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Attention: Editors and Reporters

8 December 2017

The Commission welcomes the new amendments to the Uniform Rules of High Court and Magistrates Court of South Africa, regulating sales in execution in South Africa. The amendments to the Uniform Rules which have been published in the Gazette will come into effect on 22 December 2017.  Prior to the recent amendments to the Uniform Rules, there was no requirement for the courts to set a reserve price (the minimum price below which the property cannot be sold) when immovable property, including people’s homes, were sold on auction. Previously, prior to amendment, the Uniform Rules specifically stated that a sale shall be without a reserve price. This resulted in people’s homes being sold at a fraction of their value. The Commission is aware of instances where defaulting debtor’s home were sold for less than 10% of the market value or judgment debt. The new amended Uniform Rules now enable the Courts to set a reserve price at which the bidding at a sale in execution of residential property must begin.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 December 2017

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Free State Provincial Office, will launch the Child Friendly Campaign Material.
The Child Friendly Campaign Material is based on the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The Campaign material comprises of fact sheet, poster, colouring book and other related material for children. The Commission’s CFCHP provides a guide that informs children’s complaints procedure. The complaints system is important for children to ensure respect, promotion and protection of their rights.  

Attention: Editors and Reporters

6 December 2017

SAHRC Gauteng Provincial Office will host a capacity building workshop for ‘Hope for Life Youth Foundation’ at Eskia Mphahlele Library in Pretoria.

The capacity building workshop is aimed at providing basic human rights education and information to the organisation in conducting human rights awareness programs. The engagement will also establish working relations with the organisation for possible collaborations on human rights campaigns. It is envisaged that the community organisation will assist the Commission in future community engagements, identification of human rights needs of the broader communities and render assistance in the design of activities that are aimed at increasing the involvement of various communities in human rights awareness issues.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

05 December 2017

On 06 – 07 December 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission, Mpumalanga Provincial Office, will be hosting follow-up public outreach clinics at Tembisa Old-age and Disability Centre,  Kabokweni and Louisville Thusong Centre, Nkomazi Local Municipality from 10h00  to 13h00.
05 December 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office, will formally launch its Child Friendly Campaign Materials.
The Child Friendly Campaign Materials is aimed at raising awareness amongst children about their rights and responsibilities; empowering children with information that will enable them to identify human right violations and to popularize the SAHRC Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedures.

05 DECEMBER 2017

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

 The Limpopo Provincial Office will formally launch its child friendly campaign materials, which is aimed at popularizing the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP) and promotional material accessible to children. These engagements are also aimed at empowering children with information which may enable them to recognize human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.

ATTENTION: Editors, Reporters, Programme managers of Community based and National Radio Stations
01 December 2017

The Western Cape Provincial Office will formally launch its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

29 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office will host a media engagement on the 30 November 2017, in Pietermaritzburg.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

29 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in collaboration with the University of South Africa (UNISA): Advocacy & Resource Centre for Students with Disabilities Directorate (ARCSWiD) will commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  
28th November 2017
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC WC Provincial Office and NPA will be hosting a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Dialogue on 01 December 2017 at Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone.
28th November 2017
ATTENTION: Editors, Reporters, Programme managers of Community based and National Radio Stations

The SAHRC WC Provincial Office will be hosting a media networking session on 04 December 2017 in Cape Town.
The purpose of the of the media briefing session, is to meet editors, reporters and representatives from community based and national radio stations and to share advocacy and legal activities conducted thus far and future plans of the Commission during the current financial year.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 November 2017

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will formally launch its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report these violations directly to the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
27 NOVEMBER 2017

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office, will launch the Child Friendly Campaign Material.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday 27 November 2017

In furthering its constitutional mandate to protect, promote and monitor the observance of women’s and children’s rights as set out in the Bill of Rights, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or ‘Commission’) will be hosting and participating in numerous activities, across all nine of its Provincial Offices as well as its National Head Office.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 November 2017

We the SADC Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudsman (Alliance) meeting in Pretoria, South Africa from 21 to 22 November 2017 have taken note of the positive political developments taking place in Zimbabwe, in particular, the inclusive mass demonstrations that have culminated in the resignation from office on 21 November 2017 of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who has ruled the country since independence in 1980.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday 23 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) appreciates the fundamental role played by the media in promoting and advancing a culture of human rights in South Africa. On that basis, the Commission’s Mpumalanga Provincial Office invites members of the media to a media engagement on 24th November 2017 at the SAHRC’s Boardroom, 4th Floor Carltex Building, 32 Bell Street, Nelspruit.
“South Africa is hailed as having one of the most progressive Constitutions in the world and has adopted a comprehensive legal framework aimed not only at prohibiting discrimination but at actively enhancing the attainment of equal opportunities. Despite this, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, and the occurrence of discrimination in the workplace remains considerably high, emphasising that the enactment of legislation and policies alone is not enough to prevent and eliminate discrimination in practice. In considering the far reaching implications and the prevalence of substantial inequalities, the South African Human Rights Commission hosted a national hearing on unfair discrimination in the workplace between March and April 2016.”

Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 November 2017

The SAHRC Mpumalanga provincial office will be hosting a Provincial Indaba on human rights environment of the farm dwellers and farm workers under the theme: “Evictions in Farming Communities.” The purpose of the Indaba is to highlight the pervasiveness of evictions in the farming communities and the lack of proper implementation of the provisions of the enabling legislation such as the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 (ESTA) in the province.
15th November 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC NC Provincial Office will be hosting a media networking session on 23 November 2017 in Upington.
The purpose of the of the media briefing session is to share advocacy and legal activities conducted thus far and future plans of the Commission during the current financial year. Furthermore, the engagement will also discuss the role of the media in building a culture of human rights, and establish working relations for possible future collaborations and human rights campaigns.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Eastern Cape Provincial Office has been inundated with complaints relating to a whole range of issues affecting the delivery of quality basic education in the province. To this end, the Eastern Cape Commission’s office will be hosting a Provincial Indaba on Education with a particular focus on School Infrastructure.
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