• 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
  • SANEF Slams Egypt Over Journos Case

    The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) expressed shock at the conviction and sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

    In a press statement, SANEF points out that, "What started off as the dawn of the Arab Spring has turned into a nightmare where freedoms of Egyptian people are treated with disdain by the ruling military-aligned government."

    SANEF, which is part of the African Editors' Forum, is calling on the African Union Commission to ensure that the summit condemned the sentencing of the journalists.

    To read the article titled, “Arab Spring has turned into nightmare – SANEF,” click here.

    News 24
  • NGO Gives Prosthetic Limbs to the Poor

    Mobility 4 Life, a non-governmental organisation, is changing lives by giving prosthetic limbs to amputees from rural and poor areas.

    The organisation estimates that there are 25 000 who cannot access prostheses because of issues such as long waiting lists at private or public hospitals where the services are usually provided.

    It says with money collected from corporate social investment initiatives, the organisation hopes to assist more people who do not have the means to access even the most basic of primary healthcare.

    To read the article titled, “Prosthetics give the poor a leg up,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Machel Ends Period of Mourning

    The Graça Machel Trust says former President, Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, has returned to public life after six months of mourning.

    In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "After six months of retreat, mourning the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Mrs Graça Machel will now return to her active role as a global advocate for women's and children's rights."

    Machel, whose husband died in December at the age of 95, says her other priority is to continue advocating for women in Africa to access better opportunities in economic, political and social spheres.

    To read the article titled, “Graça Machel ends period of mourning,” click here.

    News 24
  • Affirmative Action Hurts Blacks: IRR

    The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) is maintaining its stance on affirmative action, despite the staunch criticism it has received.

    SAIRR chief executive officer, Frans Cronje, is quoted by Politicsweb as saying that, "Too often these critics are people whose own children are unlikely ever to be exposed to toxic water or incompetent public hospitals."

    Responding to critics claiming that the IRR is simply maintaining white privilege, Cronje pointed out that whites are not particularly doing badly under the current system.

    To read the article titled, “Affirmative Action hurts blacks: IRR,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Confusing e-Toll Statements Criticised

    The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says recent statements about e-tolls reportedly made by Gauteng transport MEC, Ismail Vadi, while positive, are causing confusion.

    OUTA’s Wayne Duvenage, points out that, “In the statement made by the Sunday Independent... Vadi suggests that e-tolls should be replaced by more efficient user pays mechanisms.”

    Duvenage says if e-tolling is being questioned and seen as ineffective the entirescheme should be set aside until a more efficient and equitable solution has been found, adding that, “Every day the fiasco continues is a burden to society.”

    To read the article titled, “E-toll u-turn statements 'confusing',” click here.

    IOL News
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