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VIDEO | Constitutional Court to rule on Former President Jacob Zuma’s rescission application
17 September 2021, 8:50 AM

The Constitutional Court will on Friday morning hand down judgment in the application to have its earlier decision to sentence former President Jacob Zuma to 15-months in jail for contempt of court rescinded.


Uber back in Dutch court over driver ruling
13 September 2021, 1:00 PM

Uber will appeal a Dutch court ruling that drivers are employees of the company and not independent contractors that make use of its platform.

An Amsterdam District Court earlier sided with labour union Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) and found that drivers for the company are employees and entitled to the rights that imply that they should be granted the same pay and benefits as other workers in the sector.

The court ruled that in some cases they were entitled to backpay.

This was the latest court victory for unions fighting for the rights of workers after a similar decision in Britain in March.

Businesses in Welkom suffering due to rampant cable theft leading to power cuts
13 September 2021, 12:50 PM

Several businesses in Welkom in the Free State are counting their losses following frequent power cuts caused by rampant cable theft in the area.

The Matjhabeng Municipality says at least 237 cases of cable theft and infrastructure vandalism have been reported since March last year.

The municipality says it cost R165 million to fix damaged infrastructure.

Local business coordinator, Simple Mhlahlo says, “We are very affected because now we become victims also because when these guys steal what they can lay their hands on, you don’t feel safe as a business person, seeing what they can do to the property. Also, they think that you are doing good when in actual fact you are not.”

Matjhabeng Municipality hit hard by infrastructure looting in Welkom

Hostel dwellers in KZN hesitant to take COVID-19 vaccine
13 September 2021, 12:31 PM

The uptake at the pop-up site at the SJ Smith hostel famously known as Wema, near Lamontville south of Durban, has been poor as hostel dwellers in Durban are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is despite calls from KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala urging people to vaccinate in large numbers. Currently, just over 30 000 people are being vaccinated daily in the province.

KwaZulu-Natal currently has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the country, at over 46 000. The provincial government says it is concerned about vaccine hesitancy, particularly among the younger age groups.

At the Wema Hostel, the majority of residents were simply not interested in taking the vaccine. But they would not speak to SABC News about their reasons. The few who did turn up to receive the vaccine encouraged others to do the same.

“I was scared of taking the vaccine because of the rumors people are spreading saying that the needle is too big. But now that I’ve been vaccinated there’s no pain, I’m fine. I was also skeptical but then I decided to just go get vaccinated and I feel fine.

People should get vaccinated so we won’t spread this virus and save our family’s lives.”

Launch a pop-up vaccination site at the Wema hostel in Durban

Zikalala says that fake news is playing a role in deterring people from being vaccinated.

“The recent surge in coronavirus cases reflects the high numbers of mostly unvaccinated people. This is serious and is even affecting our economic recovery. The experts have also noted that the risk of an adverse outcome is minimal for those who are inoculated.”

The eThekwini Municipality bears the brunt of the province’s infections. Zikalala also elaborated on the districts where schools have been the most affected by infections among learners and educators.

“Our third wave in KZN has been characterised by a fluctuation in the numbers of new cases, hospitalisation and deaths. The curve so far appears to have been less severe this time around when compared to the second wave. A high number of learners and educators have been affected especially in eThekwini, uMgungundlovu, King Cetshwayo, uMkhanyakude and uLembe districts.”

Provincial Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane says most of the people who remain unvaccinated are from townships and rural areas.

Nomagugu says, “One of the other reasons why we have these visits to your churches and any other community engagement is because we want the community to engage the department of health directly and ask questions themselves so that they are able to get clarity on issues that they are concerned or issues where they do not have clarity. The prediction is indeed saying that the fourth wave might hit us in December so far nothing has indicated that we might have it earlier than December.”

2.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in the province so far.

Story by: Nonhlakanipho Magwaza

Cape Town re-evaluating investment in drop-off waste facilities
13 September 2021, 10:52 AM

The City of Cape Town is re-evaluating its investment in drop-off waste facilities, as Recycling Week kicks off.

Since 2017, the City’s Solid Waste Department has budgeted more than R218 million in upgrading the facilities and building new ones.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Xanthea Limberg, says in the last financial year, 6 000 tonnes of recyclables were diverted from landfills through to the City’s drop-off sites.

Limberg says, “This number could increase significantly if more residents start making use of the facility.”

She has also cautioned that dumping general waste in public areas attracts more dumping and creates a place for pests to breed.

The City’s investments into drop-off facilities that are still under way include, construction of the new Prince George Drive drop-off, R92,7 million, Gordon’s Bay/ Helderberg drop-off facility- R16,7 million upgrade, Wynberg drop-off facility- R15,8 million upgrade.

“The City continues to invest in drop-offs to make them more convenient for users, while enhancing capacity for different waste types. We would like to remind residents that these facilities are available to all, and to spread awareness in their communities, particularly in the case of ‘fly-tippers’ dumping rubble from their vehicles,” said Limberg.



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