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 […]

RBPlat faces 25% wage hike

Business Report writes Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which posted a hefty R164 million net loss in the six months to June on teething problems at its Styldrift mine, is facing a 25 percent wage hike demand from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). RBPlat chief executive Steve Phiri said wage talks had begun last week. “We are […]

Labour federations embark on massive HIV/AIDS drive

SABC News writes that labour unions representing workers in different sectors such as mining, retail and farming have launched an HIV response campaign named Qina Msebenzi Uphile. The campaign was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday to raise awareness about the disease in the workplace. Close to 8 million South Africans are living with HIV. The […]