A new civil society organisation called simply Seychelles Civil Society (SCS)is being registered.

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A new civil society organisation called simply Seychelles Civil Society (SCS)is being registered.

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:22 pm

A new civil society organisation called simply Seychelles Civil Society (SCS)is being registered.

New civil society organisation for Seychelles

11-November-2017
A new civil society organisation called simply Seychelles Civil Society (SCS)is being registered.

A spokesman for the organisation, Barry Laine, says there is a need to create “a powerful force to represent civil society in our everyday life as citizens of Seychelles”.

“Members of SCS may join as an individual or as an organisation because together we will be stronger, speak with one voice and put the people’s interests first,” says Mr Laine.

“We need committed people on board to reshape our social structure, realign wealth distribution, become more of a society-centred organisation and strive to overcome some of the following obstacles:
Wealth distribution – It is not right that we pay some civil servants and politicians such high salaries and they do not deliver while at the same time we pay R8,000 to our teachers and nurses who are doing a very important job in our society. It is not right that MNAs vote themselves a higher salary without debate.

Illegal land acquisition -- Land unfairly sold to senior members of the government and their families and concubines must be taken back and redistributed. We will ensure the new Land Tribunal is doing its job properly and not there to cover up illegal and dodgy land deals by the echelon.

Inheritance and bank reserve – In 1977 the British left us a good reserve in the bank, where has it gone? Money paid to overseas operators like the Irishmen of FIU and NDEA must be returned to us. After 40 years of one party rule we have a poverty rate of 40% which is a crying shame on our society. James Michel took great pride in telling us we are a high income country but who is enjoying a high income?

Clean drinking water – Again after 40 years of one party rule we are drinking desalinated water. PUC has had 40 years to build a couple of reservoirs and a good distribution of clean drinking water and clearly it has failed. Why can’t we have clean drinking water when every day clean water from our mountains run into the sea? We want to see a complete change of management at PUC because they cut people’s water supply without the user knowing, which is a human rights violation and our Ombudsman is powerless to do anything about it. Some people who are currently drinking desalinated water are perspiring excess salt in their sweat and does our Ministry of Health know about this?

Truth and Reconciliation – Seychelles Truth Reconciliation and Peace Platform (STRPP) have been working for two years and they have put together a set of proposals which was handed to our President and in the meantime three public meetings have been held and people are crying out for the process to start. In the marriage of convenience one side (PL) is waiting for the other side (LDS) to come up with a plan that will protect their friends, colleagues and families. STRPP is asking for the truth and the reconciliation to take place without dishing out punishments, how else can we do this delicate work?
Privatisation of SBC, STC, Nation and some parastatals – The Government is top heavy because it is trying to do too much and meddling in the private domain. An R8 billion budget to govern 90,000 people is too high, there must be a great deal of waste and duplication. We will seek to close down some of the parastatals, privatise SBC and Nation newspapers so we have a free press in Seychelles and allow the private sector to take over STC as long as it is not the current cartel of shopkeepers.

Improved consumer standards – Poor quality products are being sold in our shops, this is not acceptable and our agencies tasked to take care of standards have failed. We will seek improvements.

Health care – We cannot continue to live on donations. There are ways to raise finance for healthcare. We will strive to provide a salary range of R12,000 to R18,000 and our nurses and doctors will be better rewarded with a salary range of R30,00 to R40,000 because we will seek to reduce the salaries of government officials. People waiting for hours at the hospital to see someone is unacceptable and inefficient. We want change.

Education – How long have we been trying to get our education system right? Nolan’s report, Commonwealth’s report you name it someone has been engaged to tell us the best way to organise and run our education system and still we are in a mess. Teachers like nurses are important people in our society and yet we pay a PS in government R25,000 and a teacher R8,000. Teachers must earn a minimum of R12,000 if we want to retain good ones.

Law and Order – Our Judiciary and prison service leaves a great deal to be desired and so far not much improvement is being achieved. We need to allow overseas lawyers to practice in Seychelles so that a high standard can be achieved in our court system with such competition.

This is not a political manifesto. We need to bring back peace and harmony to our land and the civil society is at the centre of this struggle and we can do it. Join us and contribute positively in whatever way you can because this is our society, our life and our children’s future we want to put right.
Contacts:

Seychelles Civil Society Barry Laine
P O Box 1336, The Wishing Well
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles Anse Des genets, Mahe, Seychelles
seychellescivilsociety@gmail.com barrylaine@hpcgroup.sc


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Re: A new civil society organisation called simply Seychelles Civil Society (SCS)is being registered.

Post  Sirop14 on Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:23 pm

We welcome the news from Mr Barry Lane to put in place a second civil society organisation - However like as the University Seychelles Project events. Two years ago at the high of President J A Michel crises, then Sir James Mancham we recommanded that they/those in Sechelles Seychelles put in place a second or another Umbrella Civil society - the reaction and respective position.
A new civil society organisation called simply Seychelles Civil Society (SCS)is being registered.
A spokesman for the organisation, Barry Laine, says there is a need to create “a powerful force to represent civil society in our everyday life as citizens of Seychelles”.

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