CSOs Demand Suspension Registration Exercise

A consortium of civil society organisations (CSOs) have reiterated their call on Zambia’s government to suspend the current non-governmental organisation (NGO) registration exercise and immediately initiate a process to repeal the Act.

The civil society organisations said they will remain resolute and unshaken to any innuendos and manoeuvres by any section of society to force them to be registered under an instrument that they claim was aimed at ‘killing’ the country’s democratic liberty.

NGO Demands Answers Over R10bn Tender

Corruption Watch is demanding answers on President Jacob Zuma’s lawyer, Michael Hulley’s role in the controversial R10 billion tender to distribute social grants.
The organisation states that Hulley was appointed by South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) as a strategic adviser for the tender process on an ad hoc basis and for R21 000 a day.

Call for National Key Points to be Public

Following close to a year of campaigning to make the list of national key points public, the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the South Africa History Archive (SAHA) have served the police and defence ministers with court papers to gain access to a list of national key points.
The internal appeal against the decision to release the list was turned down, therefore R2K and SAHA believe they are left with no other choice but to go to court in order to obtain the list.

Education in South Africa: Where Did It Go Wrong?

“It’s bad. It just is,” says Malehlohonolo Khauoe about the education she received at a rural school outside Matatiele in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the country’s worst-performing region. Schooling here is so inferior that the national education ministry took over its management.

This is the frontline of the education crisis in South Africa. The 19-year-old is one of its millions of victims. When pressed to describe what is so bad at her school, she says the “problem is mostly with the teachers.”

Democracy for Sale? The Need for Transparency in Political Party Funding

Transparency in political party funding, particularly from private sources, remains a divisive topic in South African politics. Recently, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the newly-formed Agang South Africa, made a bold move and revealed her personal wealth. Her intention was to demonstrate that, unlike many other politicians, she believes in transparency and accountability. While this may be a laudable initiative by her as an individual, she did not divulge who was funding her political party.

Call for Anti-Poverty and Environmental Targets

Leading development experts and the United Kingdom's international NGO community are urging that country’s government to provide leadership in helping to build the international political will required to accelerate progress towards meeting the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

They are also calling on the country to establish a new universal post-2015 development framework that links poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

SADC Questions Fairness of Zimbabwe Poll

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) says that the fairness of Zimbabwe's election is questionable because the voters' roll was distributed by the national electoral commission too late for it to be verified.

Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister and head of the SADC election observer mission, Bernard Membe, points out that, "If the voters' roll isn't made available on time, the fairness of the election is brought into question."

Membe adds that overall however, the polls were free, peaceful and generally credible.

CSOs Reject Attempts to Reform Pensions Scheme

Zambian civil society organisations (CSOs) have opposed attempts by the ruling Patriotic Front to reform the Public Service Pension scheme.

Speaking on behalf of the CSOs rights activist, Guess Nyirenda, says the move will disadvantage the pensioners.

"Why does government want to change? Who have they consulted? In whose interest are they doing this? We all know now that they have run out of money due to their extravagance and they cannot find money to meet many pending statutory obligations," he complained.

OUTA Aligned to the DA - SANRAL

The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) says that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has confirmed ‘suspicion’ that it has aligned itself to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona, points out that, “Road users are not interested in the politics but the facts, which we have continuously provided.”

Mona reacting to a statement OUTA in which its chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, said that SANRAL’s move to ‘enter the political fray’ in the e-toll debacle was a seriously worrying factor.


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