With South Africa’s high unemployment rate, casual labour is the only option for many, but can be fraught with problems. Men on the Side of the Road is an organisation working to formalise this labour market, providing security for both job-seekers and employers.
To help curb violence and promote discipline in schools without resorting to corporal punishment, the Quaker Peace Centre and Western Cape have helped set up peace clubs, groups of students who together explore non-violence and positive discipline.
An unprecedented joint statement by 31 Nobel Peace Laureates, among them Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former South African president FW de Klerk, calls for assistance for children trapped in war zones around the world who are unable to go to school.
Despite the abundance of southern right and humpbacked whales in its waters, South Africa has banned whaling and has some of the most progressive legislation protecting the animals in the world. Now a new campaign launched in Cape Town aims to ensure this protection goes global.
The Forest Stewardship Council’s fifth general assembly, held in Cape Town in early November, has introduced important reforms which give water-poor developing countries such as South Africa more say in the regulation of water-hungry forestry plantations.