BP 475 World Water Day
Section 27 of the Bill of Rights asserts that
“Everyone has the right to have access to social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance, and the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these rights.”1
The United Nations observes 18th December as World Day of Migrants. In his 2018 speech on that day, Secretary General Antonio Guitteres made reference to the migration phenomenon as a “powerful driver of economic growth, understanding and dynamism and opening for millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefitting communities of origin and destination alike.”
There are two days specially designated on the UN Calendar with regard to the scourge of trafficking in persons (TIP). The first, observed since 2010, is 11th January, which is designed to develop awareness of TIP; the other, closely related, is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, which is observed on 30th July.
South Africa’s unemployment rate is at 27.2 %, which equates to an unemployed population of 9.6 million. Of these, 6.1 million are aged between 15 and 34, meaning that the unemployment rate for youth is 38.2%.
After 25 years of democracy, political violence remains one of the greatest challenges that continuously undermine South Africa’s constitutional state. The province of KwaZulu-Natal accounts for the majority of political violence that occurs in South Africa and, especially around election time, fear and anxiety loom as political assassinations increase.
South African society is painfully riven by deeply disturbing levels of inter personal violence, from which the domestic sphere is not exempt. According to the recently released crime statistics, violent crimes against women and children continue to escalate, and much of that violence is experienced at home.
For the entire month of October 2018, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church met to discern a way forward for its ministry to young people.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, as part of a resolution to transform the world that we live in and to achieve sustainable development for all. They came into effect in January 2016, and should continue to guide the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) policy and funding until 2030.
Traditional leadership is one of the oldest institutions in Africa. During the pre-colonial periods, traditional governance and traditional leadership played a vital role in local communities. Traditional authorities were viewed as heads of their people and leaders of their communities.
In July 2018, US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions issued a directive codifying changes in policy with regard to asylum applications. These included instructions that officials adjudicating the claims of asylum seekers should not take into account any claims based on escape from domestic violence or gangsterism.
Despite the significant progress that has been made in addressing gender inequalities, women are still amongst the most marginalized groups of society. According to a report on poverty and inequality compiled by Dr Ingrid Woolard; Africans account for 95% of people classed as ‘poor’ in South Africa, and 77% are women living in rural areas.
In May 2017 the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, released the South African Law Reform Commission’s Report on Project 107 – Adult Prostitution. Subsequently, during March 2018, Parliament’s Multi-Party Women’s Caucus held public hearings on the report, which advocates the complete criminalization of prostitution.
The Public Protector is one of the six ‘State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy’ provided for in Chapter 9 of the Constitution, and consequently known as ‘Chapter 9 Institutions’. In many other countries, especially in Scandinavia, where the idea originated, the equivalent of our Public Protector is known as an Ombudsman.
Climate change represents one of the most globally urgent challenges of our time, with far- reaching environmental, social, economic and political implications. There is almost complete consensus that the rise in global temperatures is primarily due to greenhouse gases (GHGs), emitted into the atmosphere through human activities, and that this is causing rapid climate change.
According to some estimates, up to one in 13 of all South African men aged between 18 and 65 are arrested annually – what happens to them, and to the much smaller number of women and juveniles arrested every year, should be of major concern to us all.
Are South African political actors too quick to ask the country’s judges to referee their disputes? Ordinarily, in a stable and orderly democracy, it is highly desirable that people, and the parties and factions that they constitute, should ‘go the legal route’ rather than settle their differences by force, or bribery, or by any of the myriad other underhand methods that are typically associated with the world of politics.
Wednesday 20th June marked World Refugee Day for 2018. Recent reports have indicated that there were 68.5m refugees across the world at the end of 2017, 2.9m more than at the end of 2016.
South Africa’s municipal finances are in a mess. This was confirmed by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) when he released the 2016-17 audit results for local government.
Part of the National Development Plan’s vision is that, by 2030, South Africans will have universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, and full access to further education and training.