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29 June, 2009
The National Lotteries Board (NLB) says lotto funds were not distributed to charities due to legislative and procedural issues. In a press statement, NLB CEO Vevek Ram, points out that, NLB does not have the authority to make grants. “Distributing agencies, which are committees appointed by the minister of trade and industry in consultation with the other relevant ministers, are the entities entrusted with the making of grants,” explains Ram.
29 June, 2009
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, invites nominations for the appointment of National Lotteries Board (NLB) members, in terms of Section 3 of the Lotteries Act, No. 57 of 1997. In view of ongoing criticism of the performance of the current NLB, this is an important opportunity for all concerned NGO and development stakeholders to influence the future actions of the Board. 
26 June, 2009
Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board chairperson, Kanyi Mkonza, says that President Jacob Zuma’s “indifference” is to blame for the public broadcaster’s woes. Mkonza, who had a day earlier admitted that she “sucked as a leader”, pointed out that Zuma has failed to show leadership and ought to have said whether he wanted the board to stay or not.
26 June, 2009
Communications Minister, Siphiwe Nyanda, says information communication technologies (ICTs) costs are still too high and possible collusion will have to be dealt with. Nyanda warned that if engagement with private telecommunications operators is not effective in bringing down costs, the government will have to resort to regulation and legislation.
26 June, 2009
The African National Congress (ANC) is in a strong position to dump its alliance partners, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). This is according to the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR). SAIRR deputy CEO, Frans Cronje, argues that trade union membership amount to only a small portion of the ANC’s voter support base and that the party stood to lose very little support in dropping its alliance partners.
26 June, 2009
Right now the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is hogging bandwidth about priorities for the new Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda. This is according to Professor Guy Burger. Burger is of the view that Nyanda should tell the Treasury whether he backs the broadcaster’s R2 billion bailout. He further states that, “But he'll also need to look at two other causes putting pressure on the public purse. These are: promoting broadband Internet, and dealing with digital migration.”
26 June, 2009
The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) say Zimbabwe is still threatened by food shortages despite improved agricultural production and more liberal imports this year. In joint report, the two UN agencies point out that about 2.8 million people will face food shortages this year, as the total cereal availability reaches 1.4 million tons against a projected need of 2.1 million tons.
26 June, 2009
President Jacob Zuma has dismissed suggestions his new executive is too big. Replying in the National Assembly to points raised during debate on his budget vote, Zuma pointed out that, “Let me assure the House once again that the changes we have made to the configuration of departments are guided by the need to improve service delivery, and to correct the weaknesses that the people had identified.”
26 June, 2009
South Africa’s high levels of xenophobia are partially a result of the violent past of apartheid. This is according to Maxine Reitzes, an associate at the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). Reitzes points out that, “Violence has been evidently accepted as a way to sort out problems.” Reitzes, who was addressing a seminar on xenophobia in Johannesburg, argued that people were defined during apartheid by who they were not and this carried over beyond 1994.
26 June, 2009
A group of NGOs, including the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), BirdLife South Africa and the Botanical Society, and landowners in the Wakkerstroom and Luneburg areas of Mpumalanga, have filed two High Court applications to have the coal prospecting rights which the former Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) awarded Delta Mining Company rescinded.
24 June, 2009
The National Lottery Board has failed to distribute 72 percent of the R8,5 billion owed to the needy in South Africa over the past three years. In response to a question by the DA in Parliament, it was vealed that despite R8,5 billion being available to the Board for distribution to beneficiaries in the three years from 2007 to 2009, just R2,3 billion was actually paid out.
23 June, 2009
NGOs have not done enough to lobby for speedier implementation of policies. This is according to former Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) chairperson, Phillip Makgalemele. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2009 NGO Week in Botswana, Makgalemele said: “I am hopeful that in the coming months, there will be intensified lobbying... ."
23 June, 2009
Ugandan civil society organisations have asked their government to enact a law criminalising torture before the 2011 general elections. “We call upon the Government to affirm its commitment to eliminate torture in Uganda by enacting the prevention of torture Bill into law," says Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Meddie Kaggwa.  Kaggwa says the current laws on torture are inadequate, and although torture is covered in the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002, it only applies to authorised officers.
23 June, 2009
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has concluded his tour of Europe and the United States without raising a penny for the inclusive government although he acquired US$202 million for NGOs, which are mostly British or US-based entities. International news agencies quoted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as pledging full support once the reform programme "gained momentum"on the ground . Nearly all the countries visited by Tsvangirai said their money will be channelled through NGOs.
23 June, 2009
Amnesty International (AI) says it will closely monitor the human rights situation in Zimbabwe for the next 100 days, to test the commitment of the unity government to real reforms in the country. The announcement follows a meeting between AI's secretary-general, Irene Khan, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in the United Kingdom, after wrapping up a six-day visit to Zimbabwe last week.

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