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by Khulekani Magubane, Business Day in 2012
SOCIAL grants paid by the state are helping retailers in township shopping centres weather tough economic conditions. Shopping centres in small and medium-sized towns in rural areas are becoming more formalised, providing growth opportunities for retailers, franchisees and independent store owners...
by Jocelyn Edwards, Reuters in 2012
Uganda has threatened to kick out Oxfam after the British charity accused the government of complicity in violent land grabs for commercial gains, according to the interior ministry. The ministry has told Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance, they will lose their operating licenses if they do not...
by Mluleki Mrwebi, Bush Radio in 2012
The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs says South Africa's drinking water remains among the best in the world, and it is improving. Municipalities last year achieved a further average water quality improvement of nearly 15%. But the department’s director of water service regulation,...
by Mandy De Waal, The Daily Maverick in 2012
A bill said to be unconstitutional, to rubbish the rights of women and the vulnerable, and which makes traditional chiefs powerful overlords who aren’t subject to democratic checks or balances, is currently barrelling its way through the National Council of Provinces. Critics are saying the Tribal...
by Association for Rural Advancement in 2012
The Association for Rural Advancement is very concerned about the flawed process of the public meetings on the Traditional Courts Bill that were held last month in KZN. We foresee the same problem occurring with public consultations starting on 8 May if the same negligent process is followed. AFRA...

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