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Eskom unions are awaiting improved wage offer: NUM

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it is awaiting the formal tabling of an improved wage offer from Eskom.

The electricity utility is said to be willing to increase its wage offer to 7% when it meets trade unions for renewed negotiations on Friday in a bid to entice wildcat strikers back to work and to reduce higher stages of load-shedding.

NUM national spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu on Thursday rejected a report that it and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) had rejected this offer.

SAHRC to investigate ‘discrepancies’ relating to Enyobeni tavern operations

The SA Human Rights Commission has opened an investigation into the deaths of 21 teenagers at an Eastern Cape tavern on Sunday. The investigation relates to discrepancies uncovered by the commission after speaking to community members and officials, including from the provincial police and the Liquor Board about the reporting of unlawful operations at the tavern.

According to SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) Buffalo City treasurer Nomthunzi Mbiko, they had raised grievances about the tavern’s unlawful operations before the incident.

Eskom sees risk of stage 6 power cuts by Tuesday evening

Eskom sees a “very real risk” of having to implement stage 6 power cuts by 5pm on Tuesday, after 10 generation units went offline overnight.

Eskom ramped up power cuts to stage 4, requiring up to 4,000 megawatts to be shed from the national grid late last week, after labour protests linked to deadlocked wage talks. Under stage 6, 6,000MW needs to be shed from the grid.

The utility plans to meet union leaders again on Tuesday to try to resolve issues relating to the strike, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said.

Intersectional youth activists speak about growing youth activism at grassroots level

The youth in SA face many challenges, some of which are unprecedented. Though youth activism is not a new phenomena, considering the country’s history, we have recently seen growing involvement of the youth in fighting for change within society through different forms of activism. Two change-makers are intersectional activists Irfan Mangera and Faeeza Lok, who both lead activism at a grassroots, community level. 

Health minister says SA has reached a “historic day" and "major turning point" in fight against Covid-19  

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla on Thursday said SA had reached a "historic day" and "major turning point" since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. This comes after the decision to scrap the regulations governing the use of face masks, limits on gatherings and testing and vaccination rules for those entering the country. Some South Africans also weighed in on the matter.

First case of monkeypox identified in SA

A 30-year-old man from Gauteng has been identified with the first confirmed case of monkeypox in SA.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Thursday confirmed the case of monkeypox was identified through laboratory testing on Wednesday.

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