Daily News Brief

Daily News Brief

Is Workers’ Day Worth Celebrating With SA’s High Unemployment Rate?

As the country gears up to celebrate International Workers’ Day this week and with an upcoming general election looming, the status of the unemployed in South Africa remains a major crisis facing the nation, particularly young people who struggle with the lack of job opportunities. But what are the contributing factors to the stubborn 27,1% unemployment rate in the country, and what can be done to stimulate real economic growth to create jobs now?

There’s A Lot To Celebrate On Workers’ Day – Labour Unions

Labour unions have reflected on democracy in South Africa and their role in fighting for the rights of workers, agreeing that there’s a lot to celebrate. As the world marks International Workers’ Day on Wednesday, trade unions across the world have pledged their solidarity to workers and their struggle to achieve fair employment standards.

Election Contest Not About Filling Seats In Parliament – ACDP

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has formed a human chain in Johannesburg as part of its election campaign ahead of a May Day rally on Wednesday. Party president Kenneth Meshoe said they were not just contesting elections simply to fill seats in Parliament.

Political Leaders in Big Push To Gain Support Ahead Of Polls

Political parties are going all out on Workers’ Day in an attempt to consolidate support ahead of the 8 May elections. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the Cosatu national events in Durban while IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi will be in the same province. DA leader Mmusi Maimane will be in Cape Town and EFF leader Julius Malema will be in Alexandra.

No Water, No Vote: Water Struggle For DBN Residents Ahead Of Ramaphosa Address

Supporters dressed in Cosatu regalia have started filling the Sugar Ray Xuma Stadium in Durban ahead of commemorations to mark May Day. But motorists going to the stadium in the heart of Clermont cannot ignore scores of residents who are carrying water buckets after a two-week shutdown.

Malema: ANC Must Account For Funds Meant For Alex Renewal Project

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the African National Congress (ANC) needs to be held accountable for the money allocated to improve Alexandra Township through the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP). The ARP is now the subject of several investigations, including by the office of the Public Protector and Auditor-General, into the R1.6 billion that was set aside by the provincial and national government for the project.

SA’s Failing Health System In Spotlight Ahead Of Vote

Six psychiatric patients are tied to their beds in two tiny, dimly lit cubicles in the emergency ward of South Africa’s biggest hospital, where the country’s dire healthcare crisis is starkly evident. The scenes at the vast Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in the township of Soweto outside Johannesburg, provoke little visible reaction from hurried staff or from other patients.

Old SA Flag a Symbol Of Black Oppression

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said that publicly displaying the apartheid flag represented decades of the dehumanisation of black people. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, who represents the foundation, said that the flag was a symbol of white supremacy and a reminder of the oppression of black people.

Zingiswa Losi Calls For Action Against Mining Firms Who Violate Safety Standards

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Zingiswa Losi has appealed to the government to revoke licenses of mining companies that are not safety compliant. She cited this week’s scare at Sibanye Stillwater, where nearly 2,000 workers were temporarily trapped underground.

Sibanye-Stillwater: Miners Never Trapped

Sibanye-Stillwater insists 1,800 miners who were reportedly stuck underground were never trapped but only kept in a shaft for safety reasons. Mining union AMCUon Tuesday said it had received reports that more than 4,000 miners were stuck underground in Rustenburg.

Caster Semenya Loses Court Challenge Against IAAF Testosterone Rules

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday rejected Caster Semenya’s challenge against IAAF rules forcing her to lower her testosterone levels to compete with women, even as judges labelled the regulations “discriminatory.” The IAAF says the rules are essential to preserve a level playing field and ensure that all female athletes can see “a path to success.”

Poet Jessica Mbangeni: Artists Are Being Exploited Every Day

Artists performing at the National May Day rally in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, say they have yet to see their rights protected. Renowned poet Jessica Mbangeni and gospel singer Hlengiwe Mhlaba are among them. Aside from the messages to be delivered in speeches, the colour of the May Day rally is in the cultural singing and dancing, and the performances on the main stage.

What to Look Out For:

Four Suspects To Appear In Court For Shooting Worcester Girl

Four men are expected to appear in court later this week in connection with the shooting of a six-year-old girl in Worcester. The child was sitting at the back of a truck driving in the Avian Park area when she was caught in the crossfire. The little girl, who was on her way home from school at the time, was airlifted to hospital following Monday’s shooting.

Caster Semenya On CAS Ruling: ‘I Will Once Again Rise Above’

South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya has spoken after the verdict of her case against the IAAF’s regulations and says the decision will not hold her back. Semenya has lost her landmark legal case against athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled 2-1 in the IAAF’s favour.

ANC Confident Of Winning Outright Majority in Gauteng

As political parties round up their final days of campaigning before elections, the African National Congress (ANC) said that it was confident that it would win an outright majority in the highly prized Gauteng province. The party said it contracted independent researchers who have predicted that it will enjoy an increase in votes during this year’s election.

Municipal Workers’ Strike Leads To Water Shortages For Durban Hotel Guests

Hotels in Durban are telling their guests not to take baths to save water as the strike by municipal workers threatens to mar the Indaba Tourism Expo. Streams of clean water and sewage flowed through Durban yesterday as municipal workers allegedly left fire hydrants open for hours.