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Zenzeleni Progressive Movement
Elections 2019: Zenzeleni Progressive Movement
2 May 2019, 9:47 AM

Party abbreviation: ZPM

In the 2019 elections, the party will be contesting for seats in the National Assembly and the Gauteng and Mpumalanga provincial legislatures.

The party was formed in 2018 in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga.

ZPM leader Thabisile KaNyembe-Msiza says the need for land, for what she terms are the natives of South Africa, prompted the initiative.

KaNyembe-Msiza has told SABC News that her party wants the poor majority of the country to become employers instead of being employees in the country of their birth and the land of their forebears.

The party’s manifesto was not available at the time of writing.

 

Ximoko party
Elections 2019: Ximoko Party
2 May 2019, 9:15 AM

Abreviation: XP

In the 2019 elections, the Ximoko Party will be competing in the provincial elections in Limpopo.

The party was formed in 1990, but earlier it had been constituted as a cultural organisation in 1984.

The first candidate on the party’s provincial list is Mafakhale Alphios Makamu.

The party has previously competed in national elections. It contested Municipal elections in 2016

Stern warning to employers not to prevent workers from voting
1 May 2019, 8:58 PM

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has warned employers not to prevent their workers from voting in next week’s general election.

This follows reports that some companies may try to stop workers from making their mark on May eighth.

Addressing a Workers’ Day rally in Clermont in the west of Durban, Ramaphosa says government will not hesitate to take action against employers who prevent their employees from exercising their democratic right.

“We have heard that there are some employers particularly in the farming industry who are bent on preventing their workers from going to vote and we call on those employers to desist from such activities. Do not stop workers from going to vote it is their democratic right. If we should find that you have prevented your workers from going to vote we are going to look at this in a very-very negative light and we will be looking at processes that we can embark upon,” says Ramaphosa.

May Day commemoration

May Day is a day to commemorate the struggle for workers’ rights. Globally workers continue to campaign for their rights and fair treatment – just like workers in South Africa fought racial discrimination.

A quarter century into democracy, workers are reflecting on the strides made. Even the basic right of celebrating Workers’ Day is seen as significant.

Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi says, “Now workers can enjoy their rights even the basics to be able to celebrate such a day…”

And workers were praised for their role in building the country. “The workforce in this country is important to us. The interests of workers must be in the forefront plans and programmes,” President Cyril Ramaphosa insists.

It’s been acknowledged that there are still challenges in the workplace.  Ramaphosa says the retention and creation of jobs remain a priority.

And companies have been cautioned not to exploit workers.

Ramaphosa says, “Those who violate worker’s rights and continue to pay poverty salaries and endanger our people must stop. All companies must implement the national minimum wage without fail or they will force government to enforce compliance.”

Watch President speech at the Workers Day Rally:

Calls for ‘danger insurance’

Cosatu’s first deputy president, Mike Shingange says the celebration of May Day in Mpumalanga is in memory of the 3 Lilly mineworkers near Barberton who were buried when the mine caved in about three years ago.

Shingange was among Trade Union leaders who attended the provincial May Day celebration.

In his address, Shingange also appreciated that there was no life lost when about 1800 workers were trapped underground at Sibanye Mine just on the eve of May Day.

He said there’s a need for workers who are facing danger in their workplaces to be offered ‘danger insurance’.

“That just shows comrade that you can wake up from home, go to work and never return to your family, including our police, including our nurses, people die  on the line of duty. That is why we are demanding a danger insurance. Not a danger allowance. An insurance that is going to give to the bereaved family in case a bread winner loses his life on the line of duty.”

Mike Singange says the growing population in the country requires enough civil servants who can provide services to the public.

Islamic State group
84 children returned to Tajikistan from Iraq
1 May 2019, 8:32 PM

More than 80 children have arrived in Tajikistan from Iraq where their parents were sentenced for joining the Islamic State group and other militant outfits, Tajikistan’s foreign ministry said online Wednesday.

Eighty-four children, all Tajik citizens, had been “forced to join the ranks” of the militant groups after their parents were recruited, according to the statement on the ministry’s website.

They returned on a special flight from Baghdad to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on April 30, it added.

In February Tajikistan’s foreign ministry said it was seeking the repatriation of 75 children marooned in Iraq where 43 Tajik women are serving jail sentences for extremism-related crimes.

Repatriating the jailed women would be far more difficult, Tajik foreign minister Sirodjidin Mukhriddin admitted at the time.

The Islamic State (IS) group seized large swathes of Iraq in a lightning 2014 offensive, before the Iraqi government dislodged the jihadists from urban centres and eventually declared victory in December 2017.

The fall of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria has left many countries grappling with what to do with the jihadists and their relatives who want to return.

Tajik authorities have said over 1,000 citizens left the country to fight on the side of militant groups in Iraq and Syria after 2011, some after stints working abroad in Russia.

The most famous IS recruit from Tajikistan was Gulmurod Halimov, who headed the interior ministry’s special forces unit before sensationally announcing his defection to IS in a video attributed to the group in 2015.

Mantashe hails Wescoal partnership as a ‘great milestone’
1 May 2019, 6:21 PM

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe believes the success of a business transaction between former mineworkers and new investors Wescoal will pave the way for more similar initiatives.

Mantashe handed over 50% shareholding held by mining company Exxaro in Arnot Coal mine to former employees.

The workers were retrenched by the mine in 2016 after the company closed operations. The workers are now running the mine with Wescoal, whose also providing mining expertise.

The Department of Mineral Resources says this is the first of it’s kind and hopes it can be replicated elsewhere.

Mantashe has hailed the partnership as a great milestone in the mining sector.  “We are hoping this experiment will be a success so that it could be replicated. When the workers own a mine, it’s likely to succeed,” says Mantashe.

The former mine owner, Exxaro, has given its mining assets to the workers who’ll also be provided with skills to run the mine.

 

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