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  • Getting on with the Business of Parliament
    It is easy, with all the brouhaha taking place in Parliament recently - the expulsion of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour; their failure to respect the office of the Speaker; the presence of riot police in the parliamentary precinct; the vilification of the Public Protector by some members of parliament (MPs); and the withdrawal of opposition parties from the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla – to forget that much of the work of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces takes place in the Portfolio Committees and the Select

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  • Voters’ Hope of Resource Growth
    Mozambicans vote in hopes of escaping years of poverty and conflict

    Mozambicans voted in elections on 15 October 2014 in hopes of escaping years of poverty and conflict by tapping into the country’s huge energy resources.
     
    With more than 10 million voters registered to take part in the elections for a new president, parliament and provincial assemblies, foreign donors and investors hope the ballot will help to bury old animosities still lingering from a 1975 -1992 civil war fought between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and its old foe, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO).
     

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian

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  • Protestors Burn Unpaid Bills and e-Tags
    Protesters burnt their unpaid e-toll bills on top of an empty coffin while singing the national anthem outside SANRAL offices in Pretoria

    Protesters burnt their unpaid e-toll bills on top of an empty coffin while singing the national anthem outside the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) offices in Pretoria on Saturday, 18 October 2014.
     
    The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), in reference to the electronic tolling system, says that, "Today we bury a stillborn that was born in December last year, and before December this year, we will cremate him."
     

    Source: 
    Times Live

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  • NGO Marches for Media for the People
    Around 200 people marched in Cape Town to demand lower mobile call rates and media transformation

    Around 200 people marched in Cape Town on Saturday, 18 October 2014, to demand lower mobile call rates and media transformation.
     
    The group blew whistles as they marched down Long Street and carried signs stating ‘Free Set Top Box’ and ‘Media for the people’.
     
    A rapper, on the truck leading the march, belted out catchy lyrics calling for free Internet and media.
     

    Source: 
    Times Live

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  • Call for a Realistic Approach to End Hunger
    Oxfam calls for the development of a more holistic and integrated approach to end the scourge of hunger in South Africa

    Oxfam says that a more holistic and integrated approach needs to be developed to end the scourge of hunger in South Africa. 

    Oxfam Economic Justice Campaign manager, Rashmi Mistry, says that according to the report ‘The Hidden Face of Hunger in South Africa’, low incomes, rising costs, a lack of access to productive resources and climate change are amongst the reasons causing 13 million people to go to bed hungry.

    Source: 
    SABC News

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