• 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    SABC News
  • Call for Gender Parity in Mozambique

    Mozambican non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged political parties to select equal numbers of men and women on their lists of parliamentary candidates for the general elections scheduled for 15 October 2014.

    The appeal, issued by a range of organisations including Gender Links, Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa), and JOINT (League of NGOs in Mozambique), reminds the parties that, under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development, at least 50 percent of decision-making posts in both public and private sectors in SADC member states should be occupied by women by 2015.

    The NGOs state that none of the three parliamentary parties - the ruling the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) have a woman as either their president or their general secretary.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs call for gender parity,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Naidoo Faces Damaging Scandal

    Greenpeace head, Kumi Naidoo, is facing a series of damaging scandals at the global environmental watchdog, according to a newspaper report.

    And to make matters worse the human rights activist, who is the executive director of the Greenpeace, a non-governmental organisation with a budget of R4-billion, is mourning the loss of his father in South Africa.

    The “rainbow warriors” have had a bruising fortnight, shaken by incidents that have angered supporters, including the unmasking of an employee who lost R55 million of funds in a foreign currency exchange bungle, among others.

    To read the article titled, “Greenpeace boss faces damaging scandal as he mourns his father,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Free-Range Food a Can of Worms - NGO

    Animal rights organisation, Beauty without Cruelty, says there is no such thing as a happy chicken.
    The organisation’s national chairperson, Beryl Scott, says because of the treatment of even so-called free-range animals in South Africa, the organisation does not advocate the eating of chickens, eggs or other meat in South Africa.
    Though consumers have the option of buying free-range eggs and organic meat, South Africa does not have laws that clearly define the terms ‘free range’ or ‘organic’.
    To read the article titled, “Free-range food a can of worms,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Govt to Boost Marikana NGOs

    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Marikana, North West, will receive full capacity building support from the Department of Social Development.
    Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, points out that, "New and existing NGOs will be incubated for 12 months receiving technical and administrative training from the department to help them better meet the needs of the community they serve."
    This is in line with the department’s view that the technical and administrative training will enable them to improve their contribution to addressing the social challenges facing the area.
    To read the article titled, “Marikana NGOs to get a boost,” click here.

    News 24
  • Elephant Poaching Worries Conservationist

    Mike Chase, a conservation biologist and founder of Elephants Without Borders, knows elephants are in trouble.

    In partnership with Vulcan, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's investment company, Chase's aptly named Great Elephant Census aims to document more than 90 percent of the world's pachyderms in 21 countries.

    He says many high-profile names have signed onto the anti-poaching movement and there is strong support from government agencies in Africa. However, he adds that there is no accurate count for how many elephants remain on the continent because some elephant groups are thought to be thriving while others are already doomed.

    To read the article titled, “Conservationist fears 'unsustainable rate of killing' after legendary elephant falls to poachers,” click here.

    Huffington Post
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