• Kiviet Urged to Intervene in Health Crisis

    The Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition wants to approach the Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet, to intervene in its call for action to improve the healthcare system.

    The coalition spokesperson states that, Kwazi Mbatha, "We are going to approach the premier and hand to her the memo that we gave the [health] MEC [Sicelo Gqobana], which he still has not responded to."

    The coalition tabled and presented a memorandum of grievances to Gqobana's office in September and gave him 30 days to respond.

    To read the article titled, “E Cape health coalition wants premier to intervene,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Centre for Constitutional Rights: Internships

    Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 29, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) is a unit of the FW de Klerk Foundation that seeks to promote the full spectrum of values, rights and principles enshrined in the Constitution; monitor developments, including draft legislation, that might affect the Constitution; inform people and organisations of their constitutional rights; and assist people and organisations to claim their rights. The CFCR has no party political affiliation. 

    The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CFCR) offers suitably qualified and eager individuals an opportunity to gain experience in promoting and protecting the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Constitution.

    The CFCR seeks to recruit Interns, based at the offices of the CFCR, in Tygerberg Office Park, Plattekloof, Cape Town, where interns will work under direct supervision of the director and professional staff of the CFCR.

    The objective of CFCR internships is to provide an opportunity for interns to gain practical training and experience following completion of a first-level law degree – ideally whilst engaged in post-graduate studies. It allows for interns to contribute to the promotion of our constitutional democracy by assisting the CFCR in conducting research regarding constitutional matters, preparing substantive documents in relation to the operation of the CFCR and assisting the CFCR in achieving its strategic objectives.
    • Assist with research and analysis of policy and legal developments, legislation, case law and current affairs with constitutional implications;
    • Assist with preparation of substantive documents and articles in line with the objectives of the CFCR;
    • Participate in relevant seminars and events;
    • Assist with coordination of activities hosted by the CFCR; and
    • Undertake ad hoc legal and administrative assignments as requested
    • LLB, studying towards a postgraduate qualification in constitutional law, human rights law or administrative law will be an advantage;
    • No professional work experience required but applicants must have a keen demonstrated interest in Constitutional Law and have a personal commitment to the ideals enshrined in the Constitution;
    • Ability to communicate and write clearly and effectively in English and another official language;
    • Ability to work as part of a professional team and must be able to represent the team in a professional manner.
    Duration and stipend: Internships are available on an on-going basis for a minimum duration of three months and a maximum duration of 12 months. Interns will work five days per week (or as otherwise agreed) and will receive a nominal stipend.
    Starting date: As soon as possible

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to info@cfcr.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Applications must clearly state the period during which the applicant will be available (total duration and weekly work days). Potential candidates will be contacted on an on-going basis for further consideration.

    For more about the Centre for Constitutional Rights, refer to www.cfcr.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.


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  • SAGA: Executive Director

    South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    Opportunity type: 

    The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA) is a fully constituted welfare organisation registered with the Director of Fundraising at the Department of Social Development and approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that works to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people. SAGA advocates the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities.

    SAGA seeks to appoint a business leader as Executive Director, based in Johannesburg.

    Suitably qualified applicants with South African citizenship are invited to apply.

    • Be fully responsible for the efficient running of the Association and exercise the necessary leadership to ensure the achievement of targets and objectives as set out by the Board;
    • Together with the Board, contribute to the development and implementation of strategic direction of the Association;
    • Build on the Association’s good standing in the community by meeting the clear deliverables;
    • Maintain good corporate governance.
    • Postgraduate business qualification;
    • Minimum of five years experience in heading up a commercial business or NPO;
    • Strong financial acumen;
    • Marketing qualification will be an advantageous;
    • Enthusiasm for the utilisation of dogs as a guide for the blind and visually impaired and assistance dogs for people with other disabilities;
    • Passion for understanding the need to educate blind and visually impaired people in the use of the long cane and orientation and mobility skills;
    • Effective communication skills;
    • Strong leadership abilities;
    • Capable of strategic thought with strong conceptual abilities and be able to translate this into action;
    • Innovative and creative thinking;
    • Team player with irreproachable personal and business ethics;
    • Diversity and inclusion;
    • Have integrity and empathy;
    • Dedication and commitment.
    To apply, submit a CV (including the names of three recent contactable referees) and motivation letter to moira@guidedog.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only short listed applicants will be contacted. Should you not receive feedback within one month of advertisement, consider your application unsuccessful.

    For more about the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, refer to www.guidedog.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.


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  • 'Unconstitutional' Sections of Sexual Offences Act Get Scrapped

    The Constitutional Court has struck down two sections of the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act that made it illegal for adolescents to engage in consensual sexual acts, including kissing and hugging.
    In a unanimous judgment, sections 15 and 16 of the Act have been declared unconstitutional by Judge Sisi Khampepe, as they invade on the rights of adolescents to dignity and privacy.
    However, non-consensual sexual acts with or between children remains illegal and is prosecutable under the law.

    To read the article title “Concourt Slaps Down 'Unconstitutional' Sections of Sexual Offences Act’,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Zim Govt to Spy on Citizens

    In a bid to combat crime, Zimbabwe’s government spy programme will now monitor phone calls, texts and e-mails of citizens.
    The new government regulation which aims to safeguard national security, permits authorities to order broadband providers, landline and mobile phone companies to save the information for up to five years.
    Privacy campaigners are enraged about the plan which may be used for political purposes.
    To read the article titled, “Government Legalises Spying on Zim Citizens,” click here.

    All Africa
  • UNISA Slammed Over EFF Event

    The cancellation of the formal event at which Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, was expected to speak, paints a worrying picture of political intolerance and a lack of regard for freedom of expression in South Africa.
    Freedom of Expression Institute executive director, Phenyo Butale, says that cancelling an event that presented an opportunity for debate was tantamount to silencing participants in the discussion.
    Butale warns that, "This should not be a trend where universities meant to cultivate a culture of robust debate are at the forefront of silencing just that.”
    In the same vein, political analyst and director at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Steven Friedman, says the risk of violence is no reason for a university to cancel an event intended for debate.
    To read the article titled, “UNISA staff denounce ‘gagging’ of Malema,” click here

    Business Day
  • State Failed to Support Apartheid Victims

    The brother of Anton Fransch, killed by security police, will always remember the young Umkhonto we Sizwe member as a “determined fighter for human rights”, but says the government has failed to support the families of apartheid victims.

    Speaking to the Cape Times at his Bonteheuwel home, Mark Fransch said he felt ‘deeply hurt’ by the outcome of the South Africa Apartheid Lawsuit which was dismissed by a United States appeal court after a 10 year battle.

    Fransch said: “It’s been a very long struggle and I don’t feel satisfied. There has been nothing to help the families of the fallen heroes. I blame our president and ministers for not supporting the class action. They are sitting on their high horses and the reality is that the people who fought the struggle for this country got no support from this government.”

    Human rights support group Khulumani lodged the class action more than 10 years ago on behalf of 85 000 families of apartheid victims.

    The lawsuit charged companies with aiding and abetting the perpetration of extrajudicial killings, torture, prolonged and arbitrary detention, indiscriminate shooting and rape.
    The companies did business with the apartheid government by providing bullets, vehicles and technology.

    The court ruled that United States companies could no longer be held liable for human rights violations that took place outside that country’s borders.

    For the past 10 years he was confident that the victims’ families would get some reparation from the companies, but 24 years after his brother was killed in an explosion in Athlone, his family had no closure, Fransch says.

    “I thought we were on the verge of winning, and this case could’ve been so different if the government supported us,” he said.

    “(Anton) was a very gentle person and he always used to tell our mother that he was fighting the struggle for her and for a better life for all of us. I used to beat him up because he made my mother worry but he was determined to fight apartheid.”

    Anton Fransch was 20 when he was killed in a seven-hour battle with security police at a Church Street home in November 1989.

    As a teenager Anton was away from home for long periods and was often sought by security police. Mark Fransch said he had last seen his brother four years before he was killed.

    He describes the scene at the Church Street home as ‘horrific’, with his brother’s blood and some body parts splattered over the walls.

    Meanwhile, the Khulumani group describes the dismissal of their case as a ‘major blow’ to victims of oppression all over the world and says it highlights the weaknesses in international law that did not hold transnational corporations accountable for their role in human rights violations.

    - This article first appeared in the Cape Times.  
  • Appeal Court Slams Land Court Decision

    The Supreme Court of Appeal has sharply criticised the Land Claims Court (LCC) for ruling that restoring tribal land in the North West to the Baphiring community is not feasible, without any evidence.

    The Appeal judges referred the matter back to the LCC to reconsider the feasibility of restoring the agricultural land known as ‘old Mabaalstad’ in the Koster district to the community.

    The LCC was also ordered to take into consideration the nature of the land and surrounding environment and changes that have taken place since the dispossession in 1971.

    To read the article titled, “Appeal court slams Land Court decision,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Mugabe Urged to Set Human Rights Agenda

    Human Rights Watch has expressed its concerns about the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and to request that President Robert Mugabe give priority to improving human rights during his presidency.

    The organisation urges Mugabe and the incoming administration to take clear, decisive measures to honour the country's human rights obligations and ensure the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.
    The organisation says it believes that this is an important opportunity for the government to help nurture and develop a culture of respect for human rights in Zimbabwe that should not be missed.
    To read the article titled, “Setting the human rights agenda for Mugabe government,” click here.

  • Transgenders to Finally Get Their Own Cells

    The Department of Police says that transgender people will now be locked up in their own cells when arrested, this will ensure that transgender people are not victimised by other inmates while in police custody.
    Deputy Police Minister, Maggie Sotyu, points out that, “…there are identified police stations where they will be kept away from other people. This is a challenge across all provinces."

    Furthermore, the Women's Legal Centre has established a protocol on how police officers should deal with sex workers and transgender people.

    To read the article titled, “Transgender people will get own cells,” click here.

    Times Live
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