Residents of Zamimpilo informal settlement say they trip over uncollected heaps of rubbish during the day and duck bullets from zama-zamas at night.
The public sector unions in Cosatu are angered by the threat to collective bargaining and are looking to the congress underway at Gallagher Convention Centre, to lead a united response.
Government workers in Zimbabwe are demanding a USD440 salary increase while the employer is offering USD25.
LGBTQI+ workers say that the unions need to do more to protect them.
Cosatu says its upcoming congress will report on work done since 2018, take stock of the organisation and reflect on the course of the National Democratic Revolution.
At least 200 nurses across the country are also facing disciplinary action and risk being dismissed for engaging in a nationwide strike
The unity between the two labour federations was put to the test in mass marches in Cape Town, Pretoria and East London during the general strike on Wednesday.
Cosatu and Saftu have agreed to hold joint demonstrations during the general strike on Wednesday, 24 August.
A gathering was held in Johannesburg on Monday to mark the ten years since the Marikana massacre and the 100 years since the 1922 Rand Revolt.
Ten years after the massacre of mine workers conspired by the state and their employer in Marikana, residents continue to fight for a better life
After spending R39-million on a congress that was interdicted, Numsa has vowed to go to the highest court in the land to defend its legitimacy.
The Numsa congress, delayed by a court interdict, has started amid deep divisions in the union.