Bosses Cannot Compel Workers to Take Covid-19 Vaccine
If your employer has threatened you with retrenchment for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has urged you to come forward. SAHRC Gauteng Head Commissioner Buang Jones says they are exploring the legalities around the issue of forced vaccination claims. The government has previously stated that if you’re …

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Cape Town Homeless Face Challenges in Registering for Vaccine
With the country in the grip of a bitter winter, the homeless have been particularly affected. They have to face the elements with barely any shelter and are exposed to many illnesses. But just how have they dealt with Covid-19 and what support exists to mitigate the impact of the pandemic? Guest: Cllr Zahid Badroodien …

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Breathing Techniques of SA Dinosaur Revealed
A dinosaur fossil found in the Eastern Cape in 2009 has revealed a bit more about the dinosaur’s anatomy. The 200 million year old fossil traveled to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France to be examined and reconstructed which showed how this extinct dinosaur breathes. This turning-point discovery was published by scientists belonging to …

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School Dropout Rate Triples Amid Pandemic
Now that schools have reopened at full capacity, fewer learners have returned to the classroom. According to data published by researchers involved in the NIDS-CRAM survey, an extra half a million learners have dropped out of school since the start of the pandemic. Rural areas and those hard hit by the economic challenges brought by …

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Police Union Rejects Government’s Public Wage Deal
Two policing unions and Nehawu have refused the government’s public sector wage deal. It offered workers a salary increase of 1.5% and a monthly allowance of over R1 000 for a year. The Public Service Association has agreed to the interim offer, but why are the other unions holding out? Guest: Lesiba Thabakgale – Spokesperson, …

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How has President Ramaphosa Fared in Times of Adversity?
Just last year South Africans were praising President Cyril Ramaphosa for his measured leadership as the country began its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. But the cracks soon started to show. Allegations of corruption in the Health Department surfaced, there was discord over lockdown regulations, and the bungling of the country’s vaccine acquisition are just …

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Diepsloot Residents Retrieve Looted Goods
Diepsloot residents in Johannesburg are taking a stand when it comes to looting. With the help of Metro Police and Rulldta taxi drivers, they are helping return goods that were looted from the local Bambanani Mall. The Diepsloot Residents Association was initially started to rid the area of  crime. Guest: Akim Zulu – Secretary, Diepsloot …

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Phoenix, KZN Community Call For An End To Racial Tensions
The unrest in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal is believed to be fueled by racial tensions between the Indian and Black communities. As it stands, the situation in the area remains tense following the riotous looting the province had experienced over the last two weeks. Seven suspects have been arrested and are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, …

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Drugs Worth R83 000 Confiscated in Bothasig
A large consignment of drugs has been uncovered in Bothasig. Police raided a residence that had been under surveillance for some time and found drugs to the value of R 83 000. The drug stash included tik, mandrax, dagga, cocaine, and ecstasy. Officers also uncovered counterfeit cigarettes, and other presumed stolen property. Police also seized …

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Some Labour Unions Unhappy with Public Sector Wage Deal
Several public service unions have blasted government’s interim wage deal as an insult. The South African Policing Union’s spokesperson Lesiba Thabakgale says that the R 1 000 cash gratuity is an insult. He says that this money is also subject to taxation and is non-pensionable. He  says that this means that the extra money will …

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African Union (AU) Controversially Grants Israel Observer Status
After nearly two decades of campaigning, Apartheid-Israel has been granted observer status at the Africa Union (AU). To officiate the move, the occupation entity’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi, and Chad Aleli Admasu presented his credential to the AU Commission’s chair Moussa Faki Mahamat. While Israel has celebrated the move, it was not welcomed by all …

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Umrah Costs Spiral for International Pilgrims
International pilgrims would soon be allowed to perform the Umrah. This, as the Saudi Kingdom, is allowing direct flights into the country as of 1 Muharram, for the majority of countries except nine. They include South Africa, India, and Brazil. This means that pilgrims from these countries would need to quarantine for 14 days in …

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WC Geared Up for Covid-19 Third Wave – Is It?
Despite bearing the second-most cases of Covid-19 in the country, the Western Cape Health Department appears to have the third wave under a level of control. Recent modelling indicated that the province could reach the peak of its third wave between now and August. While the Covid-19 cases are plateauing, the number of hospitalisations and …

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Will The Closure of Taxi Routes Curb Violence?
As of 26 July, the Paarl-Bellville taxi route will be closed for the next two months. Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell says due to warring taxi associations Cata and Codeta failing yet again to reach a peaceful resolution, and end taxi violence, this was his last resort. While the closure of certain routes and …

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Healed Bite Mark goes a Long Way for Paleontology
Tooth marks can go a long way in the field of paleontology. In a rare finding the Permian Gorgonopsian that roamed Africa 250 million years ago exhibited a healed bite mark. It provides a different perspective on the predatory behaviour of these extinct animals. Guest: Claire Browning – Curator of Karoo Palaeontology, Iziko South African …

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Can SA Afford a Basic Income Grant?
While the state is trying to alleviate poverty by proposing the multi-billion-rand basic income grant scheme, the investment community believes it’s an unwise financial decision. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa hinted at the government looking into the feasibility of proposing a basic income grant to help South Africa’s poor. Should this proposal come into effect, …

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Covid-19 Third Wave Less Severe in WC Due to Immunity
It’s suspected that increased immunity has played a part in the Western Cape not having experienced a major surge of Covid-19 infections during the third wave. The Provincial Health Department’s Chief Operating Officer Dr Saadiq Kariem explains that the region had a devastating second wave which improved overall seroprevalence. However studies are still being conducted …

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Tiger Brands Recalls Defective Cans of Vegetable Products
An estimated 20 million cans of vegetable products of the KOO and Hugo brands have been recalled due to a defect. Tiger Brands says this applies to products like baked beans, peas and sweetcorn that were produced between May 1st 2019 to May 5th this year. According to the packaged goods company the cans may …

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Passengers Use Alternate Transport after B97 Taxi Route Closure
It’s believed the fight over the Bellville to Paarl taxi route is simply a smoke screen for something bigger. The City’s Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith says there are only six permits on the B97 route which is not a big deal. Cata and Codeta have been locked in a cycle of …

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Paarl and Bellville Route Closed to Curb Taxi Violence
The taxi route B97 between Mbekweni/Paarl and Bellville will be closed for business due to an ongoing deadly dispute between associations CATA and CODETA. The Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell announced that the two-month closure comes into effect on Monday. This means that all routes and ranks, including lanes situated at the Bellville Public …

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Government Investigates Transnet Hack
A transport union wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to order law enforcement agencies to take swift action in protecting the logistics and port operator Transnet following a cyberattack. The suspected hack took down the state-owned entity’s IT system, several of its websites and its vital Navis container terminal operating system. It forced the company to shift …

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Bosnia Massacre – Is EU Policy Driving Islamophobia?
This month marks 26 years since the brutal massacre of over 8 000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. The investigations to find more mass graves and seek justice for the victims and their families continue. But there are fears that the growing anti-Islam policies in Europe could cause a repeat of the 1995 …

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SA Unrest: What Really Lies Behind the Looting?
What is the real motive behind the last two weeks of looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng? According to research conducted by Stellenbosch University criminologist Dr Guy Lamb, a variety of narratives have emerged trying to explain the looting frenzy. Some have accused die-hard Jacob Zuma supporters of fueling the unrest while others have intimated that …

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Ramaphosa Among World Leaders Targetted in Pegasus Spying
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s name was one of the 14 heads of states that were targeted to be spied on using the Israeli spyware, Pegasus. According to the UK’s Guardian newspaper the leaked database of the Pegasus project includes the mobile phone numbers of President Ramaphosa, French President Emmanuel Macron and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. …

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Africa Report: Somalia Under US Strikes, Egypt’s First Hijabi Referee
– Mali’s interim president survives a knife attack – Chinese, Mauritanian workers kidnapped in Mali – Further US airstrikes on Somalia – the first under the Biden administration – Egypt’s Sara Gamal makes history as the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to referee basketball at the Olympic Games More Posts for Show: NRA
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