Treasury: State employees must take a 10% salary cut

City Press reports that South Africa’s finances are in serious trouble, and the best way to plug the gaping hole in the fiscus may be for all state employees to take a 10% cut in salaries and wages. This is the stern warning of National Treasury’s director-general, Dondo Mogajane. He told City Press last week […]

Miner dies at Harmony Gold’s Tshepong mine

News24 writes that a miner was killed on Thursday morning in a fall of ground incident at Harmony Gold’s Tshepong mine near Welkom. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague at Tshepong. Harmony’s management expresses their sincere condolences to our colleague’s family, friends and colleagues,” Harmony Gold chief executive officer Peter Steenkamp said […]

Firefighters march in Johannesburg

News24 writes that Joburg firefighters marched in the inner city on Friday to raise awareness about a recent spate of attacks on Emergency Management Services (EMS) personnel who tried to help residents. In a statement, acting EMS chief Rapulane Monageng said that there was a spike in the number of assaults and hijackings of EMS […]

Court approves historic R5bn settlement in silicosis saga

Mining Weekly reports that the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has approved the historic R5-billion settlement agreement in the lengthy silicosis case. Judge Leoni Windell found that “all the parties made an effort to ensure that the settlement agreement is reasonable, adequate and fair.” “The terms of the settlement agreement demonstrate that they succeeded in their efforts,” […]

Students lay charges of fraud against NSFAS

GroundUp reports that several Port Elizabeth TVET College students opened cases of fraud against the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) on Wednesday afternoon. About 100 students marched through the city centre, carrying satchels on their backs, to protest in front of the Humewood police station. This comes after students say funds deposited by NSFAS […]

“We don’t grow plants, we grow people”

GroundUp reports that Nazeema Jacobs was homeless for five years. She had never imagined herself sleeping beneath plastic. “I come from a decent background,” she says. But drugs and clubs left her living on the streets of Cape Town. Eventually, with the help of her cousin, she started volunteering at Streetscapes, an initiative that creates […]