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  • Public Outrage Over e-Tolls Date

    Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed anger towards Transport Minister, Dipuo Peter’s announcement of the beginning of e-tolling on Gauteng’s highways on 3 December 2013.

    Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that the e-tolling system is bound to fail, as it is inefficient, irrational, and would enrich overseas companies at the expense of South African motorists.

    Duvenage says that OUTA believes the most equitable way to pay for the maintenance of highways would be through a fuel levy.

    To read the article titled, “Public fury over e-tolls date,” click here.

    Source: 
    Fin 24
  • HRW Warns on Cholera Risk in Zimbabwe

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4 200 people.
     
    The organisation says that a long-running sanitation crisis in the city of two million means drinking water is often taken from wells that are contaminated with sewage from broken pipes.
     
    HRW Southern Africa director, Tiseke Kasambala, points out that, “In many communities there is no water for drinking or bathing, there is sewage in the streets, there is diarrhoea and typhoid and the threat of another cholera epidemic.”
     
    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe warned on risk of cholera outbreak,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Bribery Remains Prevalent in Africa - Afrobarometer

    According to a report by Afrobarometer, nearly one-third of Africans in 34 countries have been forced to pay bribes, including for medical treatment.

    The Afrobarometer report also found it was often the poorest citizens in each country who bore the brunt of efforts to shake down people for money at health clinics and hospitals.

    Head of the Afrobarometer project in French-speaking Africa, Richard Houessou, declares medical treatment as the second most common reason cited after paying off officials to obtain a document or permit.

    To read the article titled, “Afrobarometer: Bribery still rife in Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Partnership to Empower Zambian Youths

    Zambia’s National Project for Poverty Reduction (NPPR) has signed an agreement with China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD), a Chinese NGO to sponsor about 600 youths in various skills training.
     
    NPPR board chairperson, Ngosa Simbyakula, says that 600 youths are already in various trades colleges across the country pursuing training in food production, cosmetology, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and auto-mechanics.
     
    Simbyakula says others were pursuing courses in power electrical, general agriculture, plumbing and metal fabrication.
     
    To read the article titled, “Anti-poverty body, Chinese NGO to sponsor 600 youths,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NANGO in Surprise Admission

    The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) - an umbrella civil society body with almost 1 000 quasi-political members -- has admitted that the West's illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe have deeply affected its operations and is willing to partner Government in fighting the embargo.
     
    Analysts say NANGO’s Damascene moment, which comes on the heels of a similar admission by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, is the clearest sign that the regime change agenda had aborted in the wake of the harmonised elections that are touted to have handed the British their heaviest defeat in 60 years.
     
    NGOs in Zimbabwe have been as much a part of the Western assault on ZANU-PF led government as they proliferated when sanctions constrained government's capacity to fund social services.
     
    To read the article titled, “NGOs in surprise admission,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Eskom Apologises for Spying on NGOs

    Eskom has publicly apologised to three environmental non-governmental organisation – Greenpeace, groundWork and Earthlife Africa - after it was accused of spying on them.
     
    Eskom chief executive, Brian Dames, argues that the use of private companies to gather intelligence from stakeholders is unacceptable and not how Eskom does business.
     
    “To the extent that this may have happened as a consequence, even if unintended, is regrettable and Eskom apologises for this,” he explains.
     
    To read the article titled, “Eskom apologises for spying on NGOs,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • ICASA Taken to Court Over Top TV Porn Channels

    The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in a bid to stop Top TV from starting broadcasts of three pornographic channels on 1 December 2013.
     
    JASA says it believed the Independent Broadcasting Authority (ICASA) had erred in law in failing to find out that the constitutional rights of children should have trumped Top TV’s rights to freedom of expression.
     
    The Alliance also contended that fixing a watershed time of 20h00 ‘flew in the face of common sense’, bearing in mind that most children finished their homework at about 8pm and then watched television for an hour or two until bedtime.
     
    To read the article titled, “NGO in court bid to stop porn channels,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Trafficking of Young African Players Rampant

    According to the Culture Foot Solidaire (CFS) says that hundreds of African teenagers are still being led abroad by false agents promising soccer riches only to be abandoned on the streets of European countries.
     
    Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international who heads the Culture Foot Solidaire group (CFS), says that it is estimated that up to 15 000 young African players were taken abroad every year under false pretences.
     
    Mbvoumin says that the agents, often using fake business cards allegedly issued by European clubs, approached the players’ families, promising a lucrative contract abroad in exchange for a fee ranging between 3 000 and US$13 400.
     
    To read the article titled, “Trafficking of young African players still rampant,” click here.

     

    Source: 
    Sports Live
  • SASSA Warned Ahead of Elections

    The National Anti-Corruption Forum has urged the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to be vigilant as the 2014 elections draw closer.
     
    The forum says some politicians are beginning to interfere with the agency's work in a desperate attempt to push their parties' agendas.
     
    The latest SASSA annual report has revealed that over 7 700 fraud and corruption cases were registered with the agency in the past year.
     
    To read the article titled, “SASSA warned to be vigilant ahead of 2014 elections,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Major Economic Policies are Incoherent - CDE

    The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) says that the government's three major economic policies are incoherent.
     
    In relation to the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path, and the Trade and Industry Department's Industrial Policy Action Plan, the CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, believes it is essential to have consistency within these policies.
     
    “The economy is in trouble and South Africa needs certainty. It's time to make the tough choices and stick to them," explains Bernstein.
     
    To read the article titled, “South Africa has incoherent economic policies, says CDE report,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
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