Governance and democracy

Governance and democracy

  • Call for Abstracts: Public Participation Conference

    Gauteng Provincial Legislature
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, December 9, 2011
    Opportunity type: 

    The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is the parliament of Gauteng, an institution that oversee the government work in the province. Its main functions are law making, Executive Council and Provincial Government Departments' accountability.

    The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is calling for abstracts for the Public Participation Conference (PPP Indaba) under the theme “The People Shall Govern: Public Participation Beyond Slogans”, to be held from 29 February to 2 March 2012 in Johannesburg.

    The conference aims to share key insights and knowledge on improving citizens’ meaningful participation in governance processes. Also, the conference will seek to build a body of knowledge on public participation and civic education to benefit the legislative sector.

    The specific objectives of the conference are to:

    • Build a body of knowledge to benefit the legislative sector;
    • Strengthen public participation strategies in governance processes;
    • Share knowledge and skills required to facilitate meaningful public participation;
    • Bridge the existing gap between theory and practice;
    • Invest in public participation initiatives in governance processes;
    • Enhance the role of legislatures/parliaments in facilitating public participation.
    Authors are requested to submit empirical and theoretical abstracts on public participation (including case studies). These may reflect local, regional, national and international dimensions of public participation. Authors of selected abstracts will be requested to submit full papers that will be compiled into a book chapter for publication, following the Conference.

    Below are the themes and sub-themes that guide areas to be covered in response to this call for abstracts:
    Theme 1: Public Participation, International best Theme 2: Public Participation, National perspectives
    Theme 3: Public Participation at Local Government level
    Sub-themes: Sub-themes: Sub-themes:
    • Public participation in integrated development plans of local municipalities: A case studyMainstreaming public participation in governance processes to inculcate a culture of civic involvement.
    • Public participation in budget processes - the power of the purse - A case study.
    • Effective petition systems in legislatures.
    • Enabling systems, processes and organisational culture for promoting relevant and quality civic education and public reach.
    • The doctrine of the separation of powers: examining the integrated and interdependent arms of the State and the missing link in public participation.
    • Mainstreaming public participation in governance processes to inculcate a culture of civic involvement
    • Public participation in budget processes: A case for meaningful public involvement – the South African experience.
    • Effective petition systems in legislatures
    • Impact assessment of public participation processes
    • Public participation in integrated development plans (IDP) of local municipalities
    • Public participation in Budget processes: A case for meaningful public involvement – Community/grassroots experiences
    Authors are required to submit abstracts of between 100 and 1200 words by 9 December 2011. Included in the cover page of the abstract should be the title of the paper, the name of the author (s) and e-mail address (es).

    Submit your abstract to J Robertson at or post to Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Private Bag X52, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa. Aslo, you can hand deliver to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (Corner President and Loveday Streets), Johannesburg (CBD).

    Enquiries: E-mail:

    For more about the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, refer to

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  • African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

    The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to:

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to

    Event start date: 
    Event venue: 
    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
    Event type: 
  • Sonke to Apply for Court Order Against Malema

    The Sonke Gender Justice Network intends applying for a court order against African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema, for neither filing appeal papers relating to the hate speech ruling against him nor paying the R50 000 fine ordered by the court.

    The organisation’s government and media relations manager, Mbuyiselo Botha, points out that Malema’s legal team missed dates to file papers for appeal and have also failed to apply for condonation.

    Botha and the network took Malema to the Equality Court for saying the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape had asked for food and taxi money after having a ‘nice time’.

    To read the article titled, “Group to apply for order against Malema,” click here.
  • Zim Sanctions Must Stay - NGO

    Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN), a consortium of more than 20 NGOs in nine countries, says sanctions on Zimbabwe must stay intact until human and property rights violations stop.

    In a press statement, ZEN coordinator, Tor-Hugne Olsen, says even after a year of a coalition government, the political, democratic and economic crisis in the country remains unchanged.

    “We support the continuation of targeted measures, including the travel bans on individuals responsible for human rights violations, until the Global Political Agreement (GPA) obligations are fulfilled,” explains Olsen.

    To read the article titled, “Sanctions must stay — NGOs,” click here.
    News Day
  • DHA Extends Zim Registration Deadline

    South Africa has announced it will not deport illegal Zimbabwean immigrants until at least 31 March after extending a deadline for them to regularise their stay.

    The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson, Ricky Naidoo, says that there will be no deportations until the end of March, adding that the department is trying its best to complete the adjudication process in the next few weeks.

    Rights groups estimate there is an estimated 1.5 million illegal Zimbabwean immigrants living in South Africa, but only 275 000 had applied for work and business permits between 1 September and the 31 December deadline last year.

    To read the article titled, “SA extends Zimbabweans' permit deadline to March 31,” click here.
    New Zimbabwe
  • Hanekom Commends DHA on Zim Registrations

    People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says the Department of Home Affairs has ‘exceeded expectations’ in its attempts to register Zimbabweans illegally in South Africa.

    PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, who has been among its fiercest critics, points out that, “The officials worked hard, it was a mammoth task and they had limited time.”

    Hanekom says he is hopeful that at least 220 000 Zimbabweans who applied for the dispensation would be accepted.
    Looking to the year ahead, he fears that possible 2011 elections in Zimbabwe could lead to a fresh influx of refugees into the country.

    To read the article titled, “Home Affairs went the extra mile,” click here.
    Independent Online
  • Zuma Appoints Three Members to the MDDA Board

    President Jacob Zuma has appointed Carole Vale, Nadia Bulbulia and Phelisa Nkomo, to the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) board.

    In a press statement, the Presidency says the three were appointed in terms of Section 8 (2) of the Media Development and Diversity Agency Act, following recommendations from the National Assembly.

    President Zuma especially thanked the sterling work and outstanding service to the board of the three outgoing members – Guy Berger, Siviwe Minyi and Nomonde Gongxeka - whose terms of office expired on 31 December 2010.

    To read the article titled, “President Jacob Zuma has appointed three members to the Media Development and Diversity Agency board, says his office,” click here.
    Sunday Times
  • Parliament to Fill SABC Vacancies – Kholwane

    Parliament is moving ahead to fill the four vacancies on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) board, with its communications committee due to meet next week to draw up a shortlist of candidates.

    Communications committee chairperson, Eric Kholwane, states that should another member resigns in the interim, the board could be left without the necessary quorum to take decisions.

    Kholwane confirmed that the communications committee will meet next week to draw up a shortlist of possibly 12 names, adding that interviews will be held from 18-20 January.

    To read the article, “Parliament to fill SABC vacancies,” click here.
    Independent Online
  • Four Days Left for Zim Immigrants to Register

    The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents.

    The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally have four days left to register for legal documents. In a press statement, home affairs minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, points out that, "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet."

    Dlamini-Zuma has also appealed to those who have not applied for their regularisation or those with fraudulently acquired South African documents, to apply or submit such documents before the deadline. She further warned that government will not extend the deadline.

    To read the article titled, “Four days left for Zim immigrants to register,” click here.
  • Zuma Urges South Africans to Fight Poverty

    President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to stand up and fight poverty.

    Speaking during celebrations to mark the Day of Goodwill at Mpendle in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, Zuma urged communities to form themselves into the groups and be part of government's poverty alleviation programmes.

    The president called on people to stand up and cultivate the land, adding that funds are available to help organised groups who want to start projects to uplift themselves.

    To read the article titled, “Zuma urges citizens to stand up and fight poverty,” click here.
    SABC News
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