Urban development

BORDA: Country Director

The BORDA South Africa Country Director will be responsible for furthering BORDA’s mission in South Africa, which includes supporting South African municipalities in establishing decentralised sanitation schemes and promoting integrated sanitation solutions for peri-urban and urban areas.

Startingbloc: Fellowship program

StartingBloc is excited to share that its  global Fellowship program, is launching their first-ever institute out of the USA from 25-29 March 2020 at the prestigious the African Leadership Academy Campus in Johannesburg. Many social entrepreneurs, employees and students from the African continent, Canada, India and USA have already been accepted for this institute. 10 more spots are still available, only for this month. 

Why Are You Laughing?

The recent protests which have rocked the Southern parts of Johannesburg, more specifically the Coloured townships of Eldorado Park and Ennerdale, should not be looked at in isolation. The organisation and mobilisation of this largely unemployed, marginalised, and erased people have been a recurring trend across Johannesburg, from Reiger Park to Westbury. They pertain primarily to two matters, a “housing” crisis and the issue of criminality.

Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Unemployment and the Rights of Workers

The most important, single issue facing government today is improving conditions for greater labour absorption.

The South African Bill of Rights says, “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.” But local laws and institutions do not fully support that right, and one consequence is our staggering unemployment rate.

Youth Unemployment on the Increase

Youth unemployment in South Africa is gnawing at its economic recovery as new research reveals the proportion of youth under the age of 24 who cannot find work is now at a shocking 74 percent.

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) executive director, Miriam Altman, points out that the new data shows this is the heart of the economic problem, adding that 75 percent of the job losses experienced during the 2009/2010 recession were people under the age of 34.

Call for Alternative Housing for Eviction Victims

Amnesty International has accused Zimbabwe's unity government of failing to provide for victims of a mass eviction blitz five years ago that left 700 000 people destitute.

Amnesty and the Coalition of Forced Evictions, made up of Zimbabwean groups, call on that country’s government to provide alternative housing or compensation to people left homeless and jobless by Operation Murambatsvina (Drive Out Filth).

Planact Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

The Minister’s speech comes with no surprises as we are all aware of the global economic crisis that did not spare South Africa, resulting in a recession. However, the Minister can only do what can be done, especially when we look at the growing budget deficit which is envisaged to continue growing in the next 3 years, hitting the R1.3 trillion mark before it slows down. It is a well balanced budget that needs to be commended.


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