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AI to Monitor Zimbabwe for 100 Days

Amnesty International (AI) says it will closely monitor the human rights situation in Zimbabwe for the next 100 days, to test the commitment of the unity government to real reforms in the country.

The announcement follows a meeting between AI's secretary-general, Irene Khan, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in the United Kingdom, after wrapping up a six-day visit to Zimbabwe last week.

Barloworld Boosts loveLife’s Youth Leadership Initiative

Press Release

12 June 2009

loveLife announces expanded support from Barloworld with a grant of R1 million to fund the development of a new leadership-with-opportunity initiative for the best graduates of loveLife’s programmes.  The new initiative - called Connected! – aims to develop the public innovation skills of 5,000 young leaders drawn from marginalized communities across South Africa.  

NGO Slams Farmers Over Wages

The Nkuzi Development Association has slammed the attitude of farm owners towards minimum wages for farm workers in Limpopo.

A spokesperson for the organisation, Shirhami Shirinda says it is unacceptable that farmers will have to hide behind minimum wages when some of them are not even paying as required by law.

Report on the Status and Role of Youth NGOs in the Current Democratic SA

'Report on the Status and Role of Youth NGOs in the current Democratic South Africa' was compiled by the Youth Development Network (YDN) and aims to stimulate debate around the mechanisms of strengthening and resuscitating the Youth Development sector. The report examines what led to the collapse of many NGOs - was it funding, relevancy, leadership or political environment in a form of policies provisions?

Amnesty International Visits Zimbabwe

The head of human rights group Amnesty International has arrived in Zimbabwe on a visit signalling a thaw in relations between the troubled African nation and critics of its president, Robert Mugabe.

Irene Khan began the six-day visit over the weekend, during which she is scheduled to meet with Mugabe, government officials and victims of human rights violations.

Khan and her delegation were granted entry visas by the coalition government formed in February. In the past, other critics of the government have been barred entry to Zimbabwe.

New Bills are a Serious Threat to the Constitution and Should be Withdrawn

Press Release

7 June 2009

New Bills are a serious threat to the constitution and should be withdrawn
On 1 June 2009 the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJCD) published the draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill (CAB) and the draft State Liability Bill for public comment.  We regret that both threaten the foundations of Constitutional supremacy and the Bill of Rights. If passed in their current form the Bills will not only amend the Constitution but also shield legislation from judicial review.

SWEAT Welcomes Debate on Sex Work

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) has announced that it will be launching a series of activities this month, in the run up to their submission to the South African Law Reform Commission discussion paper on adult prostitution.

In collaboration with the Sisonke sex worker movement, SWEAT is planning a host of information sharing and gathering workshops around the country, as well as to increase its outreach activities.

NGO Urges Zuma to Act on Recession

The Black Sash says President Jacob Zuma must tell South Africans how he is going to help the millions of unemployed and working poor who are facing a desperate daily struggle to survive the current recession.

Black Sash spokesperson, Nkosikhulule Nyembezi, called for Zuma to announce social grants for the unemployed and special attention for the country's 2,7 million unemployed young people.

Nyembezi says Zuma should also send out a loud and clear message that he will prevent any further xenophobic attacks in the country.

MSF Asks SA to Help Zimbabwe

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) South Africa has warned that there is a major humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.

MSF medical coordinator, Eric Goemaere,says his organisation is speaking out now for fear that Zimbabwe’s troubles and their effect on the region are being forgotten.

Goemaere argues there is a mistaken impression that the formation of a unity government in Zimbabwe in February meant the crisis is over.

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