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As SAA loses R52m a day, workers to resume striking on Saturday

They've dispersed for Friday after camping out since the early hours of the morning; SAA has cancelled most of its operations until Monday.

Untu: Trains vandalism spiked after security companies' contracts terminated

The union said it was worried for the security of its members as train stations and rail-lines were being vandalised since Prasa terminated the contracts of private security companies.

Sars sacks chief legal officer Refiloe Mokoena with immediate effect

The details of the charges against Refiloe Mokoena have not been revealed, however she has been implicated in the granting of a R420-million refund to the Gupta family.

South Africa's Telkom in talks about possible takeover of Cell C

Telkom said this week that it was in discussions about a potential acquisition without disclosing its target.

Cele: 34 wanted criminals arrested since launch of safer holidays initiative

The police’s national operational plan, aimed at reducing crime over the Christmas festive season, was rolled out in the Western Cape on Thursday night.

Mrwetyana family welcomes hefty sentence for Luyanda Botha

Uyinene Mrwetynana’s killer confessed to raping her twice before locking her up in a storeroom before murdering her and attempting to destroy the evidence.

Mokoetle remembered for his contribution to media freedom

Solly Mokoetle, who died on Friday, headed the SABC in 2010 and was later appointed head of digital migration by the Department of Communications.

UNHRC reiterates to foreign nationals they can’t be repatriated as a group

The foreign nationals, among them refugees, had been staging a sit-in in and demanding they be helped to leave South Africa as they fear xenophobic tensions.

#KFCProposal: I asked her to love me because I love her

A video of Hector Mkansi going down on one knee to propose to Nonhlahla Soldaat at the restaurant in the Vaal took the country by a storm.

SAA flights cancelled until Monday

Scores of travellers have been standing in a queue for hours to get assistance from some employees who decided to show up for work on Friday.

Callard shows Saica videos of unguided Transnet contract negotiations

Former Transnet manager Francis Callard is continuing his testimony at the third sitting of Saica's disciplinary committee's hearings against Anoj Singh.

'How could you do this to your family?': Jesse Hess’s cousin in court for rape

The man, who is linked to Hess’s murder, has appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates Court for the rape of a Hanover Park teenager.

Sacca questions govt’s silence during SAA strike

Unions have blamed government and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan for failing to intervene to rescue the state-owned entity.

EFF supporters join striking SAA staff in Kempton Park

Workers are demanding an 8% salary hike, insourcing and an end to retrenchment plans.

Foreign nationals plot next move after removals in Pretoria, Cape Town

The foreign nationals and refugees want to be relocated to other countries, saying they were not safe in South Africa due to xenophobic attacks.

Porters at ORTIA hoping SAA strike leads to permanent employment for them

One man, who worked as a porter, said that all he wanted was a stable job.

Man accused of plotting to assassinate Popcru senior execs to apply for bail

The police said the suspect was arrested in Kempton Park last week after he was allegedly instructed by other Popcru officials to hire an assassin to carry out the acts.

Luyanda Botha handed 3 life sentences for rape, murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana

It's been revealed that 42-year-old Luyanda Botha entered into a plea and sentencing agreement.

Satawu: SAA being unreasonable and need to come to their senses

Satawu's Zanele Sabela said that management at the national carrier took decisions unilaterally.

Former SABC group CEO Solly Mokoetle dies

Mokwetle headed the public broadcaster from 2009 to 2010 and was chief operating officer prior to that.

Foreign nationals resist police removal in Pretoria, scuffle at CT church

The Human Rights Commission's Chris Nissen has told EWN, there has been a scuffle inside a church where hundreds of refugees have been living in Cape Town.

Striking CT SAA workers want company to take grievances seriously

The demonstrators said that while the group was small at this stage, it would grow as the day progressed.

Saica hears how Transnet error led to inflation of locomotives tender

The second day of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants' disciplinary hearing against former Transnet and Eskom CFO Anoj Singh was spent interrogating more evidence that was presented by former Transnet employee Francis Callard.

'You can't moer the problem away,' says EFF in debate on corporal punishment

MPs were debating increasing levels of violence, drugs and sexual abuse in schools in one of two mini-plenary sittings in the National Assembly on Thursday.

'Everything's ruined': New Hanover residents try to pick up pieces after tornado

A local businessman said he had to reopen his shop as community members were desperately in need of necessities.

SAA: All attempts to resolve union grievances failed

SAA'S acting CFO Deon Fredricks said that management had bent over backwards to make a deal with striking unions but they won't budge.

Passengers left frustrated as SAA strike grounds operations

It's been quite a desperate situation at OR Tambo International Airport for many travellers, some of whom had no back-up plans.

Vavi: SAA management using strike to privatise airline

Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said that the money SAA was losing for cancelling today and Saturday's flights could have easily paid for workers' 8% increase demands for a year.

Uyinene Mrwetyana’s rape, murder accused set for High Court appearance

Luyanda Botha (42) has already appeared in a Magistrates Court and faces two counts of rape, a count of murder and one of defeating the ends of justice.

SANDF to raise awareness after NC man killed by explosion in restricted area

Henry Willemse had gone out to fetch his livestock last Thursday and his body was found next to his partially burnt bakkie the next day.

DA wins 2 WC by-elections but loses significant support

Not only did the party lose a ward to the African National Congress, but its support also dropped by more than 15% in the wards it won.

Transgender community concerned NHI won't improve healthcare quality for them

While the National Health Insurance Scheme is expected to provide universal healthcare for all South Africans, there are concerns that not much will change for the transgender community.

KZN residents brace for severe weather, KZN EMS on standby

The South African Weather Service on Thursday said heavy rain of up to 150mm and strong gale-force winds were expected throughout the week.

Black South Africans among most vulnerable in country - Inequality Trends report

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke released the Inequality Trends report for South Africa on Thursday, which found that the country remained one of the most unequal nations in the world.

Workers begin gathering at airports across country for SAA strike

Workers affiliated to unions Numsa and Sacca have started gathering in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban to mark the start of their indefinite work stoppage.

GALLERY: Refugees continue sit-in at UNHCR in Gauteng

Refugees and their children marched inside the premises of the UNCHR on Thursday, 14 November 2019. The refugees are asking for help to leave South Africa following recent xenophobic attacks.

NC man killed by explosives in restricted SANDF training area

SANDF said the man had gone to collect livestock from a member of the community last week but failed to return.

Rand firms despite risk-off mood, equities fall

Global risk sentiment cooled after industrial production growth in China slowed more sharply than expected in October, while retail sales fell short of prediction and investment growth hit a record low.

‘Bring back the cane’: Some MPs want corporal punishment back

The call came from the African Christian Democratic Party and the African Transformation Movement during a parliamentary debate on combating rising levels of violence, drug and sexual abuse in schools.

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JHB officials on high alert while KZN sees ‘mega storm’

The KZN town of Bergville was hit by a tornado on Thursday, making it the second twister in the province this week.

Bodies of young girls found in freezer in Northern Cape

It’s understood a community member made the discovery in the Bankhara village earlier this week.

Police call for reinforcements as refugees move into parking lot at UNHCR

They are responding to a court order from Wednesday, giving them three days to end their sit-in outside the UN premises.

Hawks hunt Popcru members over kidnapping, murder plot

Popcru’s CEO Zwelinkosi Mdletshe and Robert Sherriff are wanted for alleged embezzlement of funds from the union’s investment group of companies.

Forest Whitaker launches young peacemaker initiative in Cape Town

The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative has been running for only a few months and focuses on gang-ridden areas.

Unions confirm SAA strike for Friday

The airline announced that it intends to retrench 945 workers but Satawu said it was not notified.

Saica told Anoj Singh ordered accelerated delivery of controversial locomotives

Francis Callard has told the Saica hearing that Singh demanded the delivery of up to 480 locomotives be brought forward at the risk by negating critical factors, such as Transnet engineering’s capacity.

NGOs implicated in Esidimeni deaths to appear before SIU Tribunal

The NGOs were found to be ill-equipped to look after the psychiatric patients who died during transfers across the province in 2016.

Groote Schuur Hospital gets new facility to fight TB

The Western Cape has the highest tuberculosis prevalence rate in the world.

‘Killed like flies’: CPF condemns murder of Cape police officer

Lieutenant colonel Andre Kay was shot and killed while off duty on Thursday.

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