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DOI Staff Members Working Remotely
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Apr 02, 2020

The Dullah Omar Institute’s staff members are working remotely and are available during working hours. Please contact all staff via email.

Budget Justice Coalition asks whose budget is it anyway?
Author: Keathela
Published: Feb 26, 2020

In the State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Ramaphosa emphasised the value of social compacts, yet he also announced that there will be reductions in expenditure. Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) worries that the President Ramaphosa’s notion of a social compact in the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) will mean that low-income households and vulnerable groups will have to disproportionately shoulder the costs of “turning this economy around”. The BJC is convinced that the current spending trajectory does not prioritise the demands of a developmental state nor will it result in building much-needed state capacity.

INCEPTION MEETING ON RESEARCH ON COMMUNITY PARALEGALS IN AFRICA
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Feb 26, 2020

The Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape in partnership with the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice held a two-day inception meeting concerning Research on Community Based Paralegals in Africa. This took place at the Onomo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda from 21-22 February 2020.

INCEPTION MEETING ON RESEARCH ON COMMUNITY PARALEGALS IN AFRICA
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Feb 19, 2020

The Dullah Omar Institute of the University of the Western Cape in conjunction with the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice will hold an inception meeting concerning Research on Community Based Paralegals in Africa. This will take place at Onomo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda from 21-22 February 2020.

SONA 2020: Towards a New Dawn for SOEs
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Feb 13, 2020

When President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening, many South Africans would want to hear what plans are in place to bring them closer to a new dawn where Eskom and other SOEs function optimally.

African School on Decentralisation 2020: Call for Applications
Author: Karel
Published: Dec 12, 2019

The South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development at the Dullah Omar Institute of the University of the Western Cape, and the Centre for Federalism and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University are delighted to announce the inaugural African School on Decentralisation.

Dullah Omar Institute Makes a Submission to Parliament on the NHI Bill
Author: Karel
Published: Dec 03, 2019

On Friday, 29 November 2019, the Dullah Omar Institute made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance Bill. Although the Institute supports the notion of universal health coverage that is aimed at providing South African’s with access to needed health care that is of sufficient quality , our submission highlights concerns about transparency and accountability to members of the public in the governance structures of the NHI Fund.

Don’t let ‘We serve the People’ just be rhetoric
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 15, 2019

Activists and scholars this week reminded the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP), during a roundtable discussion on oversight and public participation, that they will turn up the heat so that legislatures can strengthen its oversight muscle. Too often it is National Parliament that comes under scrutiny whilst provincial legislatures escape the public eye.

Dullah Omar Institute’s researcher coaches the winning UWC Moot Court Society
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 21, 2019

Dullah Omar Institute’s doctoral researcher, Thandeka Khoza coached UWC Moot Court team which recently won the esteemed Annual Child Law Moot Competition. The UWC Moot Team was made up of Amanda Mpedi and Kirsten Lemaine Davids, both in their third year of the LLB programme. This victory was the first in history for the UWC team.

Event takes stock on Implementation of CRC
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 30, 2019

Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur, head of the Children's Rights Project was part of a panel discussion looking at 30 years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

SERP team attends UN Summit on Sustainable Development
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 26, 2019

The Socioeconomic Rights Project and its partners participated in the UN Summit on Sustainable Development that took place in New York from 22-25 September in New York. This Summit was a gathering of Heads of State to deliberate on and assess the commitments made under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the Summit, SERP participated in some side events organised by civil society groups.

Panel looks into reducing number of children deprived of their liberty
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 24, 2019

On 23 September 2019, Prof Benyam Mezmur, head of the Children's Rights Project, was part of the panel at a side event of the 24th Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. The event was to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was organised by the African Union Ambassadors to Geneva.

DOI gives two thumbs up to the ConCourt ruling against corporal punishment
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 19, 2019

The Children’s Rights Project of the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) at the University of the Western Cape welcomes the Constitutional Court of South Africa’s declaration that the common law defence of reasonable and moderate parental chastisement is unconstitutional. The DOI was one of the three partners that was granted permission to submit an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court.

DOI Children’s Rights Project Participate in Child Rights Litigation Training
Author: Jacob
Published: Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Usang Maria Assim and Dr. Robert Nanima researchers with the Children’s Rights Project this week participated in a 3-day child rights strategic litigation training and case-identification workshop from 10 - 12 September 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya. The workshop organised by IHRDA and East Africa Child Rights Network falls within the framework of the African Children’s Charter Project (Phase II) coordinated by Plan International.

Dullah Omar Institute Releases “The Regulation of Public Enterprises in Ethiopia” as part of its SOE series
Author: Motlatsi Komote
Published: Aug 16, 2019

Both Ethiopia and South Africa place state-owned enterprises (SOEs) at the centre of their state-led development effort. In both countries, there is a strong and dominant ruling party/alliance, whose influence stretches into virtually all sectors of society. However, Ethiopia has not experienced large scale corruption in its SOEs. In fact, its SOEs seem to be doing well with Ethiopian Airlines as a prominent and shining example.

Dullah Omar Institute, Laws.Africa and OpenUp host a Municipal By-laws Workshop
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 15, 2019

On the 13th July 2019, Laws.Africa together with OpenUp and two students sourced from the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) successfully hosted a one-day youth orientated By-laws Workshop to the Cape Agulhas Youth Council in Bredasdorp. In attendance were, among others, officials from the Cape Agulhas municipality including the Deputy Mayor.

PRESS RELEASE: The Dullah Omar Institute makes submission on SOEs to Zondo Commission
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 11, 2019

Cape Town, 11 July 2019 - The highly centralised power to appoint boards of South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) needs to be dispersed. This is one of the recommendations made in a recent submission by the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture.

Claim back ‘Proudly South African’ – Boesak
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Jul 08, 2019

South Africans were reminded on Saturday not to think that the state of the ANC is the measure of where we are as a people. Struggle activist and theologian Dr Allan Boesak gave a memorial lecture at the District Six Museum in celebration of late minister of justice Dullah Omar and late Judge Essa Moosa’s contribution to the law in South Africa.