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28 March 2017
                       
 
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24 Mar 2017
 
 
Uganda at 'breaking point' from S Sudan refugee crisis
REFUGEES
The United Nations (UN) has warned that Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3 000 refugees pour into the country every day from South Sudan, fleeing violence and famine in the world's...
 
 
16 Mar 2017
 
South Africa’s grants debacle: about political trickery, not separation of powers
THE CONVERSATION
The social grants debacle in South Africa throws up a number of questions about the country’s state of politics, governance, leadership and democracy. A fundamental question pertains to an...
 
 
08 Mar 2017
 
 
 
People’s Power vs. Rising Inequality: Being Bold for Change
RECOMMENDATION
As global inequalities rise, women continue to lose out - we know that eight men own as much as the poorest half of the world. ActionAid research introduces us to some of the women who make up this...
 
 
07 Mar 2017
 
South Africa needs to be creative to avoid falling off the retirement cliff
THE CONVERSATION
In 1881, Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of united Germany, designed the concept of “retirement”. The ideal time, he said, would be 70 years of age. Back then, people simply didn’t retire....
 
 
01 Mar 2017
 
TAC: Will the 2017 budget address the health system crisis?
STATEMENT
South Africa is facing an ongoing crisis in the public healthcare system. The 2015 General Household Survey indicated that seven in every ten households use public clinics and hospitals. However,...
 
 
27 Feb 2017
 
 
 
Towards a more equal Indonesia – How the government can take action to close the gap between the richest and the rest
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The gap between the richest and the rest in Indonesia has grown faster in the past two decades than in any other country in South-East Asia. The four richest men in Indonesia now have more wealth...
 
 
NEHAWU: Statement on the Draft Policy Framework and Strategy for Primary Healthcare Outreach Teams
STATEMENT
The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) welcomes the presentation of the Draft Policy Framework and Strategy for Primary Healthcare Outreach Teams at the Public Health and...
 
 
23 Feb 2017
 
 
 
Towards a more equal Indonesia
RECOMMENDATION
The gap between the richest and the rest in Indonesia has grown faster in the past two decades than in any other country in South-East Asia. The four richest men in Indonesia now have more wealth...
 
 
Hospersa: Hospersa critical of failure to cut costs in budget
STATEMENT
The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is critical of the little focus given to measures for combating irregular spending in Government.  While the Union...
 
 
22 Feb 2017
 
DoF: Pravin Gordhan: Address by Finance Minister, during the Budget Speech 2017, Parliament, Cape Town (22/02/2017)
Topics
I have the privilege to present our Government’s budget for the fiscal year 2017/18, and the framework for the next three years.
 
 
Hospersa: Hospersa appeals to Gordhan to alleviate pressure on workers and curb corruption
STATEMENT
The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is appealing to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to alleviate the ever-increasing financial pressures faced by working...
 
 
17 Feb 2017
 
SA: SACBC Justice and Peace Commission responding to the looming crisis on the grant disbursement system in South Africa
STATEMENT
We are deeply dismayed at the inept and negligent manner with which the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) has handled the crisis around social grant disbursement. In a matter that is...
 
 
03 Feb 2017
 
Minister in 'racial jibe', says blacks don't want to pay taxes
RACISM
Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly accused black businesses of refusing to pay taxes and yet "expect government to provide them with public services". Chinamasa said this,...
 
 
02 Feb 2017
 
 
 
Governance and the Law
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A new World Bank policy report urges developing countries and international development agencies to rethink their approach to governance, as a key to overcoming challenges related to security,...
 
 
24 Jan 2017
 
Do fewer than 20% of Nigerians have access to oral health care services?
AFRICA CHECK
Do fewer than 20% of Nigerians have access to oral health care services? The country’s health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, claimed so at an event to mark the 2016 National Oral Health Week in...
 
 
 
                       
 
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