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Supreme Court of Appeal gets a new deputy president, five new judges

2 April 2019
 

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has a new deputy president in Xola Petse after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Tuesday found that Petse — nominated for the post by President Cyril Ramaphosa — was suitable for appointment.

The JSC further recommended five candidates for appointment to the appeal court, with all the women candidates who were interviewed getting the nod.

Heneiken workers prepare to march against ‘sex for shifts’

4 April 2019
 

Heineken workers are preparing to march against sexual abuse at the beer giant’s Sedibeng brewery.

The Heineken Workers Forum announced this week that it will be marching against an alleged “sex for shifts” system playing out at the brewery.

“Women experience extreme violence because of these unequal power relations,” the statement reads. “Supervisors expect women to give sex for being scheduled in good shifts, get a better job or even just keep the job.
 

Lesufi ready to 'pounce'

4 April 2019
 

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday said he battled to finish watching the video of a young child being beaten by her teacher as she forced the child to clean up her own vomit.

The 1.38-minute video has gone viral on social media. It shows the teacher lowering the denim jeans of the child before she gives her a couple of smacks on the buttocks.

The child, who is crying softly, looks up at the teacher as she continues to use a cloth to clean the small green plastic table in the classroom.
 

Eskom's Medupi and Kusile to cost R36bn to complete

4 April 2019 
 

Construction on the Medupi and Kusile power stations will go ahead as the cost of halting the projects will not benefit the economy, the Chairperson of the Eskom board Jabu Mabuza has said.

The power plants are expected to cost R18 billion each.

Mabuza was speaking at a media briefing on the state of SA's power supply on Wednesday along with other Eskom executives and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

IEC launches groundbreaking website to tackle disinformation

01 April 2019

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and Media Monitoring Africa have partnered to fight disinformation in the run-up to the elections, chief election officer Sy Mamabolo said on Monday. 

The website Real411.org.za will deal with complaints about language that incites violence, discrimination and the publication of false and defamatory allegations about parties.

BOOSTME360 GOES LIVE, ADDS 6 000 JOB-SEEKERS

Online portal for entry-level job-seekers, BoostMe360, has gone live, listing 6 000 job-seekers 10 months after it was introduced.

Founded in May 2018 by academic publishing organisation Pearson South Africa, BoostMe360 is an online job and skills development platform that connects SME employers with entry-level employees, who are located nearby.

The portal, which targets unemployed youth and job-seekers throughout SA, is now open to the public after running a pilot test for the last few months.

Ministerial handbook amended to limit state waste on cars and trips

24 March 2017

President Cyril Ramaphosa told Members of Parliament in a written reply to questions that his office had referred the latest version of the ministerial handbook to the Department of Public Service and Administration to align it with the macro-configuration of government.

The reply touched on two major commitments Ramaphosa made during his first State of the Nation Address in 2018; namely to reconfigure the state for a smaller Cabinet and to amend the ministerial handbook so that the perks it affords ministers do not amount to excess or waste.

Bosasa CEO's R500K donation to Ramaphosa's campaign

28 March 2019

Multiple reports stemming from testimony before the Zondo commission into state capture this week have claimed that R500 000 was paid by Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson through a front company to the "Andile Ramaphosa Foundation".

This testimony by Peet Venter, Bosasa's former auditor, has proven to be false, News24 found.

Venter's testimony relies on his personal knowledge – he was told by Watson this payment into an ABSA account named "EFG2" was for the Andile Ramaphosa Foundation.

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