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Alice residents wait for RDP houses to be fixed, six years later
25 November 2019, 7:53 PM

Residents of Golf Course settlement at Alice in the Eastern Cape are fuming after a promise to fix their shoddy RDP houses has not been realised.

They were demolished due to poor workmanship, but now still lie unfinished.

It’s alleged that a contractor was appointed to rebuild them, but has now left the site.

Residents allege they’ve been waiting for six years to have them fixed and their patience has run out.

Thokozile Phiyiwe, who vacated her house, wishes she did not agree to have it fixed.

“Not having a house while you used to have one is very painful. Yes, the houses were not in good condition and we want them to be fixed. When I pass by my site my heart becomes very painful because I know I used to have a house.”

Human Settlements Spokesperson, Masiza Mazizi says the MEC is aware of the matter and it will be resolved soon.

“She doesn’t want for now to respond on this matter. She has sent a team of officials to investigate this matter. She has written to all the regional directors to give us reports of all these projects across the province. So, that two-day meeting will be convened where she will be able to discuss with her team, discussing each project, each challenge and its way forward thereof.”

SAA, unions agree on wage deal, strike ends
22 November 2019, 3:12 PM

The strike at SAA is over with all parties signing a wage agreement in Johannesburg on Friday. The CCMA says in a statement on its website that the wage dispute between SAA and unions, the Cabin Crew Association and NUMSA, has been resolved.

The increment will be paid in two stages. The parties agree to an increase of 5.9% on total cost of employment retrospective to 1 April 2019, which will be paid in the February 2020 payroll, subject to availability of funding.

The back payment for the first 6 months (April to September 2019) will be paid in the March 2020 payroll.

The remaining 4 months (October 2019 to January 2020) back pay will be paid in the April 2020 payroll.

The CCMA has praised the parties for remaining in the mediation process.

Cabin Crew Association deputy president, Christopher Shabangu has been interviewed on the SABC’s TruFm Current Affairs show.

“You are the first station to know that we have reached an agreement with the SAA about the eight percent increase and we have agreed that part of that 8% will come from the suggestions of the unions which are going to be implemented through the task team, which is going to start next week. We have always believed that since 2015  this airline makes money, we are grateful right now that now we are given an opportunity to show what we meant when we say the airline has money, particularly if they don’t sabotage the task team that we are now starting.”

See the details of the agreement on the document below:

 

Gwala’s family to establish foundation for cancer awareness
6 November 2019, 4:20 PM

Veteran broadcaster Xolani Gwala’s wife Peggy-Sue Khumalo says the family will be launching the Xolani Gwala Foundation to focus on issues around cancer.

Khumalo announced this at her husband’s memorial held in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Gwala died on Friday aged 44 after losing his battle with colon cancer. He will be buried at his home village of Impendle in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Khumalo’s letter was read by a friend. “With the focus on cancer awareness, access to testing for early detection and funding for treatment. We will also pursue funding for young aspiring broadcasters and journalists it is also our wish as a family that Primedia 702 considers keeping the show as part of our legacy but also provide a platform to educate about cancer awareness and the need for early detection.”

Gwala’s children paid tribute to father 

Gwala’s children paid a moving tribute to their father. Gwala’s last born child Siphosethu told of her love for her father at his memorial in Sandton.

3 years old Siphosethu said a few words about her father. “I love him with my heart, all the time. He’s my favourite, I love him so much. I really love him. I love him so much, like a lot.”

Her sisters Siphosihle, Ngwali and Nobuhle on the other hand opted for a letter to be read.

 

 

MyBroadbrand warns of personal data leaks
14 October 2019, 2:42 PM

Technology publication ‘MyBroadband’ claims that the personal information of South Africans who applied for home loans through major banks in the last ten years, was exposed through a security flaw.

MyBroadband says the exposed data includes identity documents, home loan application information and the property valuation.

However the company in charge of storing and securing the data on behalf of the banks, ‘E4’ says the personal information of applicants has not been breached.

Senior journalist at MyBroadband, Jan Vermeulen says, “We got information from a source that this was happening and so we investigated a bit more. We were shown evidence the security flaw in action and then you we were able to follow up with the company. They confirmed that there were security flaws in the application programming interface but said that there’s been no leak and no unauthorised person has gained access to the data to the best of their knowledge. I can’t just connect to the API and look for myself if they’ve fixed the issue but we will certainly follow up. The latest information we had received was in fact evidence that the API was still exposed.”

Voting materials dispatched ahead of Mozambique elections
10 October 2019, 8:34 AM

The Mozambique Election Commission says all voter materials have been dispatched to various regions of the country ahead of the general elections on Tuesday, October 15th.

The Commission says 26 political parties are campaigning for elections.

It says it is confident that it will administer free and fair elections in which RENAMO will for the first time contest power without opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama.

The Commission’s spokesperson Paul Cuinica says for the first time ten governors will be chosen from the competing parties.

“The political parties are campaigning until the 12, we have had some incidents, like that one of propaganda materials destruction and we also have some clashes here and over there, but we would say that so far this has let us say a smooth campaign in spite of this incident. But we think that the problems that are happening here and over there have been controlled by the police.”

 

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