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Action not just outrage needed to protect children
Author: Jacob
Published: Nov 27, 2018

Outrage alone will not save our children from harm and neglect but fixing the tools for social protection of children will be a good start. This is how some MPs in Parliament recently responded to the department of social development’s figures showing multimillion-rand underspending on programmes like foster care grants. MPs across the political spectrum in the Portfolio Committee on Social Development raised concern and demanded answers over the department’s under expenditure on social assistance totalling almost R900 million. This concern however, did not necessarily translate into decisive demands for action in the department’s Budgetary Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR).

Another wake-up call for Parly's Public Participation
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Nov 27, 2018

As the proposed constitutional amendments to allow land expropriation without compensation is facing its first court challenge, Parliament now has another opportunity to deal with its legislative mandate’s great Achilles' heel – meaningful public participation. On November 15 after nationwide public hearings spanning over two months the Joint Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament adopted its report in favour of amending section 25 of the Constitution. Lobby group Afriforum however, launched a court application to have this report set aside citing serious concerns over the public participation process.

Return Minimum Wage Bill to Parliament, CGE demands
Author: Alicestine October
Published: Nov 27, 2018

As Cosatu on Monday congratulated the President for signing the National Minimum Wage Bill into law, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) requested the bill to be returned to Parliament to be reconsidered. There has however, been no formal announcement from the Presidency that the bill was indeed signed into law. The CGE’s request follows serious concerns raised by the non-profit sector over the bill’s possible impact on the fate of care workers and other NPO staff. Despite concerns raised, certain government departments until now opted to follow a “wait and see” approach to what has been labelled an impending crisis for the non-profit (NPO) sector, and the women and children depending on its services.

Measuring municipal financial distress
Author: ACSL
Published: Nov 21, 2018

The state manages billions of rands of taxpayers money, much of it meant for spending on social justice and development programmes. A system of public finance set in law governs how national, provincial and local governments should manage our public finances.

SALGA Research Colloquium - Call for papers
Author: Karel
Published: Nov 19, 2018

SALGA proudly announces the call for papers for the 2nd Research Colloquium which is now open. The colloquium will be hosted in partnership with the Dullah Omar Institute.

Dr Chigwata launches a book on provincial, local gov’t reform in Zimbabwe
Author: Jacob
Published: Oct 18, 2018

On 16 October 2018, Dr Tinashe Chigwata, launched his book titled “Provincial and Local Government Reform in Zimbabwe: An analysis of the Law, Policy and Practice”. The launch took place at the Local Government Investment Conference which took place this week in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.