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07
JUL
7am

Truck drivers protest over employment of foreign nationals

Code 14 qualified truck drivers are calling for the total shutdown of the country, saying government must intervene in the employment of foreign nationals in most sectors for a lower wage. In Eastern Cape alone, there are over 500 qualified truck drivers who are currently unemployed while the industry employs over 90% of foreign truck drivers. Over 1000 truck drivers nationally have downed tools from today in solidarity with the unemployed. We spoke to Eastern Cape Spokesperson from All Trucker Drivers Forum, Michael Masimini and President of Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa), Mary Phadi
03
JUL
7am

Disgruntled JMPD trainees and new graduates speak out against ill-treatment by Public Safety MMC Mally Mokoena

Hundreds JMPD trainees are disgruntled with the ANC-led government in Joburg and are speaking out against the alleged continued ill-treatment by Public Safety MMC Mally Mokoena. This is after they were allegedly recalled by the MMC stating that they are poorly trained and have been back to the police academy to be retrained. Some see this as the consequence of the ANCs on-going strategy to purge the JMPD of all appointments made during the DA government, replacing them with politically-aligned comrades. These new recruits had been enlisted during the DA's tenure in government and were due to conclude training at the end of 2019. We spoke one of the disgruntled JMPD trainees and one of the new graduates, who asked to remain anonymous. We also spoke to Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, Spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metro Police.
01
JUL
7am

Equal Education takes Department of Basic Education to court over the National School Nutrition Programme

The urgent case brought by Equal Education (EE) and two Limpopo schools to ensure that meals are provided to all nine million learners who would ordinarily benefit from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court tomorrow. Equal Education and the schools are asking the court for a declaratory order that there is a duty on government to ensure that all learners who qualify to benefit from the National School Nutrition Programme continue to receive these meals, regardless of whether their grades returned to schools….We spoke to Noncedo Madubedube- General Secretary @ Equal Education & Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education.
30
JUN
7am

Westbury Residents call for deployment of military after 3 people were shot and killed in gang related violence

Westbury residents in Johannesburg have called for the deployment of the military after three people were shot and killed in the area in renewed gang violence this past week. They fear for the safety of their children. In the latest incident, Kirsten May, a popular barber in the area, was shot and killed while on his way home with a friend. Maagaketla Mohlabe and Thabile Mbhele compiled this report…
23
JUN
7am

About 180 high school learners an Eastern Cape School test + for Covid 19

More than 180 learners at the Makaula Senior Secondary School in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for the corona virus. Teacher Union Sadtu in the Eastern Cape has called on the Provincial Basic Education Department to close all schools in the province saying they're not prepared to deal with corona virus pandemic. We spoke to Eastern Cape's Health Department's spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo...
22
JUN
7am

Thousands of taxi commuters stranded

Thousands of taxi commuters are without transport this morning, following a total shutdown by the SA National Taxi Council - SANTACO. This is in protest against the Covid-19 relief package as announced by Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula on Friday. Mbalula says government has allocated more than one-billion rand to the taxi industry to mitigate the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The taxi industry says the funding is not enough.Meanwhile, SANTACO Western Cape says it will leave that decision to individual taxi associations and will not be advocating for fare increases as a Provincial Structure. We spoke to Gershwin Geyer, Provincial Spokesperson for SANTACO (South African National Taxi Council) in the Western Cape
22
JUN
7am

Department opposes to have SAA placed under provisional liquidation

The department of public enterprises says it will oppose a court application to have SA Airways placed under provisional liquidation. The department said it was notified of a court application by SA Airlink aimed at interdicting the business rescue practitioners of SAA from convening a creditors' meeting to vote on a business rescue plan for SAA. The application by SA Airlink also seeks to have SAA placed under provisional liquidation….we are now joined by Acting DG @ the Department of Public Enterprises, Kgathatso Thlakudi:
19
JUN
7am

SASSA says it is working on an appeal system for the aggrieved applicants of the R350 social grant

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it is working on an appeal system for the aggrieved applicants of the R350 social grant. This follows complaints of lack of clarity in the criteria followed by the agency in approving or rejecting applications. Frustrated unemployed South Africans took to social media complaining that they have been declined the grant despite meeting the requirements to qualify. While some applications are still pending - a month after applying, others have been rejected on claims of other sources of income.We spoke to SASSA CEO, Busisiwe Memela-Khambule.
18
JUN
7am

VBS Court Proceedings

Proceedings are under way in the Palm Ridge Regional Court in Gauteng where seven of the eight suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in the Venda Building Social VBS) Mutual Bank scandal are appearing. One of the suspects remains in quarantine due to the Corona Virus. The arrests were made yesterday nearly two years after after the theft of more than two-billion-rand from the bank was exposed.We got an update from SABC Reporter, Prabashini Naicker

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