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AfriForum launches campaign for retention of statues

by in Media Statements on 30 March, 2015

AfriForum has launched a campaign against the ill-considered relocation and removal of statues in public spaces. This step follows in reaction to the current spate of protest actions against the statues of several historical figures from all communities all over South Africa by people with diverse ideological agendas.

AfriForum and Agriculture Minister involve more stakeholders in fight against farm murders

by in Media Statements on 30 March, 2015

AfriForum and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently held a second round of deliberations regarding safety and security in farming communities. These deliberations followed on a meeting that AfriForum had with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, on 20 March 2015. Minister Zokwana and AfriForum agreed on a five-point plan of action that should be implemented to help protect farmers as well as people living in farming communities.

During the latest deliberations, both AfriForum and the Minister agreed that the scope of this project should be escalated and that other key stakeholders need to be involved as well. Consequently, it was decided that a round table discussion would be organized by the DAFF with the purpose of involving these stakeholders, which include the various agricultural unions, the departments of police and justice and other researchers.

SAPS Margate refuses to take action against illegal shebeen – AfriForum

by in Local government statements on 30 March, 2015

The community of Margate Extension 3 is furious about the refusal of the SAPS to take action against the owner of Downtown Sport’s Bar. A successful petition was launched two years ago by the community to close down the shebeen due to, amongst others, noise and violation of the Liquor Act, but residents were extremely surprised when the same shebeen recently opened its doors and started doing business under a new name.

Lekwa Municipality pollutes Vaal River

by in Environmental statements Local government statements on 30 March, 2015

AfriForum placed the Lekwa Local Municipality on terms to respond to the bad sewage situation in Standerton. The Municipality is held responsible for the dumping of large quantities of sewage into the Vaal River.

Proposed name change of schools will only undermine cohesion – AfriForum

by in Media Statements on 26 March, 2015

AfriForum regards the opinion of the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, that the names of certain schools, mainly Afrikaans, have to be changed, as a sign of disrespect that will actually undermine social cohesion, and not promote it.