Uber, Taxify drivers remain on strike

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Striking drivers of the e-hailing taxi services Uber and Taxify have threatened to remain on strike until their demands are met. However, they did not proceed to Taxify’s offices in Bryanston after handing over a memorandum of demands to Uber management in Krammerville near Sandton.

They have given Uber until Thursday to respond to their demands. They want the 25 percent commission received by the company to be immediately reduced to 15 percent.

They are also demanding better rates in light of fuel hikes and that the two companies stop training more drivers and putting more cars on the road, saying they are even struggling to make a profit because the market is too congested.

Non-striking Uber and Taxify drivers were pulled over and forced to join the protest by their striking colleagues at various locations such as OR Tambo and Lanseria airports, as well at a number of Gautrain stations.

The situation was no different at Zoo Lake where hundreds of drivers gathered on Tuesday morning before making their way to Uber’s offices in Krammaville near Sandton. However, they were made to wait for about three hours, with management unwilling to engage them.

“Uber is a very arrogant organisation. Uber was forced by the SAPS to send management to come receive the memorandum. They were highly unwilling; they come out to receive it under duress. They call us partners but they’re so afraid to engage with their so-called partners. So it goes to show that there’s not partnership here, it’s just on-going exploitation. And they feel no need to justify their actions to us,” says Spokesperson for the drivers Vhatuka Mbelengwa.

When Uber Representative Deon du Toit eventually came out to meet them, he had very little to say. “I accept this on behalf of Uber, it will reach Uber management within minutes of me receiving it. I’m going to sign this with your representatives. And we’re ready to do this.”

The drivers were not pleased, as they called on Uber to immediately shut down the online taxi app. Mbelengwa says they expect feedback from Uber by Thursday. “We have given them a maximum of 48 hours to respond to us, failure to do so, we will reconvene here. Failure to do so, we’re going to be offline; we’re going to continue to mobilise drivers. And engage with drivers in different areas who may not be aware of what’s happening; make them aware so we can correctly encourage them to stay offline.”

The march was also supposed to proceed to Taxify’s offices in Bryantson. “We sent out a team to the Taxify offices and there was absolutely nobody there. They had completely absconded. They had abdicated responsibility of engaging with us. So we saw it fit not to proceed forth to Taxify. We’ll re-strategize, and at a date sooner rather than later, we’ll go to Taxify,” says Mbelengwa.

However, Taxify’s country Manager Gareth Taylor says they have been engaging with drivers and are already addressing some of their concerns. “At Taxify we take a 15 percent commission. Drivers on Taxify earn typically 13 to 20-percent more than drivers on other e-hailing platforms. We increased the fares couple of weeks back in response to the petrol price being increased. With regards to safety, we’ve introduced the Lamola integration that has increased our partnership in the relationship that we have with the police and we’re in a better position to collaborate with the police on when and where things are happening. Coming out in the coming weeks will also be armed response.” Click below for more on the story: 

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Prime Time: Gauteng MECs visit family of femicide victim in White City

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SABC to rebrand programs

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says South Africans can, from Monday, look forward to reworked and rebranded programming across its television, radio and online platforms.

The public broadcaster says the changes are designed to keep up with the modern broadcast environment and emerging digital opportunities.

The SABC says this includes providing a premium source of news in South Africa and the continent.

The changes will start being implemented from Monday, including a faster paced Morning Live programme on SABC 2.

SABC News on all radio platforms will have a distinct signature tune for news bulletins that will reflect the identity of their premium news source.

Commenting on the repositioning journey, Group Executive of News and Current Affairs, Phathiswa Magopeni stated, “SABC News is the largest news brand in the country, and there is no better way to affirm our role and impact on South Africans than to reimagine and transform our brand to speak to the soul of the nation in a way that is balanced and unrestrained.”

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Violence leading cause of death

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VIOLENCE is one of the leading causes of death and injury in South Africa, with 18 people on average killed by guns each day, Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) said. Several studies have also suggested that the youth who grow up in violent families and communities are more likely to become violent in adolescence and
Source: The New Age

Subscription TV broadcasting services on spotlight at Icasa inquiry

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The subscription television broadcasting services came under the spotlight at an inquiry at Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The regulatory body held public hearings as part of its mandate to promote competition in the broadcasting and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors.

The purpose of this inquiry is to establish factors that have contributed to new broadcasting licensees not being able to successfully launch their services and attract a number of new subscribers.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s main bone of contention in this inquiry is what it describes as unfair competition from its competitors.

SABC Chief Operations Officer Chris Maroleng is worried about advertising limitations among other things, saying some of the public broadcaster competitors seem to be benefiting from more advertising, and this gives them an unfair advantage.

The public broadcaster has proposed that the current regulations be amended to level the playing field in the broadcasting sector.  Following this inquiry the information collected will be published for further consultation.



Below is the SABC presentation to ICASA on Inquiry into Competition in the subscription broadcasting market:

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Police yet to confirm that top advocate was shot in robbery

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Police have confirmed that one person was shot in the leg on Thursday at Basement Lounge in Kibler Park. Reports say a group of men armed with guns entered the lounge and ordered people to lie on the floor before they searched them. The criminals took cellphones, car keys and money from the people who
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Judgment reserved on Atul Gupta and Bank of Baroda case

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Gupta brothers (L)

Judgment has been reserved in the High Court in Bloemfontein in the preservation order matter involving the controversial businessman Atul Gupta and the Bank of Baroda.

The legal representatives for Atul Gupta and the Gupta companies have argued that the High Court in Bloemfontein has erred in granting the preservation order to freeze the assets of the Bank of Baroda and the R10 million his in personal account.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) argued that various deposits were made to the Bank of Baroda from the Estina project.

The money left the account as soon as it was deposited.

NPA’s Advocate Thato Ntimutse argued that there is a string of illegitimate transactions in the account and that Bank of Baroda failed to keep proper records of their banking. The court heard that the bank does not operate within the prescripts of the law.

At some stage it received a fine of R11 million from the Reserve Bank.

Ntimutse says: “The fact of the matter is… the Bank of Baroda runs an account which is like a trust account of an attorney, where all the money comes into a single pool, entries are made by someone at the bank to say a certain amount of money has gone in for a certain client.”

The Bank of Baroda’s Legal representative refuted the NPA’s allegations.

Luc Spiller said: “The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) also went on to make various allegations about the inadequacy of record keeping Baroda.

“The response to that, there has no bearing upon this case… as because it has nothing to do with the principle of co-mangling. The instances of inadequacy are wrong records.”

 The case which was set down for two days has been adjourned; judgement will be delivered next Friday.


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TMPD mourns the death of yet another officer

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The Tshwane Metro Police Department is saddened to learn of the loss of its member on Thursday. The department said the constable was found dead at his parents’ home in Limpopo with a bullet wound in his body. “It is alleged that the constable who at this stage we cannot release his identity visited his
Source: The New Age

UP bans private accommodation

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THE University of Pretoria (UP) banned a private owned student accommodation from its list of residences due to lack of transformation and won’t be participating in its upcoming events. The Sonop residence apparently doesn’t meet the university’s transformation quota, accommodating black students in only six out of 160 residences of Sonop remains predominantly Afrikaans and
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Pastor shot in church dies in hospital

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The 40-year old pastor died in hospital.

The pastor who was shot in his church in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg on Sunday morning, has died in hospital.

Eyewitnesses say three armed men walked into the church and shot the 40-year old pastor before fleeing the scene.

Police are investigating a case of murder, and have launched a manhunt for the suspects. Police spokesperson, Jean Olckers says the motive for the shooting is still unknown.

“The pastor that was shot in Edenvale this morning has passed away in hospital. We do urge anybody with further information regarding this case urge anyone with further information to come forward and give us the information. A case of murder is now being investigated.”

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