National Development Plan – Five Years On, Are Celebrations Really in Order?

[Daily Maverick] This month marks five years since the government’s National Development Plan was adopted by Parliament – and a spirit of celebration is in the air. At a gala dinner in Cape Town on Tuesday evening, speakers including President Jacob Zu…

[Daily Maverick] This month marks five years since the government's National Development Plan was adopted by Parliament - and a spirit of celebration is in the air. At a gala dinner in Cape Town on Tuesday evening, speakers including President Jacob Zuma paid lavish tribute to what they described as a "living document". In reality, the vision of South Africa in 2030 that the NDP sketches seems further off than ever - and the NDP increasingly resembles a text doomed to languish unrealised in a dusty drawer. By REBECCA DAVIS

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Holomisa Again Demands Apology From Maimane

[News24Wire] United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has issued a fresh demand for an apology from Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane as relations between the two coalition partners deteriorate.

[News24Wire] United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has issued a fresh demand for an apology from Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane as relations between the two coalition partners deteriorate.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Drought Forces Rules Changes to Breede Marathon

[News24Wire] Organisers of the Breede River Canoe Marathon have made a bold call on the format for the race this weekend, as the river system continues to suffer under the worsening drought in the Western Cape.

[News24Wire] Organisers of the Breede River Canoe Marathon have made a bold call on the format for the race this weekend, as the river system continues to suffer under the worsening drought in the Western Cape.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Nuclear Disarmament – Why the World Should Follow Africa’s Lead

[Daily Maverick] A total ban of nuclear weapons – the world’s most indiscriminate and inhumane weapons – is now within reach, but it will take persistence and commitment to rid the world of this heinous weaponry. The good news: African states have alre…

[Daily Maverick] A total ban of nuclear weapons - the world's most indiscriminate and inhumane weapons - is now within reach, but it will take persistence and commitment to rid the world of this heinous weaponry. The good news: African states have already shown us the successful path to a nuclear ban. By SARAH SWART.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Fears Over Ethiopian Dam’s Costly Impact On Environment, People

[The Conversation Africa] Ethiopia’s GIBE III hydropower dam is now operational. However, rights groups have raised concerns over the impact that it is having on downstream communities and the environment. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner ask…

[The Conversation Africa] Ethiopia's GIBE III hydropower dam is now operational. However, rights groups have raised concerns over the impact that it is having on downstream communities and the environment. The Conversation Africa's Samantha Spooner asked expert Sean Avery about the dam and the huge controversy that has surrounded this project.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Powerless UN, Helpless Government

[Deutsche Welle] UN peacekeepers have not adequately protected Central African citizens from brutal attacks. But Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji praised their mission in an exclusive DW interview and voiced hope for reconciliation.

[Deutsche Welle] UN peacekeepers have not adequately protected Central African citizens from brutal attacks. But Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji praised their mission in an exclusive DW interview and voiced hope for reconciliation.

source: AllAfrica News: Central African Republic

‘Mat-to-Mattress’

[New Republic] The Grand Old Party, True Whig Party, has catalogued that peace, progress and the from mat-to-mattress program as some of its many achievements since its establishment.

[New Republic] The Grand Old Party, True Whig Party, has catalogued that peace, progress and the from mat-to-mattress program as some of its many achievements since its establishment.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Nca Launches Two-Month Training Programme for National Service Personnel in Accra

[Ghana Govt.] A training programme for one hundred and seventy (170) personnel of the National Service Scheme (NSS) attached to the National Communications Authority (NCA) for the 2017/18 service year is underway in Accra.

[Ghana Govt.] A training programme for one hundred and seventy (170) personnel of the National Service Scheme (NSS) attached to the National Communications Authority (NCA) for the 2017/18 service year is underway in Accra.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

Parliament Holds Stakeholder Meeting On Special Prosecutor Bill

[Ghana Govt.] A two-day stakeholder conference to solicit, and discuss perspectives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017 which is currently before Parliament has opened in Accra.

[Ghana Govt.] A two-day stakeholder conference to solicit, and discuss perspectives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017 which is currently before Parliament has opened in Accra.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana