The Office of the Rights of the Child in the Presidency is three years late in submitting a progress report on childrenâ€™s rights to the United Nations -- tainting South Africaâ€™s image as a human rights champion. Child rights activists have slammed the office for failing to submit the report, which was due in 2002 as part of South Africaâ€™s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The World Health Organisation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids have written to the Dr Rath Health Foundation demanding that it remove from its website all reference to their names within three weeks, or ''appropriate action'' will be taken.
It is not extraordinary for Maasai warriors to walk for months as nomads across Africa in search of grazing land. But it is bizarre to see a six-foot, regal, ebony skinned warrior gliding across Long Street in downtown Cape Town, amid quaint coffee shops, carrying his spear and kitted out in his majestic blood-red blankets.
Taxpayers spooked by the prospect of a hefty income tax hike to fund the expansion of the private health system can relax. The proposal, already in the works for two years, faces major obstacles. The Department of Health wants to expand the number of South Africans using the private system by raising income taxes.