Newsflashes

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. 
15 October, 2008
ActionAid Nigeria has developed guidelines for Nigerian journalists reporting from conflict areas.  “Conflict and Niger Delta Reporting” includes recommendations for fair and balanced reporting and urges journalists not to promote the escalation of violence.
15 October, 2008
The Community Development Foundation (FDC) has warned that Mozambican schools are highly vulnerable to trafficking in children.
15 October, 2008
Officials in Sierra Leone are drafting a new law that will tighten controls on NGOs working in the country, joining other governments demanding more accountability from their donors.
15 October, 2008
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has published its annual report for 2008. In a press statement, the public broadcaster says it has made some strides in delivering on its public service mandate, despite facing significant challenges. The corporation has also expanded its transmission footprint in television and radio to reach more under serviced areas, and it is now reaching over 20 million South Africans through 18 radio stations and four television channels.
15 October, 2008
MobileActive08 is in full swing in Johannesburg. Participants have begun discussing a potential ‘Mobile Bill of Rights’ for telecoms and countries which would assess on their performances across a number of areas including cost, security and reliability.
15 October, 2008
The Ethiopian government is defending a draft law before parliament that will prohibit or criminalise many activities of foreign NGOs and charities.
16 September, 2008
SANGONeT, 17 September 2008.  CAF Southern Africa begins its two-day conference on the theme “Innovating for Sustainability – Africans Investing in Africa” in Johannesburg.
16 September, 2008
SANGONeT, 17 September 2008. The Humanitarian Development Programme (HDP) starts its conference on the theme Humanitarian Development Summit from 17-18 September 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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