As from today we will take a pause in production until the 22nd of January but we thought it would be a great idea to end the year by looking back to some of the big stories we have covered over the course of the year.
Rugby is a popular sport in Alexandra township but the lack of sports facilities is frustrating rugby clubs.
Colchester in the Eastern Cape is a true reflection of South Africa. You have the rich living in townhouses and not so far you have Endlovini Informal Settlement that has poor services because political parties are busy politicking.
Suspension of trains on Cape Town’s Cental Line that goes to Bishop Lavis, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha left thousands scurrying around looking for alternative transportation.
On 17 November 2017 three bills were gazetted that propose major changes to the rights of workers through amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wage bill. Taken together these bills represent the rolling back of hard won rights for workers.
About 40 employees of Tsogo Sun Hotel have been on strike for week after the company failed to honour its promise to increase wages in July. The workers are demanding that those who have worked at the hotel for a long time be turned into full-time workers.
It was a colourful and well-deserved early Christmas present for an East London boxing gym over the weekend when they were given boxing equipment by Communications Deputy Minister Thandi Mahambehlala.
With the imminent implementation of the pilot of the Special Economic Zones in Zimbabwe, the trade unions in the country are concerned about the high number of occupational health and safety cases. Special Economic Zones the world over are notorious for disregarding workers’ rights, including health and safety.
A recent SALGA report and the Moerane Commission have both shone a light on the pervasiveness of violent contestation over leadership positions in municipal and party-political forums. They also revealed how the inter and intra-party contestation for political office has had lethal consequences.
The teaching of isiXhosa as a subject at Capricorn Primary School in Vrygrond has been delayed. It is time learners should be taught all three official languages – isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English – says the Vrygrond Community Development Forum (VCDF).
Residents of eNdumeni in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, who have been waiting for nearly 20 years to receive RDP houses are hopeful that justice will be done and Endumeni Municipality will be compelled to provide them with houses.
It has been reported that more than 60 paramedics have fallen victim to armed robbery attacks since the beginning of the year in the Western Cape. The violent robberies are allegedly carried out by drug-abusing thugs and many of their victims are still receiving counseling for the trauma they suffered during such incidents.