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NGO Criticises Eskom Over Parties

Environmental NGO, Greenpeace, has described the millions Eskom spent on its staff parties as ‘unacceptable’.

In a press statement, Greenpeace, points out that, “It is completely unacceptable that Eskom spends money on parties, while the people of this country face skyrocketing electricity prices, and more than 12 million South Africans still don’t have access to electricity.”

Facebook Group to Launch NGO

The Facebook group, Fight Crime in Gaborone, which was initiated to raise awareness about crime-related issues, intends to set-up as a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Official spokesperson for the group, Phenyo Motlhagodi, explains that ‘Fight Crime in Gaborone’ was formed as a pressure group to ensure that government prioritises on issues that affect the public in relation to crime.

Corruption Reports an Encouraging Sign – Berman

According to John-Kane Berman, chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, there must be a growing number of state employees who are horrified that ‘cry the beloved country’ has become ‘loot the beloved country’.

Berman states that the Protection of State Information Bill, though ostensibly now aimed only at shielding ‘national security’ and not ‘criminal activity’, arises from the desire of the African National Congress (ANC) and its government to stop the leaks.

NGO Urges People to Drive the NDP

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has urged South Africans to play more active role in accomplishing the goals set out in the National Development Plan (NDP).

In a press statement, CASAC points out that, "People need to be integrally involved in engaging with all the priorities identified in the NDP, particularly [regarding] improving education and health."

ASA Upholds EE Complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has upheld Equal Education's (EE) complaint against Patrick Holford's Smart Kids Brain Boost supplement.

In the complaint, EE argued that Holford's claims that the supplement will improve the school performance of children are misleading.

The organisation argued that the advertisement took advantage of young people's desire to succeed in school.

NGO Stresses Need for Access to Information

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has bemoaned the current state of access to information in Africa, citing the negative impact the glaring lack of information is having on the citizenry.

This observation was made during the ongoing NGO Forum of the 51st Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) in the Gambian capital of Banjul.

Motshekga to Oppose Court Action

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has filed a notice to oppose a court bid concerning minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

This was confirmed by the lobby group, Equal Education (EE), which is seeking an order to force the minister to promulgate the standards.

In a press statement, EE states that the minister was supposed to have done so by 11 March 2012.

Initiative to Help Slash Illiteracy

The Stellenbosch University has announced a new initiative to help slash illiteracy rates in South Africa.

The organisation ‘Words Open Worlds’ or ‘WOW’, which has been distributing books in rural and disadvantaged communities, has reached around 30 000 people since the beginning of 2011.

WOW’s Fiona Van Kerwel says too many South Africans are simply not able to lay their hands on books.

“The main problem is South Africa I would say is the accessibility of people to resources,” Van Kerwel.

SANEF to Meet ANC in EC

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape and the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) are expected to meet ‘to improve relations’.

ANC provincial spokesperson, Mlibo Qoboshiyana, points out that the main point for the summit is for both the ANC and the media to improve their relations in a manner that avoids the hostilities experienced before and during the election period.

Internet Freedom Declining as Use Grows – Report

Hacked and deleted blogs, facing criminal charges for sending an e-mail complaining about service delivery and discovering that Facebook has been shut, etc, are among the restrictions on Internet freedom that users around the world have encountered in the last two years.

According to Sanja Kelly, managing editor, and Sarah Cook, assistant editor, at Freedom House, a Washington-based NGO, “...as more people use the Internet to freely communicate and obtain information, governments have ratcheted up efforts to control it.”

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