South Africa has over the years developed a progressive legal and policy framework to protect human rights for all people living with HIV and AIDS. However continued stigma and discrimination often remain barriers to accessing treatment and efforts to fight the epidemic must be accompanied by a solid commitment to respecting the human rights enshrined in our Constitution. A new handbook, published by LexisNexis South Africa, aims to facilitate easy access to the law relating to HIV and AIDS in South Africa. This, it is hoped, will aid in fighting injustice against people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. HIV and the Law in South Africa: A Practitioner’s Guide includes extensive contributions from a number of the foremost practitioners and theorists in the field. It is edited by leading law, public health and human rights champion, Amelia Vukeya Motsepe. While aimed at legal practitioners working in this crucial area of public law, the book’s simple, user-friendly approach is also set to appeal to NGOs, charities, healthcare professionals and students of law and medicine. Writing the foreword for HIV and the Law in South Africa: A Practitioner’s Guide, Constitutional Court of South Africa Justice Edwin Cameron said lawyers had played a significant role in protecting and promoting human rights and justice for people living with HIV and those affected. “Clients with HIV turn to lawyers when their privacy has been violated, their bodies bruised, their rights trampled on, their medical needs denied. Serving these clients effectively demands knowledge of areas of law that probably remain unfamiliar to many lawyers, particularly those in private practice,” he said. Moreover, the South African legal fraternity’s growing culture of pro bono work now sees attorneys supplementing standard commercial work with human rights volunteerism in which they fight against injustice and inequality on behalf of the vulnerable within society. This means that in . . .
The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 81 million people in Africa are affected by some form of disability. Fighting for disability rights is a huge task but some people are taking it upon themselves to make a positive change. In Honour of Mandela Day, held on 18 July 2016, the Zinto Marketing Group (Zinto) coordinated an event for the Sithandiwe Disabled Care Centre (SDCC) in Lombardy East, a community driven project, which mainly focuses on mentally and physically challenged individuals. Zinto highlighted the important role that South Africans have to play in ensuring the dignity of people with disabilities and encouraged the community to avoid exclusion and isolation of disabled persons within society. It aimed to create much-needed awareness of the positive contribution of the SDCC and showed gratitude to caretakers at the Centre for selflessly serving the lesser-abled community. The registered non-profit organisation uses arts initiatives to address and overcome the social issues that disabled people encounter in their lives and develop minds, revive the spirit of learning and sharing in the community, regardless of disability or challenge. Zinto’s team of performers convened at the Centre where a flash mob performed for the differently-abled individuals as well as the servicemen and women who work there, and served a lunch to show their appreciation and support. The live entertainment included brand mascot, ‘Ken the Dog’, a jumping castle for children from the community to play on and other exciting fun and games. CEO and founder of Zinto Michelle Combrinck said, “Differently-abled people are not looking for sympathy, what they want is a community that understands them. We recognise that people with physical and mental disabilities face many challenges beyond just economic inclusion and our hope is to build a groundswell of invaluable support and encourage communities to get involved to help care for those in need.” For . . .
#UnemploymentMustFall: Meeting the Challenges of a Labour Market in Crisis is the subject of the 29th Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC), taking place at Emperors Palace – the conference’s new home – from 24 to 25 August 2016. With South Africa’s latest available unemployment statistic sitting at around 25 percent, coupled with political turmoil and the economy under threat of a downgrade to junk status, the topic couldn’t be more apt. Jointly organised by the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and KwaZulu-Natal, and facilitated by The Conference Company, the ALLC is the largest of its kind in Southern Africa attracting some 600 to 800 professionals from around the country annually. Nicci Whitear-Nel, Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Law, said: “This year’s conference includes a heavyweight line up of government leaders, among them Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who will speak on ‘Navigating job creation and corruption’. Other burning issues to be tackled include youth unemployment, challenges facing trade unions, retirement reforms, emerging trends in retrenchments, the national minimum wage and the implications of the water crisis for the labour market.” Labour broking will also be under the spotlight and the conference will include insights into the example of the SA Post Office with an address entitled ‘Short-term financial savings, long-term industrial relations shambles: The experience of using labour brokers in the SA Post Office’ by Prof David Dickinson of the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Labour law specialists, trade unions, government officials, HR managers, labour practitioners, lawyers and business leaders will bring themselves up to date on the latest cases in collective labour law, procedural law and individual labour law, and the impact of the 2014 amendments to the Labour Relations Act on job creation. Together they will debate and seek solutions to meet the . . .
Port Elizabeth 18 July 2016: IT is unfortunate that once again some KwaZulu-Natal media reports this past week have framed developments of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road Project Road as a project by “stealth,” the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) says. So much has been written by KZN media about the project, most recently after receiving a briefing on it directly from SANRAL at a meeting hosted by the Durban Chamber of Commerce. The claims of secrecy are therefore just that, claims without any substance. “There were strong views by provocateurs in media this week suggesting that the project is being managed in a covert manner. It is a skewed representation of reality,” said Simon Peterson, SANRAL’s Regional Manager for the Southern Region. “SANRAL has always been very open and transparent about the location of the proposed route which includes a section of new greenfields road but also includes extensive upgrading of the existing N2 between East London and Mthatha, and the existing R61 between Mthatha and Port St Johns. “We have been implementing projects along this entire route since receiving the confirmation of the environmental go-ahead after the appeal process in 2011. As one of government’s key national Strategic Infrastructure Projects the project has remained prominently in the public domain since its inception.” Referring to media reports, Peterson said if voices of the community had been incorporated in news reporting, the “overwhelmingly strong currents and groundswell of support,” from local communities and “positive sentiment for SANRAL’s open and transparent engagement processes” could not have been missed. Peterson said “even those who are purporting ro oppose the project are divided and unfortunately misled by people who do not live in the area and do not care an iota about the levels of poverty in the area. SANRAL has received consent and support from the majority of the affected communities along the road. . . .
On Sunday the 17th July 2016, the Observatory Driving Range & Proshop the first black female owned driving range in the country in partnership with Golf A2Z, Dreamcatcher Multimedia, Gem Girls and X-Plaw Travel are proud to host the inaugural Mandela Day Family event on the Range. In keeping with President Mandela’s well-documented love of children, the partnership will be hosting a family day at the Observatory Golf Driving Range. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable foodstuffs (tinned foods, oil, sugar, mealie-meal, etc) disposable nappies, sanitary pads & tampons, and warm clothing as donations. The day will afford participants the opportunity to spend 67 minutes in honour of Mr Nelson Mandela by participating in various activities, with all the day’s proceeds being donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gift of the Givers, Doctors without Borders and the Cancer Association of South Africa In the words of Nelson Mandela, "Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer." As a sport, golf is a window through which key elements of successful performance in both professional and personal aspects are developed; it is not only about physical skill and technique; the sport of golf enhances leadership, confidence, responsibility, discipline & courage. It is this spirit that the Mandela Day Family Day partnership wishes to channel during this important day of service. Planned activities on the day will include: Golf Trick Shots Golf Clinics 4 Ball Sorting & packing of donations for Gift of the Givers Facilities and family-friendly activities onsite include: Popcorn, Candy Floss machines Jumping Castle Vuyo’s Wors Musical performances CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, KWAZULU-NATAL, 14TH JULY 2016 - Mandela Day is a global call to action that promotes the idea that each person has the power to transform the world, therefore on the 18th of July 2016, the Cascades Lifestyle Centre in Pietermaritzburg is partnering with two leading conservation groups, the Dusi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) and GroundTruth, to host an educational workshop for 70 local students to receive interactive training on water conservation and river health. The Clean Rivers, Education and Training Day initiative will take place alongside the Townbush River next to the Cascades Lifestyle Centre from 8am to 12pm on Monday, 18 July 2016. The 70 students taking part are all volunteers on DUCT’s River Care programme, which is a non-profit initiative focused on cleaning the Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers. These volunteers regularly meet up to help clear invasive plants and waste from the banks of Pietermaritzburg’s rivers. The Cascades Lifestyle Centre will be sponsoring the infrastructure for the event, including trestle tables, gazebos and chairs, as well as refreshments for the students and training bodies. Coffeeberry Café, which is located at the Cascades Lifestyle Centre, will be sponsoring 100 cups of coffee for the workshop attendees, while Cascades Woolworths will be sponsoring lunch for the attendees. Throughout the morning, the students will be shown a range of tools that they can use to monitor the rivers they are working on, while also learning about the building blocks of a healthy river. The environmental and Government agencies conducting the training sessions include GroundTruth, DUCT, uMgungundlovu Municipality, WESSA, the WWF Nedbank Green Trust, Mondi and the Department of Water & Sanitation. Ntswaki Ditlhale, Aquatic Ecologist at GroundTruth, says “With South Africa experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, maintaining and restoring river health has never been as important as now. GroundTruth and . . .
Estee Roos says that the organisers would assist those companies who could not field enough packers to fill a line by sourcing additional volunteers on their behalf. “The meals they pack will be distributed to our sponsors’ selected charities or, alternatively, we will help to identify vulnerable beneficiaries.” Community volunteers: To ensure that the production lines ran like clockwork, Roos said the mall had invited 120 members of high school community service clubs and leadership bodies to coordinate the effort. “They will be assisting on the day by managing and educating volunteers and by keeping the supply of ingredients flowing to the lines.” She added that volunteers were not limited to corporate teams or schools and that anyone could donate their time. “We particularly invite families to come on down and help us on the day. It’s the ideal opportunity for families to spend quality time doing something uplifting for those in need and for teaching children about the importance of helping others.” The Hemingways Mall event is one of three Stop Hunger Now events being held throughout the Eastern Cape and Garden Route. It is also the first time that the campaign will move beyond South African borders, with meals being packed at 25 venues across the globe to meet an international target of 10 million meals between July 13 and 20. Corporates wishing to sponsor a production line should contact Nadia Reddy at Stop Hunger Now SA on 011 872 2498 or 079 897 9175 or email email@example.com. Individual volunteers can contact Estee Roos at Hemingways Mall on 043 721 3181 or 073 291 0364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit www.hemingwaysmall.co.za and click on the Stop Hunger Now tab for full details and registration forms. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
360 Bicycles Donated to Alex School Alexandra Township – AutoTrader completed a marathon charity drive across South Africa today, with hundreds of bicycles presented to learners from Alexandra Township’s Kwabhekilanga Secondary School. Dubbed #DriveChange, the project began in September and October 2015, where AutoTrader visited ten shopping malls in the cities of Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria. There, the public were invited to add their artistic contribution to a fleet of 52 AutoTrader vehicles, creating uniquely coloured-in public branding. The chance to get creative came with the invitation to make a R50 donation, money that ultimately found its way to the learners of Kwabhekilanga School. Two months of inspired colouring-in led to one of South Africa’s biggest collaborative charity events and the raising of R250 000; an amount providing for 100 bicycles from AutoTrader. The money raised had already been earmarked for Qhubeka, a local charity representing World Bicycle Relief in South Africa. They, in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, have created the Urban Scholar Bicycle (USB) Programme. A sustainable development initiative, with one of its key focus areas is Alexandra Township and the transport corridor that exists between it and the commercial centre of Sandton. “AutoTrader saw the opportunity to set the wheels rolling by creating head-turning car branding, all in support of driving a social responsibility initiative,” says AutoTrader Marketing Manager, Tyrone Woods. “We instantly fell in love with Qhubeka’s bicycle relief programme and the fact is; Qhubeka is helping educate the nation and we are hoping our small part will also help #DriveChange in South Africa too.” The City of Johannesburg pledged to match the amount of bicycles donated by AutoTrader, giving the drive an extra edge. Local businesses Fluor and Tarsus joined the initiative, pledging 40 bicycles each, which pushed the eventual bicycle amount to be . . .
The Zinto Marketing Group (Zinto) together with the Sandton SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will embark on an edutainment roadshow from the 4th to 7th July 2016. Taking place at the animal rescue centre in Marlboro, it will introduce children from Alexandra Township to its educational initiative. As part of its holiday programme, the SPCA aims to promote responsible pet ownership among children from lesser-resourced communities who share a special bond with their pets as well as teaching them the importance of sterilisation, health, hygiene, nutrition and the ethical treatment of animals. The campaign intends to communicate key messages about preventing neglect and mistreatment of our four-legged friends and promoting better animal care and welfare in the community at large. Zinto’s edutainment format cleverly incorporates pop culture and the brand character ‘Ken’ who imparts educational messages through a format that minors can understand. The visual nature transcends communication and language barriers, enabling adolescents to learn while enjoying the experience. Through positive exposure to the animals, the interactive show enables youngsters to become familiar with cats and dogs and reassures them that they are loyal and devoted companions. Focus sessions and discussion groups teach the kids about the positive work the SPCA is doing and the knock-on effect it has on the well-being of the community. The centre cares for up to 300 stray, abandoned, rescued and unwanted canines and felines. The purpose is to build support from a young age by encouraging the urban youth market to adopt, donate or become a volunteer at the shelter. The infotainment platform also emphasises the need for ongoing health and safety checks and encourages children to continue to contribute to humane treatment of all living creatures. For more information visit www.zinto.co.za or contact 011 553 1000 CLICK HERE to submit your press release . . .
My wife and I have been living in Australia for 17 years, and it’s been over 10 years since our last visit to SA. I have a daughter and a granddaughter still living in South Africa. Please note that this is only my personal perspective on how things stand, based on a recent visit to SA in June 2016. Most of the opinions and views I encountered during this visit were those of our ‘white’ South African friends and family so don’t necessarily reflect the majority viewpoint. Overseas and social media certainly paint a grim picture of South Africa, cloaked in out of control crime and corruption. We had also become ‘soft’ having lived in Australia for so long. I am not joking when I say that we were convinced by other family members to first renew our wills before making the trip. We were therefore quite anxious about going back for a visit to say the least, but looking forward to catching up with friends and family. Upon arrival into KZN our fears were fuelled by news of violent strikes taking place in Durban, followed by an armed robbery at the Pavilion shopping centre the next day. These fears were then overshadowed by appreciation for the beautiful beaches of Ballito, where we spent the first few nights, and even more so when we were visited by my daughter and granddaughter and some good friends. Re-uniting with friends and family is priceless. The nostalgia of being back in our country of birth is hard to describe, it’s a combination of sounds, sights and smells that bring back the memories. Some of these were obvious, such as the taste and smell of biltong, boerewors & samosas (yes, we get these all in Oz but they aren’t quite as good) and watching a game of ‘real’ rugby on the big screen with seriously enthusiastic Bok supporters, while other feelings surprised us, such as seeing a troop of monkeys crossing the road, the sound of hadadas in the morning, mole hills on people’s verges, the tribal dance conducted each morning by our hotel staff, . . .