In a judgement hailed as a landmark by the Pan South African Language Board (Pansalb), the Pretoria High Court has ordered the Department of Labour's Compensation Commissioner to change its policy of communicating only in English. The court found the department and its commissioner in breach of the Pansalb Act and the Constitution. The ruling has signalled to government departments that multilingualism must become a reality.
When Bongani Mbonani matriculated in 1998, he enrolled on a catering course, convinced he was equipping himself with marketable skills. After completing the one-year course, he spent the next two years filling in job application forms, faxing his CV and knocking on prospective employers' doors.
Trade unions often complain that radio stations do not give them fair coverage, but now a new labour radio slot will ensure that they share their experiences and exchange views on air. The Labour Community Radio Project is a weekly one-hour radio programme broadcast on community stations that talks about the challenges workers face in their daily lives, and ways to address them.
When the now legendary Phelophepa train rolls into town people in surrounding villages flock to make use of its services, not only to have a tooth pulled or get a new pair of spectacles, but to learn much-needed primary health-care skills.
Despite being disillusioned about the lack of service delivery in their area, residents of Diepsloot, a sprawling settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg, turned out in their thousands to cast their votes on Wednesday. The voting mood was also fairly upbeat in Alexandra township in Johannesburg.