Muslim SANDF major faces dismissal over headscarf

eNCA reports that the SANDF is being accused of practising double standards in connection with a Muslim army major who is facing dismissal for refusing to remove her headscarf. Fatima Isaacs will appear before a closed military court for the third time in Cape Town on Wednesday. She’s been charged with “failing to obey a lawful instruction” by […]

Cosatu demands three-year wage freeze in government

The Citizen writes that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to commit to a three-year wage moratorium for public office bearers who include ministers, deputies and councillors – going further than a mere cut in perks. Ramaphosa has instructed ministers of finance, public service and public works to review […]

Sibanye files court papers to oppose application to halt R5.2bn Lonmin merger

Mining Weekly writes that Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday filed court papers to oppose an application by a Rustenburg community to halt Sibanye’s R5.2-billion acquisition of platinum mining company, Lonmin. Last month, the Greater Lonmin Community (GLC) approached the Constitutional Court seeking leave to appeal and set aside the acquisition. The GLC is a not-for-profit organisation representing various affected […]

SAMWU Update on the Impasse in Tshwane

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) met with the management of the City of Tshwane yesterday under the auspices of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). Parties met for conciliation at the SALGBC offices in Centurion with the aim of seeking an amicable and acceptable solution to the current impasse  between the City […]

Masuku prepares Gauteng’s health system for NHI

Engineering News writes that about R51-billion has been allocated to the Gauteng health department — the country’s largest health system. This is according to the province’s health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku as he tabled the department’s 2019/20 budget vote on Tuesday.  The National Health Insurance (NHI) will be one of Masuku’s first priorities, he said. “There is […]

Update on Tshwane municipal strike

SABC News reports that members affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been on strike since Monday. They are demanding an 18% salary increase, backdated to 2017. The conciliation process between the union and the city was postponed to Wednesday at the bargaining council. The union says that only senior officials received […]