On 29 May 2018, the South African Parliament passed the National Minimum Wage Bill together with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. Most of the media is focusing on the minimum wage bill but the more draconian labour relations bill is to offset monetary gains of workers and undermine the constitutional right to strike. In order to understand this draconian trajectory we should examine the background to the bills and its link to the mining industry and the role of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Sassa acting CEO Abraham Mahlangu has said that Sassa and SAPO would, in extreme circumstances, enlist the support of the SA National Defence Force to pay social grants in areas not yet fully covered by the new payment infrastructure. Meanwhile, Grindrod Bank has refused to reduce its current R10 banking fee, carried by impoverished beneficiaries, as the bulk of it, R9.50, is paid over by Grindrod to Net1 “for the services rendered in support of the programme”. Oh, and Bathabile Dlamini says everyone is out to destroy her.
Prior to the opening of the Encounters Documentary Festival, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) declined an Encounters’ application for funding for the first time in over a decade. The foundation served as the main benefactor of the festival and its decision to withhold funding sent the Encounters team into crisis mode as the festival began last week.
It looks as though we may have to settle in for the long haul in the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. There has been very little public attention to another process which is now under way, which may have much more rapid consequences: the Judge Nugent-led SARS Inquiry.
Tripartite Alliance: SACP expresses great appreciation for Ramaphosa, accuses Zuma of counter-revolution
At a media briefing following the party’s three-day Central Committee on Sunday, SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande noted that the key priority for the Ramaphosa-led administration (which he is a part of) is to “dismantle the networks of parasitic looting of public resources that flourished under the patronage of former president Jacob Zuma”.
During the water crisis, the Kildare Road spring became one of those rare spaces where a diverse public came together in this deeply divided city. People from all over the city came to collect water at the spring to lower their monthly water bills, save municipal water in a time of scarcity, or because they enjoyed the sweet taste and purity of the water. Some came there as a ritual of remembrance and to reminisce about when they or their relatives lived in Newlands Village before the forced removals of the 1960s. It was a place that served many different needs for many people.
Alan Moorehead was a master chronicler of history, both witnessed and recreated. His style may seem slightly out of tune with modern reportage and his verbiage not infrequently anachronous, but he was, no matter how one looks at it, uniquely talented.
Having thoroughly berated me, Professor A L van Gelder closes an open letter by asking if my “wellness” clinic helps healthy and wealthy people remain well, or whether my “holistic” practice only focuses on a small group of self-limiting diseases. This would be luxurious indeed but is very far from the truth.
On 30 May 2018, the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court in Shumba and others v Minister of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs & others ruled that Zimbabweans outside the country could not participate in elections and in particular in the harmonised elections scheduled to take place on 30 July 2018, if they did not return to the country to register and vote. This finding directly violates a 2013 decision of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights that the prohibition on the right of Zimbabweans living abroad to vote constitutes a clear violation of the African Charter.
One man’s fight to ensure humane treatment for mentally ill patients at a rural Eastern Cape psychiatric hospital has sparked various consequences, with at least one monitoring body calling out a cover-up and the hospital CEO handing in her resignation late on Thursday night.
In which Daily Maverick has come into possession of a transcript of some of the discussion between President Trump and members of his family at the presidential retreat at Camp David over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June 2018.