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DA probes Denel’s financial crisis
14 December 2017, 1:37 PM

The Democratic Alliance  has written to state-owned arms manufacturer Denel asking it for an update on the true status of its financial affairs.

Denel has confirmed it is facing a financial crisis, and that it’s allegedly defaulting on its payments to suppliers and staff bonuses.

Labour union UASA is up in arms and is demanding that the arms manufacturer pay workers bonuses which they funded themselves.

DA shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone says this is concerning.

“What we are concerned about is the employees that work at Denel. It’s disheartening that over the festive season Denel will be unable to pay their employees and suppliers. And Denel employees could possibly not receive their salaries after a long year of work and dedication. And we feel this is not fair and the problem lies with the management and we want a full explanation.”

Meanwhile, Denel has confirmed that it’s suffering a cash crisis and admitted that it was defaulting on supplier payments and 13th cheques to employees.

Labour union UASA broke the news when frustrated Denel workers informed the union of their situation.

UASA demands that Denel finds the money to pay the workers’ bonuses, particularly those bonuses self-funded by staff.

“They decided that they will let us know before close of business today if they have money to make payment for December salaries because at the same time they went to see Treasury to see if they can assist them in terms of interim relief or what the case might be. From Uasa side via Fedusa we also went to Treasury to put some pressure on Treasury” says Uasa’s Willie van Eeden.

Rhino poaching on the increase in KwaZulu-Natal
14 December 2017, 12:09 PM

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife says it is continuing to closely monitor its game reserves as the number of rhino poached in the province climbs to 218.

This is thirty-seven more than at the same time last year. Spokesperson Musa Mntambo has emphasized that this year’s figure could have been higher, had it not been for the security measures put in place. He says 150 suspected poachers were arrested this year.

Mntambo says they are grateful to communities living adjacent to the reserves who report suspected rhino poaching.

“I can confirm that as a province we have witnessed the increase in rhino poaching this year. We suspect that the cause of this was when the Kruger National Park intensified it’s security measures then the poachers in Kruger National Park moved down to KZN because most of the guys we arrested this year come from Mpumalanga province. So far – this year we have arrested 150 for rhino poaching. We are happy about reports from people living around our game reserves who keep on feeding us with information for people who propose to poach in our reserves.”

Zuma to appeal NPA’s SCA court ruling
14 December 2017, 11:43 AM

President Jacob Zuma says he will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal, to appeal a High Court ruling that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should be the one to appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Pretoria High Court last week found that Zuma cannot appoint a new prosecutions boss because he is conflicted in the matter.

The court gave Ramaphosa 60 days to appoint a new NPA head after judges found the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as NPA boss was invalid and should be set aside.

ANC calls for establishment of commission into state capture
14 December 2017, 10:29 AM

The African National Congress says it can’t dictate to President Jacob Zuma about his next step on the State of Capture report.

This follows Wednesday’s ground-breaking judgment by the High Court in Pretoria which ordered the President to appoint a commission of inquiry into State Capture as prescribed by the Public Protector’s report.

The High Court dismissed President Zuma’s review application and setting aside of the State of Capture report.

ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa says there shouldn’t be further delay in establishing the Commission.

SABC unions vow to strike until demands are met
14 December 2017, 9:37 AM

Worker’s unions at the SABC say they are hoping to gather support from both freelancers and middle management for the strike action on Thursday.

Scores of SABC employees affiliated to trade Unions Communications Workers Union (CWU) and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union, (Bemawu) have downed tools, demanding a 10% salary increase instead of the 4.5% offered by the employer.

CWU’s Aubrey Tshabalala says they will stop at nothing until their demands are met.

SABC board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathani says plans are in place to ensure that it’s broadcasting of the ANC elective conference and all other broadcasts are not compromised.





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