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  • Govt Assures Support to Volunteers
    The Zambian government recognises the efforts of volunteers and has pledged to support their work

    Zambia’s Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Emerine Kabanshi, says that government recognises the efforts of volunteers and has pledged to support their work.

    Speaking during the launch of the International Volunteer’s Day on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television, Kabanshi said government has notably recognised volunteer activities in international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Source: 
    Daily Mail

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  • Court Ruling Brings Hope to Homosexuals
    Many homosexuals and those who support their sexual rights lobby in Botswana and outside the country are elated, writes Raditlhokwa

    According to Log Raditlhokwa, a social commentator, many homosexuals and those who support their sexual rights lobby in Botswana and outside the country are elated.

    Recently, the Gaborone High Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for government to deny gay and lesbian people the right to register their organisation called Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO).

    Source: 
    Mmegi

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  • Diamond Traders Warn NGOs Over Marange
    World renowned diamond traders and producers castigate NGOs for disseminating falsehoods about human rights violations at the Marange diamond field

    World renowned diamond traders and producers have castigated non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for disseminating falsehoods about human rights violations at the Marange diamond fields.

    The diamond chiefs says the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme should stick to issues of certification and not involve itself in human rights.

    Source: 
    All Africa

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  • Struggling NGOs Slam Minstrel Funding
    Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011

    Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011.

    While the association thrives, groups such as the Treatment Action Campaign, which previously benefitted from lotteries board funding but announced last month they desperately needed to raise R10 million to keep afloat, have to do their own fundraising.

    Source: 
    IOL News

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  • Salt Reduction Targets to Save Lives - HSF
    Many processed foods on shop shelves have already hit the salt-reduction targets set for 2016, according to the Department of Health

    According to the Department of Health, many processed foods on shop shelves have already hit the salt-reduction targets set for 2016.

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa’s Sam Mabaso says that if all the department's goals are reached by the deadline year of 2019, almost 3 500 lives would have been saved every year and the department would save at least R500 000 in subsidies.

    Source: 
    Times Live

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