This week brought news of two very significant and positive developments as far as standards of good governance in South Africa are concerned. One of them attracted headline coverage while the other – in its way just as important – seems to have caused little more than a ripple in the media.
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This Roundtable Discussion was co-hosted with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). The head of the…
At around 09.30 this morning, the senior management of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) sat down in a conference room at the Townhouse Hotel to brief members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport on the ongoing spate of burnings of Metrorail trains in Cape Town. PRASA claims to have a plan to tackle the problem.
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, participated in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York to mark the centenary of Mr Mandela’s birth on 18th July 1918.
This roundtable discussion was organised in response to the ongoing debate about land expropriation and the…
This Roundtable was addressed by Ms Valdi van Reenen-Le Roux, Director of the Trauma Centre for…
The CPLO hosted an event based on the recently released book, “The South African informal sector:…
Despite the Constitutional guarantee that all children residing in South Africa have a right to education, many undocumented children are being refused permission to attend schools.
The aim of the stimulus package – which involves reprioritising R50 billion of government expenditure in the current budget from non-performing sectors – is to get South Africa’s economy out of recession and to start reversing the ever-increasing unemployment rate.
As Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee starts to finalise its report on the extensive hearings it conducted around the country on land expropriation without compensation, political and ideological perspectives on the question abound.
The Catholic Church, as a religious body, does not consider itself competent to pronounce on whether or not an amendment to s 25 of the Constitution is necessary in order to facilitate expropriation without compensation.
The death penalty was suspended in SA in February 1990, and finally abolished by the Constitutional Court in 1995. Before its suspension, SA had one of the highest rates of judicial execution in the world,1 with over 3000 people hanged between 1959 and 1989.
During July, August and September six neonates, babies less than one month old, died as a consequence of Klebsiella infection at the Thelle Mogorane Hospital in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.
Together with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town and the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in…
We welcome the climate change bill, and therefore would like to make a brief contribution towards the improvement of the bill.
In 2015 Pope Francis declared 1st September to be World Day of Prayer for the Care for Creation in the Catholic Church, allying it with Orthodox Church, which has marked the same day since 1989. This year, as usual, the Pope has released a short message, the theme of which is particularly apposite for us in drought-prone southern Africa: Water.
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.
These HSF collaboration Roundtables were held in Cape Town and Pretoria respectively. The theme was the…