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“Fix the Patent Laws” campaign

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

Fix the Patent Laws

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), together with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), launched the “Fix the Patent Laws” campaign to draw attention to South Africa’s national patent laws that have hindered access to affordable medicines.

The campaign asks for a reform of these laws, which have made medicines “unaffordable, unavailable ...

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SONA: Zuma on Chapter 9 institutions, anti-corruption and violent service delivery protests

Feb. 14, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

Zuma SONA

Early on in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night, President Jacob Zuma made mention of the institutions that check and balance our democracy:

“We have Chapter 9 institutions which support democracy and protect the rights of citizens. The liberations have also created space for an active civil ...

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Stop SASSA-CPS Debits Campaign

Feb. 13, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

Blacksash

The Black Sash, along with partner organisations and supporters of the STOP SASSA-CPS DEBITS CAMPAIGN, met with government officials to register the extent and impact of crisis facing millions of SASSA beneficiaries and their households. Our meeting on 29 January 2014, at Khotso House in Johannesburg, was the start of ...

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Shrinking the accountability deficit

Feb. 13, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

By Christi van der Westhuizen__

This year South Africans celebrate the 20-year anniversary of our democratic parliament. With national and provincial elections approaching, political parties are finalising the lists of candidates selected to represent South Africans. It is an opportune moment to reflect on the efficacy of public representation ...

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Zuma’s speech will need to strike chord with those on the burning streets

Feb. 13, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

By Judith February__

This article first appeared in Eye Witness News and the Cape Times on 13 February 2014

What is the state of our nation? Recently we have seen a dramatic rise in social protest as we stand on the cusp of elections. No fewer than five protests ...

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MyVoteCounts

Feb. 13, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

MVC

MyVoteCounts (MVC), launched almost two years ago, is a dynamic campaign aimed at improving the accountability, transparency and inclusiveness of elections and politics in South Africa in general.

The campaign, formed by citizens and members of civil society organisations, aims to do this in two ways:

• By advocating for change ...

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Traditional Courts Bill meeting to discuss negotiating mandates halted

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

The Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development met today, 12 February, to discuss the provinces negotiating mandates for the contentious Traditional Courts Bill. However, the discussion was brought to a stop when Members of the Committee argued that it was a waste of time to discuss and vote on ...

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No quorum at labour relations amendment bill meeting

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

Considering that the ANC’s Chief Whip, Stone Sizani, was recently reported in the Sunday Times as saying that the contentious Labour Relations Amendment Bill (LRA) was one of the nine pieces of legislation the ruling party wanted to get passed in Parliament prior to the general elections, it was ...

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Newhoudt-Druchen on being a deaf MP in Parliament

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

With the Madiba memorial fake sign language fiasco still fresh in our memories, People’s Assembly was struck by the rapport and fluidity with which South Africa’s first and only deaf MP, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, and her interpreters communicated complex and technical political terms in a recent Communications Portfolio Committee ...

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Section 27 Article: Voters should demand the right to know political sugar-daddies

Feb. 12, 2014 (5 years, 6 months ago) — Comments

Political party funding: Who pays the Piper? Who calls the tune? by Mark Heywood

In less than four months, in compliance with our Constitution’s injunction that gives “every citizen has the right to free, fair and regular elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution” the ...

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