Attacks on members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) rose by 67% between 2004/05 and 2005/06, according to a former policeman and now researcher for the Institute of Security Studies, Johan Burger. But only one more policeman died in the latter period than in the former. Burger said this indicated that the SAPS's ''street survival'' course, introduced in 2005, was bearing fruit.
''Metro is killing me,'' cries informal trader Lydia Masongo. The sole provider for her family of eight, Masongo says continued harassment by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department in the inner city is making it impossible for her to eke out a living on the streets. Since 1994, she has travelled from the East Rand every day to sell fruit and vegetables in De Villiers Street in downtown Jozi.
What happens when ordinary people go that extra mile? Well, grade 11 learners at Weston Agricultural College in KwaZulu-Natal can tell you: they win awards, repeatedly. But, more importantly, they bring about real change for people living in their community.
A South African teenager, who takes care of her orphaned siblings, brought former United States president Bill Clinton to his feet with her commitment to bringing hope to the lives of other orphan girls in her community. Seventeen-year-old Zethu Ngecza addressed the Clinton Global Initiative in New York recently and received a standing ovation from delegates for her plans to establish support groups for children in her community.
If it were not for the efforts of a group of hardy community volunteers, social grant beneficiaries, scraping a living below the poverty line in the North West province might well have been in for a rough winter. ''Paying the right social grant, to the right person, at the right time and place'' boasts the motto of the new South African Social Security Agency.
For pragmatic reasons, police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi's call to legalise prostitution for 2010 could be seen as a step in the right direction. The move was proposed as a way of relieving overburdened cops of the onerous task of policing the sex trade, which will undoubtedly blossom as lusty fans and foreign providers of sexual services start flooding into South Africa.
The fifth world summit on media and children has highlighted the need for government and the industry to better protect the rights of children in the media without limiting the opportunities for education and access to information the media can provide for them
Cosatu and the South African Communist Party's strategy for getting ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma into the hot seat is to swell the ranks of the ANC. Once elected with the left's support the allies believe that Zuma will be more amenable than President Thabo Mbeki to a radical programme of social change.
''The Google queen, they call me,'' laughs Ingrid Coombs, as she sits in her office. The nationwide travel coordinator for a recruitment company, Coombs has been a quadriplegic since she was 22 years old. But 16 years later, thanks to her resourcefulness and to the flexibility of her employers, Coombs has maintained not only her independence, but also her career.