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22 October, 2008
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNFEM) has launched the “Say No to Violence” petition aimed at reaching one million signatures by 25 November 2008, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
22 October, 2008
Employees are scrambling to report employers using pirated software, after the Business Software Alliance (BSA) openly offered a R100 000 reward as part of an anti-piracy marketing campaign.
22 October, 2008
Vodacom South Africa has introduced Short Voice Service (SVS), a voice-based message service that enables its customers to send a 30-second voice message to any other Vodacom customer's cellphone without having to talk to them.
21 October, 2008
Several Indonesian NGOs are blaming the World Bank for the current global financial crisis.
21 October, 2008
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has praised the newly-appointed health minister, Barbara Hogan, for her openness, honesty and the leadership she has shown since taking office last month.
20 October, 2008
Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri is taking the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to court to stop it from issuing Altech with a licence to build its own telecommunications network. 
20 October, 2008
Civil society activists have strongly criticised the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) latest annual report for its apparent vagueness on crucial detail. Spokesperson for the Save Our SABC coalition, Kate Skinner, has been quoted as saying that the most glaring omission of the report is the lack of detail on how it is fulfilling its public mandate, its day-to-day obligations to the public and its central objective as a public broadcaster. 
20 October, 2008
Former Botswana president Festus Mogae has won the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
20 October, 2008
The Red Cross is starting to look at how to cut costs ahead of an expected fall-off in funding in the wake of the global financial crisis.
17 October, 2008
Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accused the rich countries of reneging on promises to help feed the world’s hungry.
16 October, 2008
The European Commission (EU) has announced €15 million of emergency food aid for victims of drought and soaring food prices in five east African countries.
15 October, 2008
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is launching an inquiry into complaints made against its staff in South Africa.
15 October, 2008
After years of calling on the owners of South Africa's oil refineries in Durban to upgrade their facilities to reduce pollution, local residents are taking their case to the courts to secure a legal remedy.
15 October, 2008
The Department of Land Affairs says it has already taken steps to address weaknesses in its financial controls that resulted in a qualified audit from the auditor-general for a string of irregularities.
15 October, 2008
Teachers unions in KwaZulu-Natal say that the trial exams have shown that most matriculants in the province are not prepared for the new curriculum finals. 

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