Greenpeace Africa sets up ‘hospital’ protest scene at Eskom head office

Engineering News reports that anti-pollution activists from Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday blocked the entrance to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg. The environmental organisation confirmed in a statement that the activists used a makeshift emergency hospital scene to highlight the “premature deaths and disease caused by pollution out of the utility’s […]

Outa to challenge the Aarto Amendment Act

Engineering News writes that the Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Friday it plans to mount a legal challenge against the amendment of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act. President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this year assented to and signed the Aarto Amendment Bill, making it law. Implementation now awaits the law being gazetted with a […]

Legal aid staff strike over reduced benefits

EWN writes that Legal Aid South Africa staff have gone on strike over reduced employee benefits due to budget cuts. The group raised their concerns with the Department of Justice in May this year, however, they claimed that management ignored their pleas for help. Monday’s strike comes after employees were granted permission to strike. Legal […]

Debt relief for some as Bill is signed into law

eNCA reports that some relief for over-indebted South Africans who are trapped in inescapable debt. President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the National Credit Amendment Bill into law. It will allow the debt of heavily indebted consumers to be extinguished, as long as they earn a gross monthly income of no more than R7,500. Those indebted should […]

Policemen, mineworkers in court ahead of 7th Marikana massacre commemoration

Mining Weekly reports that the seventh anniversary of the Marikana massacre commemoration has been preceded by high court appearances of both policemen and mineworkers. Former North West deputy commissioner William Mpembe, and police officers Gideon van Zyl, Dingaan Madoda and Oupa Pule are this week on trial at the North West High Court sitting in Mogwase. Their trial resumed days before […]

Expert opinions on NHI Bill still split

Cape Argus reports that long lines and hours spent waiting to access emergency specialist healthcare at public hospitals could be a thing of the past if the government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill becomes law. At the core of the NHI is a National Health Insurance Fund that will pay private hospitals and healthcare practitioners […]

Ceppwawu emphatic that fuel industry is not an ‘essential services’

Sunday Independent reports that Cosatu affiliate, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), has rejected the essential services committee’s plan to declare the fuel industry an essential service.  Such a declaration would prevent workers in that sector from striking.  The union has threatened to strike if the production, transport and distribution of fuel is […]