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6 March 2015
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05 Feb 2015
Separating myth from reality: A guide to social grants in South Africa
social grants
n South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country's extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people "lazy" and "dependent"? And is South Africa headed for...
02 Feb 2015
Eugene de Kock and the violence of 'nation building and reconciliation'
The South African Civil Society Information Service
The 27th of January 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the ‘liberation’ of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is the concentration camp in Poland where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed by Adolf...
14 Nov 2014
CIGI: Internet access considered human right; multi-stakeholder governance of online world favoured: CIGI-Ipsos global survey including results from South Africa
Eighty-eight percent of Internet users in South Africa, compared with 83% globally, believe affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right, according to the “CIGI-Ipsos Global...
13 Nov 2014
South African wine at greater risk of fraud
The annual Cape Wine Makers Guild Auction is reputed for premium quality wines, attracting both private collectors and trade buyers. The recent Nedbank Cape Wine Makers Guild Auction recorded the...
23 Oct 2014
Many countries falling short on OECD bribery clampdown convention
The majority of the 41 signatory countries to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Anti-Bribery Convention, adopted in 1997, have failed to clamp down on foreign...
03 Oct 2014
SA turns to oceans economy in bid to find new ways to stimulate growth and jobs
South Africa is currently exploring ways to extract greater economic value from the so-called ‘oceans economy’ as part of the broader ‘Operation Phakisa’, which is being initiated in an effort to...
16 Sep 2014
Students need to become ‘imagineers’, academic urges
University of Pretoria (UP) Department of Mining Engineering (DME) head Dr Ronny Webber-Youngman believes mining engineering students need to become “imagineers” and work on developing safer and...
04 Sep 2014
SA needs own maritime fleet – Deputy Minister
South Africa needs to attract ships to its national register or continue forking out R44-billion a year to foreign operators, Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga said on Thursday. Speaking...
25 Aug 2014
DA: Statement by Helen Zille, DA Leader, asserts that a mind-shift is needed to win the war against HIV and AIDS (25/08/2014)
On Saturday night, I attended a fundraiser for a children’s hospice called Iris House. It is an NGO that cares for severely disabled and terminally ill children, and supports their families. At...
17 Jun 2014
Shale gas fracking in South Africa: Will the costs be socialised and the benefits privatised?
The South African Civil Society Information Service
The local hype over shale-gas continues as the ANC’s National Executive Committee recently announced that shale-gas is a “game-changer” and must be exploited for the benefit of the country. How...
13 May 2014
DIRCO to host Discussion Forum on South Africa-Poland relations
The Department ofInternational Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), in collaboration with the South African Institute of International Relations (SAIIA), the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to...
09 Apr 2014
SA: Statement by Statistics South Africa, on the Labour market dynamics report 2013 (09/04/2014)
South Africa did not escape the effects of the global economic crisis of 2007–2009 which had far-reaching effects across the world. The pre-recession period was generally characterised by annual...
Europe-Africa relations: Amani Africa and the EU Training Missions
In July 2003, at a crucial summit in Maputo, Mozambique, African Union (AU) leaders reached a compromise on a document known as the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security...
13 Mar 2014
SA: Statement by the KwaZulu-Natal Department for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, MEC Mchunu congratulates three winners from KwaZulu Natal who will be at Driver of the Year Competition (13/02/2014)
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mr. Willies Mchunu, has congratulated three winners from KwaZulu Natal who will represent South Africa at the International Driver of...
SA: Statement by the Department of Science and Technology, Minister Derek Hanekom concludes successful visit to Brussels (13/03/2014)
At the Convention, Minister Hanekom participated in a high-level panel discussion on “Global Challenges, Global Cooperation”, which included the participation of the President of the European...
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