Why we are taking on bread giants - CAPE TIMES 24 Nov 2010

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.

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Give us our daily bread - The Times, 28 Nov 2010

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.

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Refugee Amendment Bill can ease the pressure - MERCURY 28 Oct 2010

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.

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Delays expose consumers - DAILY NEWS (Deadline) 20 Oct 2010 Page 9

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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Significant milestone for health - SATURDAY DISPATCH 09 Oct 2010

Sharing national insurance costs is the best way to forge healthier society, says Nkosikhulule Nyembezi.
THE formal announcement of a National Health Insurance (NHI) policy discussion at the ANC national general council a couple of weeks ago is a significant milestone for South Africa.
It comes at a time when the country is faced with a deteriorating health infrastructure and an increasing burden of diseases. So serious is the situation that it is threatening to reverse the collective gains made since 1994 to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the population.
This announcement effectively introduces an important debate on a policy framework that is aimed at providing affordable universal health coverage m gradual phases, starting in 2012.
Naturally, participants in this policy discussion are expected to advance the broader interests of the general population above everything else.

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