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26 September 2018

“With all the gang violence, innocent people are being caught in the crossfire,” said Nadia Mayman De Grass, one of the protest organisers. “We have no peace in our community.
“We cannot face burying our children at this young age. Gangsters are acting with impunity against us. And government is just taking no notice of our plea. We are being told constantly that they don’t have enough resources,” she said.
26 September 2018

The department of water and sanitation has warned that the pollution of rivers should not be seen as something that is facing small municipalities only but also the metros in Gauteng.
 The department's regional head, Sibusiso Mthembu, told Sowetan on Wednesday that  all the three metros – Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni - are also guilty of polluting natural water in the province.
25 September 2018

The Save the Vaal Environment (Save) has called for someone to be held accountable and even face jail time for the sewerage that has been running into the Vaal River for years.
The call was made by Save during its presentation during an inquiry conducted by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) into the sewerage which is running into the Vaal River.
25 September 2018

Water used to wash corpses by mortuaries and funeral parlours could be worsening the contamination

Water used to wash corpses by mortuaries and funeral parlours could be worsening the contamination of the Vaal River‚ the Funeral Industry Reformed Association (Fira) warned on Tuesday.
25 September 2018

Makana should have at least eight operational ambulances. There is no public information available about the Department of Health’s local emergency medical services, but it seems little has changed since a shocking 2015 report by the Human Rights Commission. Kathryn Cleary reports.
22 September 2018

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission and the University of Johannesburg have hosted a dialogue on Cyberbullying and rape culture at tertiary institutions.
Students across the country have been calling on Universities to overhaul policies to tackle the scourge of sexual offences, harassment or assault.
Lebogang Mawelela a Community Engagement Specialist from the University of Johannesburg spoke to eNCA.

Source: ENCA

22 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission says it views the apparent increase in racial utterances on social media in a serious light.
21 September 2018

The minister says the visits form part of the 'ongoing frank and open discussions' with mining companies‚ communities and other stakeholders

Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe will have his hands full at the weekend as he tries to defuse growing opposition to mining on community-owned land in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Wild Coast.
20 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission was shocked to discover that 52 babies are still in the neonatal unit of a hospital where an outbreak of Klebsiella has killed six infants.
Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Sunday that babies would be relocated to provide an “opportunity to scrub down and decontaminate the environment” in the neonatal unit at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus‚ east of Johannesburg.
20 September 2018

Durban - As Kessie Nair appeared in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Thursday for allegedly calling president Cyril Ramaphosa the K-word, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation expressed its concerned at Nair's video that went viral on Wednesday.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the national spokesperson for the Hawks said Nair was arrested late on Wednesday following the video clip that contained derogatory and provocative utterances against the president of South Africa. He confirmed a case of crimen injuria and inciting public violence was opened.
20 September 2018

Troubles of overcrowding at the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital, especially in the neonatal ward, have been an ongoing concern for staff at the hospital, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has heard.
Staff members were speaking to SAHRC officials during a site inspection at the hospital in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.
19 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will support the families of the babies who died due to the Klebsiella pneumonia outbreak at an East Rand hospital.
19 September2018

It would seem that as one inexcusable incident of blatant racism recedes from public view, another reprehensible rant emerges – much to the disgust and outrage of most South Africans.
18 September 2018

The 30% Club is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the premier Gender Mainstreaming Awards in association with Business Engage, PwC, Maserati, Brand South Africa and the South African Human Rights Commission. These awards give public recognition to corporates who have championed gender mainstreaming within their organisations and communities.
17 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling for submissions on the pollution of the Vaal river.
This follows after the commission conducted a site inspection of the Vaal river earlier this month, following allegations that about 150 Mℓ/d of raw sewage was spilling into the river.
15 September 2018

The former ANC Western Cape chairperson had accused the SA Jewish Board of Deputies of undermining transformation in the CBD and on the Cape Flats.
15 September 2018

TIGER Brand’s Nishaan Purshad said no citizen is allowed to remove expired foods illegally.
The head of internal audit was giving testimony yesterday at the South African Human Rights Commission hearings on the sale of expired and counterfeit goods in Braamfontein, Joburg.
14 September 2018

Representatives from the Somali board told the Human Rights Commission on Wednesday that a text on the intention to loot stores had been circulating three months before last month’s unrest.

13 September 2018

There are simply not enough inspectors to check on the food being sold by spaza shops in parts of Gauteng.
That was the message conveyed to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday as it held a two-day inquiry into claims that foreign national shop owners were selling counterfeit or expired food.
A panel of different stakeholders will seek to unpack what prompted recent attacks on several shop owners.
Jerry Chaka from the city of Ekurhuleni said samples of questionable food‚ confiscated during an inspection in the Tembisa area a week ago‚ had been sent to the National Health Laboratory Services.
13 september 2018

JOHANNESBURG - Foreign spaza shops owners say there’s a smear campaign against them.
They’re denying allegations that they’re selling fake and expired goods.
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