Rural development

Mufamadi Speaks Out on Service Delivery Protests

IRIN, 19 June 2007.

The Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi has described the rash of service delivery protests throughout the country since 2004 as a consequence of the successes of the government, not its failures.

Mufamadi was responding to a recent report by the Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE) which blamed an allegedly insensitive and unresponsive political elite for the often violent  protests over service delivery.

NGOs and Unions Walk Out of Land Reform Negotiations

The Sunday Independent, 18 June 2007.

Rural NGOs and unions have walked out of land-reform negotiations set up in the wake of the 2005 National Land Summit, accusing the government of marginalising them.

In a strongly worded report to the Department of Land Affairs (DLA), land and rural community organisations argue that the processes set up last year to give effect to the Land Summit’ resolutions and fast-track land reform have collapsed.

Reinstate Dismissed Health Workers – TAC Urges Govt

TAC Newsletter, 12 June 2007. 

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says it is appalled by the dismissal of public sector workers,  especially nurses  and appeals to authorities to reverse the decision.

In a letter addressed to the Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, and Western Cape MEC for Health Pierre Uys, the organisation argues that the dismissals are unlawful. 

Village Uses Tin Cans to Cut Back on Costs

The Star, 11 June 2007.

In the effort to ensure that lack of infrastructure does not make them fall behind in technology, one rural community has converted tin cans into antennas which enable local villagers who have computers to access the internet free of charge.

Through the use of these converted tin cans, the rural community living in the Peebles Valley, outside White River in Mpumalanga, has also enabled a small rural Aids hospice and a clinic to cut their monthly phone bills from R3 000 to R0.

Zimbabwe’s Service Delivery Dilemma and Corruption

IRIN News, 30 May 2007. 

Zimbabwe’s urban residents have to grease the palms of officials to ensure they can get access to even dysfunctional services.

The residents, who besides having to contend with leaking water pipes and frequent power outages, say they are facing the twin evil of a continuously deteriorating service delivery system and corrupt officials.

The Role of Local Government in HIV/AIDS

According to statistics by South Africa’s Department of Health, an estimated 5.4 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2006. Since its discovery more than twenty years ago, it has become increasingly clear that HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious and important challenges that the world, and particularly those in the developing world, have ever had to face.

Govt’s Move to Speed Up Land Reform in SA

News24, 19 March 2007. 

In a bid to speed up land reform in South Africa, the Department of Land Affairs (DLA) could effect new legislation aimed at giving the state first option to buy properties that are up for sale. 

The move has been announced by the DLA's Glenn Thomas, during his address to the parliamentary portfolio committee on land affairs on the current legislation providing for certain land for settlement and possible changes to it. 

Biowatch SA: New Study Shows Flaws in GM Crop Safety Claims

Friday, 16 March 2007

For the first time, a genetically modified (GM) product cleared as safe food for humans and animals has shown signs of toxic effects in internal organs, according to a study published in a scientific peer-review journal this week.

The study, by Greenpeace International and an independent group of scientists, analyses safety test data submitted by Monsanto when the company was seeking authorisation to market its GM maize variety MON863 in the European Union.

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