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South Africa’s national minimum wage could hurt small firms and rural workers

On May 3, 2017, Posted by , In Blog, Tags: ,,

  Authors: Dieter Von Fintel (member of Cause for Justice managing committee) and Marlies Piek (PhD Candidate, Stellenbosch University).  * This article was originally published at http://theconversation.com/south-africas-national-minimum-wage-could-hurt-small-firms-and-rural-workers-76474 and is republished with kind permission of the author. South Africa will formally adopt a national minimum wage of US$1.5 (ZAR20.00) per hour on Workers’…

MEDIA BRIEFING: ONLINE DISTRIBUTION OF PORNOGRAPHY IN SA

On March 10, 2017, Posted by , In News,

Government policy placing women and children at risk of becoming victims of sexual violence On 7 March 2017, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications (‘PCC’) resumed its deliberations on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill (‘FPAB’). Deliberations is set to continue during the rest of March 2017.The FPAB proposes, amongst others:…

The object of Truth

On February 10, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,

In a world that is consumed with a high sense of self and the paramount validity of one’s own feelings and desires, our concept of and openness to the existence of objective truth often becomes blurry. If emotions alone inform our decisions, instead of objective truths, the potential for irrational decisions…

Protection of Free Speech Cause

On February 2, 2017, Posted by , In Causes,

History of the Bill On 24 October 2016, the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development released the draft Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (“the Bill”). To view the Bill, click here. After government has taken almost four years to draft the Bill, the public was initially only given five weeks…

“Ho, Heigh-Ho: Off to Court we go!”

On January 19, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,

A day in the life of the Cause for Justice Team      By now it is well-known that the South African Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein (SCA) on 6 December 2016 confirmed that Euthanasia is unlawful. Cause for Justice (CFJ) was a party to this legal battle from…

The Supreme Court of Appeal declares Euthanasia unlawful in South Africa

On December 8, 2016, Posted by , In Blog,

On 6 December 2016 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) unanimously overturned the judgment of the Pretoria High Court given in May 2015. Judge Hans Fabricius in May last year opened the door to legalised euthanasia and physician assistance in the commission of suicide. On Tuesday, however, the SCA by…

#16 Days of Activism: Raise your voice!

On December 1, 2016, Posted by , In Causes,

The “16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children”-campaign commences on 25 November 2016. The campaign is a United Nations initiative and runs from 25 November – 10 December annually, on a global scale. The 2016 UNiTE campaign focuses on the need for sustainable financing for efforts to end…

Legalising online pornography in SA

            PROPOSED NEW LEGISLATION: Films and Publications Amendment Bill The South African Parliament is currently considering a new Bill (the Films and Publications Amendment Bill), which amongst other things, proposes legalising and decriminalising online distribution of pornography to adult viewers/internet users. The Bill was drafted by the…

Democracy and the fruits of our future

On September 14, 2016, Posted by , In Blog, Tags:

Today we celebrate the International Day of Democracy. Democracy is as much a process as a goal and this year, South Africa celebrates 22 years of democracy. In 1996, two years after our country’s first democratic elections and after much debate and public consultation, our Constitution was promulgated. Our Constitution…

Adoption : Our nation’s children

On September 8, 2016, Posted by , In Blog, Tags:

  Adoption in South Africa Approximately 3.7 million South African children are partially orphaned (having lost either a mother or a father) or doubly orphaned. Of the 1.8 million children in need of adoption, only a small fraction is placed with adoptive families. Put this in perspective: in 2013, only 1…