Scott Disappointed With NGOs

Zambian vice president, Guy Scott, says he is disappointed that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are causing commotion over the draft constitution.
Dr. Scott explained that there is no new constitution and that what has been leaked is just a report on recommendations for the document.
The vice president was responding to questions from teachers who wanted to find out what stage the new constitution had reached following the perceived impasse between government and civil society organisations.

Ban on NGOs in Zim Lifted

A ban on aid bodies in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province has been lifted, and government is appealing to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to resume operations there.

Former provincial governor, Titus Maluleke, ordered the discontinuation of 29 NGOs, which provided food to desperate families in Masvingo, accusing them of engaging in political activity.

However, Minister of Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, has announced the cancellation of the ban, arguing that the government cannot feed all the starving people in the province on its own.

World Marks Human Rights Day

Countries around the world marked International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2013.
Chief of the United Nations Human Rights, Navi Pillay, states that the fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place, the focus now is in implementing these standards when there is a gap in political will and financial resources.
Pillay also notes that the past 20 years have seen a number of failures to prevent atrocities and safeguarding human rights.

African Youth Not Interested in Elections - AU

African Union’s (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says the union is worried about the growing trend of unconcern towards electoral processes among young people in democracies across Africa.  
Speaking at a gala dinner to mark the 160th anniversary of Adams College, Dlamini-Zuma states that it is essential for young people in Africa to become active in shaping the future they are to inherit.
She has encouraged the youth to participate in elections and policy development initiatives aswell as to hold their governments accountable.

Public Outrage Over e-Tolls Date

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed anger towards Transport Minister, Dipuo Peter’s announcement of the beginning of e-tolling on Gauteng’s highways on 3 December 2013.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that the e-tolling system is bound to fail, as it is inefficient, irrational, and would enrich overseas companies at the expense of South African motorists.

Duvenage says that OUTA believes the most equitable way to pay for the maintenance of highways would be through a fuel levy.

SAITF to Take City of Joburg to Court

The South African Informal Trader's Forum (SAITF) has announced plans to take the City of Johannesburg to court over the removal of informal traders in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD).

In a press statement, SAITF states that the court action followed weeks of speaking to the city in order to find solutions to the evictions of traders.

"The City of Johannesburg, in its clean sweep operation, removed illegal and legal traders regardless of whether one was in possession of a permit, lease or not," it states.

NGO Calls for Masondo’s Return

The One Voice Hawkers' organisation has demanded the return of former Johannesburg mayor, Amos Masondo.

One Voice spokesperson, Zakes Ramotolana, states that the current mayor, Parks Tau’s mother used to sell tomatoes for a living, however, the mayor has now turned his back against street hawkers.

“Under former mayor Masondo, the hawkers were treated like proper business people … we demand that Masondo comes back and Tau must resign," argues Ramotolana.

Zuma Urged to Consult on E-tolls

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the Gauteng e-tolling controversy offers President Jacob Zuma the opportunity to indicate to government officials what he means by consultation.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that they agree with the president’s notion however are let down by the actions displayed by the authorities in ignoring the views of the people.
Zuma told residents in Soshanguve that South Africans want to be engaged continuously and have strong views about how they want to be governed.

Residents Criticise Govt Over Housing

Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers’ movement, declares politicians unwelcome in Durban’s informal settlements until such time that the housing needs of the poor are addressed.
The movement’s general secretary, Bandile Mdlalose, states that the shack dwellers are tired of the lies they hear from politicians and have to send a message that they are not wanted in their areas.
He was responding to protests by Kennedy Road residents, following eThekwini mayor, James Nxumalo’s visit where he handed out meat parcels to the poor.


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