democracy

No Ibrahim Prize for 2013

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation's independent Prize Committee has decided not to award this year's 2013 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

To win the prize, laureates must be democratically elected former African head of state or government who has left office in the previous three years, have served their constitutionally mandated term, among others.

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is the largest prize in the world, worth an annual US$5 million over 10 years and US$200 000 annually for life thereafter.

What Can Be Expected From Young Voters in South Africa's 2014 Elections?

South Africa’s youth is often seen as a ‘lost generation’; one with no causes or political purpose, an apathetic generation. Some, however, have opted out of democratic processes such as elections due to the disinterest of the ruling elite in responding to their interests. Promises of a bright future are weighed against the lived realities of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

South African History Archive: Intern

The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to documenting and raising awareness of past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. In-line with this central mission, the Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP) at SAHA is dedicated to using South Africa's Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) to extend the boundaries of access to information in South Africa.

OUTA Questions SANRAL for Entering Political Frey

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has noted with suspicion the press statement of 21 August 2013, where South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) spokesperson, Vusi Mona, attacks the Democratic Alliance (DA) use of e-Tolls for political gain. Mona is reported to have said the following: "The DA is using e-tolling as an electioneering strategy and is continuously misrepresenting the facts to win votes in next year's elections and SANRAL is not going to entertain politics."
 

Gap Between Rich and Poor Concerns Ibrahim

Sudanese-born philanthropist, Mo Ibrahim, says the gap between rich and poor in South Africa is of great concern.

Delivering an annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Pretoria, Ibrahim, is of the view that after states that after nearly 20 years of independence, one can ask 'what is going on here?

He argues that South Africa is the most unequal country in the whole world, adding that event the country’s land policy and the willing seller willing buyer principle should be revisited.

Inyathelo: Operations Coordinator

Inyathelo - the South African Institute for advancement is a nonprofit organisation that strives to build an enduring culture of philanthropy which results in a strong and stable civil society and democracy in South Africa.

Inyathelo seeks to appoint a Operations Coordinator, based in Cape Town.

Diamond Revenue Linked to Vote Rigging - NGO

Global Witness has called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to fully investigate claims that Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party is attempting to rig the country's elections.
 
The watchdog warned that there is strong evidence to suggest that ZANU PF has secured large funds from the country's lucrative diamond mines which it may now be spending on undemocratic tactics such as tampering with the electoral roll.
 

Community Mobilisation and the Challenges of Local Political Life

On 18 and 19 May 2013, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute’s (SERI) team made up of candidate attorney, Princess Magopane, and social researcher, Thapelo Tselapedi, organised and facilitated a follow-up, ward-based workshop in Mahikeng, North West. The first workshop, focusing on the legal and political mechanism through which the Constitution envisages the interaction between government and communities, was held in September 2012.

A One-Party Democracy

The conditions promoting the consolidation of democracy are likely to impose various structural constraints on the development capacity of new or born again democracy. Since 1994, development has been slow in South Africa. In 19 years, we still have abject poverty and millions living in substandard housing. In essence, the advent of democracy has failed to bring about substantial development. Many put the blame solely on the ruling party and its many ineptitudes.

Women’s Contribution to Freedom

A few days before Women's Day on 9 August nine years ago at age 14, I placed four pictures on my classroom board. My classmates identified these pictures almost immediately as Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Oliver Tambo and Albert Luthuli.

I placed another four pictures on the board asking my fellow classmates to identify the people they saw. There was an immediate silence. No one could identify Ruth First, Lillian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa and Sophie Williams even though they had been the faces of the Women's March, which we were about to celebrate on 9 August a few days later.

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