While the ANC was happy with the election victory, it surely could not be beside itself with joy. The 2019 national election results were the worst in the party's electoral history. They reached the lowest level of support ever at 57.51% nationally; Its loss of support of 4,64 percentage points between 2014 and 2019 is the worst it has ever suffered; and lost 18,21 percentage points in Gauteng in the same period.
The list of canditates to be sworn into parliament include five (5) ANC members who are implicated in corruption scandals. The following five are The Minister of Environmental Affairs – Nomvula Mokonyane; The Minister of Women in the Presidency – Bathabile Dlamini; Former Home Affairs Minister – Malusi Gigaba; Former Minister of Communications – Faith Muthambi; and Former Minister of Mineral Resources – Mosebenzi Zwane.
The former Head of the Tygerberg Breast Clinic, Doctor Justus Apffelstaedt is continuing his collaboration with one of South Africa’s oldest, national, non-profit breast cancer support groups, Reach for Recovery, to raise awareness and funds for their Ditto Project. The collaboration in 2018 achieved media coverage valued at R1.7 million and helped raise R4,351.
The Centre for Environmental Rights has written to President Ramaphosa about his upcoming cabinet selection, asking him to give priority to the urgent need to improve environmental governance in South Africa by appointing Ministers and Deputy Ministers who are strong, forward thinking leaders, committed to reforming environmental and water governance, and addressing the global threat of climate change.
According to the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), residents of informal settlements are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Latent Tuberculosis, or TB, affects 88% of 30 to 39-year-old individuals living in these areas. Quality and efficient healthcare is a luxury that most South Africans living in townships cannot afford. Non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, situated in Fourways, Johannesburg, aims to do their part to change this.
Environmental justice group groundWork, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), has launched High Court proceedings  against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and the President of South Africa to set aside government’s plan to double the amount of the harmful pollutant sulphur dioxide (SO2) polluters are allowed to emit.
What do the three different topics of fish, citizen-based social monitoring, and youth empowerment have in common? All are associated with local non-profit organisations (NPOs) that are leveraging technology in exciting ways to make a difference in under-resourced communities.
At the recent Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019 (Subs: 16-17 April, Johannesburg), representatives of three NPOs – ABALOBI, the Black Sash and Zlto ‒ shared information on how their IT innovations are changing lives.
On 1 May 2019 the petrol price goes up by 54c a litre, which means that South Africans will be paying R 4 per litre extra for petrol than in December 2018.
Celebrations of UNESO’s (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Book and Copyright Day on the 23rd April 2019, has placed literacy, literature in indigenous languages and education at the centre of global discussions.
Katherine Johnson, known for her pioneering work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) received an honorary degree from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday evening at the age of 100.
Her work contributed to efforts to put the first men into space and eventually the moon.
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