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21
OCT
1am

Gupta associate, Salim Essa, wanted Hatch to include Essa's company as a supply partner for a Transnet Project - Bester

Former Managing Director of Rail for Hatch Engineering, Henk Bester, has told the State Capture Commission in Johannesburg that he was approached by Gupta associate, Salim Essa, who wanted Hatch to include Essa's company as a supply partner for phase 2 of a Transnet Rail Project worth 800- million-rand. Bester says they had estimated the Manganese project would cost Transnet 27-billion-rand, but the project was divided in two phases to manage costs. Bester says Essa demanded, at the Melrose Arch meeting in April 2013, that he be partnered with Hatch for the Transnet business at a cost of 80 million rand.
21
OCT
1am

Cosatu and the SACP are opposed to President Ramaphosa's recent proposal for the privatisation of some main train routes

Tripartite alliance partners, Cosatu and the SACP are opposed to President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent proposal for the privatisation of some main train routes in the country. It's reported that the proposal forms part of Ramaphosa's new economic recovery plan presented in Parliament last Thursday. The proposal primarily focuses on routes in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The ANC's alliance partners say the proposal will marginalise the poor and the working class.
21
OCT
1am

The fight over retrenchments at the SABC continues to rage

The fight over retrenchments at the SABC continues to rage. This time, the management and worker representatives have given parliament differing versions of where the negotiations are at. The unions have accused the corporation of negotiating in bad faith, while the SABC says it has gone beyond what is required to accommodate the employees.
20
OCT
12am

Transnet paid Gama the legal costs which Gama should have paid to the company

Former Transnet Board chairperson, Mafika Mkwanazi has conceded that the then Transnet board's decision to award former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama R17 million in back pay and legal costs - after a disciplinary process found him guilty of misconduct - was indefensible. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry heard that Transnet paid Gama the legal costs which Gama should have paid to the company following a high court ruling to that effect. Makhwanazi testified before the commission via audio link.
20
OCT
12am

BEMAWU threatens legal action at the Labour Court against the SABC should it proceed with unilateral retrenchments

Union BEMAWU is threatening legal action at the Labour Court against the SABC should it proceed with its retrenchments without further consultation. The public broadcaster YESTERDAY announced that according to the Labour Relations Act, it is now at liberty to unilaterally implement contemplated retrenchments after failed talks facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration - the CCMA. As many as 600 full time staff could be retrenched. However the SABC says it will afford the consulting parties one last chance to make a written submission regarding proposals about the organizational structure or alternatives.
20
OCT
12am

SABC to unilaterally implement the contemplated retrenchments

The SABC says according to the Labour Relations Act, it is now at liberty to unilaterally implement the contemplated retrenchments after failed talks facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration - the CCMA. The public broadcaster has been in consultation with workers' representatives over the past four months over its plans to retrench around 600 full time employees.
19
OCT
12am

ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule has warned the Hawks against Hollywood style arrests

ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule has warned the Hawks against acting irresponsibly, with what he calls, Hollywood style arrests. Magashule says they locked horns with the Scorpions for such behaviour, but says it seems as if the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has adopted the same methods. The ANC Secretary General - who is reported to be on the radar of law enforcement agencies - says he will continue with his party duties, until the Hawks visit him.
19
OCT
12am

Black Wednesday commemorated

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the death of Black Consciousness Movement leader, Steve Biko. Decades after his demise, his ideas still resonate with millions across the globe. Biko's arrest and death on the 12th of September 1977 sparked a huge outcry. A month later, Black Wednesday happened. Eight organisations linked to the Black Consciousness movement and three newspapers were banned by the apartheid government. A move to silence critics and hide the truth.
16
OCT
12am

Agri South Africa has urged farmers and the community to act within the confines of the law at Senekal court

Agri South Africa has urged farmers and the community to act within the confines of the law during the court case of two murder accused in the Senekal Magistrate Court today. The call follows threats of more chaos by farming community should the two accused get bail. Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa are expected to apply for bail following their arrest two weeks ago. They are accused of the murder of farm manager Brendin Horner. Horner's body was found tied to a pole with a rope in an open space on the De Rots farm two weeks ago.

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