An American non-government organisation ranked Botswana number one in Africa and 25th out of 99 countries surveyed around the world in terms of the rule of law.
According to the just released Rule of Law Index 2014 by the World Justice Project, Botswana, with an overall score of 67, continues to enjoy effective systems of checks and balances, including a fairly independent judiciary and a free press.
The report says corruption remains minimal in Botswana while all branches of government operate effectively.
To read the article titled, “NGO ranks Botswana 1st in Africa in rule of law,” click here.Source:Shanghai Daily
The Zambian Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health says it is still awaiting correspondence from the Ministry of Justice on the implementation of the Non-Governmental Organisation Act of 2009.
The ministry’s deputy Minister, Jean Kapata, says the response from the Ministry of Justice would determine the fate of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have rejected to register under the Act.
Kapata says the registration has since closed, adding that the NGOs that are not yet registered will have themselves to blame if deregistered.
To read the article titled, “Response from Ministry of Justice would determine fate of all NGOs that have refused to register-Kapata,” click here.Source:Lusaka Times
A Mozambican anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), has called on the country’s attorney-general to order a forensic audit into the publicly owned electricity company, EDM.
The organisation wants the attorney-general to establish who or what was responsible for the prolonged power cuts that hit the central provinces of Manica and Sofala between 29 January and 10 February 2014.
In a press statement, the organisation says it believes that, “…because of the losses the blackout caused the country, the case deserves adequate treatment to explain what happened.”
To read the article titled, “Anti-corruption NGO wants investigation into EDM blackout,” click here.Source:All Africa
Thyolo Active Youth Organisation has donated a bore hole to Nachipere Primary School that has stayed over a year and half without portable water.
The donation follow a complaint by the head teacher, Foster Ligomeka, for the school that pupils at the school have been using rainwater and sand to clean cups after eating porridge.
Ligomeka explains that, "In the absence of water the pupils were going for whatever works. Some cleaned their cups with sand while others used rainwater and each child has to bring their drinking water in a bottle."
To read the article titled, “Youth NGO rescues Nachipere Primary School,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has donated £120 000 to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to preserve Madiba's legacy.
The BFC donated income they received from match against South Africa towards its work in the promotion of social justice and democracy, both locally and internationally.
The Foundation spokesperson, Sello Hatang, says the donation will be used for projects and the digitization of papers.
To read the article titled, “Mandela Foundation gets a £120 000 boost,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that provincial legislatures must insist on debating e-tolling legislation as the South African National Roads Agency Limited implements future e-tolling projects.
OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, "There can be no argument against the fact that an e-toll system introduced within the confines of any urban area will have a considerable impact on road congestion, maintenance, and other pertinent matters at a provincial level."
Clarke, who argues that to exclude the provinces in bills of this nature is ‘simply outrageous’, believes that to bypass provincial legislatures is to show contempt for the public interest and the constitutional rights of South African citizens.
To read the article titled, “OUTA: Provinces must have say on e-tolls,” click here.Source:Fin 24
Gift of the Givers says there is no certainty about the health or whereabouts of kidnapped South African Pierre Korkie in Yemen.
In a press statement, Pierre Korkie, points out that, there is no certainty about the health of kidnapped South African Pierre Korkie in Yemen.
The organisation states that, "We have no concrete information on Pierre's health, his whereabouts nor proof of life."
To read the article titled, “No further progress on Korkie in Yemen,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Malawi President, Joyce Banda, face calls to resign, after an audit revealed at least US$30 million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials.
Barely three months before she asks voters to elect her for a second term, Banda faces calls from non-governmental groups to take responsibility for almost industrial-scale corruption on her watch.
A much-awaited report by British auditors - commissioned by Banda - showed that US$30 million was stolen in six months from April to September in 2013, her second year in office.
To read the article titled, “NGOs want Malawi's Banda to resign after US$30 million corruption scandal,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has urged the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to be transparent on e-tag sales in light of the impression it is creating that motorists are ‘clamouring’ to be tagged.
OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “SANRAL’s number of 1.2 million e-tags 'taken up' is hogwash.”
In press statement, Clarke argues that, “What does 'taken up' mean? If they are inferring that these are fitted in cars making use of the Gauteng freeways, this is misinformation.”
To read the article titled, “SANRAL’s e-tag claims hogwash: OUTA,” click here.Source:IOL News
Former President Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka, is continuing with Madiba's legacy to enhance education in rural areas.
Ndileka has launched a new foundation in honour of her father and Madiba's eldest son Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.
The Thembekile Mandela Foundation will focus on education, health and youth development in rural areas and its first project will be to refurbish the hostels Clarke Berry School in the Eastern Cape.
To read the article titled, “Ndileka Mandela launches new foundation,” click here.Source:SABC News