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NGO to March for Proper Sanitation

Members of Ses'Khona People's Rights movement say they will take to the streets of Cape Town once again to highlight the lack of proper sanitation in poor communities.

Nine leaders were found guilty by the Bellville Regional Court last week of contravening the Civil Aviation Act after they threw human waste at the Cape Town International Airport last year.

Members of Ses'Khona say they are planning a big march in Cape Town next month, because despite several attempts to force the city to address sanitation issues, nothing has been done.

Getting on with the Business of Parliament

It is easy, with all the brouhaha taking place in Parliament recently - the expulsion of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour; their failure to respect the office of the Speaker; the presence of riot police in the parliamentary precinct; the vilification of the Public Protector by some members of parliament (MPs); and the withdrawal of opposition parties from the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla – to forget that much of the work of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces takes place in the Portfolio Committees and the Select Committees resp

Law Used to Clamp Down on Protests

Report shows that protestors have been unjustly targeted in troubled settlements such as Thembelihle in the Northern Cape.

Bhayiza Miya, a politically and media savvy leader, has lost six of his teeth and a month of his life to community protests in Thembelihle, where he has been arrested, prosecuted and forcefully warned by police to stay away from big gatherings.

Limpopo Schools Still Without Textbooks

Eight months into the academic year, pupils at a rural school in Limpopo still do not have textbooks.
 
The school governing body (SGB) at Ramalawane Secondary School in Ga-Mphahlele village, in the Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality, say their repeated pleas to have outstanding textbooks delivered have fallen on deaf ears.
 
SGB member, Masese Madigoe, says that the school required 105 textbooks for maths, physical science, geography, Sepedi and life orientation, adding that pupils in grades 9, 10 and 11 are affected by the non-delivery of textbooks.
 

Police Arrest Activists in FS

Over 100 community healthcare members of HIV lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), have been arrested during the early hours of Thursday, 10 July 2014, by police in Bloemfontein.

The arrest follow a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, head office of the Free State’s health department.

According to TAC Free State chairperson, Sello Mokhalipi, the group, mostly elderly women, were taken to Park Road police station and Mangaung Police Station in Bloemfontein where they are being held in waiting cells.

Media Urged to Report the ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, says the media has a responsibility to report on progress as well as government’s failures.

Ramaphosa told the South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) to tell the stories that are good and also those that are difficult, painful and troublesome.

Ramaphosa called on the media to give expression to the struggles and successes of ordinary South Africans and the effects of government policies on their lives.

Makhura to Tackle Development Challenges in GP

Newly-appointed Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has undertaken to urgently return to communities that embarked on service delivery protests in the run-up to the elections with a plan to address their development challenges.
 
In his acceptance speech in the provincial legislature after being elected Gauteng premier for the next five years, Makhura thanked the previous Gauteng government under the leadership of Nomvula Mokonyane, for their hard work and promised to build on it.
 

New District Hospital Opens in Soweto

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has officially opened the R730-million, 300-bed Zola-Jabulani District Hospital in Soweto saying the new facility would help to ease the load on Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The new hospital will provide accident and emergency services, maternity and post-natal care, among other.

Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi noted that Chris Hani Baragwanath has 2 888 beds, far above the World Health Organisation's recommendation, adding that a hospital with over 1 200 beds is difficult to manage.

CSOs’ Role in Service Delivery Commended

North West Premier, Thandi Modise, has urged South Africans to respect the role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in the delivery of services.

Addressing delegates at the National NPO Summit, which was held under the theme ‘Making Service Delivery Work for the People’ in Mahikeng, North West, Modise stressed that, “Functional democracy depends on civil society.”

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