Corruption Watch says a finding that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla residence has damaged the government's credibility.
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, warns that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, report on her probe into the matter has ‘severe’ implications.
Lewis is of the view that, "The massive increase in the costs of the upgrade from R27 million to in excess of R200 million, coupled with the president’s failure to take steps to prevent or even query clearly escalating costs reveal that he placed personal and family interests above those of the public."
To read the article titled, “Nkandla report damaged govt credibility – NGO,” click here.Source:News 24
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says that the Free State is hardest hit by medicine shortages for HIV and tuberculosis.
TAC national chairperson, Anele Yawa, is urging the premier to end what she calls the chronic shortage of medicines in the Free State health system.
On 20 March 2014, several members of the TAC marched to Free State Premier, Ace Magashule’s office in Bloemfontein to hand over a memorandum urging him to intervene in Free State health matters.
To read the article titled, “FState hardest hit by medicine shortages - TAC,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZSCD) has charged that government is wasting time by once again extending the registration for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country.
Government has again extended the registration period for NGOs by sixty days effective 4th February to 5 May 2014.
ZCSD executive secretary, Lewis Mwape, points out that mainstream NGOs in the country will never register under the NGO Act and that government’s extension of the deadline is a sheer waste of time.
To read the article titled, “Government wasting time extending the registration for NGOs-ZSCD,” click here.Source:Lusaka Times
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