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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released its Green Paper on International Migration. As part of a public consultation process, we have until the 30th of September 2016 to submit comments on the Paper [1]  Positive aspects of the Green Paper - The Green Paper calls for the further decolonising of South Africa’s immigration policy, and to address the bias that favour immigrants from Europe over African countries. - The low-skilled regional work visa proposal, if properly implemented and...

Denied access. That’s what Pastor Steven Anderson’s application to enter Mzansi reads. The Department of Home Affairs’ Minister Gigaba announced the news in a media briefing in Cape Town.  

Writing you this update was hard. Despite families' and professionals’ concerns, intervention by Civil society and our campaign, psychiatric patients were relocated to ill-equipped NGOs from Life Esidimeni. Now, barely 3 months later, 36 of them have died [1]. As if to add salt to injury, some families were notified of their loved ones' deaths more than a week after the fact. We cannot sit and wait for more patients to die, let us pressure the MEC and Premier of Gauteng to act on...

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, driven by our high sugar diets. Mzansi's health system is already under huge pressure, that's why the Finance Minister's sugar tax could help turn this situation around. The Beverage Association of South Africa's (BevSA) claim that government's proposed sugar tax “could result in South Africa losing 60,000 jobs” is unfounded; and the figures are from a study that BevSA paid for and they have refused to share the study data [1].

Good news for the ‘Stop the Fronting Seminar’ campaign! Earlier today a statement was released by the organisers of the “fronting seminar” stating the seminar has been cancelled [1]. This followed the Black-Broad Based Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission’s ruling that the seminar had to be cancelled and those who registered had to be refunded [2].

***Sign the campaign for an independent inquiry here: www.amandla.mobi/lilymine  This ruling is based on the written submissions of Mr Rob Devereux, business rescue practitioner, on behalf of Makonjwaan Imperial Mining Company (Pty) Ltd, and those of Wally Mbhele, editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper. The mining company (MIMCO) is complaining about a story in Sunday Independent of 19 June 2016, headlined Did mine management flout rules? – Lily must show it was in on the safety act.

***Read the Lily Mine Update here to better understand this blog. In an explosive article in the Sunday Independent, an academic from CPUT's School of Civil Engineering exposed how Lily Mine management wouldn't allow his team to assist with rescue efforts, that management ignored workers when warning signs were reported, and that it's well known that the type of mining done by Vantage Goldfields is dangerous [1]. In response, Vantage Goldfields are trying to silence the academic and journalist who exposed this...