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29 December 2017

The population of the elderly is increasing and so is the nation’s wisdom which should be tapped into and preserved for posterity.
28 December 2017

Johannesburg – Authorities should "act swiftly" against Magaliesburg holiday resort Club Zanandi to avoid a "resurgence of racism in the tourism sector", the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said.
This followed a debate on Radio 702 on Wednesday morning, in which callers explained how they've been turned away from the resort, situated roughly 3km from Hartbeespoort Dam, because they were not white.
27 December 2017

While most agreed the business is thriving because it is supported by racists, another asked why black people don’t support black businesses.
After several black callers told 702 host Chris Vick a guest lodge called Zanandi based in Hartbeespoort just outside Brits in North West is turning away black clients, social media began exposing the establishment.
22 December 2017

Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission, Chris Nissen speaks to CapeTalk's John Maytham after his visit to farm workers who were forcibly evicted in Wellington.
22 December 2017

At least seven more students from central South Africa will be a part of a class action lawsuit to be launched against the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) early next year.
20 December 2017

Kimberley - DA councillor at the Sol Plaatje Municipality Ockert Fourie, whose 'vitriolic' Facebook post against bikers has gone viral, has not only been suspended from the party, but it also facing a hate speech investigation by the South African Human Rights Commission.
Fourie caused a social media storm at the weekend with a post calling riders of motorcycles, quads and scramblers "rubbish” who made him “blind with anger as they revved their engines” adding that he wanted to see their “blood and brains on lamp poles and in the tar on the road”.

19 December 2017

Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape has suspended a councillor over a social media post in which he said he would like to see motorcyclists die gruesome deaths, the leader in the province said on Tuesday.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Sol Plaatje Municipality councillor Ockert Fourie posted in Afrikaans: "I wish I could just take pieces of steel [and see the] blood and intestines and brains [of motorcyclists] against lamp poles and on tar roads."
Fourie said motorcyclists have little care for the elderly or people who work at night when they make a noise.
"You can’t educate them because they swear and gang up on you and just make more noise," he wrote.
22 November 2017

On 22 November 2017, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in partnership with LEAD SA, will celebrate 10 young African activists (between the ages of 18 – 35), who are doing exceptional work in the Gender Justice Field.
14 December 2017

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that it has received a request from the vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa) asking it to intervene and deal with allegations of racism, sexism, and harassment at its college of law. 
13 Dec 2017

Dozens of children have been illegally detained at the country’s migrant repatriation centre, Lindela, a report by medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reveal. The accusations come on the heels of allegations of bloody beatings and suspicious deaths at the Krugersdorp centre that activists say operates behind a potentially widening veil of secrecy.
In April, Bosasa guards beat a group of detainees with pipes and fired on them at close range with rubber bullets, says the head of the detention monitoring unit at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) Kayan Leung.
12 December 2017

The department head was recently suspended pending an investigation into issues relating to repairs of oncology machines.
Amid ongoing interventions to deal with the oncology crisis in KwaZulu-Natal, Premier Willies Mchunu says he has accepted the resignation of KZN health department head Dr Sifiso Mtshali, Zululand Observer reports.
11 December 2017

SAHRC commemorates nternational Human Rights Day by looking back at its work
The 10th of December 2017 marked the commemoration of International Human Rights Day. The day is globally observed annually in remembrance of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by (the then newly formed) United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. This proclamation was the first global expression of human rights and is globally recognised as one of the first major achievements of the fledgling UN.    This year, International Human Rights Day began a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
08 December 2017

While we are being called on to wear ribbons of different hues to show our support for campaigns against gender-based violence and there will no doubt be many reminders of what it is we need to do, we, as a society, as a whole need to care more about each other and take a minute to think of those who may need us. That minute may just change or save someone’s life.
08 December 2017

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.
Since the killing began in March 2014, 100 people have died in Glebelands Hostel-related violence in Umlazi, Durban – either violently from the bullets of hit men, or more slowly, from stress-induced illnesses caused by the fear of living daily in the shadow of death. With a death toll now reaching almost four times the number of people killed at Marikana – which evoked worldwide outrage, political humiliation, commissions of inquiry and support groups – it is instructive to reflect on the state's and society's response to Glebelands' ongoing slaughter. By VANESSA BURGER.
8 Dec 2017

As we approach the final days of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, continues with the Department of Community Safety’s special safety outreaches.

This afternoon, Friday 8 December 2017, Minister Plato will take the awareness activities to Langa and conclude the campaign tomorrow morning, Saturday 9 December 2017, in Bonteheuwel (Kreefgat).
07 December 2017

The two Mpumalanga farmers Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson who were jailed for assaulting Victor Mlotshwa after forcing him into a coffin have been denied bail by the Middelburg High Court on Thursday.
The duo had approached the court to grant them bail while they await the final decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal regarding their jail sentences.
07 December 2017

The Inkatha Freedom Party is extremely pleased to announce that the Human Rights Commission conducted their first seminar into GMOs and their impact on human rights, at the their offices in Braamfontein yesterday 6 December.
This was after a complaint had been lodged on 16 September 2016 by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, supported by the South African Traditional Doctors Union and the Cancer Association of South Africa [CANSA].
5 December 2017

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is hosting its annual 2017 CCMA Indaba on 7 and 8 December 2017, at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. The conference will be attended by Members of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, representatives from the Ministry and Department of Labour, Judges of the Labour and High Courts, labour market experts, strategic partners, Members of the CCMA Governing Body and its Committees, as well as CCMA Staff and Commissioners.
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