Newsflashes

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.
16 September, 2008
News24, 16 September 2008.  International Monetary Fund (IMF) has hailed a power-sharing deal reached in Zimbabwe saying the IMF stood ready to hold talks with the country's leaders.
16 September, 2008
BuaNews, 16 September 2008. The North West University has embarked on the Legal and Human Rights Community Education Project which aims to teach people about the human rights contained in the South African Constitution.
16 September, 2008
News24, 16 September 2008.  The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) says it has lost a friend with the death of writer, playwright and actor John Matshikiza, who died of a heart attack in a Melville restaurant this week.
16 September, 2008
Sowetan, 16 September 2008. The Sowetan reports that Youth business organisation Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) is heading for closure at the end of the year unless the government pumps more money into it.
16 September, 2008
IOL, 16 September 2008. The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), several other NGOs and other members of civil society are to take part in a seven-day solidarity hunger strike from 20-26 September 2008 to raise awareness of injustices in the country.
16 September, 2008
Times Online UK, 16 September 2008.
16 September, 2008
Mail&Guardian, 16 September 2008.
16 September, 2008
AFP, 16 September 2008. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has awarded five brave and selfless advocates of human rights from Burma, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan the prestigious 2008 Human Rights Defender Awards.
16 September, 2008
The Times, 16 September 2008. The Nomkhubulwane Culture and Youth Development has called for men to be restricted from attending the reeds dance in future, to make it safer for maidens.

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