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  • NGO Questions New Tollgate Fees

    The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a body of human rights lawyers, launches an urgent application to court challenging the validity of the Toll Roads (Regional Trunk Road Network) (Amendment) Regulations.

    Under the new regime, users of light private vehicles will now pay US$2 up from US$1 and users of haulage trucks will now pay US$10, up from US$5, effective from 11 July 2014.

    The organisation argues that the increase is unjustified.

    To read the article titled, “ZLHR within its rights to question tollgate fees,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NGO Raises Funds for Rape Victims

    One women is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds. This alarming statistics and attacks on women seems to be increasingly brutal and fatal, and now a local non-government organisation (NGO) is taking action against these heinous crime.

    Men Against Rape (MAR) are to host a fundraising concert to mark men's month at the Tongaat Town Hall in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend, and all proceeds will go towards the organisation in its pursuit to provide support to victims of rape.

    MAR chairperson, Kamal Timmal, says: "We are trying to create an awareness in companies and in school on how men should treat women, and how men should respect women, I mean the perpetrators are men.”

    To read the article titled, “KZN NGO on drive to provide support to rape victims,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO Apologises for Controversial Ad

    Feed A Child South Africa, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to provide of sustainable solutions to uplift human dignity caused by the devastation of poverty, has apologised after its advertisement, meant to raise awareness about starving children, drew heavy criticism.

    The organisation’s chief executive, Elza Rautenbach, points out that, "We apologise for the advertisement. It was not intended to cause harm to anyone."

    Rautenbach says that the organisation will still retain its relationship with the advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather Cape Town, which produced the advertisement.

    The advertisement, which was aired on television, showed a white woman having a meal and feeding a black child who is kneeling on the floor.

    To read the article titled, “NGO apologises for 'racist' child ad,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Police Arrest Activists in FS

    Over 100 community healthcare members of HIV lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), have been arrested during the early hours of Thursday, 10 July 2014, by police in Bloemfontein.

    The arrest follow a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, head office of the Free State’s health department.

    According to TAC Free State chairperson, Sello Mokhalipi, the group, mostly elderly women, were taken to Park Road police station and Mangaung Police Station in Bloemfontein where they are being held in waiting cells.

    To read the article titled, “TAC community healthcare workers arrested in Free State,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Campaign Not Civil Disobedience: OUTA

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the courts must still rule on the legality of e-tolling.

    OUTA has launched a Rule of Law campaign to challenge what it believes is the imminent prosecution of motorists who refuse to pay for e-tolls by South African National Road Agency Limited.

    OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that the campaign aims to help individuals who are prosecuted.

    To read the article titled, “Campaign not civil disobedience: OUTA,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Malaria a Threat to Southern Africa

    Advocacy groups believe that greater regional cooperation is needed to eliminate malaria as it remains a health threat to millions of people living in Southern Africa.

    Roll Back Malaria, a partnership of organisations, says 200 000 people continue to die from the disease in Southern African each year, with the occurrence remaining unacceptably high in the region.

    Roll Back Malaria’s, executive director, Kaka Mudambo, states that, "Low endemic countries have reached the stage of four per thousands, and in some zero cases of deaths; and those countries which are between zero and fifty and then we have the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo] where you still get a lot of malaria maybe three hundred to four hundred per thousand.”

    To read the article titled, “Malaria remains a threat in Southern Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO Calls for Action Against Health MEC

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is calling for the suspension of the Free State's health MEC and for a full disclosure of the province's health finances.

    In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "Health MEC Dr Benny Malakoane must be suspended with immediate effect with an independent investigation into his conduct and failure to act [over problems in the health sector]."

    It further urged Free State premier, Ace Magashule, to release a frank and detailed assessment of the state of the province's health system and what his plan is to turn it around, with immediate effect.

    To read the article titled, “TAC wants Free State health head to roll,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • SANDU’s Move Controversial but Logical

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the decision of defence trade union, South African National Defence Union (SANDU) to take the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to court is controversial but logical.

    A senior researcher at the Institute of Security Studies, Andre Roux, points out that although the union had to take drastic steps in order to be heard, it was not necessary for matters to go that far.

    Meanwhile SANDF spokesperson, Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga, says "The SANDF would once again like to register its concerns regarding the conduct and tendency of Mr Pikkie Greeff working for or on behalf of SANDU to mislead the people of South Africa.”

    To read the article titled, “SANDU’s move on SANDF described as controversial but logical,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Police Accused of Shooting Students

    The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) claims that the North West police fired rubber bullets and live ammunition on protesting students in Mmabatho.

    DENOSA states that while protesting against the closure of the Mmabatho Nursing College, a student leader was assaulted and arrested.

    The organisation is appalled by what it calls the reckless actions of police, following the closure of the college nearly two months ago.

    To read the article titled, “Police fired on students: Denosa,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • HIV Infected Children Not Aware of Status

    Research conducted by the Department of Health in 2012 revealed that over 400 000 South African children under the age 15 in South Africa were HIV-positive.

    The Alliance Against HIV/AIDs, a Northern Cape based non-governmental organisation (NGO), says over 80 percent of caregivers in the province are withholding this information from children.
     
    The organisation’s spokesperson, Mpho Lekgetho, warns the affected people of the dangers of withholding such information.
     
    To read the article titled, “'Stigma' blamed for not disclosing HIV status to infected children,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
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