The rainy season regularly claims victims from among the people living on the banks of the Jukskei River in Alexandra but never have so many people drowned on the same day.
As public sector unions embarked on a strike on Tuesday in major centres around the country, they have threatened a full-blown strike on the 2nd of December if their demands are not met.
The public sector unions are planning a nationwide strike on Tuesday next week that will involve essential workers.
Cosatu-affiliated unions say the government continues to undermine the collective bargaining process.
The Free State health department has asked for time to study a scathing report on health provision in the province.
Residents of Zamimpilo informal settlement say they trip over uncollected heaps of rubbish during the day and duck bullets from zama-zamas at night.
As calls for formalisation of artisanal and small-scale mining grow due to high levels of violence, rape and GBV, residents of Bosmont in the West Rand are calling for the deployment of the army to protect the community.
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.
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.