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Image: Refugee Amendment Bill “restricts and excludes” says attorney William Kerfoot Children’s education could be affected

The proposed changes to the Refugees Amendment Bill “restrict and exclude” those seeking to work and study, according to William Kerfoot, an attorney at the Legal Resource Centre. Kerfoot was speaking at a panel discussion in Cape Town on Thursday on section B12-2016 of the Bill and what its implementation would mean for asylum seekers and foreign nationals in South Africa. The event was chaired by the Enhanced Civic Understanding and Engagement Project and sponsored by the European Union.
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ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: New minister planning to digitise home affairs, root out corruption Mkhize says dept is bogged down by antiquated systems

Cape Town - New Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department is in need of a much-needed digital overhaul to help speed up applications and root out corrupt practices. Mkhize, who replaced Malusi Gigaba in President Jacob Zuma's mass Cabinet reshuffle on March 31, told News24 that her department was bogged down by its antiquated systems.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: Cabinet reshuffle could clear the obstacles to border agency Customs and excise collection at the centre of a row between home affairs and the finance ministry

The Border Management Agency could soon assume all functions of border control and customs and excise collection, courtesy of President Jacob Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle. The issue of customs and excise collection was the subject of a dispute between the home affairs ministry and finance ministry, with the latter wanting the function to remain under the South African Revenue Service (SARS).   Read More...




HEADLINES, Government
Image: Western Cape Has the Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Country Stats SA released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey today, and the numbers have confirmed yet again that the Western Cape is the top performing Province. The national unemployment rate has increased from 26.6% in the second quarter, to 27.1% in the third quarter this year resulting in the job crisis going from bad to worse.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation : Time to account for crippling the state

Message from Foundation Chairman: Njabulo Ndebele - South African citizens across the land are speaking out and taking action to express their dissatisfaction. The Nelson Mandela Foundation supports the demand to hold to account those responsible for compromising our democratic state and looting its resources.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Government
Image: Grant fraud: SASSA to brief committee on unlawful deductions The DA is committed to tackling corruption and to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.
The DA in the Western Cape is concerned about continuing reports of unlawful deductions made from social grants accounts belonging to SASSA beneficiaries.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: #IAmMuslim: An Initiative To Address Islamophobia Some disturbed individuals spend their time relentlessly attempting to cast Islam and the Muslim community worldwide in a negative light
Cape Town, South Africa. Following the recent terror attacks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, intolerance directed at the Muslim community is higher than ever. Recently some South Africans have adopted this terrible behaviour, the uproar over the construction of a mosque just last week being a prime example.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: WC Tourism Comeback after Visa Concessions The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the job-creating tourism sector has succeeded in fighting back against the onerous Visa Regulations. The newly released tourism numbers for the summer season indicates that nearly 15 000 more international visitors went through the Cape Town International airport, an increase of 4.5%.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: New Police Commissioner : Plan of Action Welcomed The DA in the Western Cape welcomes the newly appointed Police Commissioner in the Western Cape’s plan to fight crime in the province.

Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula made a presentation to the committee today, in which he outlined that he will pay special attention to the key challenges facing crime fighting in the province.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity, Government
Image: Climate change high on agenda as South Africa looks to implement a carbon tax In anticipation of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, 2015 COP21 in December, all eyes are on governments around the world as the focus shifts to climate change and reducing carbon emissions. The South African National Treasury released it’s much anticipated Draft Carbon Tax Bill on 2 November 2015.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government, Housing & Living Conditions
Image: Urban Development Zones 2020 A success story for inclusive urban regeneration?
How do you get developers to invest in property not just for profit, but for the greater regeneration of the city? The controversial Urban Development Zones is one incentive to encourage investment in underperforming areas of the city. Is it a success story for the CBD, or is it unnecessary? Worse yet, does it displace the marginalised groups who operate in these areas?   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Government, Housing & Living Conditions
Image: Stories build bridges of trust "I always find it quite amusing to hear people debating whether Cape Town is an ‘African’ city"

Every other week CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana publishes a column in the Cape Times. Read the latest column, 'Stories build bridges of trust', discussing Cape Town as an African city.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Government, Social & Community
Image: Greenmarket Square: shared benefit through shared understanding

How can the principles of co-design make the everyday lives of traders on Greenmarket Square a little easier? Following an Informal Trade Summit held by the City of Cape Town last year, the Cape Town Partnership, City of Cape Town, Greenmarket Square Traders’ Association and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology have come together to address infrastructural concerns and explore the possibilities of a new approach.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: Reliance supports local carbon market while composting Cape Town's Green Waste Reliance’s central business model is simple
Not everybody knows this, but under South Africa’s National Environmental Management: Waste Act (59 of 2008), all solid waste that leaves private property or is placed in a wheely-bin provided by the local municipality, belongs to the State.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: Lottery bill adopted, allowing for state operator The committee adopted the bill on Wednesday despite strong opposition from the Democratic Alliance (DA)
CHANGES to the National Lotteries Amendment Bill allowing the state to operate the lottery for eight years have been adopted by Parliament’s portfolio committee on trade and industry.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment Celebrating 30 years of effective youth development in South Africa
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is a registered non-profit organisation, which has been operating in South Africa since 1983 and is affiliated to the Duke of Edinburg’s International Award, which operates in over 140 countries around the world.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: What Can Be Expected From Young Voters in South Africa's 2014 Elections? Most political parties have youth structures that seek to encourage young people to become active in political processes

Government should invest in improving the lives of the poor, especially of those who were born post-1994 in order to enable this generation to realise the importance of participating in democratic processes, including the elections   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , HEADLINES, Government, Youth
Image: New Nal’ibali Radio Programming Increases Access To Children's Stories In All 11 Official Languages
In partnership with SABC Education, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has recently launched a children’s radio programme on 11 SABC public radio stations. Airing children’s stories in all official languages three times a week, the partners are working together to create the conditions that inspire and sustain reading-for-enjoyment practices using oral storytelling – a vital tool in literacy development.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , HEADLINES, Government
Image: Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement Comments on the 2013/4 Budget Budget will encourage greater giving
Taking into account the very public outcry relating to the funding crisis experienced by many non-profit organisations, Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement welcomes the proposal by Treasury to allow donations in excess of 10 percent of taxable income in any given year to listed Public Benefit Organisations to be rolled over as allowable deductions in subsequent years   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Government
Jacob Zuma in the Limelight to sort out SA's Criminal Justice System

President Jacob Zuma should appoint people with suitable skills, knowledge and experience to key positions in South Africa’s criminal justice system   Read More...



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