28 Esidimeni patients still missing – Jack Bloom

28 ESIDIMENI PATIENTS ARE STILL MISSING I have been informed by the police that a number of missing Life Esidimeni patients have been found, and there are now 28 patients who have still not been located. This follows the missing person cases that I laid with the police earlier this year. While I am pleased that the original list of 62 has been reduced to 28 patients, there is a decreasing chance of finding them all since they were discharged two years ago from Esidimeni to illegally registered NGOs. According…

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We won’t sign salary agreement – SAFTU PSUs

Media Statement by SAFTU Public Unions On the Government Final Offer SAFTU unions in the public service have agreed that they will not sign the Public Service Salary Agreement in its current form.  It represents the continuing and protracting assault on workers’ wages; condition of employment and overall living standards, as part of the government’s neoliberal economic agenda. The unions are holding a press conference today to explain the reasons thereof The 7% increase itself is not acceptable to workers as it doesn’t demonstrate the government’s own radical stance on…

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NO to corruption and NO to Ramaphoria – SAFTU

Federation says our problems rooted in corrupt capitalist system, and neoliberal, free-market policies NO to corruption and NO to Ramaphoria – SAFTU The South African Federation of Trade Unions cheered and welcomed the recall of former President Zuma. His years in office were a catastrophe for the country, especially for the working class and the poor. He presided over, and joined in, the looting of public resources and outrageous levels of corruption, fraud and money-laundering. He brought state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to the brink of insolvency, and reduced the economy to…

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SASSA: Ramaphosa must not protect Shabangu – Bridget Masango

President Ramaphosa must not protect Shabangu like Zuma protected Dlamini The time has come for President Cyril Ramaphosa to personally intervene in the ongoing social grants fiasco. This is after CPS submitted an affidavit to the Constitutional Court stating that it does not have enough money to distribute cash grants to beneficiaries in July. CPS claims to not have enough money because they are demanding a higher administration fee than what has been recommended, approved and paid in full by National Treasury and SASSA. Essentially, CPS is attempting to create yet another crisis, risking…

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Quota conundra

Andrew Donaldson says under ANC policy govt teams must have quotas, but no quota players A FAMOUS GROUSE THE sport and recreation minister, Tokozile Xasa, is predictably standing by her demand that TV rugby pundits Naas Botha and Nick Mallett be suspended for their allegedly racist behaviour towards fellow SuperSport panellist Ashwin Willemse. While the three presenters have now been pulled off air — but not suspended — pending a review of the incident by a senior advocate, Vincent Maleka, it does appear that racism played no part in the…

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WCape Education meet with EE leadership – Debbie Schäfer

MEC says agreement reached to wait for outcome of investigations into sexual harassment claims Western Cape Education MEC and HOD meet with EE leadership On Thursday evening (24th May 2018), we held a very productive meeting with the leadership of Equal Education (EE) regarding the current concerning allegations of sexual harassment against three of their senior leaders. EE briefed us on all three cases that have been raised in the media and the processes of investigation that are being followed in each case.  The investigations will be done by people completely independent…

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SACE has only recently sought to access sex offenders register – Sonja Boshoff

SACE compromise child safety by failing to vet teachers against the Sexual Offenders register, as required by law The South African Council of Educators (SACE) admitted in a reply to a DA Parliamentary Question that it has only recently attempted to access the National Register for Sex Offenders or the Child Protection Register. Today marks the start of Child Protection Week and the admission by SACE that they have never checked teachers against the registers is a damning indictment against the body as well as the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.…

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City Press report of looming DA split just gossip – Refiloe Nt’sekhe

DA is united and ready to bring change in 2019 Just last month, the DA held its biggest and most diverse Federal Congress. This brought together thousands of delegates who reaffirmed their confidence in the party and the leadership they elected. At the congress, we recommitted each member and public representative to the party’s values, vision for South Africa and outlined an African liberal agenda for our country (see City Press  At this historic Congress, the DA supported the inclusion of diversity as a value of our party and adopted…

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Simphiwe Montlha murdered – SACP

SACP strongly condemns murder of ANC councillor, former leader of the Young Communist League of South Africa, Comrade Simphiwe Montlha The South African Communist Party expresses its heartfelt condolences to the Montlha family for the loss of their loved one, Simphiwe. A councillor of the ANC in the City of Tshwane, Comrade Simphiwe Montlha was shot dead on Tuesday evening, 22 May 2018 in Soshanguve Block VV. The SACP is calling upon the Police to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the assassination. The justice system must bring to book…

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Agreement reached with WCED – EE

EE and Western Cape Education Department come to an agreement On Thursday 24 May, Equal Education (EE) members met with Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Head of Department Brian Schreuder, and other staff from the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED). We had a constructive discussion about recent developments at EE, and our movement’s continued work in the province. EE’s delegation included elected Leadership Committee (LC) Members (who are Equalisers – high school members of EE), the Head of EE Western Cape Noncedo Madubedube, Deputy Head of…

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