Metrorail employees go on strike

eNCA reports that Metrorail employees are striking this Friday for improved railway safety. Services could be disrupted, with mass action planned in several cities around the country. Prasa says some trains will still operate, even though critical staff will be embarking on the strike. There will be a reduced service, similar to that offered on weekends.

Tshwane municipality demand wage increases

The Citizen writes that thousands of City of Tshwane workers flooded Madiba Street in central Pretoria and caused traffic congestion on Thursday, demanding salary adjustments as well as labour brokering to be done away with. SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members chanted struggle songs outside the Tshwane Municipal offices and demanded to be addressed by […]

Shots fired, rocks thrown in Bloemfontein taxi strike

The Citizen reports that footage of police opening fire while rocks are thrown at them has surfaced showing a highly hostile situation in Bloemfontein as taxi drivers have embarked on a strike due to allegedly unfair treatment by traffic officials. Both taxi and bus commuters were left stranded on Wednesday morning since the strike began […]

Waste collection in Tshwane to be affected by strike action

News24 writes that Tshwane residents have been warned that their waste collection service will be disrupted due to a strike, which started on Tuesday.  City spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said, although the strike had been planned, they had not expected protesters to prevent waste collection trucks from operating. “Following the obstruction of waste vehicles belonging to […]

Mboweni confirms R59bn for Eskom

Engineering News reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday tabled a special appropriation bill for Eskom, which will see the debt-ridden power utility benefit with an additional allocation of R59-billion in funding. The bill provides for an additional amount of money to be made available to the department of public enterprises (DPE) to assist Eskom in […]

NATIONAL SHELTER MOVEMENT APPEALS FOR GOVT FUNDING

EWN writes that the National Shelter Movement of South Africa said that while shelters provided critical services to abused women, the majority of them were chronically underfunded. A group of women braved the cold and wet weather to protest outside Parliament on Tuesday, calling for more funding and pleading with government to ensure no shelter […]

SANParks workers threaten to strike over pay increases

Moneyweb reports that a labour union representing about 5 000 park rangers, field guides and other service and hospitality workers at South Africa’s 21 wildlife preservation areas are threatening to strike over a pay dispute. The industrial action “will bring services to a resounding halt,” affecting visitors’ bookings as well as “day-to-day services like room […]

Prepare for mass job losses, Ramaphosa warns

eNCA reports that South Africans must brace themselves for mass job losses. This is a warning from President Cyril Ramaphosa, who admits government has done little to improve the lives of the majority. “Many more people are going to lose jobs,” said Ramaphosa. “And they’ll lose jobs because of technology, globalisation, climate change and a whole […]

Half of Western Cape detectives lack basic training

TimesLive writes that nearly half of SAPS detectives in the Western Cape have not had basic detective training. This is one of the findings of an investigation of detective services in the Western Cape by the provincial community safety department. MEC Albert Fritz said on Tuesday the investigation had identified serious shortcomings which were “deeply […]