Daily Archives: December 2, 2016

PEPFAR and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation launch $4 million partnership to reach men with HIV prevention and treatment services

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) today announced a $4 million, two-year partnership to accelerate progress toward controlling the AIDS epidemic through innovative strategies to reach men aged 25-40 with HIV prevention and treatment services in Malawi. Photo […]

Social Development remembers lives lost in Esidimeni

Persons with severe disabilities who are dependent on support services to live decent lives, are particularly vulnerable to being marginalised, excluded and discriminated against. In better case scenarios, they are cared for either by families or staff in institutions where they reside but with little prospect of experiencing life to the fullest.

In worst case scenarios, they live in inhumane and degrading circumstances both at home and in institutions due to system failures.

Earlier this year, 37 persons with psychosocial and/or intellectual disabilities were confirmed as having lost their lives following a decision to transfer them from Life Esidimeni hospitals in Gauteng to NGOs and/or place them with their families.

A national independent investigation has been instituted by Government and a number of cases have been opened with law enforcement agencies. Processes have also been put in place to verify the whereabouts and living conditions of the remaining approximately 1900 persons who were transferred.

In light of this national tragedy, the Minister of Department of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, together with civil society organisations resolved that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities for 2016 would not take the usual celebratory approach, but it will honour and commemorate the lives lost, and to recommit the country to upholding the rights of persons with severe disabilities.

The theme for the National IDPD2016 is: Upholding the rights of persons with disabilities as equal citizens � Living independently and being included in the community.

The focus will be on specific measures that are required to ensure that the rights of persons with psychosocial, intellectual and/or neurological disabilities are at all times promoted, protected and upheld, regardless of their age, gender, race, geographical location, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and/or cultural background.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma appoints South African Human Rights Commissioners

President Jacob Zuma has appointed new full-time commissioners to the South African Human Rights Commission for a period of seven years with effect from 03 January 2017.The newly appointed commissioners are:i. Prof Bongani Christopher Majola, Chairpers...

President Jacob Zuma addresses TACC International Thanksgiving Ceremony

President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 4 December 2016, address the annual Twelve Apostles' Church in Christ (TACC) International Thanksgiving Day celebrations at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.Source: Government of South Africa

Civilian Secretariat for Police Service clarifies allegations of payment made to Indoni

The Civilian Secretariat for Police Service would like to clarify its stance on the allegation of the payment of R30 million made to Indoni which was published by various media specifically City Press and Independent Group of Newspapers on the 27 Novem...