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NANGO Board Members Resign

Tichaona Masiyambiri and Sydney Chisi resign from the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGOs) board accusing the organisation's chairperson, Paul Juru, and chief executive officer, Cephas Zinhumwe of dictatorial tendencies.

SADC and SA’s Mediation Efforts Commended

The former Kenyan Prime Minister and head of African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM), Raila Odinga, has applauded the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the government of South Africa for their commitment to bringing peace and stability in Lesotho.

Odinga points out that the AUEOM encourages the electorate to exercise their democratic rights and civic responsibility but participating actively and peacefully in tomorrow's election.

African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership: Fertiliser Policy Research Assistant

African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is an independent nonprofit organisation whose purpose is to work with partners to establish sustainable and competitive private sector led fertiliser markets that provide smallholder farmers with quality fertilisers at the right place and time and at an affordable price. AFAP’s solution is to develop commercially focused partnerships with private sector partners all along the fertiliser value chain who are or will be investing and operating in these markets for years to come.

Where is the African Peer Review Mechanism Heading?

Africa may be rising, but its success is primarily measured by economic growth and development, while discourse on democratisation is far less prominent than at the onset of the new millennium. At the same time, many African states are forging ever-deeper ties with emerging powers that seem to place little value on democracy and human rights.

This begs the question of whether Africa’s leaders are still committed to advancing good governance, accountability and transparency.

Voters’ Hope of Resource Growth

Mozambicans voted in elections on 15 October 2014 in hopes of escaping years of poverty and conflict by tapping into the country’s huge energy resources.
 
With more than 10 million voters registered to take part in the elections for a new president, parliament and provincial assemblies, foreign donors and investors hope the ballot will help to bury old animosities still lingering from a 1975 -1992 civil war fought between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and its old foe, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO).
 

Blurred Lines - Civil Society Organisations in South Africa After 20 Years of Democracy

"Civil society must change the colonial paradigm within which civil society operates in South Africa. These formations take an oppositional posture. These institutions masquerade as representatives of the people. The lines get blurred between them and the parliamentary opposition”.

Madonsela Considers the Constitution SA’s Greatest Heritage

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela states that South Africa's greatest heritage is its Constitution.

In a press statement, Madonsela’s office affirms that, "South Africans' national heritage transcend[s] artefacts, historical knowledge, traditional clothes, music, language, the environment, and other beautiful legacies from our past."

She considers the Constitution as a ‘roadmap’ for the South African people.

African Arts Institute: Facilitators - Business of Arts Master Classes

The African Arts Institute (AFAI) is a Cape Town-based non-governmental organisation (NGO). Its overall objective is to promote participatory democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms and equitable social and human development in African countries by affirming the cultural dimension of development.

AFAI seeks to appoint five facilitators for its Business of Arts Master Classes, based in Cape Town.

Community Law Centre: Learning & Development Facilitator

The Community Law Centre (CLC) was established in 1990 to realise the democratic values and human rights enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution and promote good governance, socio-economic development and the protection of the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The CLC holds the NRF Research Chair in Multi-Level Governance for 2013.

The Parliamentary Programme of the Community Law Centre seeks to appoint a Learning & Development Facilitator, based in Western Cape.

Putting South Africa Under A Microscope

I have battled with issues that our country is faced with; the scourge of poverty, the deepening unemployment and the unrelenting inequality. These are produced by colonial as well as apartheid epochs of our history. They translate into over 400 hundred years of oppression of black people by colonialism and apartheid using the most brutal system ever known to humans. We have found political solutions in the advent of our constitutional democracy and are hopeful in the ability of our country to deliver on economic freedom that we so much desire.

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