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 […]

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 […]

Calm restored after truck driver protest at Durban container terminal

News24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal police say calm has been restored to the Durban container terminal, where protesting truck drivers blockaded roads overnight, causing traffic congestion on Wednesday morning. Various social media users shared pictures of the blockade, advising motorists to avoid Bayhead and Langeberg roads. According to KZN police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele, no damage to property […]

3 people hospitalised after SABC diesel spillage, old equipment blamed

The Citizen reports that three people were transported to hospital after suffering effects of chemical inhalation following a diesel spillage at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Johannesburg, Radio Park building on Wednesday morning, emergency services said. Netcare 911 said three patients suffered the effects of chemical inhalation and were treated on the scene before […]

Legal Aid SA accused of intimidation to stop demonstration

The Citizen writes that Legal Aid South Africa has been accused of using intimidation tactics to discourage workers, including lawyers and support staff, from taking part in today’s planned demonstrations. An internal memo – the contents of which workers believe are crafted to thwart support for the demonstration – sent to staff reminds workers intending to […]

Sunday World to shut down

The Citizen reports that media conglomerate Tiso Blackstar has announced that their tabloid Sunday World will be closing down. In addition, there will be retrenchments at a number of its publications including the Sowetan, Business Day, The Herald, and Daily Dispatch. The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has released a statement saying they are […]

Online school registration postponed

SABC News reports that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has postponed the online school registration process by a week. Parents were meant to start registering their children for Grade 1 and 8 from Monday, however, Lesufi received a number of objections including a lawyer’s letter. Online registration has been used in Gauteng schools for four years now. Lesufi says he […]