Honourable Committee Members, my name is Nqaba Mpofu. I represent and today I speak on behalf of over 47,000 people who signed their name to the following statement: “We the undersigned completely reject the proposed VAT increase and call on you as our elected leaders to scrap the VAT increase for 2018/2019. The Standing Committee on Finance should consider each of the undersigned names as an individual submission which categorically rejects the VAT increase in the Fiscal Framework and... Read more

Position: Full time Web Developer Start date: As soon as possible Location: Anywhere in South Africa Overview of the position The Online Progressive Engagement Network ( and ( seeks a full-time Web Developer to provide direct service to our organisations, as well as two other NGOs based in Europe. OPEN, and the other NGOs are focused on social, economic and environmental justice. We are looking for a mid-level full-stack developer with expertise in Git, skilled in web frameworks... Read more

Preamble: We are constantly hearing reports of women experiencing rape and abductions and all manner of abuse when traveling by taxi. While some politicians have denounced this violence, this is not enough. But unless we turn public outrage into real action by our leaders, we will continue to live in fear. Because women and children commuters expect safe, pleasant and reliable commuting in taxis and on any other public transport in Mzansi, Soul City in collaboration with other women centred... Read more

In less than a week the Fees Commission will stop receiving public comments on how to fund higher education in Mzansi. Given historical challenges, and the quest for justice by the Fee Must Fall movement, we have to use this opportunity to call for a transformed and decolonized education system. Click here to send your submission directly to the Fees Commission: Read more

We delivered the names of over 26,000 people to government's Telecommunications Portfolio Committee. Our voices were heard, with President Zuma announcing at SONA that "lowering of data costs is uppermost in government's policies and plans" [1][2]. But our leaders have failed to commit to our demand of at least a 50% cut in the price of data, or outline a concrete plan and timeframe. We won't make #DataMustFall happen overnight, but the amandla .mobi team will continue to monitor government's plans and work with you... Read more

Our thoughts are with the families of Lily Mine workers. This Monday 27th February marks the beginning of an inquiry into the cause of the horrific collapse that left Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi trapped underground at Lily Mine, for over a year. The inquiry into the cause of the avoidable collapse is set to last about 3 weeks; but it is widely expected to ensure truth, justice, and due compensation for the families, and all those affected. Read more

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... Read more

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.   Read more

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... Read more

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]. Read more