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ZA – Secrecy Bill – Want to know what South Africans think about the Secrecy Bill? So do we!

Posted in south africa with tags , , on September 24, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

ZA – Secrecy Bill  We’re committed to transparency! Want to know what South Africans think about the Secrecy Bill? So do we!


South Africa secrecy law surprise as Zuma rejects controversial bill

Campaigners celebrate after president sends protection of state information bill back to parliament

Campaigners in South Africa were celebrating on Thursday after President Jacob Zuma rejected controversial secrecy laws that threatened journalists and whistleblowers with long prison terms.

In a surprise move, Zuma refused to sign the protection of state information bill because it did not pass “constitutional muster” and knocked it back to parliament for revision. It had been widely assumed that the president’s approval was a mere formality.

The proposed “secrecy bill” puts those in possession of classified information at risk of jail sentences of up to 25 years. Activists have compared it to apartheid-era crackdowns and warned of a “chilling effect” on investigative journalism and those seeking to expose government corruption. Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s foundation have spoken out against the proposed legislation.

But it is also widely conceded that, after heated national debate, the current bill is a significant improvement on legislation first drawn up five years ago. The president’s unexpected decision to send it back means that it is now likely to be watered down further still.

Jacob Zuma: ‘The bill as it stands does not pass constitutional muster.’ Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AP

Want to know what South Africans think about the e-tolling? So do we! #HaveYourSay #SouthAfrica ONLY please

Posted in eTolling, south africa with tags on September 24, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

ZA – SA Consumer Surveys

Want to know what South Africans think about the e-tolling? So do we!


Pretoria – The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has known since 2009 that people are opposed to e-tolling, yet it remains committed to implementing a system it knows will not work.

This is according to the DA candidate for the Gauteng premiership, Mmusi Maimane. He was speaking in Vusimuzi, Tembisa, where he met small businesses owners to discuss the effect that e-tolling would have on them. Maimane was accompanied by the DA’s national spokesman on transport, Ian Ollis.

Sanral’s April 2009 documentation indicated that 69 percent of drivers were willing to pay a toll fee, while 31 percent were not willing, Maimane said. He said that in June 2009, the results were amended, indicating that 48 percent of people would not be willing to pay e-tolls.

Maimane said Sanral and the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) company knew that high levels of public compliance were critical to the success of the project.

A section, “Road users segmentation”, in the ETC document states: “Should such a sizeable group actively resist compliance, law enforcement will be seriously hampered and it could become virtually impossible to implement. Sizeable active resistance could jeopardise the project as a whole.”

Your chance to own a piece of international history #RobbenIsland #TheFenceIsDown

Posted in Nelson mandela, Robben Island with tags , , , , on September 24, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

Robben Island Fence
The Fence Has Come Down

Robben Island Fence
For many years, the fence around Robben Island Prison kept some of the world’s most influential people. Heroes like Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu were held there by the Apartheid regime until international pressure facilitated their release by then President F.W. De Klerk.

Today Robben Island prison is closed, and the fence that kept anyone from escaping has come down. Just like the famous Berlin Wall which was demolished in 1989, everyone wanted their small piece of it to remember the oppressive period in German history, the Robben Island fence has also been demolished.

It is now available for private ownership in very limited quantities for a limited period of time. You do not want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of this famous artifact that will surely increase significantly in value and demand.

Robben Island Fence

@StAidensHschool honored by @RevisionUnivers #Humbled #Honored

Posted in biographies, donnette e davis with tags , on September 4, 2013 by Donnette E Davis

I am humbled and honored to be a guest blogger on the very popular website Revision Universe. Thank you for the very lovely write up and I look forward to becoming a valuable contributor.

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Revision Universe Newsletter Edition 9 Tuesday 3rd September 2013
September 3, 2013
This is the ninth edition of the Revision Universe Newsletter. The main topic for this week is our new guest blogger Donnette Davis!

Donnette is an experienced educational blogger and writer who has written numerous articles for various educational sites and organisations around the net. However, she also is involved thoroughly outside of education in athletics, especially, long-distance and marathon running.

Currently based in South Africa, Donnette has amassed an amazing twitter following of 17,487 (at the time of writing) and is frequently contacting and discussing new ideas amongst educators around the world.

Donnette is the creator of the St Aidens Homeschool website on which there are hundreds of fantastic resources for students in Primary Education. The aim of the St Aidens Homeschool website is to combat the rising costs and lack of security/safety in South African education. These factors make good, safe education very expensive and hard to find. Nevertheless, Donnette and her colleagues have made a superb site which is helping students all over South Africa.

Visit our blog on Friday to see the first of Donnette’s guest blog posts. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Arnav Rawat
President, Revision Universe

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