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19 June, 2009
The Forced Migration Studies Programme (FMSP) at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), have warned that the proposed prohibitions on foreign land ownership promotes the perception that non-nationals are not welcome in the country.
19 June, 2009
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, has no plans to scrap the controversial pre-paid water meters or to introduce more free water for the poor. Although the ANC campaigned against the City of Cape Town’s pre-paid water meters in the run-up to the elections, Sonjica says her department is not opposed to the devices. “As long as the free basic water allocation is guaranteed, I wouldn’t quarrel with the pre-paid water system,” says Sonjica.
19 June, 2009
State hospitals and clinics in KwaZulu-Natal province have run out of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs). This shocking report from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) also indicates that five people in the Umgungundlovu district who were waiting to get on to government’s ARV programme, have now died.
19 June, 2009
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has urged for an increase in assistance for Zimbabwe so that the country can reconstruct itself. Nkoana-Mashabane says South Africa is committed to developing normal diplomatic relations with Zimbabwe.“We shall continue to work with the people of Zimbabwe for the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement," she says.
19 June, 2009
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, says significant changes are to be made to the willing buyer-willing seller model of land restitution. Addressing the members of parliament in the National Assembly, Nkwinti pointed out that less costly, alternative methods of land acquisition would be investigated by engaging with all stakeholders in the sector.
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.

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