Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
HelpAge International is urging African heads of state to adopt a protocol on older people’s rights, at the 26th Summit of the African Union meeting in Ethiopia this week. Dr Prafula Mishra, Regional Director at HelpAge International said, “Adoption of this Protocol provides the opportunity for African heads of state to demonstrate their commitment to every African’s human rights, at every stage of their life. It is a fitting way to mark the beginning of 2016: African Year of Human Rights.” Older people across Africa can face harmful, negative ageist attitudes and behaviour towards them. When asked how they were discriminated against, an older person from Cameroon said, “The doctor avoids touching me when consulting me.” A man from Uganda said, “I am considered a spent force with nothing left to contribute to society, that I have had my turn and should give way to the youth.” An older person from South Africa said, “South Africa is no different to most other nations, in that older persons often are discriminated against or experience inequality in society.” Older women and men are also denied their human rights across different aspects of their lives. They are subjected to different types of violence and abuse, denied access to health care and an adequate standard of living and treated with disrespect because of their older age. In a study conducted by HelpAge International in Mozambique in 2012, 74 per cent of older people surveyed said they had experienced at least one form of violence and abuse since the age of fifty, 22 per cent said their health needs had been neglected, 30 per cent said they had been refused work while 27 per cent said they had been refused a loan. 51 percent said that other people looked down at them and or treated them in a humiliating, shameful or degrading way. “This protocol provides a framework for governments to end ageism and discrimination against older people in Africa,” said Jamillah Mwanjisi, Head of Policy, . . .
Earlier this year, Business Day put the spotlight on the gravity of South Africa’s unemployment problem. It’s worse than it seems… You see, South Africa’s unemployment rate is about the same as Greece’s, at around 25%. And, if you cast your mind back a little, you’ll remember Greece ran the risk of being expelled from the EU because of its financial woes. The truth is, Greece clocked this 25% unemployment rate after six long years of recession. South Africa’s clocking that same rate following five years of economic growth. “But Europe’s in a completely different league,” you may be thinking. So let’s look a bit closer to home then… The International Labour Organisation (ILO) published its World Employment and Social Outlook report in January this year. In this report, youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) for sub-Saharan Africa is in the region of 11.8%. If you multiply that by four, you still won’t get to South Africa’s youth unemployment figure of 52%. But it gets worse than this! In 2013, more than 800,000 jobs in South Africa couldn’t be filled according to Enrico Jacobs, Director at the Belgium Campus. The majority of these occupations were in the medical, accounting, engineering and IT fields. Clearly, the REAL problem is that we have a serious skills gap in South Africa. YDx Trax research shows an increasing despondence among the youth of South Africa because of this. SA’s youth are unsure about whether SA will be a better place for them in the future – with only one in three young adults (19-24 year olds) saying they’re positive about their future in South africa. 87% of teens (13-18 year olds) are worried about SA’s economic performance; and 1 in 2 (51%) agree with the statement that they would like to leave SA (for a better job/opportunity/education overseas). So where to from here? Six steps South African businesses AND government can take to help curb youth unemployment Let’s face it, there are no winners when you . . .
The Institute for the Blind could soon face closure because of the Department of Labour pulling the plug on funding and Lotto contributions and donations drying up, which could result in the 530 blind and disabled people housed at the Institute’s facilities literally living on the streets if substantial financial help doesn’t come soon to help with annual costs of over R51-million a year. The Institute only receives 15% of its funding from the State and the Institute’s fundraising department is solely responsible for raising the balance of 85% of the total costs (R43 641 186). This is according to Freddie Botha, Executive Head of the Institute for the Blind, who says that the sudden unexpected loss of a subsidy from the Department of Labour, which the Institute has been receiving for the last 20 years of the new dispensation and many years before that, is a big blow to the Institute, which was established in 1881 to empower persons who are blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind, including visually impaired persons with additional disabilities; by means of offering education, training, development and care towards a fulfilled life. The R51-million annual running costs includes R29-million training services costs, caring services and administration, and over R18-million towards operating costs of the Institute’s production units, which provide employment for blind and visually impaired people. The Institute also subsidizes the Pioneer School for the Blind (R4.2-million per year) which serves the needs of blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind learners as well as learners with multiple disabilities from pre-school, primary and secondary levels with specialized education needs not catered for by mainstream academic institutions. “Support from the State for this very specialised education has been totally insufficient,” says global adventurer and motivational speaker Hein Wagner, who attended the Pioneer School for the Blind from the age of five, and is . . .
Press Release The Republican Democrats registered with the IEC as a political party in South Africa Issued by: Republican Democrats ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE The Republican Democrats has been formally registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as a political party on the 06th November 2013. The Republican Democrats is a libertarian socialist organization whose political alignment is leftist. We stand for the advancement of freedom aspirations of all South Africans irrespective of their colour, creed and gender. In as far as policy is concerned, the Republican Democrats will advocate for real positive change in the following; Housing, Land, Education, Health-care, Criminal Justice System, Agriculture and the Economy. Republican Democrats intends contesting 2014 national elections. Membership of this organization is open to all South Africans from the age of 18 years. The President of the RD is Mosotho Motau; Deputy President – Thabo Maja; General Secretary – Adelaide Ramela; Enos Lebese – Deputy Secretary; James Lebelo – Treasurer and Fridah Malaka – Deputy Treasurer Enquiries: Adelaide Ramela on 072 521 8612 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Issued by: Secretariat Republican Democrats More Info link:: Twitter: https://twitter.com/RepDemocratsZA Facebook: YouTube: Author: Adelaide Ramela from REPUBLICAN DEMOCRATS. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three Images: For high res version/s of these Three image/s please contact: REPUBLICAN DEMOCRATSClick on each to see larger image. Leadership of the RD President of the RD Photographer: George Msiza . . .
A Letter to the Editors in all media: Good Day Mr/Ms. Editor in the South African media, and to all citizens. The multitude of articles about the EFF and Mr Malema on the front pages of the press and on TV, and the willingness of the press to feature Agang, are in direct contrast with the willingness of the media to feature the policies of the Dagga Party of South Africa. I am the founder and leader of IQELA LENTSANGO: The Dagga Party of South Africa, which intends to register nationally for Elections 2014. I, too, have a vision for my country, which I believe is a concrete and positive and considered approach to a future for all citizens. In the interests of media fairness, I must insist on claiming similar front page coverage and TV coverage of the Dagga Party's goals. To date, journalists have only been more interested in how many joints I smoke than in any of the Dagga Party's policies and promises to the electorate. Until the newspapers and the TV media give equal prominence and coverage to the cultural grouping and political party that I lead, I must accuse the media of bias toward the views of Malema and Ramphele, and Zuma and Zille, while others, including myself are silenced and in fact, studiously ignored. These links below feature the information about the Party policies and the truth about Dagga that I have already given to the media (and the State) but so far, editors everywhere just refuse to feature it in any way. I therefore make all this information public for the sake to people's rights to know. Firstly, Here is a link to an introductory brochure from the Dagga Party. http://daggaparty.co.za/download/Brochure%20English%20Generic.doc Here is a link detailing WHY Dagga is illegal and the corporate vested interests that presently benefit from the scientifically unsubstantiated prohibition of Dagga. http://www.daggaparty.co.za/download/Legal_Resources/CannabisVsVestedInterestsFinal.pdf Here is a link to slides of a . . .
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media Culture and Communication at New York University, speaks on “Freedom and the Global South: The Legacy of Black Reconstruction” as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts on Thursday 23 May 2013. In 1935 WEB Du Bois published his monumental work Black Reconstruction. More than just a history of Reconstruction after the abolition of slavery (1865-77), his book was a blueprint for freedom. For Du Bois, the global South was the hope for a different future. Drawing from his own prize-winning book, The Right to Look, Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff’s presentation will track the legacy of Black Reconstruction in our understanding of democracy, education, debt and land justice. He connects Du Bois’s project to the global social movements since 2011 and their call for a new reconstruction for our own time. Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media Culture and Communication at New York University, and one of the founders of the academic discipline of visual culture in books like An Introduction to Visual Culture (1999/2009) and The Visual Culture Reader (1998/2002/2012). He is also Deputy Director of the International Association for Visual Culture and organized its first conference in 2012. His most recent book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. He is currently working on expanding the project into a trilogy. The second part will deal with countervisuality in the global social movements of 2011, in which Mirzoeff was an active participant with Occupy Wall Street and Strike Debt. The concluding volume looks beyond the limits of visuality and visualizing to the possibilities of resonance, jubilee and mutual aid. Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff’s visit to the University of Cape Town is supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office. Great Texts lectures take place on Thursdays for the month of May. This lecture will take place . . .
Political Scientist Steven Friedman talks about Freedom for the Few: Ending the Middle Class Monopoly on South African Democracy on Thursday 11 October; as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series “That South African democracy has survived nearly two decades largely intact has confounded predictions and needs explaining. The chief reason lies in the persistence, post-1994, of strong concentrations of private power, which have checked authoritarian impulses in government. While this has ensured democracy's survival, it has also ensured that its defense has largely been mounted in the language of white, middle class, suburbia - and that freedom is largely seen as the protection of the economic and cultural domination of the few” comments Friedman. Democracy is clearly too important to be left to so narrow a support base and the key challenge currently is to broaden the social base of support for democracy. An illustrative example of limits and possibilities is the experience of Cosatu, the largest organised interest group outside the middle class, which has played a role in defending democracy. Friedman explores these ideas in his bookBuilding Tomorrow Today - a study of the South African trade union movement and the implications of its growth for democracy. Professor Steven Friedman is Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg. He is a political scientist who has specialised in the study of democracy. He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand and social inequality and economic growth on the other; in particular, stressing the role of citizen voice in strengthening democracy and promoting equality. He is also the editor of The Long Journey . . .
Ever since the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment framework was established, it has received numerous criticisms from various members of society. Independent BBBEE Practitioner, Sibusiso Nkosi, carries that criticism forward with his new book. Titled ''Forgotten Fundamentals: Why Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Does Not Work'', the book provides an analysis based on factors and elements of why BBBEE has not made the impact it was intended to make. ''The biggest problem is the BEE scorecard and how businesses chase the targets and points'', said Sibusiso Nkosi. ''This results in businesses implementing BEE compliance strategies that do not empower the previously disadvantaged individuals but they still score points on their scorecards.'' Although the book is not written to delve deeper into the analysis of these factors, it provides a clear platform for the stakeholders to engage in the issues outlined. ''The fundamentals of BBBEE are simple; equality, fairness and sustainability. That is what we should be seeking to achieve.'' expressed a passionate Mr. Nkosi. Although most of the arguments about BBBEE circle around Ownership, there are other critical areas such as Employment Equity, Skills Development and Enterprise Development that need to be focused on. In the book, the author has deliberately excluded arguments regarding Ownership citing ''they are already receiving enough attention'' ''The beneficiaries of BBBEE are not only rich business people. It is communities as well as people that are employees.'' he explained. ''That is what I wanted to focus on, how these people have been left out of the benefit basket and the dire results that this may possess.'' Forgotten Fundamentals: Why Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Does Not Work, is now available online for purchase on Sibusiso Nkosi's newly developed website, www.bbbeeinfo.co.za. Also see his blog www.bbbeematters.blogspot.co.za and follow @SibusisoBEE on twitter. More . . .