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International Day of Rural Women
15 October 2019, 12:19 PM

International Day of Rural Women recognises the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty, according to the United Nations.

The day was first observed on 15 October 2008 and seeks to highlight the important role that rural women and girls play in society.

Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick.

Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resilience

The rural community of Mzinyathi in KwaZulu Natal is one of many which rely on crop farming to sustain a form of living. Sakina Kamwendo visits the area on International Day of Rural Women to find out how the community women make a difference.


The Contribution of Rural Women to Agricultural Development

Women in the rural area of Mzinyathi in KwaZulu Natal sustain their lives through crop farming. They share their daily challenges, including climate change and lack of agricultural tools.


Farmers express their concerns to Social Dev. MEC Nonhlahla Khoza

The Social Development MEC for KwaZulu-Natal, Nonhanhla Khoza, is in Mzinyathi to hear the women farmers’ grievances.


Women in the Business of Bee Farming

A group of women from Zibungu in the Eastern Cape explain how they got started with bee farming and describe their hopes for its future in the area.


Women in agriculture making a difference in rural areas

Small scale farmers and producers have played a key role in ensuring food security in South Africa’s rural areas.

Observing International Day of Rural Women

We take a look at a woman-owned brick manufacturing company near Kuruman in the Northern Cape.

Marking International Day of Rural Women with Sizani Ngubane

Despite women accounting for 60% to 80% of smallholder farmers in the developing world, fewer than 20% are actually landholders.

Mozambique Elections 2019: Quick Facts
14 October 2019, 3:59 PM

Mozambique’s President, Filipe Nyusi, announced in 2018 that the country will hold presidential, legislative and provincial elections on October 2019.

This will be the first contest without historic opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama who passed away in May 2018.
It’s also the first time that provincial governors will be elected.

Mozambicans head to the polls


Highlighting Generation Equality on Girl Child Day
11 October 2019, 7:39 AM

International Day of the Girl Child is observed globally each year on 11 October. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works with girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights.

This year’s theme, GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable”, celebrates the achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995.

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Although progress has been made since the Beijing Declaration girls around the world, still need support to achieve their full potential.


25 years on since Beijing

South Africa participated in the 4th World Conference of Women in 1995, and signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in the same year. However, progress complying has been slow even though government has integrated gender equality and women’s empowerment into its policies and programmes.

In November 2013 the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill was passed.

Its preamble reads:

“AS the Republic’s constitutional and international commitments in the field of human rights include the promotion of gender equality and the prohibition of unfair discrimination against women and the elimination of gender based violence; AND as measures to address discrimination against women are essential to the transformation of gender relations in the Republic,”



World Day for Decent Work
7 October 2019, 2:37 PM

World Day for Decent Work is commemorated each year on October 7, spearheaded by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) during which trade unions, union federations and other workers associations develop their actions to promote the idea of decent work across the globe.

In South Africa the priority areas for decent work was developed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the SA Government, the private sector, labour unions and civil society.

The purpose is to address a selected number of major decent work deficits in the country.

This is in line with the ILO’s decent work agenda: “Productive employment and decent work are key elements to achieving a fair globalization and poverty reduction.”



Housebreaking – SA’s No.1 crime
3 October 2019, 1:48 PM

Incidences of housebreaking topped the list of crimes which most affected South Africans, according to the Victims of Crime 2018/2019 report which was a released by StatsSA on Thursday morning in Pretoria.

“There were about 1,3 million incidences of housebreaking affecting 5,8% of households in South Africa. The most likely victims of housebreaking were male-headed households, households in metros, Indian/Asian households followed by white households, very low and very high-income households, and households in Northern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Approximately 48% of affected households reported incidences to the police,” according to StatsSA.

The Statistician-General of South Africa, Mr Risenga Maluleke, briefed journalists about the report, which is extracted from the Governance, Public Safety and Justice Survey (GPSJS), that replaced the Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) when that survey was expanded.

The statistical body explained that the victim of crime report is aimed at complimenting the official crime statistics released by the police.

Other serious crimes affecting households and individuals are motor vehicle theft, murder, assault, hijacking, theft of personal property and street robbery.

For more information, download the full report.




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