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22 February 2017
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Section27 unveils tool to advance right to basic education
Civil rights organisation Section27 on Wednesday launched the Basic Education Rights Handbook which seeks to provide communities with a tool to understand education law and policy, in an effort to...
Major South African coal extension project on cards – South32
A decision will be taken in the June quarter on go-ahead for the Klipspruit Life Extension coal project in Mpumalanga, which is said to have robust economics. The original BHP Billiton capital...
DA calls for Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Esidimeni transfer deaths
Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Thursday called for the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the deaths of more than 100 mentally ill patients who...
Close to 300 000 funding applications approved by NSFAS
Close to 300 000 financial assistance applications have been approved for the 2017 academic year at South African tertiary institutions. According to a statement from the National Student Financial...
Critics flee Burundi over rising rights violations
The whereabouts of a human rights defender and a journalist are unknown as Burundi imposes further restrictions on civil society on top of an already severe clampdown since the beginning of the...
Cabinet condemns Parliament violence
Disorderly behaviour in Parliament infringes on the rights of all South Africans, Cabinet has said. In a statement on Thursday, Cabinet raised concerns about the violence that again broke out in...
Four famines mean 20-million may starve in the next six months
More than 20-million people - greater than the population of Romania or Florida - risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, United Nations World Food Programme chief...
Gauteng premier must discipline health officials over Esidimeni deaths – Cabinet
The Gauteng Premier must ensure disciplinary steps are taken against provincial health department officials implicated in the Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba’s report into the deaths of over...
Dlamini-Zuma calls on all African states to ratify democracy charter
The outgoing Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has joined the rest of Africa to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter on...
Central African Republic clashes continue to plague security situation
Despite the improving security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), concerns remain in other parts of the country, the top United Nations peacekeeping official...
Treasury warns of “fake news” campaign before Budget speech
National Treasury cautioned the public and media on Wednesday about a “disinformation campaign” being waged before Finance minister Pravin Gordhan presents the country’s budget next week. “National...
Activist lays assault charge against police after Sona
A Right2Know member has opened a case of assault after allegedly being slapped and manhandled by members of the police’s VIP protection unit, GroundUp reported. Murray Hunter was placing one of the...
Hate Crimes Act will increase our workload – NPA
Once the draft Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been finalised and written into law, it will increase the workload of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the prosecuting...
15 Feb 2017
South Africa to be ‘resolute’ in using tariffs to protect domestic industry
South Africa will be “resolute” in using tariffs to defend domestic industry and support industrial development, particularly in light of moves towards greater protectionism in other countries,...
DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration
Johannesburg is probably one of the world’s best examples of unintended sustainable development, where almost accidentally the mining economy has been fully replaced by another larger economy. This...
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