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Irvin Jim, general secretary of Numsa. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Numsa, Solidarity sign wage deal with Seifsa

7 hour(s) ago

Unions in metal and engineering sectors sign three-year wage deal with employer body, but National Employers’ Association of SA declines to sign until its demands are addressed

Politics

Mantashe defends Zuma daughter’s promotion

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: THE TIMES
3 hour(s) ago

ANC secretary-general says children should not suffer for parents’ sins

Law & Constitution

Attorneys Amendment Bill aims to end multiple law societies

Picture: TOP NEWS
6 hour(s) ago

A number of law societies to regulate the operations of attorneys are refusing to co-operate in matters of unprofessional conduct

National

Tribal landlords vote over mining royalty funds

4 hour(s) ago

Divided Bapo ba Mogale community start voting over platinum miner Lonmin’s offer to swap royalties for an equity stake, which is estimated to be more than R1bn, excluding dividends

Law & Constitution

Unions argue SANDF may not discriminate against HIV-positive recruits

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
9 hour(s) ago

High court hears about ‘blanket exclusion’ of HIV-positive recruits from South African National Defence Force through health tests

Labour

Employers at odds over strike settlement

Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
19 hour(s) ago

End to month-long strike welcomed amid fears that the full picture of its negative effect on economy is still to emerge

Transport & Tourism

Sanral tries to keep Cape toll details secret

Picture: THINKSTOCK
18 hour(s) ago

SA National Roads Agency will ask court to grant secrecy application, which will allow it keep details of proposed tolling of N1 and N2 highways confidential

Opinion

Absence of evidence does not prove innocence

The phrase ‘the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’ is a handy guide and frame for a welter of present events contending for attention

Opinion

More to arts and money debate than a pity party

Criticism of inequality in the arts sector should not consist of simplistic pity narratives that simplify the arts to a consumption practice of the wealthy

An RDP house in the Matthew Goniwe area of Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth. Picture: THE HERALD

EDITORIAL: A welcome rethink
on housing

The government’s apparent change of tack with regard to housing provision is encouraging and exasperating in equal measure

Labour

Solidarity accepts metals wage offer

Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Union says it will accept Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA’s offer of three-year salary agreement

Politics

Former MEC to face ANC panel over fraud claims

Brian Hlongwa. Picture: MOHAU MOFOKENG/SOWETAN
16 hour(s) ago

ANC Gauteng chief whip Brian Hlongwa will explain to its integrity committee his alleged involvement in a R1.4bn tender fraud

Labour

Sentech workers strike for 13th cheque

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
17 hour(s) ago

Company has been locked in negotiations with CWU in a bid to resolve impasse, while strike could disrupt the signal services Sentech provides

National

US expands initiative to train leaders in Africa

LONG GAME: US President Barack Obama has tried to debunk the critique that being a reluctant  warrior is a weakness. Picture: AFP PHOTO
15 hour(s) ago

Barack Obama says his country is expanding an initiative to develop and train political and economic leaders in Africa, including South Africa

Education

New tool to help balance gender scales on campus

university lecture hall education XXX   Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The instrument comes in the form of a questionnaire covering six categories and will be distributed to all higher education institutions on the continent

Energy

Earthlife Africa tells court Pelindaba smelter ‘illegal’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

The lobby group wants it shut down as it says the possibility exists that it could be turned to commercial use which would result in SA becoming ‘a nuclear waste junkyard’

Media

Prophet cartoon a bad call, says Dawes

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes addresses the Right2Know campaign outside parliament in November last year.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Former Mail & Guardian editor says the ‘as a matter of editorial process’ it was not appropriate to publish the cartoon of the prophet by Zapiro

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Travel rules may have undue effects

Let us be sure that policies put in place serve the intended purpose and will not have undue consequences, writes Otto de Vries

Labour

Strike deadlock threatens centralised bargaining

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
1 day(s) ago

Numsa balks at Seifsa condition, as failure to end strike could precipitate collapse in central bargaining for a bargaining council

Media

Motsoeneng stares down Malema

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
1 day(s) ago

Julius Malema is threatening to lead the Economic Freedom Fighters in a mass action to burn television licences on the SABC’s doorstep

National

Rushed MPs pass budget law just in time

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan briefs the media before delivering his budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON Feb 26 2014
1 day(s) ago

Parliament manages to pass in the nick of time the law that gives effect to the 2014-15 budget — preventing a shutdown of government

National

Government sets 1.5-million target for homes — and then aims to exit

Lindiwe Sisulu.  Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu would like the state step away from the large-scale provision to avoid dependency by poor

Opinion

THE INSIDER: Numsa takes issue with bosses gorging at trough

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

For Numsa, it seems, the aim of bosses in the engineering and iron and steel industries is not just about the bottom line but also about the waistline

Opinion

Economy would reel from a domestic workers strike

The debate on pay should be extended to everyone who has an employee, both in informal and formal employment

Labour

Numsa to clarify position on Seifsa offer

Irvin Jim. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
2 day(s) ago

National Union of Metalworkers of SA holds special executive meeting to discuss employers’ offer after talks to end five-week strike fail

Health

HIV/AIDS pills at early stage ‘unwise’

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Health activists and top doctors have questioned government plans to start treating HIV/AIDS patients earlier, saying it will further strain already overstretched clinics and hospitals

Politics

De Lille finds the going tough at arms deal commission

4 day(s) ago

Patricia de Lille tells arms procurement commission she will not answer questions on details of allegations made in the ‘De Lille dossier’

Law & Constitution

Top court appoints woman acting judge

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

North West Judge President Monica Leeuw has been appointed as an acting judge in the Constitutional Court in an effort to widen the pool of potential women candidates for a permanent post in the court

Telecoms & Technology

Telkom bid to end reform stalemate

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
4 day(s) ago

Company hopes for union deal on job cuts as it hires one of SA’s top labour mediators to resolve the impasse

Politics

Ministry defends appointment of Zuma’s daughter

Thuthukile Zuma speaks during the Jacob Zuma centenial lecture at Nelson Mandela Banquet Hall in Potchefstroom in this 2012 file picture. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD/VATHISWA RUSELO
4 day(s) ago

Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says appointment of Thuthukile Zuma as chief of staff is based on her ‘capacity’ for position

Science & Environment

Groups seek new freeze on fracking licences

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
6 day(s) ago

AfriForum has stepped into the fray in support of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group, which is opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo

National

Focus falls on Lonmin’s refusal to talk to staff

Judge Ian Farlam addresses a witness during the Marikana commission of inquiry. Picture: DANIEL BORN
5 day(s) ago

Company’s refusal to engage with striking miners in the lead-up to the August 2012 Marikana shooting under spotlight at Farlam commission of inquiry

Politics

De Lille wants Seriti Commission to probe contents of dossier

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
5 day(s) ago

She also asks that the commission investigate what happened to charges she laid against 29 South Africans who benefited from discounted luxury vehicles

Economy

Johannesburg needs to diversify its economy — 2013 economic report

FALLING BEHIND: Cars move over a highway with Johannesburg’s skyline in the background.  Picture: BLOOMBERG
5 day(s) ago

The city’s main economic driver is its finance sector which has, however, been offset by the steady decline of its manufacturing sector

Labour

Wages take back seat over ‘peace clause’ fight

Irvin Jim. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
4 day(s) ago

Numsa likely to reject latest offer unless it is adapted to preserve rights of workers to take action over shop-floor issues after a collective deal is struck

Politics

New code will ban MPs from deals with state

ANC chief whip Stone Zisani. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
16 hour(s) ago

News of the new code follows reports detailing extensive business interests of President Jacob Zuma and his family, as well as those of a number of Cabinet ministers

Politics

Government says it has ‘turned the corner’ on Limpopo crisis

Nhlanhla Nene. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
15 hour(s) ago

Moves are under way to restore the province’s authority, by replacing the Section 100 notices that put five provincial departments under administration with less invasive measures

Education

Colleges probed over ‘irregularities’

Blade Nzimande. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
16 hour(s) ago

Department to spend as much as R10m probing four technical and vocational education and training colleges over procurement irregularities and nepotism

Labour

Numsa agrees to wage deal to end four-week strike

Irvin Jim. Picture: MASIMBA SASA
1 day(s) ago

Numsa, South Africa’s largest union, accepts 10% annual pay rise fixed for three years for lowest-paid workers, says union leader Irvin Jim

Politics

EFF playing the big league after only a year, says Malema

Julius Malema. Picture: SOWETAN
2 day(s) ago

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema in expansive mood at celebration of first anniversary, eyes liberation of ‘all the world’s oppressed’

Politics

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Union response to strike settlement proposal expected

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

MPs and members of provincial legislatures will get back to interrogating the ongoing policies and programmes of the new administration

Politics

Zuma reads unruly MPs the riot act

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
4 day(s) ago

A jovial President Jacob Zuma went on the attack, rebuking unruly MPs for crossing the line of decorum during the debate on his budget vote

Science & Environment

Sharks Board looks into hi-tech repellents

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board is researching hi-tech methods of keeping sharks away from the coastline

Media

Muthambi to oppose bid to unseat Motsoeneng

Department of Communication Minister, Faith Muthambi addressing post cabinet media briefing at Imbizo Centre in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: GCIS/NTSWE MOKOENA
4 day(s) ago

Communications minister indicates that she intends to oppose high court bid by the DA to have SABC head Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment reviewed and set aside

Education

Department prefers pupils to take maths, rather than maths literacy

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department aims to have at least 60% of pupils taking ‘pure maths’ in the next five years

National

SA team heads to the Netherlands to identify pilot killed in Ukraine

A guard stands on a train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine after it arrived in the city of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS
6 day(s) ago

Brother says the South African helicopter pilot was killed when the Malaysia Airlines jetliner crashed in the Ukraine almost a week ago

Labour

Numsa told job losses probably unavoidable in pay deal

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Numsa says mandating meetings with members will continue ahead of a meeting of national leadership to decide how to respond to the latest offer

Politics

EFF objects to being compared to Nazis

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema leads his team, including Floyd Shivambu, left, and Dali Mpofu, right back. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
5 day(s) ago

African National Congress MP Buti Manamela accuses Economic Freedom Fighters of peddling unrealistic stories to voters, says Hitler told his followers lies too

National

Minister sets five-year target to fix defence

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: SOWETAN
5 day(s) ago

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula agrees with the Defence Review finding that the SANDF is in critical decline

National

Salga seeks easier funding of councils

Salga CEO Xolile George. Picture: THE TIMES
5 day(s) ago

Salga CEO Xolile George says there are 16 different facilities that councils can access but the procedures can be onerous for those without skilled staff

National

State to meet ‘Boer’ group over self-rule

GOING OWN WAY: Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad president Andries Breytenbach, right, briefs the media on Wednesday on a court application to have a separate state. The group will meet the Presidency over self-determination. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
5 day(s) ago

Presidency agrees to meet Afrikaner group seeking self-determination to establish its own state within South Africa

Politics

EFF threatens to use force over clothing etiquette row

Economic Freedom Fighters leader and a group of EFF members march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.  Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
5 day(s) ago

Party makes fresh threats that the next sitting of the legislature will be targeted for another round of ‘rolling mass action’

Opinion

State must assist the private sector in providing education

The state should divide its schooling budget into bursaries in the form of vouchers given to parents to enable them to buy education from the provider of their choice

Opinion

When white sheets and stinking feet divert minds

The ANC in Gauteng must show more disgust for corrupt members than it does for red overalls

 
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