG spokesperson, Meryl Da Costa, states that counsellors are available 24 hours a day to offer assistance and referrals to clinics to those in need.
Da Costa asserts that, “Counsellors are trained to identify symptoms leading to suicide, and information is readily available on what to do once such symptoms are suspected.”
To read the article titled, “Tuks, Menlyn suicides worries depression group,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the announcement that chairperson of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), Tembakazi Mnyaka, has resigned with immediate effect comes as no surprise.
In a press statement, OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, argues that, "One only has to look at the number of issues that have contributed to the build-up of steam in SANRAL’s pressure pot, to cause people in Mnyaka’s position to bail out.”
Duvenage believes that given the nature of the fiascos which have developed over recent times, society would welcome the facts as to why Ms Mnyaka has resigned.
To read the article titled, “Crisis brewing within SANRAL - OUTA,” click here.Source:Fin 24
Humanitarian aid agency, the Gift of the Givers Foundation is preparing to travel to Gaza to assist with relief efforts.
Gift of the Givers founder, director and chairperson, Imtiaz Sooliman, points out that, “This is probably one of the most dangerous missions we've ever undertaken in 22 years of our history. It is a mission for which we have got the greatest number of volunteers and medical volunteers.”
Sooliman states that apart from medical volunteers, the organisation can probably fill three planes, adding that, “But you have to be practical, and you have to take people who can save lives."
To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers to travel to Gaza,” click here.Source:SABC News
Ufulu Wathu Community Based Organisation (CBO) and Action Aid, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have urged the Education Department in Phalombe, Malawi, to absorb disabled pupils into its various schools and not discriminate them because of their various physical challenges.
Ufulu Wathu programme coordinator, Symon Thipa, says the current situation is alarming as research reveals that over 23 schools around Traditional Authority Nkhulambe do not have disability friendly facilities.
Thipa further called on the education sector to take the anomaly seriously and incorporate facilities that will enable the disabled to access education easily.
To read the article titled, “Education sector urged to incorporate the disabled,” click here.Source:All Africa