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A question of political legitimacy: only 47% voted

Citizen Surveys
The public are now well aware that the recent 8th May national election received the lowest voter turnout since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, with only a 66% turnout. Citizen Surveys, the leading South African marketing and social research consultancy specialising in national research studies, had estimated the lowest voter turnout scenario at 63%. This release unpacks and answers the below three important questions demanding answers following the poor voter turnout: 1. How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not vote? 2. Do the voting age population (aged 18 and older) believe that…



Committee Against Torture examines the situation in South Africa

South Africa had enacted the Prevention and Combatting of Torture of Person Act in 2013 GENEVA, Switzerland, May 1, 2019/ -- The Committee against Torture this afternoon concluded its consideration of the second periodic report of South Africa on measures taken to implement the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.Introducing the report, John Jeffery, Deputy Minister at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa, recalled that the horror of torture was embedded in South Africa’s history and that its past bore memories of widespread and institutionalized torture, which…



#MenAreTrash: Serial entrepreneur launched a boy’s foundation

#MenAreTrash: Serial entrepreneur launched a boy’s foundation
Nicolas Manyike said, “Not all men are trash. Society focuses more on grooming girls to behave and be good girls, who will be good wives one day in future, what about boys?” Following the highly published death of Karabo Mokoena and string of other femicides, a twitter movement ‘men are trash’ gained prominence. CEO of public relations company, Tale PR & Communications, an award-winning publicist, property investor, serial-entrepreneur and philanthropist Nicolas Manyike has launched a foundation that will focus on boys. Manyike said, “Not all men are trash. Society focuses more on grooming girls to behave and be good girls, who will be good wives…



South African Immigration Changes 2019

South African Immigration Changes 2019 and 2020  The frenetic reporting on the current election season will end next week, and major policy announcements, so crucial to te recovery of the South African economy, will go unnoticed. The likelihood of changes to South African Immigration laws and regulations is quite high, based on the White Paper published by the South African Government.  In addition, the intermittent communications through Home Affairs Head Office, various public statements and the deliberations at the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, indicate that amendments may happen soon. The two imminent issues are: 1) The updating of the Critical Skills…



Tony Leon to join the campaign trail with DA Gauteng

Tony Leon to join the campaign trail with DA Gauteng
For three days, 23 – 25 April, former Leader of the DA, Tony Leon, will campaign across Gauteng. Leon led the Democratic Party, and later the Democratic Alliance between 1995 and 2007, building the DA into the official opposition in South Africa, and into a party for all people. Media is invited to cover Leon’s campaigning as follows: Tuesday, 23 April 11h30 – Door to Door – Eldorado Park (Meeting point: Waterpan Crescent, Eldorado Park; End Point: Spruit Avenue Park, Eldorado Park) 14h00 – Business Lunch in Houghton (Location: 1 Long Avenue, Glenhazel, Johannesburg) 18h00 – Townhall in Centurion (Leriba Lodge, 245 End Street, Clubview, Centurion)…



A Free Online Legal Document Drafting Tool For NPO’s Launches

How the JusDraft platform works
Epoq Legal (South Africa), a pioneer of online legal services, is proud to announce the launch of JusDraft. JusDraft is a real-time, online legal document drafting tool designed for South African non-profit organisations who need to create court forms, contracts, wills and more without the need for an attorney. According to Statistics South Africa there are 120,227 registered NPOs in South Africa. 94.7% of these serve the communities in which they are based, and 40,8% of these are classified as social services. These organisations operate in a demanding world where delays and costs involved in traditional document drafting can have…



Homeless and Destitute: Cape Winelands Tenants Turned Out onto the Street

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute
By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute The Cape Winelands is facing a severe eviction crisis. A few days ago the Supreme Court of Appeal threw out an application from a property developer to allow the removal of two families. This is only a temporary victory as the property developer still has other options. Not all tenants in these circumstances have been even so fortunate. The May family of 13 people were evicted last week from a wine farm where they had been living for almost 40 years. Their possessions were dumped on the side of the road…



South Africa: families flee deadly attacks against foreigners in Durban

South Africa: families flee deadly attacks against foreigners in Durban
Some 250 persons have sought safety and protection at Sherwood Mosque as well as in different police stations PRETORIA, South Africa, April 1, 2019/ -- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely concerned over the violent attacks targeting foreign nationals, including refugees and asylum-seekers in the Durban area in KwaZulu-Natal Province. At least six people have reportedly been killed and several others have been severely injured when mobs armed with metal rods and machetes broke into the homes of foreigners to chase them away and loot their belongings. Several shops run by foreigners have also been looted, vandalised or set on…



Silverstar contributes to community security

Silverstar contributes to community security
Silverstar Casino’s (https://www.tsogosun.com/silverstar-casino) community caring is extending to an effective anti-crime initiative beyond the perimeter of the property in collaboration with the local SAPS and Community Policing Forum, which is showing positive results. Alerted to heightened crime at intersections and other hot spots near the casino in 2016, Silverstar management worked together with local law enforcement authorities and identified four locations for CCTV security equipment installation, and funded the purchase, installation and running costs of 12 Hikvision cameras, four digital video recorders, and three mast poles. According to Sgt Radebe, Krugersdorp SAPS, Sector 4 Commander, “Crime has reduced drastically since…



"Please vote for my story," Says Local Author

Author and Rhodes University student L. Sojini is asking for people to vote for him.   His story “Uncle Sbu” is one of the entries in Gamaphile’s competition for writers. Gamaphile is a new online platform for authors and readers to publish and read writing from the continent.   Hoping to win the competition, L. Sojini think 2019 will be a memorable year for him for a couple of reasons. First, he moved from Tembisa in Johannesburg to Makhanda (Grahamstown) to pursue his master's degree in creative writing studies. This, he believes, will open closed doors and improve his writing…



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