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ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

31 August 2018

On 03 September 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) will conduct an inspection at the Vaal Dam following allegations of raw sewage spilling into the Vaal River.  There are allegations of approximately 150 mega litres of raw sewage flowing into the Rietspruit and Vaal rivers per day. In addition to this, media reports have alleged the presence of an aborted foetus and dead fish in the river which led to residents being advised not to drink or use the water.

Attention Editors and Reporters

30 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) condemns the violence in Soweto, White City, which led to the loss of life. The Commission is particularly concerned by the fact that the violence, which led to the death, arises from looting and violence directed at businesses owned by non-nationals.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission wishes to correct certain misconceptions created by Solidarity in a statement released on 30 August 2018 on affirmative action, in which it states: “HRC (sic) says SA affirmative action laws must change after Solidarity’s complaint to UN.”  
Attention: Editors and Reporters
30 August 2018

As the women’s month draws to the end, the South African Human Rights Commission in collaboration with Public Protector South Africa will be conducting Public Outreach Engagements in Mmaletswai village on the 30th August 2018 and Ga Mushi village on the 31st of August 2018 in the Lephalale Local Municipality.

27 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”), Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting information sessions on the rights of women under the theme: “Fighting Gender-based Violence against Women.” Women and girls continue to experience violence in their daily lives. They are beaten, coerced into sex or abused usually by someone they know or by a stranger.  Almost every day, women and children are raped and killed in the province.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
21 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will launch its Investigative Hearings Report on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa following National Hearings that took place on 13-14 September, 26 and 28 September and 3 November 2016.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 20 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) joins all peace loving people across the world in mourning the passing of former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Mr Kofi Atta Annan.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 17 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) is deeply concerned by the unrest in eSigedlane area in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. This follows reports in the media over allegations that a local farmer was among other things, desecrating graves, demolishing homes and preventing community members from using pathways on his farms. As such, residents have given the farmer an ultimatum to leave the area. Residents have also called for all white farmers to immediately leave the area.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 17 August 2018

The South African Humans Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) and the Safer South Africa Foundation (SSAF) are pleased to announce that have held a successful Communities and Justice Programme (CJP) Certificate Award Ceremony at the Ivory Park North Hall, Ivory Park, today, Friday, the 17th August 2017, from 11h00 until 13h00 to honour 82 (eight two) learners from Kaalfontain Secondary School and JB Matane Secondary School who have successfully completed the CJP training programme so far this year. Certificates were awarded to those learners who successfully completed the CJP conducted from the 7th May 2018 to 6th June 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) welcomes the launch of the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative, by the President today. President Ramaphosa made a strong statement on the 14th August 2018, about the human consequence of service delivery that is deferred, derailed, delayed or denied, particularly to the most vulnerable people in our society. He called for a sustained focus on the implementation of plans and that we pay attention to “that which we are supposed to do”. The Commission supports this statement as the delays and denials referred to above rob, especially the most vulnerable, of their constitutionally entrenched, socio-economic rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 August 2018

On the 13th -17th August 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission will be joining the Department of Justice and other stakeholders on Access to Justice Campaigns in various towns under the Xhariep and Mangaung Municipalities.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 August 2018

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office, in collaboration with the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will host a panel discussion on 15 August 2018. The theme of the discussion is ‘Blesser culture at tertiary institutions, blesser or curser’

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 August 2018

The Northern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on a Public Outreach Engagements in the Siyathemba Local Municipality.

Media Invite

Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 August 2018

The SAHRC, DOJ&CD, and ProBono.Org in partnership with stakeholders from government departments and civil society organisations will be hosting an outreach clinic in Pietermaritzburg. This initiative is designed to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities; to create a platform for the community to engage directly with stakeholders and to provide a free legal advisory desk.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 July 2018

The Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on Public Outreach Engagements in Enoch Mgijima Municipality. The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at promoting the understanding of the Child-friendly Complaints Handling Procedures targeting schools.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 27 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) expresses its support for the peaceful march in protest of violence against women planned for 1 August 2018.

 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 July 2018

On the 25-27 July 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting roadshows in various towns under the Lejweleputswa District Municipality.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 July 2018

The Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on Public Outreach Engagements in Mnquma Local Municipality (Centane) and Ngqushwa Local Municipality (Peddie). The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at advancing the mandate of promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in society.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 July 2018

On 24 – 26 July 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will be hosting capacity building workshops to amplify basic human rights awareness with the specific focus to the right to healthcare services enshrined in section 27 of the Constitution. The workshops are centered under the theme “Understanding Your Healthcare Rights and Responsibilities”.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host public outreach clinics in the KwaDukuza Local Municipality from the 23 – 25 July 2018 and in the Umvoti Local Municipality on the 26 -27 July 2018.
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