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18
DEC
1am

Forty thousand Edcon workers face job losses

Edcon CEO Grant Pattison says the retail giant needs about a billion-rand of funding to be financially sustainable over the next year. Pattison has however rejected speculation that Edcon is on the brink of collapse. Reports over the weekend suggested that the group, which owns Edgars, Jet and CNA stores, is facing liquidation and 40-thousand workers could lose their jobs and 100-thousand others affected indirectly.
14
DEC
1am

AMCU accuses Sibanye of underhanded tactics on strike

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has accused Sibanye Stillwater of resorting to underhanded tactics in an effort to discredit its protected strike action in the gold sector. This after Sibanye's announcement that AMCU was no longer the majority union at the company. AMCU, which represents 43 percent of Sibanye's 32-thousand two-hundred workers downed tools over three weeks ago over a wage dispute. The union is demanding a thousand rand annual increases for the next three years, while the three other unions at the company, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and UASA, accepted seven hundred rands in the first two years, and just over eight hundred in the third year for most workers. Sibanye has however announced on its website that the wage agreement signed by the three other unions now binds AMCU to return to work
14
DEC
1am

IEC warehouse burnt down just days before DRC elections

A fire has gutted an electoral commission warehouse in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days before the highly anticipated presidential vote. Officials say the blaze destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes that were due to be used in the election. The campaign to elect a successor to President Joseph Kabila on 23 December has been marred by deadly clashes. A teenager was reportedly shot dead yesterday in the Kasai region ahead of a rally by Felix Tshisekedi, one of the leading opposition candidates.
13
DEC
12am

A rape accused walks free after court rules lack of evidence

A 58-year-old scholar patrol guard who was accused of raping and sexual assaulting learners at the A.B Xuma Primary school in Soweto, has been acquitted of all charges. Johannes Molefe appeared in the High Court in Johannesburg sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Ekhuruleni earlier today. Molefe, worked at the school as a patrol guard, was arrested in October last year after several learners told teachers that he had raped and sexually assaulted them.
11
DEC
11pm

NGO called Locked Up wants SA drug mules arrested abroad to do prison time at home

Today, we bring you an interview with Patricia Gerber, who heads Locked Up, a non-governmental organisation that assists South Africans in prisons abroad. Locked up has also been lobbying government to enter into prisoner transfer agreements with other countries, so that South Africans convicted for drug trafficking abroad can serve out their prison sentences here - and not overseas.
11
DEC
11pm

South Africa maintains relations with Rwanda after derogatory remarks by Rwandan Foreign Minister against Minister Sisul

The International Relations ministry maintains that relations between South Africa and Rwanda are solid despite the recall of the country's high commissioner in Kigali. This follows derogatory tweets by Rwandwa's Deputy Foreign Minister towards International Relations Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu. Sisulu who had met with former Rwanda army commander General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwana who lives in South Africa. Sisulu was trying to normalise relations with Rwanda after a diplomatic spat following attacks on Nyamwasa's home in Johannesburg and the killing of Rwanda's former intelligence chief in Sandton.
11
DEC
1am

ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe accused of sexual harassment by his 26-year old female personal assistant

There continues to be wide-spread reaction to the allegation that ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe sexually harassed his 26-year old female personal assistant. The governing party YESTERDAY* swiftly came out to confirm that it had received a grievance report about the issue and that it's receiving urgent attention. Meanwhile, the ANC Women's League also came out condemning sexual harassment while also noting the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Social media was also abuzz with many expressing disappointment that sexual harassment still manifests itself in the workplace
11
DEC
1am

More South Africans getting arrested for drug trafficking overseas

Four South African women are behind bars in Miami, in the US, following their recent arrests on drug smuggling charges. The women - three from Durban and one from Lusikisiki - have appeared in a US court where they pleaded not guilty. Employed on a cruise ship, they were arrested during a dramatic raid, after they allegedly smuggled cocaine from Jamaica to Miami. If convicted, they could face ten years imprisonment. But there are many more South Africans - in fact, there are hundreds - currently languishing in prisons worldwide. Most are convicted drug mules
07
DEC
12am

Minimum Wage commencement date set to be announced

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today announce the effective date for the implementation of the National Minimum Wage at a ceremony with relevant stakeholders in Kliptown, Soweto. This occasion is will acknowledge contributions made by representatives of government, business and labour under the auspices of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) to achieve the consensus that produced a national minimum wage that is currently set at R20 rands and hour.
07
DEC
12am

NECSA CEO and Chairperson allegedly fired

The Democratic Alliance has written to Energy Minister Jeff Radebe seeking clarity on reports that the CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa - NECSA - , Phumzile Tshelane, as well as the Chairperson of NECSA, Dr. Kelvin Kemm, have been dismissed. NECSA has faced numerous governance problems in the recent past and some reports say the board had been asked to give reasons why it should not be removed.

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