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SABC Denies Suspension Reports

The interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has denied rumours that four executives had been suspended in connection with fraud and mismanagement highlighted in an auditor-general’s report.

The board was reacting to reports emanating from within the SABC that Robin Nicholson (chief financial officer), Mvuzo Mbebe (group executive: content enterprises), Mabela Satekge (head: procurement) and Anton Heunis (head: audience services) have been suspended.

Clothing Workers Strike Continues

Over 50000 clothing workers downed tools Monday after wage negotiations between the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) and Appelo Manufactures of Southern Africa deadlocked.

Sactwu general secretary André Kriel said the strike had been suspended a week ago after the intervention of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) .

“Section 150 of the Labour Relations Act allows the CCMA to intervene if it feels the resolution of the dispute would be in the public interest,” Kriel said.

COPE Youth Oppose Leader's Suspension

Some COPE youth structures are rebelling against the decision by the party's national leadership to suspend the party's controversial youth leader, Anele Mda.

Several provinces, including Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, have written to COPE's general secretary, Charlotte Lobe, questioning the decision by the party's central working committee to suspend Mda from the leadership structures of the organisation.

Supercomputer Hits South African Shores

South Africa's newest supercomputer, a Sun Microsystems hybrid, went online in Cape Town earlier this month, providing the local and regional research community with a powerful tool for tackling problems of climate change, energy security and human health.

With a peak performance of 31-trillion calculations per second, the hybrid supercomputer is the fastest in Africa and ranks among the top 500 in the world.

Youth Still Vulnerable to Violence

The country's youth continue to be extremely vulnerable to violence and crime.

This is according to a second National Youth Victimisation study conducted by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.

More than 4 000 young people between the ages of 12 and 22 were interviewed as part of the study.

The results showed that 27% of young South Africans had fallen prey to crime between February 2007 and February 2008.

A direct link between victimisation at a young age and later becoming an offender was also identified.

AG Report, SABC to Take Legal Action

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board is considering taking criminal action against employees and former staff after a shocking report on the broadcaster by the Auditor General (AG).

The SABC's interim chairperson, Irene Charnley, says that the board agreed to immediately act on all the AG's findings on supply-chain management, human resources, and wasteful expenditure at the broadcaster.

Revitalising Public Participation

With democracy being relatively new in South Africa, local government has had to undergo much institutional reform between 1994 and 2000. A key part of this overhaul has been the requirement for democratic processes in municipal decision-making methods between elections.

Recently, government has been encouraging municipalities to have public participation units. Local government in South Africa is now required to implement forms of public participation, particularly around development planning and budgeting.

AAC Backs SAB Over Alcohol Abuse

South Africa’s Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) has congratulated SAB Miller on its stance against under-age drinking, driving while drunk and foetal alcohol syndrome.

AAC’s chairperson, Warren Whitfield, who warns that this is the only first step, says companies profiting from the sale of alcohol need to plough much greater sums into harm reduction investment as part of meaningful social responsibility and righting massive imbalances in society.

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