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  • 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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • South Africa Warned Against Fracking

    Environmental and anti-nuclear organisation, Earthlife Africa says fracking will have negative environmental consequences in the long-term.

    President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation Address, announced the possibility of pursuing shale gas, which is recognised as a game changer for the economy.

    Earthlife Africa Johannesburg project coordinator, Tristen Taylor, points out that, “What we are discovering from shale gas field in the United States is that the decline rate is very high.”

    To read the article titled, “Fracking will have environmental consequences: Earthlife Africa,” click here

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO Provides Aid to Striking Miners

    Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers is expected to visit the mining areas again where they have been providing striking workers with food parcels for the past five weeks.

    The organisation says though it will continue to provide aid to the most affected families, they have to now dig deep into their coffers to keep on supplying aid. 

    Its spokesperson, Emily Thomas, says it is frustrating that the negotiations to end the strike remain at loggerheads, this is despite concerned parties reaching an agreement on the latest wage offer. 

    To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers to provide aid to striking workers,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Fracking May Destroy SA Water

    The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says South Africa’s intention to go ahead with shale gas exploration and more coal mining could have a devastating effect on South Africa's water supply.

    In a press statement, WWF fresh water programme senior manager, Christine Colvin, states that critical water production areas and water systems are being threatened by coal mining.

    Colvin adds: "The explosion of shale gas exploration in the Karoo will similarly disrupt the social fabric of this fragile area and we do not have clarity on how negative impacts will be dealt with."

    To read the article titled, “WWF: Fracking may destroy SA water,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • NGO: Empower Sex Workers to Demand Safe Sex

    The Badilika Foundation, a faith-based organisation working to transform lives of sex workers, states that Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless sex workers are empowered to demand safe sex as one way of HIV reducing transmission.

    The foundation’s executive director, Forbes Msiska, argues that, "Clients of these sex workers are mostly married men who have stable families and failure to empower them to demand condom usage is likely to lead to many innocent partners at home getting infected as the client will get infected and later infect their partners."

    Msiska further adds that the organisation is working through six community discussion forums in Blantyre City where counselling sessions, condom negotiation training, and condom distribution to help sex workers practise safe sex are held.

    To read the article titled, “Empower sex workers to demand safe sex - Badilika Foundation,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NGO Hands Over a Health Facility

    World Vision Malawi handed over a community health facility worth K12.5 million in Msambanyali, Malawi.

    As citizens commemorated Child Health Week, the facility serves as a response to an outcry from members of the community who experienced challenges due to lack of health facilities in the area, in which the nearest health facility is at a distance of over 10 kilometres.

    Speaking during the handover ceremony, World Vision project manager for Njema area, Caroline Kajawo, stated that the organisation aims to improve the welfare of children across the country.

    To read the article titled, “World Vision Malawi hands over K12.5 Million health facility,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Govt Commended for Supporting Albinos

    The South African Albinism Society (SAAS) has applauded government for supporting people living with albinism.

    As the world observe International Albinism Day on 13 June 2014, it is worth noting that albinism is more common in Africa than the rest of the world, with one in four-thousand people born with the condition.

    In Tanzania it's a condition where many sufferers are forced into hiding for fear of their lives as their body parts are reportedly sought for use in potions sold to bring wealth and good luck.

    To read the article titled, “SAAS stresses significance of educating public about Albinism,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Writing Exams Without Textbooks

    Education For All, a non-governmental organisation, says some learners in Limpopo have started mid-year exams without all their textbooks.

    The organisation, which has taken up the court fight on behalf of affected schools, says it has received reports that some of the schools are receiving duplicates or wrong orders.

    Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga, blames some schools for discrepancies. Mhlanga, points out that, “Some of the schools did their verifications very late; that's why it has taken long for the books that they requested to be delivered because the process is complex.”

    To read the article titled, “Limpopo schools mid-term exams off to rocky start,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
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