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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

Date: 02 December 2022 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC’s North West Provincial Office received a complaint concerning the violation of the rights of the farm dwellers at Straatsdrift farms in Groot Marico under the jurisdiction of Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality. The human rights challenges raised involve, among others, shortage of water; lack of proper sanitation and healthcare services; inadequate housing; lack of police visibility; and violation of labourers’ rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

29 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will be hosting a roundtable discussion with Chapters 9 and 10 institutions and other relevant stakeholders. 

27 November 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The right to equality is one of the Commission’s strategic focus areas of work and informs a wide range of actions to promote, protect and monitor observance of the right to equality in the country. A continued strategic focus on equality by the Commission is informed by the persisting inequalities in the country. The Commission regularly receives complaints involving alleged violations to the right to equality; conducts investigations and issues investigative reports with findings and recommendations to seek redress for those whose human rights have been infringed.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 November 2022

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be conducting a human rights capacity building workshop for Traditional Leaders (Emakhosi) as strategic stakeholders on Mental Health – Promoting and Protecting Human Rights.

Date: 23 November 2022 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is a Constitutional body, established to support constitutional democracy in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Constitution). Section 184(1) (b) of the Constitution obliges the Commission to promote the protection of human rights and monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic of South Africa.

22 November 2022

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

 The Eastern Cape Provincial Office (“ECPO”) is cognisant that it has to create, maintain and improve close relationships with key acting agents and role player in order to fulfil its mandate and to ensure that human rights are realised in the province. It is in light of this view that the ECPO has identified Metropolitan and District Municipalities as key role players in the realisation of human rights in the province.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 November 2022

Over the years, the Commission in the North West has received complaints and enquiries relating to persons who allege they have been “blacklisted” from securing employment by their former employers.
Historically, the Commission addressed such complaints and enquiries by referring the affected persons to one of the entities that specialise in the recruitment processes of individuals in the mining sector in the North West. However, to date, the Commission is not aware of any person whose name has been cleared by the “blacklisting” agencies.
21 November 2022
Attention: Editors and Reporters

In April, disruptive and heavy rains led to localized flooding of vulnerable settlements, infrastructure, roads, low-lying areas and bridges within the Eastern Cape Province. Damage has been specifically reported to areas within the Alfred Nzo District, Chis Hani, Amathole as well as the Joe Gqabi and OR Tambo District Municipalities respectively. In view thereof, the SAHRC Eastern Cape provincial office has conducted monitoring visits in areas including Libode, Centane as well as the King Sabatha Dalindyebo District’s surrounding villages in order to assess the damage caused to these areas by the floods.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
21 November 2022

The Commission’s Eastern Cape Provincial Office (‘ECPO’) confirms that it is investigating several complaints which relate to inadequate sanitation services and systems regarding the collection, removal or disposal of human excreta, refuse and wastewater resulting in sewerage spills into East London rivers thus having a negative impact on the environment, bodies of water and the health & wellbeing of persons.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 November 2022

 

The South African Human Rights Commission Gauteng provincial office (GPO) will conduct a capacity building workshop for Human Rights Champions/ Monitors (HRC) in Boipatong, Vanderbijlpark. The capacity building workshop is aimed at empowering Human Rights Champions in the province by training Community Based Organisations and Non-Profit Organisations about human rights and structures that can help with redress for human rights violations with a specific focus on the role of the Chapter Nine Institutions in promoting, monitoring and protecting human rights.

20 November 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

In April 2022, disruptive and heavy rains led to localized flooding of vulnerable settlements, infrastructure, roads, low-lying areas and bridges within the Eastern Cape Province. Damage was reported in areas within the Alfred Nzo, Chis Hani, Amathole as well as the Joe Gqabi and OR Tambo District Municipalities. In the aftermath of the flood disaster, the Eastern Cape Provincial Office (“ECPO”) conducted monitoring visits in the affected areas to assess the damage caused by the floods and the progress made by government to respond to the reported damage caused by the floods.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

18 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission Gauteng Provincial Office (GPO) together with The Forge and Changing the Lense will host a LGBTQ+ Symposium under the theme of the Black Queer intellectual archives and the presentation and performance of Queerness in the media.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

18 November 2022

The KwaZulu Natal Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting stakeholder engagements, community human rights champions workshop, media engagements / newsroom visit as well as monitoring activities in the different district of KwaZulu Natal Province from the 14 November 2022 to 30 November 2022.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

18 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission Gauteng provincial Office (GPO) today visits Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Vosloorus.

Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital is a level 1 and 2 regional facility. This means that it deals with referrals from clinics, Community Healthcare Centres and District Hospitals in the area. The hospital opened its doors in 2014 and was previously located in Katlehong but due to the dolomitic conditions in Katlehong, a safer site was identified in Vosloorus.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

16 November 2022

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be conducting a human rights capacity building workshop for Women in Traditional Leadership (Emakhosikati) as strategic stakeholders on the Impact of Migration and Equality on Children. Migration has a huge impact on children in that the enactment, implementation and any non-compliance with the migration laws affect migrant children as it does to their parents.


Attention: Editors and Reporters
16 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has issued a final investigative report in the matter of Senna on behalf of the Residents of Palamakuwa, Extension 5 Lehurutse Zeerust // Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality and Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality. The report relates to the complaint received on 9 June 2020 regarding the lack of basic municipal services such as water, sanitation, electricity and roads in Palamakuwa outside Zeerust. It was further alleged that there had been no human settlement development in Palamakuwa since 2010.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
16 November 2022

On 17 November 2022, the North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will conduct a provincial human rights dialogue themed “Enhancing the promotion and protection for Children’s rights to Education, Equality and respect for their language, culture and religion”.
14 November 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

South Africa is one of the 156 States that recognises the right to a clean, safe, and healthy environment as envisaged in section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution). A safe, clean, and healthy environment is integral to the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water, and sanitation.  Without a healthy environment, we are unable to fulfil our aspirations or even live at a level commensurate with minimum standards of human dignity.  

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 November 2022

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be conducting workshops to popularise and raise awareness about the Constitutional Court judgement which declared Section 10 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 51 of 1992 invalid and inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (“the Constitution”) the extent that it prohibits an unmarried father from giving notice of the birth of his child under his surname, the absence of the child’s mother or without consent.


Attention: Editors and Reporters
14 November 2022

The purpose of this statement is to correct certain misapprehensions held and widely expressed by the EFF and Mr Malema, as well as in some media reports/articles, about the steps that the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has taken to date in respect of this matter and to provide a very brief explanation of the Commission’s discretionary powers in receiving complaints of human rights infringements more generally.
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