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16 AFRICA Thursday, January 11 2018 | NEW ERA Rand Water restores 75% of water in Emfuleni JOHANNESBURG Emfuleni said on Wednesday utility Rand Water had restored at least 75 percent of water supply, easing shortages that have hit the municipality for months. Emfuleni however said some areas were still struggling due to burst pipes resulting from an ageing infrastructure. The municipality in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg, has suffered water shortages for months after Rand Water cut supplies over non-payment of bills. Emfuleni owes Rand Water more than N1 million accumulated over the last four years. On Tuesday, Emfuleni Mayor Jacob Khawe led municipality demanding that water supply be switched back on. “Water has been restored after Emfuleni Local Municipality had further and robustly engaged Rand Water,” the municipality’s communications manager Stanley Gaba said. “Gauteng Premier Makhura and the Executive Mayor Khawe brokered another deal with Rand Water last night, and paid an additional N million towards servicing the existing debt.” Last December, Emfuleni entered into an agreement with Rand Water to reduce the amount of bulk water purchases from N million to a maximum of N million a month. Emfuleni has struggled to pay its arrears, citing “unachieved Gaba said the municipality was appealing to its communities to settle their municipal accounts so that it could continue to provide services, saying residents owed Emfuleni about N billion. – Nampa/ANA Ethiopia bans foreigners adopting children JOHANNESBURG Ethiopia’s parliament has passed legislation banning the adoption of children by foreigners, the BBC reported on Wednesday. Former American Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are just some of the many celebrities who have adopted children from the Horn of Africa country. They adopted their daughter Zahara when she was six months old. The issue of adopting children from Ethiopia has been controversial, especially after a 13-year-old girl died mysteriously in the US in 2013 and her adopted parents were subsequently convicted. Ethiopian lawmakers argue that orphans and other vulnerable children should be cared for within the country using locally available support mechanisms to protect them from being abused abroad. But some MPs raised concerns to cater for such children. Two years ago, Denmark controversially stopped the adoption of children from Ethiopia over what it said were concerns about – Nampa/ANA most complaints are about lack of equality JOHANNESBURG The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday revealed that most of the complaints of violations that it received were to do with the lack of “equality” followed by unfair labour practices and the lack of access to healthcare, water, food, and social security. Between 2015 and 2016, the Commission said it received 9,238 complaints; with Gauteng recording the highest number of complaints (1,110), followed by the Western Cape (670) and KwaZulu-Natal (581). In its just released Annual Trends Analysis Report (ATAR) the Commission outlines statistics and data on human rights violations it received. The data was compiled from cases received from all nine of the Commission’s The report highlights that JOHANNESBURG The United Nations is preparing to deploy a third rapid reaction battalion to support the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUS- The planned deployment follows increasing political instability and violence, including a December inequality remains one of the single biggest obstacles to the attainment of human rights, as envisaged by the Constitution. “The right to equality remains the right most frequently litigated by the Commission in the Equality Courts. Most of these cases involve the use of the ‘k-word’ and other derogatory comments with racial undertones, such as use of the terms ‘baboon’ or ‘monkey’,” said the SAHRC in the report. The Commission said after race, discrimination based on disability and ethnic origin account for the largest numbers of equality-related complaint. At least 31 of 54 matters litigated by the provincial equality and hate speech. Labour-related human rights violations account for the second highest human rights violations received by the Commission, after equality. The report indicates that many of these cases relate to attack on a UN base by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist group originating from Uganda, which killed 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers and wounded 43 others. Political unrest and violence have spiked following recent protests over President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down despite his mandate ending in 2016. unfair dismissals and other unfair labour practices, which the SAHRC said speak to widespread discrimination in the workplace. Violations of Section 27 rights, which include healthcare, food, water, and social security, account for the third highest complaints. “This increase is tied to the insufficient or lack of service delivery experienced by innumerable communities in South Africa,” the report said. SAHRC also said the right to just administrative action guarantees that everyone is entitled to actions that are reasonable, lawful and procedurally fair; and compels all those tasked with public administration, whose decisions affect members of the public, to act within both the spirit and the letter of the law. “Most of the human rights violations received by the Commission relating to just administrative action concern decisions made by government departments, such as the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Social Development,” the report said. “Most of the complaints received by the Commission relating to the arrests and detentions, emanate from inmates in correctional centres requesting copies of trial transcripts and requesting assistance for appeals or protesting living conditions.” The report issued by SAH- RC spokesperson, Gail * Equality (749 complaints) * Unfair labour practices (440 complaints) * Ongoing lack of access to healthcare, water, food, and social security (428 complaints) * Violations of the right to just administrative action (379 complaints) * Violations of rights in relation to arrest and detention (409 complaints). – Nampa/ANA UN to beef up DRC deployment The bloodshed has been exacerbated by rival militias vying for power and control over the country’s abundant natural resources. On Tuesday, the UN’s Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix warned that political brinkmanship in the Congo would only further delay much anticipated presidential elections. Lacroix said implementation of a December 2016 agreement, which allowed Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his term but stipulated that peaceful, credible and inclusive elections would be organised by the end of December 2017, remained only partial. The polls were reportedly pushed back to December 2018, sparking violent protests late last month. – Nampa/ANA MSF warns of mounting cholera cases Kinshasa KINSHASA Floods and mudslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s chaotic capital Kinshasa have caused cholera cases to rise medical charity MSF said Tuesday. “In past weeks we registered about 20 cases a week on average. At present, we have more than 100 each week,” said Jean Liyolongo from Medecins sans Frontieres. of January in Africa’s third largest city which is home to about 10 million people. Floods and landslips last week claimed Liyolongo said a cholera outbreak threatened 23 of the sprawling country’s 26 provinces, with 50,000 cases and around 1,000 deaths reported since 2017. He said it was the worst cholera epidemic in the country since 1994. – Nampa/AFP Four dead in renewed South Sudan clashes JOHANNESBURG Four South Sudanese government soldiers have been killed and two members of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) have been wounded following renewed clashes outside the capital Juba, AP reported. Tuesday’s clashes followed an attack on a rebel position in Wunu’Lyet, 10 kilometres from the capital, by government forces in two military vehicles. This is the latest clash between the two sides, violating a December Opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said the attack was a clear indication that incumbent President Salva Kiir had no in- – Nampa/ANA

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