Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Initiation should not end in death, Committee Chair tells people in Flagstaff

The Flagstaff, Libode and Kokstad areas record high death rates every initiation season, and approximately 20 incidents were reported in the past winter season

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Richard Mdakane, has told residents of Flagstaff that a well-practised cultural initiation should not end in death. The committee is currently conducting national public hearings into the Customary Initiation Bill, which aims to regulate the practise of…

Source: Rotary |

Rotary announces US$96.5 million to end polio

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016

Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) today announced nearly US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa: Government Activities for the Week 13 - 19 August 2018

The Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom will launch Tourism Month on Thursday, 16 August

Government has scheduled the following briefings/activities for the week: 13 -19 August 2018. The activities, which are aligned to the National Development Plan and outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019, are undertaken to build a better South Africa. The Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Ms Ayanda…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Happening at Parliament This Week

These regular oral question and answer sessions, with the President, the Deputy President and Ministers, are one of the ways in which Parliament holds the executive to account

The National Assembly is returning from its constituency programme on 14 August, with a number of committees scheduled to meet on a wide range of business. The National Council of Provinces, which returned from constituency work at the end of July, kicks off its House plenary sittings with questions for…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Rhodes Student Leaders to be Invited to Hearings on 28 and 28 August 2018

The decision was taken in light of the need to hear all voices on the quality of action by law-enforcement agencies in dealing with gender-based violence complaints

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, said that Rhodes University student leaders will be invited to attend the Portfolio Committee on Police hearings on gender violence and the Domestic Violence Act on 28 and 29 August 2018 in Cape Town.     “The death of Kensani…

Source: World Vision International |

Breastfeeding campaign ends with a celebration in Juba health center; 15,000 people reached in South Sudan

World Vision was able to bring awareness to an estimated 15, 000 people in 11 locations around Juba, the country’s capital city

South Sudan’s State Ministry of Health (SMH) and program partners gathered in Rock City health center last Tuesday, 7 August 2018 to celebrate the final day of World Vision’s weeklong breastfeeding campaign. This year’s global campaign theme was “Breastfeeding: Foundation of life”. World Vision was able to bring awareness to…

Source: UNICEF Uganda |

3 in 4 young adults in Uganda experienced some form of violence during their childhood

First ever national survey on Violence Against Children in Uganda launched

Three in four young adults in Uganda have experienced some form of violence during their childhood, according to Uganda’s first ever Violence Against Children Survey, launched today by the Government of Uganda and its partners. The Uganda Violence Against Children (VAC) Survey provides nationally representative data on the prevalence, nature…

Source: UNICEF Uganda |

Launch of the First Ever Uganda Violence Against Children Survey; Thursday, 9 August, 2018; 08:00am to 13:00pm; Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala

3 In 4 Young Adults Experienced Violence in Their Childhood, Says New Government Survey: WHAT: Three in four young adults experienced some form of violence and one in three young adults experienced at least two forms of violence - either sexual, physical or emotional violence during their childhood, according to…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Gender Commission should enquire into Policies Meant to Guard against Violence against Women – Committee Chairperson

The committee looks forward to the efforts made by the Police in trying to fight violence against women not only on university campuses, but also throughout the society

Violence against women and children is a violation of a constitutionally enshrined right, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training Ms Connie September said. “Institutions of higher learning are places of empowering both women and men through skills enhancement and knowledge. These cannot be turned into…