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Thursday, 18 August, 2016
Quote of the week
"The percentage of operating budget in municipalities with hung councils…has increased from just 2.63 percent in 2011 to a massive 41.31 percent in 2016. "
- Conrad Barberton and Carmen Abdoll, Senior Economists, Cornerstone Economic Research; and Chandré Gould, Senior Research fellow, Institute for Security Studies’ Governance, Crime and Justice Division.
Comment of the week
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Governance, Health, Stofile…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Conrad Barberton and Carmen Abdoll, senior economists at Cornerstone Economic Research; and Chandré Gould, senior research fellow at the Institute for Security Studies’ Governance, Crime and Justice Division, take a closer look at the decline in the voters’ support for the African National Congress (ANC) and the implications for budget expenditure as well as service delivery at the local government level.
In another article, Jacqueline Weyer, a senior medical scientist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases at University of Pretoria, takes a closer at the United Nations’ massive vaccination campaign, aimed at reaching 14 million people following the outbreak in parts of Angola and Malawi. Weyer commends the response to the yellow outbreak in Angola, which started in December 2015, and already resulted in the vaccination of more than 10 million people in Luanda and other affected areas of the country. She maintains that routine yellow fever vaccination is a part of national immunisation plans in yellow fever endemic countries, adding that the outbreak highlights challenges in these programmes. She is also of the view that, “It [the outbreak] also points to the fact that existing programmes need to be strengthened,” to make sure that populations are protected from yellow fever and from other vaccine preventable disease.
"The advantage is that the current outbreak can be managed and the immediate risk mitigated. But it will be important to provide a catch-up vaccination in the future to ensure long lasting immunity.
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Lastly, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) has expressed its sadness at the passing of former sports minister, Makhenkesi Stofile. NMF chief executive officer, Sello Hatang, who describes Stofile as a keen supporter of the foundation, recalls that the former ANC MP hosted the foundation in Germany when the movie ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ premiered in Berlin in 2014 and, later that year, supported the ‘Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work’.
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