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‘I’ve been targeted wrongly’

''After having collected the money from [Charles] Modise, I gave it to the general secretary of the SACP [Nzimande]. Why I did not take it to the bank is again part of the information contained in the affidavit that I have given to the police,'' says Willie Madisha who spoke to the Mail & Guardian's Matuma Letsoalo about the disputed R500 000 donation to the SACP.

Workers and the ANC

Of the Cosatu respondents, 64% believed Cosatu should stay in the alliance, while 18% said the federation should go it alone.

Dept of Labour intervenes in Seta falling-out

The Department of Labour this week moved to resolve a falling-out between a major labour union and one of the government's skills development agencies. The Food and Allied Workers' Union has announced its decision to withdraw seven of its members from the Sector Education and Training Authority for Secondary Agriculture board.

Ramashia ‘never saw eye to eye with minister’

Irreconcilable differences between South African Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana and his director general, Advocate Rams Ramashia, led to Ramashia's sudden resignation this week -- seven months earlier than the expiry of his five-year contract, senior officials within the department told the Mail & Guardian Online on Thursday.

Glum outlook for UDM and NNP

Bantu Holomisa's United Democratic Party and the New National Party, led by Marthinus van Schalkwyk, appeared to be the big losers as the final counting for the 2004 polls drew closer on Thursday night. By 9.30pm on Thursday the UDM stood at 6,96% in its Eastern Cape stronghold, not even half of the 13,6% it got in 1999.

‘Employers must show their patriotism’

Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana has appealed to all South African employers to respect the constitutional rights of workers by allowing them to go and cast their vote on Wednesday April 14, a public holiday. "This holiday was declared specifically to allow South Africans to exercise their right to vote," he said.

Union suspends Harmony wage talks

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday announced its decision to suspend the current wage negotiations between the union and gold mining giant Harmony. This was in reaction to the company's announcement last Friday that it might have to close six of its mine shafts, which could cost more than 6 300 jobs.

Comprehensive taxi-rank upgrade launched

Gauteng transport minister Khabisi Mosunkutu on Tuesday launched a multimillion-rand project aimed at upgrading the Randfontein taxi rank in the West Rand. The project forms part of a R2,5-billion programme to transform existing taxi and bus ranks around the country into diversified retail and service outlets.

Scorpions on trail of Mabona official

The saga of Mpumalanga public works minister Steve Mabona intensified this week when the Scorpions submitted a long-awaited charge sheet in the Pretoria Regional Court against Mabona's former head of department, William Mthombothi. Mthombothi was arrested and charged with fraud by the Scorpions last November.

Minister confident about job gains

The recent employment figures released by Statistics South Africa are a clear indication that there has been a marginal increase in the number of people in employment, Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana said on Tuesday. He said the government is on track to meet its goal of halving unemployment by 2014.

Dept of Labour pounces on four companies

Department of Labour inspectors on Tuesday served 17 contravention notices and a prohibition order on four different companies at Isipingo, south of Durban, after several complaints relating to air pollution, environmental issues and unconducive working environments in the area.

Strike action on the wane

The number of man days lost in South Africa due to strike action fell from 945 000 in 2002 to 700 000 in 2003, according to labour analyst's Andrew Levy strike report for 2003. The report says strike action in the country has levelled off significantly since the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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