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17 August, 2009
Zambia’s Information and Broadcasting Service Minister, Ronnie Shikapwasha, says the government has no plans of withdrawing the NGO Bill from Parliament. Shikapwasha who maintains that several NGOs made submissions to the bill before it went to parliament and is wondering why they are now objecting.
14 August, 2009
A group calling itself the National Consciousness Movement of Liberia has staged a citywide demonstration to protest the report released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The group recommends the prosecution of former warring faction leaders and some of their associates as well as a thirty-year debarment from public office of certain Liberians including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for their support of the war.
14 August, 2009
The Environment & Conservation Association (ECA) has expressed concern about the “litany of mistakes” that led to the development of the Pan African Parliament on a wetland in Midrand. ECA chairperson, Nicole Barlow, says that, “A simple look at C-plan 2 and a Google Earth shot would've told any first year student that there was seepage wetland covering most of the site upon wherethey intended to build the parliament.”
14 August, 2009
Lise Grande, coordinator of (United Nations) UN humanitarian efforts in South Sudan, says a vast under-developed region in a grip of renewed tribal violence, is facing a massive food shortage. Grande states that, "The southern Sudan is faced with a massive food deficit caused by a combination of late rains, high levels of insecurity and displacement, disruptions of trade and high food prices."
14 August, 2009
Mobile technology company Nokia and software giant Microsoft have announced a global alliance that will see the joint development of mobile technologies and the development of Microsoft Office for Nokia mobile handsets. Microsoft’s business division president, Stephen Elop, points out that the announcement will enable Microsoft to expand Microsoft Office Mobile to Nokia smartphone owners worldwide and allow them to collaborate on Office documents from anywhere.
14 August, 2009
The Presidency and the Department of Basic Education have undertaken to provide 60 percent of all learners in no-fee schools with textbooks and other learning materials at the start of next year. This is in addition to the provinces’ provision of learning materials and was part of the government’s commitment to implementing its policy, after years of praise for good policy and criticism for poor delivery.
11 August, 2009
Residents of Malamulele, near Thohoyandou, have marched to the offices of the Thulamela local municipality to demand that the town gets its own local municipality. Malamulele South African Civic Organisation (SANCO) chairperson, Foster Mtshabi, has been quoted as saying "We want to break away from Thulamela and have our own municipality. We have the support of the Malamulele Sunrise Committee, which was formed to ensure better service delivery in the area."
11 August, 2009
The Ghanaian deputy upper regional minister, Lucy Awuni, has underscored the need for NGOs working in the areas of HIV/AIDS to focus more on behavioural change for society to treat people living with HIV/AIDS with compassion and respect. Speaking during the Ghana AIDS Commission Small Grants Disbursement to Local Partner NGOs in that country, Awuni noted that many people fail to report to health facilities because of the stigma attached to HIV positive people.
11 August, 2009
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the power-sharing deal that Madagascar's bitter political rivals agreed to and urged them to quickly agree to build a transitional government. UN deputy spokesperson, Marie Okabe, says that the UN is ready to support the implementation of the agreements signed on Sunday, along with the African Union, southern African nations and other regional and international organisations.
11 August, 2009
Cellphone text-chat service MXit has furiously rejected suggestions that it could have been responsible for the disappearance of a Parktown schoolgirl last week. MXit spokesperson, Juan du Toit, branded reports as sensation-seeking, misleading and inaccurate, and warned that legal advice is being sought with a view to possibly suing newspaper publishers. Du Toit states that, “Even if it does emerge that she [Nabeela Omar] accepted a friendly request from a stranger, it is not fair to condemn a technology for bad choices made by one user.
7 August, 2009
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says police have arrested four representatives of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) after a foiled protest, over new tuition fees at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. ZLHR says the four were arrested as they addressed students over a decision by authorities at the institution to bar students who have not paid their tuition fees from attending lectures or using the library.
7 August, 2009
Popular Isidingo actress, Hlubi Mboya, has been appointed ambassador of 46664’s Schools Bangle programme of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF). Mboya, who received her new role with the school-girl enthusiasm, pointed out that, “I accepted the offer to be an ambassador for the 46664 project because I am passionate about the youth and education, my father being an academic of note. I am a lover of life. I am a lover of people.”
7 August, 2009
Social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, suffered service problems on 6 August 2009, raising speculation that they have come under a pre-planned coordinated attack by hackers. Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, was knocked down by a malicious attack that prevented people from accessing its website for several hours on Thursday.
7 August, 2009
Weaknesses in the social security system have resulted in many children continuing to live in dire poverty. This is according to Social Development Minister, Edna Molewa. Molewa, who released a review of orphans' benefits, says that the problem has become even more serious because of the recession.
6 August, 2009
Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, says South Africa is committed to fighting poverty but is constrained by the recession, and more effective leadership is needed to tackle the problem. After spending a night in Diepsloot, one of the country's grim squatter camps, Sexwale said part of the problem is "unscrupulous councillors who are failing people". "It's also going to be a question of the budgets. And I am afraid the budgets are getting low because of the performance of the economy, which is poor," explained Sexwale.

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