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Tue, 22 May 2018
Unions mull fresh wage offer as bus strike enters its fourth week

Satawu says unions are deliberating after the new proposal from the bargaining council and the CCMA and will consult members on Monday.

Transport unions are considering a new wage offer as the national bus strike enters its fourth week.

“The bargaining council and the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration] have put a proposal on the table of 8.75% for year one and 8.25% for year two. Unions are deliberating and will start consulting members [on Monday]‚” said Zanele Sabela‚ the spokeswoman for the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu).

“Outstanding issues, including dual driver‚ night shift hours and in sourcing, will be referred to a task team under the CCMA to ensure it delivers on its mandate‚” Sabela said.

Satawu‚ the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa)‚ the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (Towu)‚ the Transport and Allied Workers Union of Sa (Tawusa) and the Tirisano Transport and Services Workers Union announced their decision to continue with the strike at a media conference in Johannesburg a few weeks ago.

The decision followed after CCMA-mediated negotiations with employers broke down.

The national bus strike has left commuters across the country stranded. The strike followed after wage negotiations in the industry deadlocked in April.



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Tue, 22 May 2018
Mcebisi Jonas joins the MTN board

The MTN Group has announced that Mcebisi Jonas and Bajabulile Tshabalala will join the company’s board as Independent Non-Executive Directors from June 1st, 2018.

Tshabalala is currently Executive Director of the consulting and investment holding firm, Barbican Advisory Group while Jonas was the former Deputy Finance Minister who served under both Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan.

The Chairman of the MTN Group Phuthuma Nhleko said “I wish to extend a warm welcome to Swazi and Mcebisi. We are all excited to have them onboard. As we continue to steer our business into a new trajectory of execution excellence”.

Nhleko added that he believes that the arrival of Jonas and Tshabalala will further enrich the diversity and experience of the Board.

A statement from the company said that both Tshabalala and Jonas bring an extensive board and senior management experience to their new roles, having served on numerous boards in the private and public sectors over many years.

Tshabalala has more than 20 years professional experience in finance, risk management, treasury and general management. She has worked in both the private sector as well as State Owned Companies like Transnet.

Jonas previously held the title of Chairperson and Non-Executive Director of the Public Investment Corporation and is currently one of four Presidential Investment Envoys appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract investment.



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Thu, 17 May 2018
EFF leader Malema to be sworn in at Pan African Parliament

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema will be among five SA Members of Parliament to be sworn in at the opening ceremony of the sixth ordinary session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday.

The others include National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise, Thoko Didiza the National Assembly house chairperson for internal arrangements, Mandlesizwe Zwelivelile Mandela, and Santosh Vinita Kalyan.

They are replacing Hunadi Mateme, Thandi Memela, Charles Nqakula, and Floyd Shivambu, while Kalyan will serve another two-year term, parliament said in a statement.

The five MPs were nominated for membership of the PAP on behalf of the South African Parliament by the NA and the NCOP on October 24 and 23 respectively.

The theme for the session – from May 7 to 18 – was “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa’s transformation”.

Among others, the session would discuss, recommend, and take resolutions on matters including the Europe-Africa Forum on the challenges and opportunities of migration flows; the report on the African Union (AU) year of combating corruption; the report on action on albinism in Africa; the terminal report of the committee on audit and public accounts; and the report on repealing defamation laws to promote press freedom.

The PAP has 255 members representing 55 AU member states that had ratified the protocol establishing it. In terms of article 4 (2) of the protocol to the treaty establishing the African Economic Community relating to the PAP, each state would be represented by five members.

The five members from each country should include at least one woman and reflect the diversity of political representation in the national parliament or deliberative organ, parliament said.



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