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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

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  • A civil society group has welcomed the government’s plans to allocate ring-fenced funds for thousands of pupils in need of scholar transport. The announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday followed the death of 18 pupils in Mpumalanga, who were ferried by privately hired minibus taxis to two Gauteng schools – Refano Primary and Mahlenga Secondary schools. Their taxi and a horse-and-trailer collided on the R25 between Bronkhorstspruit (Gauteng) and Groblersdal last month. The distance between Wolvenkop, where the pupils’ homes were, and Bronkhorstspruit, where they studied, was about 46km, according to Google. They travelled to Gauteng because their nearest schools were not offering isiZulu but isiNdebele.
  • Reported incidents of malnutrition in children under the age of five in the Free State Province and young mothers who give birth at home without the supervision of a qualified midwife, could thwart South Africa’s efforts towards the achievement of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, also called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:15

    South Africa has a liberal landscape regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. Adolescents have the right to consent to sex from the age of 16, and the right to access several sexual and reproductive health services granted that they meet certain age, capacity and public policy requirements. Furthermore, recent amendments to the Sexual Offences Act have decriminalized consensual underage sex for adolescent peers aged 12 – 15, and those between 12 -15 and 16 – 17 granted that there is no more than a two year age gap between them. This seminar details recent amendments to the law on underage sex and considers the implications for researchers and service providers. It also reviews the various criteria that need to be considered for adolescents to access various sexual and reproductive health services.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 17:00
  • Adult sexual content and culture has woven itself seamlessly into the fabric of the internet. Some of it is subtle, and some not so subtle, but there is now a wealth of dedicated porn websites available and plenty of demand to view the content. One of the most popular is Pornhub, and according to its 2015 year in review, visitors to the website watched more than 4.3 billion hours of porn.
  • To bring the plight of city’s (Cape Town) poor to the fore, civic technology lab Code for South Africa (Code4SA) created an interactive map that not only highlights the lack of sanitation services in informal settlements, but also allows users to explore two real-life, on-the-ground stories of people living in these areas.
  • To bring the plight of city’s (Cape Town) poor to the fore, civic technology lab Code for South Africa (Code4SA) created an interactive map that not only highlights the lack of sanitation services in informal settlements, but also allows users to explore two real-life, on-the-ground stories of people living in these areas.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 14:45 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:45

    The conference is about evidence-informed decision-making and will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 20-22 September 2016.

  • The top human rights body of the United Nations voted last week to appoint an independent expert to monitor rights violations against gender and sexual minorities and hold States to account for these violations.
  • In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is launching a new eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education.

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