Leading development experts and the United Kingdom's international NGO community are urging that country’s government to provide leadership in helping to build the international political will required to accelerate progress towards meeting the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
They are also calling on the country to establish a new universal post-2015 development framework that links poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.
As world leaders prepare to come together at the UN Special Event towards achieving the MDGs taking place in New York on 25 September 2013, they are calling for the spotlight to remain focused on how global efforts can improve the lives of the world's poorest and most marginalised communities, now and in the future.
To read the article titled, “UK government must ensure momentum builds to create a new and ambitious set of anti-poverty and environmental targets,” click here .Source:All Africa
According to the 2012 General Household Survey (GHS) conducted by Statistics South Africa, the adult literacy rate is qualified as the self-reported ability to read and write short sentences.
However, researchers and independent analysts warn that these general statistics can lull one into a false sense of security regarding the real levels of literacy in South Africa.
Surette van Staden, a co-national research coordinator for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2011, says it is dangerous to use such a loose categorisation for literacy. ”The ability to read and write short sentences is perhaps an indication of functionality, if anything,” says van Staden.
To read the article titled, “SA’s real level of literacy,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Justice Project South Africa says the enforcement of e-tolling in Gauteng is doomed to fail because the Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNATIS) is a mess.
The Justice Project South Africa national chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, says the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act should be addressed as a matter of urgency.
“We do not endorse the precept that (the Act) should be scrapped because it ‘robs’ provincial and local authorities of their revenue streams, which it will additionally not do if it was properly applied,” he explains.
To read the article titled, “E-tolls enforcement will fail, says NGO,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory has called for the Protection of State Information Bill to be withdrawn and redrafted.
Verne Harris, the director of the centre's archive, says the Bill remains unconstitutional despite amendments made at the last minute before it was passed by Parliament in April.
He says one of its fundamental flaws is that it sought to set up a regime of dealing with state information that ran parallel to that envisaged in the Constitution and the progressive Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
To read the article titled, “Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory calls for info bill to be scrapped,” click here.Source:Times Live
The South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF) has laid a formal complaint against Africa News Network 7 (ANN7), saying a billboard along the N1 near Sandton discriminated against the elderly.
The forum lodged separate complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), saying the television channel’s advertisement humiliated people and violated the law.
On the giant billboard is a picture of an elderly man with the words: “We are not old farts... Nah, not even our presenters.”
To read the article titled, “ANN7 billboard is discriminatory – group,” click here.Source:IOL News
Rights group, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), says the call by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for 70 percent of SABC news stories to be positive, raises issues of editorial independence.
The organisation, which calls on the SABC interim board to act immediately and prevent any such proposed editorial interference, describes Motsoeneng’s suggestion as ‘deeply concerning’.
The organisation maintains that whether there is a need or desire for more positive news stories, must surely be driven by the audiences of the SABC.
To read the article titled, “SABC sunshine news strategy 'deeply concerning', says media monitoring group,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) says that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has confirmed ‘suspicion’ that it has aligned itself to the Democratic Alliance (DA).
SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona, points out that, “Road users are not interested in the politics but the facts, which we have continuously provided.”
Mona reacting to a statement OUTA in which its chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, said that SANRAL’s move to ‘enter the political fray’ in the e-toll debacle was a seriously worrying factor.
To read the article titled, “OUTA and SANRAL’s fire more salvos,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Welfare organisations says that the reporting of suspected child abuse by medical aids is either non-existent or needs to increase significantly.
The Centre for Child Law’s Professor Ann Skelton says there might be a gap in the law regarding medical aids reporting child abuse, while all citizens were legally compelled to report suspected child abuse voluntarily.
In the same vein, Johannesburg Child Welfare’s Nomvuyo Shabangu says many of the child abuse cases their workers followed up on were reported by doctors and hospitals. Shabangu states that they often expected the doctor to make the call because even if they see the child only once, that one incident might raise suspicions that something is not right.
To read the article titled, “Medical aids need to highlight abuse’,” click here.Source:Independent Online
- The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) will turn to the Western Cape High Court to challenge the constitutional validity of the SAPS Amendment Act.
The HSF is challenging the establishment of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the ‘Hawks’) which was originally declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in Glenister v President of the Republic of South Africa.
The HSF, which acted as a friend of the court, will argue that the Amendment Act, which was promulgated by Parliament as a direct response to the Glenister judgment, in order to rectify the problems the Constitutional Court identified, still falls short of the ‘adequate independence’ standard.
To read the article titled, “Foundation to challenge Police Act,” click here.
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has warned that the credibility of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry will be tainted if all parties are not represented or given adequate chance to present their case.
CASAC’s Lawson Naidoo says that government instituted the commission to find out what occurred last year at the Lonmin Marikana mine, which left mineworkers and policemen dead, adding that, "In order to enable Judge Farlam to execute his mandate, the responsibility lies with the government to make the funds available."
On 20 August 2013, the Constitutional Court dismissed the miners' application to force government to pay their legal costs, a move which has added the additional stress to the victim’s whose legal teams may have to withdraw if the legal costs are not met.
To read the article titled, “Credibility of Farlam Commission on the line: CASAC,” click here.Source:SABC News