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Wednesday, 18 March, 2015
Quote of the week
"As we enter this new era of civil rights, with the use of new technology, we should remind ourselves that each generation needs new visions and insights into the struggles of the day."
- Phiroshaw Camay, Chairperson, Community Education Computer Society.
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Internet Rights, Education, Chabane…
On 21 March 2015, South Africans will commemorate Human Rights Day under the theme ‘Celebrating the Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights for All’. Apart from providing an opportunity for South Africans to reflect on the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy, the day is also used to reflect on the progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights as well as ensuring that we all enjoy the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Phiroshaw Camay, chairperson at Community Education Computer Society, takes a closer look at Internet rights and how these rights can be realised through access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Camay writes that as we observe the Human Rights Day – a day which represents 55 years since the killing of 69 people during a Pan Africanist Congress-led protests in Sharpeville - South Africans need to challenge Internet rights. He argues that Internet rights must encompass our belief of human rights, adding that, “Lacking cheap, fast reliable Internet access puts an individual at a significant disadvantage.”
SANGONeT joins South Africans in mourning the passing of the late Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane. President Jacob Zuma has described Chabane, who died together with his two bodyguards in the early hours of Sunday, 15 March 2015, when their car crashed into a truck doing a u-turn on the N1 highway near Polokwane, as “an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my Cabinet.” He previously served as Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. Chabane will be laid to rest on Saturday, 21 March 2015, at Xikundu village in Malamulele, Limpopo.
In a related development, the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) says in his capacity as a Minister in the Presidency responsible for Government Communications and Information System and general communication, Chabane was always responsive to issues and concerns of media in the country. SANEF executive director, Mathatha Tsedu, points out that as his organisation mourns Chabane’s tragic passing, it hopes that other ministers and government officials across all spheres of the state will emulate his commitment to media freedom and editorial independence.
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