The 2011/12 budget tabled this afternoon by Minister Pravin Gordhan represents continuity in Government’s approach to economic policy and economic development. Great emphasis is placed on “macro-economic stability”, fiscal prudence and monetary policy directed to keeping inflation within the three to six percent band. Yet, these orthodoxies of economic policy is precisely what has hampered an effective response to the tremendous socio-economic challenges confronting our society and contradict the idea that South Africa has entered a New Growth Path.
The 2011/12 budget tabled this afternoon by Minister Pravin Gordhan represents continuity in Government’s approach to economic policy to economic development. Great emphasis is placed on “macro-economic stability”, fiscal prudence and monetary policy directed to keeping inflation within the three to six percent band. Yet, these orthodoxies of economic policy is precisely what has hampered an effective response to the tremendous socio-economic challenges confronting our society and contradict the idea that South Africa has entered a New Growth Path.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) says it has not been silenced on the 92-year-old former president's health condition.
NMF CEO, Achmat Dangor, points out that, "The foundation has not been silenced, if there is some rumour that Mandela has even passed away, we will go about as normal and not do anything differently."
Speaking at after a discussion on the book entitled ‘AIDS: Taking a Long Term View’, in Johannesburg, Dangor, argued that the only thing that has been formalised is that the Presidency will give media regular updates.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that with the current number of health workers worldwide, most developing countries will not be able to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6, which includes universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment by 2015.
According to 2011 WHO report which reviewed progress in five countries, by the end of 2009 only 36 percent of 14.5 million HIV-positive people in low and middle income countries in need of antiretroviral treatment (ART) received it, in large part because of the lack of healthcare workers.
Orphanaid Africa, a NGO that sponsors families to care for orphans instead of taking them to orphanages, is calling on the Government of Ghana to abolish orphanages in Ghana.
Head of family support services at Orphanaid, Awo Boatema Aboagye-Dakwa, says orphanages are foreign to Ghanaian culture and that the Western nations have abolished them because they have proven to be ineffective.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says a survey claiming that the African National Congress (ANC) is losing support in the country is a clear sign that the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has taken a hostile stance against the political party in favour of the Democratic Alliance.
NUMSA spokesperson, Irvin Jim, argues that, "The survey is detached from electoral and political realities, as evidenced by recent victories in by-elections by the ANC in most parts of the country."
A Bulawayo-based NGO, Radio Dialogue, is threatening to take the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to court if the body fails to issue the organisation with a broadcasting licence.
Radio Dialogue project coordinator, Kudzai Kwangwari, points out that the organisation will soon file court papers against BAZ since it feels there is no seriousness on the board to issue Radio Dialogue with a licence.
Save Our SABC Coalition (SOS) and the Democratic Alliance have both suggested the existing Broadcasting Act be amended in the meanwhile to deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) governance and financial crisis.
SOS spokeswoman Kate Skinner, points out that, "The immediate financial problems are management problems, and hopefully a few amendments to the Broadcasting Act could deal with the immediate crisis so we do not have to rush the bill."
Transparency International (TI) says that the failure by governments to address corruption is threatening the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
It however called on governments, donors and NGOs to adopt anti-corruption measures in all their MDG action plans to reach the goals in the next five years and sustain progress beyond the 2015 timeline.
CAF Southern Africa is committed to strengthening the work of civil society in the region. It campaigns for increased giving and social investment for the sector. CAF promotes more developmental approaches to corporate social investment, encourages and administers employee community involvement programmes and works towards the establishment of a culture of indigenous philanthropy that benefits organisations of civil society.