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19 June, 2009
A report by the Forced Migration Studies Programme (FMSP) at the University of the Witwatersrand has attributed the influx of illegal migrants to a lack of information about immigration policy and border procedures. The report points out that wrong information is spread by smugglers that encourage many migrants, including those with legitimate claims for asylum, to enter South Africa informally or illegally.
19 June, 2009
Acting South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Ashwin Trikamje, has resigned. Trikamjee was appointed as the interim SABC board chairperson after Kanyisile Mkhonza’s resignation earlier this month. Parliament’s communications chairperson, Ishmael Vadi, earlier questioned the appointment of Trikamjee as interim chairperson, saying that only President Jacob Zuma could appoint the interim SABC board chairperson.
17 June, 2009
There are approximately 4 000 non-profit organisations operating in Kenya today. These organisations make a significant contribution in response to the development and service delivery challenges facing the country.
16 June, 2009
Ashraf Cassiem and 139 families who have set up home under the stars along Symphony Way in wind-swept Delft on the Cape Flats have celebrated a small victory last week after being given a reprieve in their fight against eviction. Cassiem, who is chairperson of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, points out that, “We'll gladly move to houses that are safe, clean and adequate to our families' needs."
16 June, 2009
Newly appointed Minister of Communications (DoC), Siphiwe Nyanda, says an interim board for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) could be established within a week. Nyanda points out, "As we face this crisis, we are looking upon Parliamentary process to help pass a motion that will dissolve the current board... the President will then appoint an interim board."
16 June, 2009
President Jacob Zuma has told the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to prioritise poverty alleviation, rural development, substance abuse and crime fighting programmes. Addressing young people Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, during June 16 Youth Day celebrations, Zuma points out that, “We have prioritised education over the next five years, therefore the creation of an environment which promotes skills development, and economic participation of youth will be one of the primary tasks of the ANC [African National Congress].”
16 June, 2009
The Nkuzi Development Association has slammed the attitude of farm owners towards minimum wages for farm workers in Limpopo. A spokesperson for the organisation, Shirhami Shirinda says it is unacceptable that farmers will have to hide behind minimum wages when some of them are not even paying as required by law.
16 June, 2009
The education of an African child cannot be negotiated or postponed. This is according to Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane. Mokonyane, whose comments follow last week’s protest by Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) members who disrupted classes demanding appointment letters be signed for their preferred principals, was addressing members of school governing bodies and parents at the Soweto College of Education.
16 June, 2009
The head of human rights group Amnesty International has arrived in Zimbabwe on a visit signalling a thaw in relations between the troubled African nation and critics of its president, Robert Mugabe. Irene Khan began the six-day visit over the weekend, during which she is scheduled to meet with Mugabe, government officials and victims of human rights violations. Khan and her delegation were granted entry visas by the coalition government formed in February. In the past, other critics of the government have been barred entry to Zimbabwe.
16 June, 2009
Correspondents say the main mobile telephone network in Iran’s capital Tehran was cut while popular Internet websites Facebook and YouTube also appeared to be blocked. They say the communication cuts came after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a landslide re-election victory, sparking rioting in the streets by opposition supporters who claimed the result had been rigged.
16 June, 2009
Well-known South African activist Kumi Naidoo and former secretary-general of CIVICUS, will take over from Gerd Leipold as executive director of Greenpeace International on 15 November 2009. Naidoo was one of the founders of Global Call to Action Against Poverty, in 2005, and is now servicing as co-chairperson.
14 June, 2009
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a Host Country Agreement (HCA) with the South African government in support of establishing the institution's regional office in Pretoria. The HCA marks an important step in the AfDB's decentralisation strategy and the regional office in South Africa will also cover Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Multinational Projects under SADC (Southern African Development Community).
12 June, 2009
Three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board members, former presidential spokesperson, Bheki Khumalo, Andile Mbeki and Desmond Golding, have resigned with immediate effect. In a joint press statement, they point out that, "We are mindful of the enormity of the challenges that are currently facing the SABC.” The states that, "We are of the firm view that it is in the public interest to resign.
12 June, 2009
Facebook has announced that it will begin letting its members use their full names in online addresses for profile pages at the popular online social networking service. It says profile addresses - or URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) - that are changed to the personalised format will consist of facebook.com/ followed in each case by a user's name. Facebook designer Blaise DiPersia, points out that, “This way people will have an easy-to-remember way to find you."
12 June, 2009
Aids activists took to the streets sporting a giant inflatable eyeball outside where world leaders have met to highlight how the global economic crisis spells out dire consequences for already weak healthcare throughout Africa. Protestors from Congress of the South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU), Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and other groups are using the eyeball motif used by activists at the G8 meeting in Scotland to signify the public is watching that leaders make good on their promises.

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