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Government faces strike action over protracted wage talks

15th May 2018 The Public Servants Association (PSA) will start balloting its members in favour of a strike as the union grows increasingly frustrated with protracted government wage negotiations. “The employer has plunged the public service into total collapse, and the PSA has strongly warned against this... 

Motorists in for another massive petrol price spike

15th May 2018 Motorists can expect another massive fuel price hike at the beginning of June, the Automobile Association warned on Tuesday. Commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund, the AA said last month's fuel price account was closed earlier by the Department of... 

Ramaphosa appoints Mabuza as Russia envoy

14th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Deputy President David Mabuza as his special envoy to Russia, according to a statement from the Presidency. The move appears to set a point of departure on South Africa’s role in the BRICS group of emerging economies which include Brazil, Russia, India and... 

R10bn budget slash for human settlements dept

11th May 2018 The Department of Human Settlements is on the receiving end of a R10-billion budget cut over the medium term period. This, while the housing backlog stands at an estimated 2.1-million. Addressing a media briefing ahead of her budget vote speech, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindia Mfeketo said:... 

Hillbrow protesters vow to continue waste collection protests

10th May 2018 Hillbrow protesters have vowed to continue their campaign against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba over the collection of rubbish in the city, despite arrests. On Thursday morning, protesters marched in Wolmaraans Street and burnt barricades of trash, causing serious traffic delays. "We want to... 

Court orders business rescue practitioners be allowed back at Gupta-linked firms

7th May 2018 An appeal to have business rescue practitioners barred from the office of several Gupta-linked companies has been overturned in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. Business rescue practitioners Louis Klopper and Robert Knoop were told they were "no longer welcome" by the very... 

DA to table motion of no confidence in Premier Makhura

7th May 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will table a motion of no confidence in Premier David Makhura in the Gauteng provincial legislature later this month. DA Gauteng provincial leader John Moodey said on Sunday that the party will table the motion on May 15. The party blamed Makhura for the 144... 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

4th May 2018 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has launched a water desk that will be dedicated to helping farmers across the country get equitable access to water, it said on Friday. Several policy proposals could increase the cost of water and reduce the amounts available to agricultural users, Agri... 

Hope for Mafefe residents as asbestos road is replaced

3rd May 2018 In the hope that it would bring an end to the amount of deadly asbestos dust on their streets, residents of former asbestos-mining community Mafefe, have welcomed the construction of part of a road in the town at the cost of R43-million. Over the past two decades, locals have complained to the... 

Water dept is in 'shambles', admits Nkwinti after taking over from Mokonyane

3rd May 2018 Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti conceded to MPs that the department he had inherited earlier this year from Nomvula Mokonyanewa is "a mess". At a briefing on the department's budget and strategic plan, presented to the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation on... 

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