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  • Zuma Ignored Constitution When Hiring Nxasana

    The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says it seems that President Jacob Zuma did not heed the Constitutional Court's direction when he appointed the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana.

    CASAC's Lawson Naidoo says, "It would seem in the light of the information that is now emerging about Nxasana's past that such a robust procedure was not followed. That the President had not armed himself with all the relevant information in order to make a rational decision as determined by the Constitutional Court, and therefore the process itself is once again flawed."

    Two years ago, in overturning another one of Zuma's NDPP appointment, that of Menzi Simelane, the Constitutional Court urged the President to consider all objective facts before making such an important appointment.

    To read the article titled, “Zuma ignored Con Court's direction during Nxasana's appointment,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Zimbabwe's NGO Sector Feels the Pinch

    Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations are reeling from the global financial crisis as donor aid slows down due to the country’s nagging political deadlock which has dragged on for years.

    The situation has also led to a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reportedly scaling down operations because of lack of funding.

    The NGO sector is moving away from being a growing sector that is heavily involved in various activities, ranging from social justice, food aid, health services and education to providing water purification tablets during a severe cholera outbreak.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe's embattled NGO sector feels pinch,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Clinic Criticised After Babies’ Death

    Itireleng Clinic in Soweto has allegedly led to the death of one baby born in the parking lot, another at the clinic’s gate and a third due to a malfunctioning oxygen machine.

    These recent incidents among others have impelled the nursing union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa to call for the permanent closure of the clinic dubbed a ‘death trap.
     
    The death of Friday, 30 May 2014, of a baby was the last straw for the fed-up union, which says that the clinic is not suitable to offer health services.

    To read the article titled, “Soweto clinic a ‘death trap’,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • Angolan Women Urged to Take HIV/AIDS Test

    The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.

    Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.

    Tsemo is concerned with some HIV positive people who drop out of antiretroviral therapy in the various health facilities in the country, to traditional treatment, an attitude that has been adversely affecting the clinical condition of many patients.

    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS urges pregnant women to adhere to HIV/AIDS test,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Mandela Foundation Mourns Angelou

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid tribute to the United States poet and author, Maya Angelou.

    In a press statement, the organisation spokesperson, Danielle Melville, points out that, "On behalf of our board of trustees and staff, the Nelson Mandela Foundation mourns the passing of Maya Angelou.”

    Melville says the late former President, Nelson Mandela, met Angelou in Cairo, Egypt in 1962, while he was garnering support for the armed struggle and undergoing military training.

    To read the article titled, “Mandela foundation mourns poet,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • GDP Risks Two Percent Decline

    The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has warned that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in South Africa risks declining below two percent this year.

    SAIRR chief economist, Ian Cruickshanks, says that the decline will negatively affect government revenue, infrastructure development and job creation in the country.

    Cruickshanks, who is of the view that the ongoing platinum strike would trigger the decline, states that, “Clearly we getting no input from mines and if we have a look at Commerce and Industry in South Africa, the confidence level, business confidence is at a very low level.”

    To read the article titled, “SA GDP risks two percent decline,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Child Protection Week Commemorated

    Childline, a non-governmental organisation, says the disintegration of family values in South Africa is one of the main factors contributing to the high rate of child sexual abuse.

    Childline’s Joan van Niekerk, speaking at the start of Child Protection Week, said that, "One of the things we have failed to do in the 20 years of democracy is really look at how we can strengthen family and re-connect people.”

    Van Niekerk argues that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by men and boys, adding that the latter in particular should be the focus of our prevention efforts.

    To read the article titled, “Child Protection Week begins,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Lonmin Accuses NGOs of Exploiting Plight of Miners

    Platinum producer, Lonmin, has questioned some aspects of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) handing over food to families of striking mineworkers on the platinum belt, while praising the human rights initiative itself.
     
    Lonmin chief executive officer, Ben Magara, says the NGOs are exploiting the plight of the 80 000  mineworkers, who have been on strike since January on a no-work no-pay basis.
     
    The Marikana Support Group, humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers and other groups have been supplying food relief to the miners since early this week.
     
    To read the article titled, “NGOs are exploiting plight of mineworkers: Lonmin,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Korkie’s Family Remains Optimistic

    The family of South African hostage, Pierre Korkie, says it remains optimistic that the 56-year-old former Bloemfontein teacher will be released.
     
    Korkie’s captors are demanding a US$3 million ransom and threatened to kill him in February 2014 unless the ransom was paid. However, mediation by the relief organisation, Gift of the Givers Foundation, resulted in an extension.
     
    Pierre's believed to be in poor health and the family spokesperson, Andre Venter, says the family will release a statement on the anniversary of the kidnapping on 26 May 2014 regarding the latest on attempts to secure Pierre's release.
     
    To read the article titled, “Korkie family optimistic he will be released,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO: Stigma Prevents Alcoholics From Seeking Help

    The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says the stigma around alcoholism is one of the main reasons why people are hesitant to seek help.
     
    The organisation’s Cathy Vos says an average of around 10 000 people visit their centres for help every year and 15 percent of these are women.
     
    Vos, who states that some people fear losing their jobs if they admit they're addicted to alcohol, describes alcoholism is a vicious circle, adding that while it is hard to kick the habit, with help, it is possible.
     
    To read the article titled, “Stigma prevents alcoholics from seeking help,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
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