Gender data gaps in urban research

Recent years and months have seen an increase in initiatives to identify and address gaps in data collection related to gender. In 2014, the United Nations Foundation, together with funding support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched Data2X a platform dedicated to improving the quality and availability of gender data with the...

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GROUNDVIEW: For the first time most adults didn’t vote

There has been a decline in election participation since 1994, especially this year By GroundUp Staff For the first time in democratic South Africa, less than half the adult population went to the polls. And the ANC was elected by only slightly more than one in four adults. In 1994, 86% of adults voted. More than half of people eligible to vote elected...

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Farm workers in Grabouw strike for R250 per day

Oak Valley Estate says it complies with National Minimum Wage Act By Ashraf Hendricks Farm workers from Oak Valley Estate and supporters from Grabouw blocked the N2 highway near Sir Lowry’s Pass on Monday. They demanded a wage increase to R250 per day, an end to labour brokering, and the removal of single sex hostels. They have been on strike — organised by...

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2019 National and Provincial Elections

South Africa's national and provincial elections take place every five years. Democratic national and provincial elections have taken place in South Africa every five years starting in 1994. Voters vote for a political party, not individuals. The political party then gets a share of seats in Parliament in direct proportion to the number of votes it got in the election. Each party then decides on...

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More people now qualify for legal aid

Substantial changes made to means testing to account for inflation and the rising cost of living By Kristine Liao Legal Aid South Africa, which provides tax-funded legal aid to the poor, amended its means test on 1 April, enabling more people to qualify for legal assistance. Legal Aid provides independent legal aid services in criminal and civil legal matters. Its means test is...

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Lonmin case shows how hard it is to hold mines to account

North West High Court rejects bid to declare Minister of Mineral Resources in breach of statutory duties By Wilmien Wicomb In February the North West High Court rejected the application from the Mining Forum of South Africa, representing the Bapo-Ba-Mogale community, to declare the minister responsible for mineral resources in breach of his statutory obligation to hold Lonmin to account for not complying with...

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Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses

Company says it took reasonable measures and the period for claims has expired By Ciaran Ryan Twenty-two former underground miners are claiming more than R80 million in damages from Sasol Coal after they contracted serious lung and other diseases as a result of years of inhaling coal dust while working in underground coal mines. They are arguing that Sasol Coal was negligent in...

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HSRC’s 50/90th Commemoration, Launch of The State of the Nation: Poverty and Inequality – Diagnosis, Prognosis and Responses

The CEO of the HSRC has pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Joint launch on 24 April of HSRC’s 50/90th Commemoration and the new book The State of the Nation: Poverty and Inequality – Diagnosis, Prognosis and Responses taking place at 17h30 at The Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria This year the HSRC is commemorating its...

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Why a high court dismissed Somali claims for asylum

But Lawyers for Human Rights disagrees with the court’s reasoning and is appealing  By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti Eight Somali nationals, who currently live in South Africa, are seeking asylum here. But their applications for asylum were turned down by Home Affairs officials. They appealed to the Refugee Appeal Board (RAB), which also turned them down. Represented by Lawyers for Human Rights, the eight...

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Entry-Level Property markets and Lessons from the Transaction Support Centre

I thought you’d be interested in this seminar that we’re holding next week.  I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the Transaction Support Centre that CAHF and 71point4 have been piloting in Khayelitsha since July 2018, with support from National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme.  Since then, and in working with over 100 clients we’ve learned amazing and challenging things about the transformative impact of...

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