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HRC urges better dialogue following healthcare strike

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The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has called on healthcare workers to consider engaging it when they fail to resolve their disputes with government instead of embarking on a strike action that compromises the provision of healthcare.

The Commission is hosting a national dialogue on the impact of protest action on the right to access healthcare services.

The North West province was plunged into chaos a few months ago when healthcare workers went on a prolonged strike action over salaries and poor working conditions.

HRC Chairperson Bongani Majola has also appealed to government to develop early warning systems in order to resolve issues as soon as they are raised.

“Where the state fails to engage properly, we’d like to encourage trade union movements and workers together to consider engaging the Commission instead of venting their frustrations on innocent and ailing members of the public, who are compelled by their conditions to seek help in public hospitals and clinics. The Commission is committed to ensuring that the human rights of everyone are promoted and protected and this includes the rights of healthcare workers.”

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Cosatu, N West residents praised for fighting corruption

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North West Premier Professor Job Mokgoro has praised the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and residents for ensuring that they stop being subjected to unprecedented levels of abuse of public resources.

Mokgoro was speaking at the North West Cosatu 5th Elective Conference which started in Mahikeng on Wednesday night.

He took over from former premier Supra Mahumapelo who was removed following public protests.

Mokgoro insisted that corrupt officials who have been pointed out by the Inter ministerial Task Team probed governance in the province be harshly dealt with.

“If it had not been for Cosatu, other public sector unions and in particular the people of the North West, we would have still been subjected to unprecedented levels of abuse of much needed public resources. The stench of corruption in the public service indeed undermined trust within government and robbed many of our communities of the much needed efficient and effective delivery of services,” Mokgoro says.

Cosatu Provincial Chairperson Solly Lekhu raised concerns with what he termed a dysfunctional alliance within the North West.

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ANC NW PEC briefs media on Supra Mahumapelo’s future

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Traffic authorities appeal to ZCC pilgrims to exercise patience

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Some motorists travelling on the R71 between Moria and Polokwane in Limpopo have applauded traffic authorities for controlling traffic flow along the heavily congested road.

Thousands of motorists are travelling to various destinations from Moria following the ZCC’s annual Easter pilgrimage. These drivers say they expect to take longer than normal to reach their destinations.

“I’m going to Venda maybe plus-minus 4 hours from here to Venda, because there is a lot of traffic and the traffic cops also are looking at each and every corners… I believe everything is gonna be fine.”

There is moderate traffic congestion on the R71 in Mankweng, outside Polokwane, Limpopo, as thousands of ZCC pilgrims make their way from Moria following the church’s Easter sermon.

Traffic officials are controlling traffic at many intersections in Moria and Mankweng. Hundreds of busses and small vehicles started lining up on the busy R71 at 5 o’clock after the church service has ended.

Many of the motorists are making their way to the N1 south bound en route to Gauteng and other destinations.

Limpopo traffic authorities are appealing to motorists who will be travelling on the province’s busy routes over night to exercise patience.

The N1 southbound and the R71 will be heavily congested as ZCC pilgrims make their way from Moria following the church’s annual Easter pilgrimage.

Traffic spokesperson Matome Tauatsoala says officers are on hand to ensure that all motorists reach their destinations.

 

Traffic is expected to peak on Monday.

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One killed in protest at Royal Bafokeng Platinum shaft

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  One person was killed and part of South Africa’s Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s (RBPlat) conveyor belt was burnt during overnight protests at one of its shafts in the country’s North West Province, the platinum producer said on Thursday. Social and labour violence, soaring costs and depressed world platinum prices have hurt South Africa’s platinum industry
Source: The New Age

Accused in court for possession of explosives, stolen vehicle

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Tumisang Gama, 29, is expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of possession of explosive gels, business robbery and two accounts of possession of stolen vehicles. Gama was arrested after the police received information that he was in possession of two vehicles which had what looked like bullet holes. The North
Source: The New Age

Former councillor gets 5 years for conspiracy to kill Premier Mahumapelo

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Former Mahikeng local municipality councillor accused of conspiracy to murder the North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has been sentenced to five years by the Lehurutshe Regional Court. Eunice Gaatse Legalatladi, 42, was arrested for allegedly plotting to murder Premier Mahumapelo and Mahikeng mayor Gosiame Seatlholo. She was arrested on December 2 in 2014 at a
Source: The New Age

Five arrested for illegal weapons

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Five men were arrested on Saturday on their way to commit a business robbery, police have confirmed. They were apprehended for the illegal possession of firearms. North West police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani said in a statement. “The suspects’ apprehension came after Rustenburg tacticial response unity (TRT) received a tip-off about people who were
Source: The New Age

Youth unemployment prioritised

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THE battle of youth unemployment is intensifying with the provincial government vowing to put more focus on programmes aimed to eradicate unemployment. Premier Supra Mahumapelo said the department would change focus and prioritise programmes aimed to reduce poverty and youth unemployment levels across the province’s villages, townships and small dorpies. He said the change was
Source: The New Age

Young business owners look to dominate sector

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Two young men from humble beginnings, with one eye on the future and the other on the present, have ventured into local chemical manufacturing and supply. The North West-born founder of Solvent Distillers, Ofentse Lekoma, started his business late last year to pioneer and break the stereotype that black-owned companies can’t be leaders in the
Source: The New Age

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