South Africa

Jansen Appointed to Help Mangosuthu University

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has appointed University of the Witwatersrand extraordinary professor of education, Jonathan Jansen, as the new administrator for the beleaguered Mangosuthu University of Technology.

Jansen has six months to help the university back onto its feet after what appears to be more than five years of tyrannical rule by suspended vice-chancellor, Aaron Ndlovu.

White South Africans More Likely to Vote, Poll

White South Africans are more likely than any other group to vote. This is according to a survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council for the Independent Electoral Commission.

The survey found that 84 percent of whites will use their vote while coloureds were the least likely to exercise this democratic right.

The survey, which was carried out among 4 000 South Africans, also found that 48 percent of the sample spread across all nine provinces are “simply not interested in voting”.

Less Electricity Used in December, Eskom

According to Statistics South Africa, the estimated consumption of electricity in December 2008 fell by 8.4 percent from December 2007 to 17,556 gigawatt-hours.

It says electricity consumed during the fourth quarter of 2008 decreased by 5.1 percent compared with the corresponding quarter of 2007.

If further says that for the year 2008, consumption of electricity was affected by numerous factors that led to reduced levels of consumption, such as load shedding. Eskom then went on a drive to encourage users to save on electricity consumption.

CHR: Gender Equality

The University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights (CHR) is conducting a course on Gender Equality from 7-11 September 2009 in Pretoria.

The latest developments with regard to gender equality and the implications thereof for the women of Africa are examined in this course.

Issues dealt with are:

MISA Welcomes Rejection of Film and Publication Bill

Press Release
 
30 January 2009

The South Africa Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA Chapter) welcomes President Motlanthe’s decision to not sign the Film & Publications Amendment Bill, citing that sections of the Bill are unconstitutional. Although Parliament passed the contentious Amendment Bill and the President has returned the matter back to legislature for further discussions.

Land Reform in South Africa: A Status Report 2008

Land Reform in South Africa: A Status Report 2008 looks at the state of land reform over the period 2005 to early 2008, with a particular focus on land redistribution. This is appropriate for a number of reasons. In the context of extreme inequality in landholding, particularly in a country with a relatively high rural population, the redistribution of land assets must be seen as a central element of a land reform programme and a key indicator of success.

Wage and Non-wage Settlement Trends in the South African Labour Market

Wage and non-wage Settlement Trends in the South African Labour Market” is a report that takes a look at wage trends in formal non agricultural industries. The report looks at wage agreements and gives an analysis of wage trends and agreements in South Africa. It also takes into account issues that impact on workers in the workplace, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, skills training, labour brokers and Variation of conditions of employment.

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