INSIGHT By Nkosikhulule Nyembezi
THE launch of this year's campaign by the Daily Dispatch to monitor water quality at East London beaches highlights once more the urgent challenge to us all to identify and implement a long-term strategy to rebuild the nation's ailing infrastructure which is rapidly compromising the quality of water. Interestingly, these efforts could all be pulled together from household to national government level under the umbrella of job creation, short-term and long-term.
We all know public water works in South African cities and towns are a marvel, but they didn't just happen.
They are the result of significant investments by our parents and grandparents in state-of-the-art technology many, many years ago. We have been coasting on those investments for a long time while adding more stress to them in the form of the expanding industries and human settlements. There is no way to put off the need to repair, replace and upgrade many of these systems.
INSIGHT By Nkosikhulule Nyembezi
CLASS ACTION TO SEEK DAMAGES by Nkosikhulule Nyembezi.
THIS week's launch of a class action in the Western Cape High Court to seek damages against major bread companies must be viewed as yet another demonstration of a strong historical determination by ordinary South Africans to draw a line in the sand when it comes to fighting corruption and violations of human rights.
In an unprecedented move, the Children?s Resources Centre, Black Sash, Cosatu (Western Cape), the National Consumer Forum and five individual bread consumers, decided to launch the second class action ever undertaken in South Africa on such a large scale; and the first of its kind that seeks damages for consumers.
This class action is initially aimed at representing millions of bread consumers in the Western Cape and is instituted against Tiger Consumer Brands, Pioneer Foods, and Premier Foods. We envisage that later actions may be taken on behalf of consumers nationally.
Nkosikhulule Nyembezi, manager of the Black Sash's advocacy programme, says the battle to win certification for a class action lawsuit against Tiger Consumer Brands, Pioneer Foods, and Premier Foods over their fixing the bread price will continue.
Acting Judge Francois van Zyl dismissed the certification application, and will later provide his written decision.Despite the disappointing outcome , we have filed papers and are pressing ahead with our demands for compensation.
The case brought by the Children's Resources Centre, Black Sash, Cosatu (Western Cape), the National Consumer Forum and five individual bread consumers, is the second class action undertaken in South Africa on such a large scale, and the first of its kind that seeks damages for consumers. That is why we were all nervous in the court room last week.
Our government must ensure that the Refugee Amendment Bill provides the sort of protection and dignity to refugees that befits a countfy committed to human rights for all, writes Nkosikhulule Nyembezi.
AFRICA Human Rights Day celebrations on October 21 passed quietly as communities throughout the country participated in low key events organised by civil society organisations and academic institutions. The celebrations I participated in focused largely on two issues.
Firstly the collection of signatures by the "Unite as One" campaign as part of a call on everyone to intensify their efforts to build a country in which people, in spite of their language or country of origin, respect each other and live together peacefully Secondly writing submissions to Parliament on the implications of the Refugee Amendment Bill.
WAITING to open presents can be fun, but the 18-month wait for the implementation of the new Consumer Protection Act, Companies Act and the Competition Amendment Act has been a miserable experience, whichever way you look at it. These are important pieces of legislation aimed at promoting good corporate governance as well as protecting poor and vulnerable consumers from unscrupulous companies and inefficient government departments. In a sense, these Acts will serve as a 'Bill of Rights' for consumers.
It was therefore with a sense of deep disappointment that I received the recent announcemerit of yet another delay in the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act and the Companies Act.
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- Let us build a health system based on ubuntu - PRETORIA NEWS 08 Oct 2010
- Cloud of secrecy hides the rot - MAIL & GUARDIAN 03 Sep 2010
- SA facing economic devastation - Cape Times, 25 Aug 2010
- "The Black Sash - fifty-five years on" - Umrabulo, August 2010
- 'It's time for South Africa to Unite' - Daily News, 6 August 2010
- By learning to treat others as equal we elevate our own humanity - Cape Times, 16 July 2010
- We need an economy that includes the poor - CAPE TIMES 08 Jun 2010
- Not a clean drop to drink - Daily Dispatch,
- Zuma must make good on his promises to push back the frontiers of poverty - CAPE ARGUS (City Late) 11 Feb 2010
- Affirming partnerships between civil society and government: A Black Sash perspective
- Winning the poverty war - Daily News, 2 Dec 2008
- Urgent intervention needed to prevent another matric debacle - HERALD (Morning Final) 02 Feb 2009
- Make good on these promises - Witness, 11 Feb 09
- Budget 'deaf and blind' to the unemployed - Cape Times, 13 Feb 09
- Budget still marginalises poor and unemployed - CITY PRESS 15 Feb 2009
- EC hospitals feeling the heavy burden of Aids pandemic - Daily Dispatch, 24 Feb 09
- Political adverts displayed on taxis are fuel waiting for a fire - MERCURY (Durban) 12 Mar 2009
- Social Relief should never be political - Witness, 20 March 09
- We voted them in, now we must ensure they deliver - CAPE TIMES, 08 May 2009