English news @15:00, 26 November 2018

Written by on 26/11/2018

News Editor:  Xolisa Sindaphi

Education Department urges a safe “Pens down” celeprations for Matrics

Western Cape Department of Education has appealed to matriculants who are planning on celebrating after finishing their exams today, to do so responsibly. Department spokesperson, Jessical Shelver, has urged learners to exercise caution when driving or travelling on the roads. She has warned matriculants to beware that a moment of irresponsibility, could have a lifetime of consequences

Citizens of District six tired and want their land back

An application is being heard in the High Court in Cape Town High Court on behalf of 139 families who want to be restored to their formative land in District Six. Chairperson of the District Six Working Committee, Shahied Ajam, told the media before proceedings got underway that they had waited for more than 20 years to have their land returned to them. He says the land was forcefully taken away from the rightful owners through apartheid forced removals. There are more than 20 respondents on the matter including the Department of Land Reform and Rural Development, the Premier of the Western Cape and the Commission on Land Restitution of Land Rights.

Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools ready for Festive

The city of Cape Town says multi-million rand upgrades to the Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools have now been completed. The City’s Recreational and Parks Department says the upgrades to both projects include the construction of new walls and wall cappings, closing old valves at the bottom of the pool and the rehabilitation of the baby pool platforms. The City’s,JP Smith, has also called on beachgoers to be vigilant and environmentally friendly.

Gordhan laid 3 criminal charges against Malema

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has laid three criminal charges against the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema at the Brooklyn Police Station, east of Pretoria. Gordhan was accompanied by his wife and his lawyer Tebogo Malatjie who before entering the police station explained the three charges which include crimen injuria, defamation of character as well as inciting violence. Malatjie says from Brooklyn Police Station they will be heading to the Equality Court to lay other charges.


Mangena granted R50 000 bail after drug bust

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallow’s player, Mike Mangena has been granted R50 000 bail in the Randfontein Magistrates court West of Johannesburg. Mangena and his three co-accused Morena Maqoaelane, William Kazipata and Kennedy Tsogolane, were arrested last Wednesday. They have been charged with manufacturing illegal drugs on a property owned by Mangena in Hillside, Randfontein. Police raided the small holding after three weeks of surveillance. After spending the weekend behind bars Mangena has been granted bail by the court. This is on condition that he doesn’t make contact with any of the state witnesses. He is also not allowed to leave Gauteng without permission from the investigating officer. His three co-accused have all abandoned their bail applications and they will remain in custody. The case has been postponed to the 21st of February next year for further investigation.

SAFTU rejects the R20 Minimum wage

South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says they will continue to reject the new minimum wage of R20 an hour because in 2012, workers gave them a mandate to link the minimum wage to the national minimum living level.

On Friday, Saftu released a statement saying the majority of workers will not be celebrating the law as the R20 rate was “far below what anyone should have to live on; it condemns millions of workers and their families to government-sanctioned poverty”.

But Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) wanted the bills signed without delay to ensure that employers are given the required 30 days to adjust to the new system that kicks in on January 1 2019.President Cyril Ramaphosa signed four labour bills, including the National Minimum Wage Bill.The minimum wage bill is expected to benefit about 6 million workers who earn less than R3 700 a month.Employers have to be given 30 days notice before a new wage regime is introduced.Vavi says the new bill will give false hope to the workers.



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