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ANC Gauteng Provincial Legislature prevents LGBTQI+ activists from sharing concerns at sectoral sitting

ANC Gauteng Provincial Legislature prevents LGBTQI+ activists from sharing concerns at sectoral sitting
by Cllr Dimakatso Moloisane - DA Councillor City of Johannesburg On Friday 21 September Members of Democratic Alliance Rainbow Network (LGBTIQ+) executive attended a Gauteng Provincial legislature LGBTIQA+ Sectoral Parliament in Carletonville. Before the official session began a group of LGBTIQ activists demanded that the session be discontinued as there were outstanding issues that needed to be addressed. The demands were not heard and the activists were requested to leave the house, upon refusal to do so, SAPS was called to remove the members. DARN joined the protesters as the issue that were raised spoke to what we believe in. The activists…


Police Committee welcomes arrest of seven alleged Rhino Poaching Kingpins

Police Committee welcomes arrest of seven alleged Rhino Poaching Kingpins
The committee is, however, disappointed that two of the suspects are currently members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 20, 2018/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Police has welcomed the arrest of seven alleged rhino poaching kingpins by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) in Mpumalanga.The committee is, however, disappointed that two of the suspects are currently members of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Another suspect is a former member of SAPS.The committee has resolved in the past that the DPCI should focus on Tier 4 and 5 levels of criminal gangs in…


The Employer’s Guide: Marijuana legalised… or is it?

With the Constitutional Court officially passing a judgment on 18 September in terms of legalizing the household use of dagga, the whole country seems to be in an uproar. What does this entail for employers in terms of still ensuring a productive and safe working environment for all? We can expect that employers will now face a situation where some employees aim to take advantage of this situation and if reprimanded for unacceptable behaviour, employees might plead ignorance. For labour- and industrial relations, this new situation created by the judgment of the Constitutional Court does not affect the rules, policies or disciplinary consequences…


Nicolas Manyike to launch a foundation that will focus on boys

Nicolas Manyike to launch a foundation that will focus on boys
Following the highly published death of Karabo Mokoena last year and string of other feticides, a twitter movement “men are trash” gained prominence. Nicolas is the CEO of Public Relations company, Tale PR & Communications, he is an award-winning Publicist, Property Investor, Serial-Entrepreneur and philanthropist.  Nicolas Manyike to launch a foundation that will focus on boys. The launch will take place on the 10th of November 2018 at Metropolitan Centre in Braamfontein.  He 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, …


Committee Calls for Vibrancy of Social Development Projects

Committee Calls for Vibrancy of Social Development Projects
The committee today embarked on an oversight programme in the Western Cape’s Worcester and De Doorns communities, assessing the performance of the early childhood, community development and nutrition and rehabilitation centres and substance and alchohol abuse victims shelters CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 14, 2018/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Social Development told the national and provincial Department of Social Development officials to ensure proper understanding of the government policy to ensure its proper translation into government programmes to change the lives of the people especially, the historically marginalised people. “Please ensure that the social development programmes that are aimed…


Racism, Classism, Sexism, And The Other ISMs That Divide Us

Racism, Classism, Sexism and the Other ISM's that divide us
South African author and diversity training guru, Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute has just launched his new book - Racism, Classism, Sexism, And The Other ISMs That Divide Us. “This book looks at overcoming the ISMs, (Instant Separation Magnets), in the South African context, and how to manage diversity so that everybody succeeds,” explains Devan. “The aspects of diversity are considered in detail with real examples and practical information on dealing with and preventing diversity-related problems.” Here is a look at two scenarios from the book:Imagine you are on the beach for a wedding. It’s so beautiful,…


Minister of Police to Host The National Summit on Crime and Violence Prevention

Minister of Police to Host The National Summit on Crime and Violence Prevention
The summit seeks to create a joint vision on safety as a collective responsibility, and to provide a platform for key stakeholders and experts to engage on the effective implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security across all sectors PRETORIA, South Africa, September 12, 2018/ -- The Minister of Police Mr. Bheki Cele will on the 13-14 September 2018 host a two day National Summit on Crime and Violence Prevention, at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Boksburg in Gauteng Province.The summit will be held under the theme “Building safer communities through an integrated, developmental approach to crime…


Muslim women’s rights rulings: Are we still in denial?

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute
By Devan Moonsamy – CEO The ICHAF Training Institute About a week ago, the Western Cape High Court made a ruling which provides legal protection to Muslim women and their children in cases of divorce. The Weekend Argus reported, ‘The Western Cape High Court judgment ordering Muslim marriages to be legally recognised speaks directly to “a very patriarchal Muslim society”, which has always benefited men and left women with nothing after divorce.’ The Muslim Judicial Council welcomed the decision, which it seems should have been made long ago. It is not the only recent legal development which has sought to…


UNHCR calls for action against xenophobic attacks in South Africa

UNHCR calls for action against xenophobic attacks in South Africa
Authorities in South Africa are being urged by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to act in the wake of recent violence against foreigners in the country, some of which has been deadly Last week, angry protestors in the Soweto area of Johannesburg killed four people, allegedly for stealing local jobs, according to media reports. Many others, including refugees and asylum-seekers, have been affected by earlier rounds of violence, while tension has also been observed in KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape provinces. “UNHCR is calling on the authorities to ensure that those responsible for acts of violence and violations of human…


Combating Body Type Discrimination in the Workplace

By Devan Moonsamy – CEO The ICHAF Training Institute It happens at corporate parties, in social circles, and in the family – skinny, large, short, tall, or somehow different from the ‘ideal’ others have in mind leads to body shaming. It’s not just against others, however. Consider: what’s the thing you like least about yourself? Most likely it’s related to your appearance. We are unreasonably hard on ourselves and others in this way. Knowing the stresses weighing on people today, why do we still have such high expectations? Perhaps two main reasons are that we lack awareness and that we…