Mbalo Brief – June 2014

Since 1994, the government of South Africa has focused its attention on youth related matters such as unemployment, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and personal development, to commemorate the anniversary of the 16 June 1976 uprising. As this year (2014) marks the 38th year of the Youth Day anniversary, government will educate the youth about their history   read more »

Mbalo Brief – May 2014

It has only been five months into 2014, yet a lot has already happened. Just recently, on 7 May 2014, many South Africans went out in their numbers to vote in the fifth general election since the dawn of democracy. The African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer missions congratulated South Africa   read more »

Mbalo Brief – April 2014

On 27 April 1994, over 19 million South Africans of all races voted in the country’s first free and fair non-racial general elections. This milestone in the struggle for equality and human rights ended over three hundred years of racial segregation, colonialism and apartheid. Since 1995, the 27th of April has been celebrated in commemoration   read more »

Mbalo Brief – March 2014

This month women across the globe celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) – a day conceived at the 1910 International Women’s Conference in Denmark. Originally proposed at the 1910 conference by German socialist, Luise Zietz, with the support of fellow German political leader Clara Zetkin, the day was intended to celebrate achievements relating to women’s rights   read more »

Mbalo Brief – February 2014

Most of us start every year with proclamation of goals we would like to attain in that year. For some, however, these are just resolutions for New Year’s Day and are quickly forgotten as soon as the first month of the year ends. As we put 2013 – the year in which we laid to   read more »

Mbalo Brief – November 2013

The 25th of November marks the beginning of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. This is an international campaign aimed at generating an increased level of awareness relating to the incidence of violence against women and children, how it manifests itself within society and the negative impact on   read more »

Mbalo Brief – October 2013

“While many people look forward to a fulfilling old age, more than one in five adults aged 60 and over experience mental or neurological disorders, such as dementia and depression.” These were the words of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2013. Mental health conditions   read more »

Mbalo Brief – September 2013

South Africa has recently been plagued by a series of strikes. As collective wage negotiations got underway, employers and employees came to a deadlock. Mining, car manufacturing and City Power workers were among some of the workers who downed their tools during this time. Although many would agree that this year’s ‘strike season’, as some call it, was not   read more »

Mbalo Brief – August 2013

Approximately 57 years ago, on 9 August 1956, more than 20 000 heroines took it upon themselves to challenge those who were imposing racist and unjust laws upon them.  Women of all races joined forces under the leadership of Lillian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Helen Joseph, Sophia de Bruyn, Frances Baard, Bertha Gxowa and Albertina Sisulu   read more »

Mbalo Brief – July 2013

The month of July is a special month to many people all over the world because it marks the last half of the year. Many consider this month as a chance to step back and evaluate their achievements and goals for the year.  What most people do not know about July is that it starts   read more »