NGOs

Mangani Accuses NGOs, Donors for Plotting Against Govt

The Zambian government has accused the 17 CSOs of conspiring with some donors and some high profiled Zambians to bring down the government.

Home Affairs Minister, Lameck Mangani, says that some cooperating partners were behind the planned protests over the acquittal of former president, Fredrick Chiluba.
Mangani says that there is a conspiracy between some disgruntled Zambians and the cooperating partners to portray the government as not being serious in its fight against corruption.

Women, Children Trafficked into SA – JCW

The Johannesburg Child Welfare (JCW) says that children and women are being trafficked daily to busy urban areas.

JCW assistant director, Carol Bews, points out that people are often trafficked to South Africa from poorer, neighbouring countries for labour and commercial sexual exploitation.

Bews urges community members to be vigilant and blow the whistle on suspicious occurrences and new children or women in their neighbourhoods.

Few Top Media Posts for Women

Women may be well represented in newsrooms, but they struggle to find a place in senior management or on boards and they still earn less than their male counterparts. This is according to a 2008 report conducted by Gender Links in South Africa and the South African Development Community (SADC).

The study found that South Africa is at the top end of the scale (50 percent), beaten only by Lesotho (73 percent) when it comes to the percentage of women in media for the region.

Local Funding Needed to Fight HIV

A Zambian NGO, Reformed Communities (REC) says the continued dependence on donor funding in HIV and AIDS projects could throw the fight against the pandemic in disarray.

Reformed Communities (REC) coordinator, Deliah Kaweche, says there is a need to source local resources for the fight against HIV andAIDS instead of relying on funding from donors.

ZNRI Embarks on Clean-up Exercise in Harare

The Zimbabwe’s National Revival Initiative (ZNRI), a coalition of churches, NGOs and government has taken a bold stand in which the organisation attempts to get rid of the garbage in Harare.

ZNRI project manager, Aaron Mushoriwa, says that the project aims to keep the environment clean while improving the image of Zimbabwe prior the 2010 World in South Africa.

Director in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Sylvester Maunganidze, argues that the initiative will contribute to the attraction of visitors in Harare.

Sasol Blamed For Climate Change Crimes

Environmental organisations have staged a mock trial, asking petrochemicals group, Sasol to answer for climate change crimes.

Earthlife Africa, which led the protest, says Sasol produces 21 percent of South Africa’s total yearly greenhouse-gas emissions. The organisation argues that Sasol alone emits 75.4 million tons of greenhouse-gases each year.

Earthlife Africa energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor, states that the organisation also wants Sasol to put plans for a new plant in the Waterberg on hold.

HRW Urges EU not to Lift Zim Sanctions

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that sanctions against Zimbabwe should not be lifted until rights violations end in that country.

HRW Africa director, Georgette Gagnon, points out that, "The sanctions debate is a red herring since none of them prevent the country from moving forward."

Gagnon says power sharing will only work when repressive laws are repealed and human rights irreversibly improved.

The comments come as South Africa and the European Union prepare to meet in Cape Town.

Meet Council's new National Executive Director

From switchboard to CEO - A life's dedication to the blind and deaf communities:

From humble beginnings as a Switchboard operator 30 years ago, this inspirational man has made his way up the corporate ladder through hard work and perseverance in order to bring about positive change within the visually impaired and deaf communities... at last he's sitting at the helm of one of the largest NGO's in South Africa. Meet Jace Nair – newly appointed National Executive Director of the South African National Council for the Blind.

Ceasefire Campaign Condemns Parliament Actions

4 September 2009

The ongoing threats of prosecution against whistle-blower David Maynier are a major cause for concern and a blight on our democracy. When the new administration was sworn in, we had such hopes that there would be less secrecy and covert support for unscrupulous dealings.

But the latest debacle within parliament suggests the opposite; we fear we are in for even more executive control.

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