ASSITEJ South Africa: Finance and Operations Manager

ASSITEJ South Africa (Theatre for Children and Young People) is a member-driven association whose doors are open to all individuals, companies, organisations and groups working within the field of theatre for children and young people, directly or indirectly, regardless of age, race, language, religion or political conviction. The types of categories of membership of the association entails that it accommodates people of all age groups.

ASSITEJ South Africa seeks to appoint a Finance Officer, based in Cape Town.

Nzimande Calls NW University an Apartheid Enclave

Minister of higher education and training, Blade Nzimande, believes the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus is an apartheid enclave - a hostile and foreign environment for people who are not white Afrikaners.

Following a video clip showing students performing the Nazi-styled ‘Heil Puk’ salute, Nzimande was scornful of the university’s previous vice-chancellor, Theuns Eloff, who retired just after the video emerged, stating that he had not been prepared to transform Pukke - the traditional name for the Potchefstroom campus of North West University.

SAHRC: School Staff Guilty of Racist Hate Speech

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) finds a Bloemfontein school's staff guilty of hate speech towards black and coloured pupils.

In May 2013, The SAHRC investigated allegations that pupils at the school were exposed to dehumanising and racist treatment by staff, including the principal.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena says the commission found the names and remarks (kaffirs, baboons, monkeys, and little black bitches) allegedly used by the staff as being hate speech as defined by the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

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.

Habitat for Humanity International: Housing Microfinance Specialist - Africa

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHI invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need.

HFHI seeks to appoint a Housing Microfinance Specialist to support country offices, based in its regional office, located in Pretoria, South Africa.

Madiba’s Passing Will Not Affect Race Relations - SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) believes that the death of former president Nelson Mandela will not affect race relations in South Africa.

SAIRR’s head of research, Lerato Moloi, notes that South Africans have got along with one another largely peacefully for years without Nelson Mandela having been active in the political sphere.

“… [Nelson] Mandela’s passing may be cause for many to reflect on the remarkably peaceful and swift racial integration of many parts of society, including schools, suburbs, universities, and workplaces,” states Moloi.

Labour Court Ruling a Victory for Equality - NGO

The FW de Klerk Foundation states that the ruling that it is unfair for the Department of Correctional Services to only use national demographics in implementing affirmative action targets is a victory for equality.
The foundation believes that the way the Employment Equity Act sought equality through demographic representation fell short of the constitutional values of non-racialism.

Race Relations in South Africa – Reasons for Hope 2017

Despite the damaging vitriol so often found on social media, race relations in South Africa remain sound, says the IRR in a report released in Johannesburg on 7 February 2017. The IRR’s comprehensive field survey of public opinion on racial issues shows that only 3% of South Africans see racism as a serious unresolved problem. Most are far more concerned about unemployment (cited by 40%), poor service delivery (listed by 34%), inadequate housing (18%), crime (15%) and bad education (likewise cited by 15%). This report was published in Johannesburg on 8 February 2017.

Recession to Affect the Black Middle Class

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) report has found that, unsecured credit levels which have now more than trebled and with interest rates likely to rise, black consumers will be hit the hardest.

The IRR warns that, “South African consumers are under growing economic pressure and that this may further dampen the country’s economic outlook”.

Furthermore, the tightening of belts will contribute to a financial downturn, as consumer spending, accounts for up to 60 percent of gross domestic product.

Google Apologises for App Labelling People as 'Gorillas'

Google continued to apologise for a flaw in Google Photos, which was released to great fanfare in May, that led the new application to mistakenly label photos of black people as ‘gorillas’.

The company says it has fixed the problem and is working to figure out exactly how it happened.

A Google representative has been quoted as saying that, “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened…We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing.”


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