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Gradual but consistent improvement in audit outcomes from 2008 to 2013
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 26, 2014

There has been a gradual but consistent improvement in municipal audit outcomes over the past five financial years (2008/09-2012/13), but notwithstanding national government’s new and more realistic strategy to improving audit outcomes, local government may fall short of achieving the new targets for 2019 set by the new Minister.

Mirugi-Mukundi presents a paper on Lwandle’s mass evictions
Author: admin
Published: Sep 23, 2014

A researcher for the Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Community Law Centre, Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi participated in the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry by way of presentation of a paper on mass evictions and illegal occupation of land. The paper titled: Evictions in South Africa: Relevant International Standards follows the submission made by Community Law Centre to the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry.

Prof Stephen Berrisford delivers a guest lecture for LLM students
Author: admin
Published: Sep 12, 2014

According to him, perhaps planning is the most important responsibility of local government. Yet, in many parts of the continent, local authorities conduct planning in terms of outdated colonial laws. These laws were written for post-war Europe and never designed to deal with specific challenges such as urbanisation, informality and environmental challenges.

Advocating for advancements in human rights in Africa
Author: admin
Published: Sep 10, 2014

Dr Aquinaldo Mandlate takes on the task of the Community Law Centre advocating for advancements in human rights in Africa. The researcher at the Children’s Rights Project of the Centre, last week, delivered expert contributions for participants attending the Oslo Diploma Course (ODC) on advanced Human Rights Training in Norway.

Chigwata presents on the proposed Local Authorities Bill in Zimbabwe
Author: admin
Published: Sep 09, 2014

Community Law Centre’s researcher at the Multilevel Government Initiative Tinashe Chigwata presented on behalf of knowledge institutions at consultative workshops organised by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in partnership with UNDP. The workshops were held from 27 to 28 August at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare.

Article 5 Initiative activities take place in Burundi
Author: admin
Published: Sep 02, 2014

Prof Lukas Muntingh and Gwen Dereymaeker went to Burundi from 18 to 20 August 2014 as part of the Article 5 Initiative activities. The Article 5 Initiative is a four-year project aimed at developing tools to monitor domestication of the UN Convention against Torture in 6 African countries.

CSPRI researchers participate at the crime and criminal justice conference
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 01, 2014

Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative researchers Gwénaëlle Dereymaeker and Jean Redpath presented papers at the 2014 international conference on National and International Perspectives on Crime Reduction and Criminal Justice hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Learning & Development Facilitator – Community Development & Parliamentary Programme, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape (1 Year Fixed Term Contract Position)
Author: jacob
Published: Aug 12, 2014

The Parliamentary Programme of the Community Law Centre is looking to appoint a L & D facilitator with a minimum of 2 years experience working to promote human rights and social justice to work on our projects to monitor the performance of the legislatures and build civil society engagement with legislatures on human rights issues.

Article 40 now available!
Author: jacob
Published: Aug 02, 2014

In this edition of our Article 40, we begin with a feature on consensual sexual relations among children. Ms Zita Hansungule, Project Coordinator, Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication, at the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria, also delivers a case note that reviews the approach taken by the court in the recent case of S v EA 2014 (1) SACR 183 (NCK).

ESR Review, Volume 15 No. 2 2014 now available!
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 31, 2014

This second issue of the 2014 ESR Review includes two features on the enjoyment of socio-economic rights in Nigeria and South Africa. The first, by Stanley Ibe, examines the possibility of enforcing socio-economic rights in Nigeria. While the Nigerian Constitution does not explicitly guarantee socio-economic rights, Ibe argues that opportunities exist to enforce these rights through national courts, regional and international human rights bodies.

Protocol remains one of the most important human rights instrument- Dr Durojaye
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 29, 2014

On 16 July, Dr. Ebenezer Durojaye, Head/Senior Researcher Socioeconomic Rights Project at the Community Law Centre delivered a guest lecture titled: ‘The Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women as a tool for advancing Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Prof Steytler provides expertise to Yemen's Constitutional Drafting Committee
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 29, 2014

In July, Professor Nico Steytler, the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy, based at the Community Law Centre was appointed by the United Nations Department of Political Affairs as a short term expert to support Yemeni Constitution Drafting Committee.

Solutions to challenges facing children in Africa explored
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 29, 2014

Researchers at the Community Law Centre’s Children’s Rights Project were part of the experts who presented at the second installment of an advanced short course on Children's Rights in Africa hosted by Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. The course which ran from 21 to 25 July brought together over 50 child rights researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across Africa.

An integrated approach to housing allocation is needed – roundtable
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 19, 2014

The Batho Pele (people first) principles should form the fundamental elements in the delivery of housing as a public service, said , community members during two roundtable discussions on housing demand and allocation in South Africa held in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

A5I hosted a workshop on the prevention and eradication of torture in South Africa
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 10, 2014

On 8 and 9 July, the Article 5 Initiative (A5I) hosted its fourth consultative workshop on the prevention and eradication of torture in South Africa. CSPRI is one of the four partners of A5I, a four-year project aimed at developing monitoring tools for the domestication of the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT).

Measuring municipal audit consistency can be a useful policy tool
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 09, 2014

The data in the Auditor-General’s reports on local government can be used, not only as an annual scorecard of how many municipalities complied with their audit obligations, but as a measure of the resilience of local government as a public institution.

Majority of officials in local government fall outside the regulations
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 08, 2014

The vast majority of the 300 000 officials in local government fall outside the regulations. This is according Prof Jaap de Visser and Phindile Ntliziywana, researchers at the Community Law Centre’s MLGI project in their latest article on Talking Good Governance blog.

Progress made on African Children's Charter Project objectives for 2014
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 08, 2014

African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) partners (including Community Law Centre) met in Nairobi (Kenya), last week to come up with timelines and agree upon specific activities to be delivered within the remaining time of the implementation of the ACCP. Drs Maria Assim and Aquinaldo Mandlate from the Children’s Rights Project of the Community Law Centre were part of this 3 day workshop for the mid-year review of the ACCP.

CSPRI raises questions on prosecution of police officers for torture
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 03, 2014

Prof Lukas Muntingh, a project head at Community Law Centre’s Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative,has written an interesting opinion article in today’s Mail&Guardian on the assault case against former SAPS warrant officers David Gunn and Gerrit Januarie.

CLC looks into governance of cities in federal states
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 01, 2014

To discuss and debate constitutional and legal challenges stifling cities, especially those in federal and quasi-federal states such as Ethiopia and South Africa, Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at the Community Law Centre and Centre for Federal Studies at Addis Ababa University organised a seminar in June.

Community Law Centre bids farewell to Prof Renfrew Christie
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 20, 2014

During the 2014 annual general meeting, the Community Law Centre bid farewell to its board member, Professor Renfrew Christie as he retires from the University of the Western Cape as the Dean of Research.

African legislative framework tasked with children’s rights
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 19, 2014

Last week, a researcher at the Community Law Centre’s Children’s Rights Project, Dr Aquinaldo Mandlate delivered an expert paper on the protection of children’s rights in the African regional system. The paper focused on the normative framework and the institutional mechanisms to advance children’s rights in Africa. It was presented during a children’s rights seminar hosted by the Law Faculty at the Universidade Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola.

Prof Nico Steylter chats to Ethiopian media
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 15, 2014

When there is formation of a federation, there will usually be a dispute on where the capital should be, these are the words from Professor Nico Steytler the Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at the Community Law Centre.

South Africa’s executive grows, Parliament is the loser
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 14, 2014

As South Africa’s executive under the ANC government has been enlarged and strengthened, proposed changes to the country’s national parliament seem set to weaken its capacity for oversight.

Community Law Centre Comments on the Lwandle Eviction
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 11, 2014

On Tuesday 3 June 2014, hundreds of people occupying a piece of land at Nomzamo settlement in Strand woke up to the shock of their lives when their homes were razed down and violently evicted from a piece of land they were occupying. The Socioeconomic Rights Project at the Community Law Centre (CLC), University of the Western Cape expresses its deep concern regarding the manner of eviction of residents of Lwandle, Strand, who were purportedly to be illegally occupying a piece of land belonging to SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).