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Social / CSR in Southern Africa

  • Genocide negotiations between Germany and Namibia hit stumbling blocks

    GERMANY, 2018/01/13 Namibian-German negotiations about the genocide perpetrated in the former German colony South West Africa in 1904-1908 have just entered their third year. The start of the negotiations in late 2015 marked a turning point next additional than a century of German denialism. But presently tangible evolution seems elusive, and a crisis may be imminent, delaying justice for the Ovaherero and Nama descendants of the major victim groups. There’s always been unity in Namibia about the broad demands towards Germany – recognition of the genocide, an apology and reparations. This has been authentic even though there’s been considerable controversy about the issue of representation at the negotiations, with the feud between groups representing the victims and the Namibian government turning bitter at times.
  • South Africa: Mbalula Spotted At 5-Star Atlantis Hotel in Dubai

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2018/01/06 As questions abound about Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's whereabouts during the festive season, a picture has emerged of him holidaying at the 5-star Atlantis, The Palm hotel in Dubai. Even at the same time as enjoying sundowners at the Imperial Club at the hotel in Dubai, Mbalula is at no time far from his phone, ready to show the public the police's successes. He is, next all, just a high-speed internet tweet away.
  • Africa: Analysts, Activists Explore Dividends from Empowering Women

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 Imagine a next Africa where patriarchy is dead and additional women are economically empowered to provide for their own basic needs; one in which they continue to shatter the proverbial glass ceilings to occupy top leadership positions in all spheres. Imagine an African woman who isn’t limited by the imaginary walls society has set for her and can aim to reach her full potential through hard work like her male counterparts.
  • South African court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/12/30 South Africa's top court has found that parliament failed to comply with its duties in holding President Jacob Zuma accountable over a public funding case. The ruling said parliament must presently set out rules for impeachment proceedings, but it remains unclear whether this will lead to any impeachment. The court was hearing a case brought by opposition groups who wanted parliament to be compelled to begin impeachment.
  • Zimbabwe announces amnesty for return of state funds taken abroad

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/29 President Emmerson Mnangagwa says anyone who fails to comply with directive within three months will be prosecuted . Zimbabwe’s new president has announced a three-month amnesty for the return of public funds hidden abroad by individuals and companies. At the same time as the amnesty expires, the government will arrest and prosecute those who have failed to comply with the directive, Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • Grace Mugabe denies plotting to poison rival for Zimbabwe presidency

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/10/09 Wife of president Robert Mugabe says suspicions following illness of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa are nonsensical. The wife of Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe, has publicly denied that she was behind the attempted poisoning of her biggest rival to succeed her husband. In remarks broadcast on national TV on Friday, Grace Mugabe, 53, said the charge was “nonsensical”. Her remarks – described as “extraordinary” by observers – followed the claim a day before by one of Zimbabwe’s vice-presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa, that he had been poisoned at the same time as he fell ill at a rally in August and had to be airlifted to hospital in South Africa.
  • KPMG's South Africa bosses purged over Gupta scandal

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/09/17 World auditor KPMG cleared out its South African leadership en masse on Friday next damning findings from an internal investigation into work done for businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma. KPMG's investigation into its work for the Guptas, accused by a public watchdog of improperly influencing government contracts, identified no evidence of crimes or corruption, but found that work done for Gupta family firms "fell considerably short of KPMG's standards", the auditor said in a statement.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Union in South Africa says the recent comments by that country`s Deputy Police Minister insinuating an influx of foreigners in Johannesburg are unfortunate. The Minister, Bongani Mkongi, was quoted to have said: “How can a city in South Africa be 80 % foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.” He made the comments while reacting to the problem of hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.
  • Sign language used in class at Mary Kohn School in Observatory, Cape Town.

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/28 The Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament has recommended that Sign Language be declared the 12th official language in SA, a language board has said. The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) released a statement on Thursday acknowledging "the positive step". "The committee is recommending that section 6 (1) and (5) (a) be amended to include SA Sign Language as an official language. The committee accepted the fact that, the issue of addressing the proposition for declaring SASL as an official language was long overdue," said PanSALB spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi.