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Residents Win Water Case

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled in favour of residents of Lebowakgomo, in Limpopo, who took the local authorities to court over water supply problems.

Judge Francis Legodi granted an order giving two municipalities - Capricorn (district) and Lepelle-Nkumpi (local) - a year to replace and repair all leaking water pipes and defective water meters in the Lebowakgomo Zone A area.

Call for Chiefs to Contribute to Service Delivery

Mpumalanga MEC for Rural Development and Land Administration, Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has urged traditional leaders to cooperate in improving service delivery in their areas.

Addressing the Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders in the provincial legislature in Nelspruit, Mashego-Dlamini, states that there are 3.6-million people living in Mpumalanga, with 30 percent of them living in rural areas.

South Africans Elected Incompetent Leaders - Pityana

Former chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and an academic, Barney Pityana, has told South Africans to take responsibility for the country's failures because they elected leaders without vision and basic competence.

Pityana has been quoted as saying that, "We must blame nobody but ourselves for the tragedy of our education system, a collapsing healthcare system, a bloated but inefficient civil service, pervasive crime, and corruption that has become endemic."

Know Your Community, Know Your Social Investment

Do social investors thoroughly research the geographic areas into which they launch development programmes? Tshikululu corporate social investment practitioner, Beatrice Watermeyer, compares three of Johannesburg’s historically informal areas to emphasise the stark differences between these three parts of one city.

A Summit With Something to Say

The recently staged Nonprofit Organisations (NPO) Summit hosted by the Department of Social Development may have been another song and dance routine had it not been for the substance of the programme? But will the hoped for resolutions go forth? The theme ‘Working Together to Fight Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality’ was not just about the role of government in addressing social issues but the formation of secure partnerships with nonprofit organisations and the private sector.

Zuma 'Humbled' by NPO's Work

President Jacob Zuma says that he is humbled by the work of nonprofit organisations (NPOs).

Speaking at the Nonprofit Organisation Summit in Johannesburg, Zuma urged the private sector as well not to make the NPOs the first area of focus when they have to undertake financial austerity measures.

He further urged South Africans to appreciate how NPOs helped to promote social cohesion and stability in society, adding that, "This diverse sector must be supported in order for it to grow and continue supporting our people."

CoRMSA Comments on Recent Xenophobic Attacks

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) says some of the six reported incidents this year were examples of a new type of xenophobic attack.

CoRMSA spokesperson, Gwada Majange, points out that these attacks originated from protests about service delivery or unemployment.

"You've seen informal traders protest [against the] municipality, but in the end they directed their anger toward the spaza shop owners," explains Majange.

Banda Strives for Good Governance

Malawi's new president, Joyce Banda, has announced the sale or lease of a US$13.3 million presidential jet controversially bought by her predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, three years ago as well as 60 limousines ferrying cabinet ministers and top government officials.

These steps are meant to heal breaches with international donors who pulled the plug on vital aid to the southern African nation, citing poor economic policies and governance under Mutharika.

Banda told parliament that, "There is urgent need in our country to change the way we do things."

NGO, Govt Partnership Strengthened

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development, Weziwe Thusi, has committed herself to strengthening partnerships with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the province.

Thusi, who delivered her budget speech this week, announced that she will set aside 48 percent of her R2.1-billion budget to assist NGOs, stressed the importance of NGOs, which  as they constitute an extension of the work done by her department.

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