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Rural man’s innovation translates sign language into audio

27th June 2019 Having struggled throughout his childhood to communicate with his deaf parents, Lucky Netshidzati (26) created a hand glove which translates South African sign language into voice, text, and voice-to-sign language animation to improve communication between him and his parents.  Netshidzati’s... 

Rand Water planned maintenance wraps with minimal disruption

26th June 2019 Johannesburg residents can now breathe a sigh of relief after the 54-hour shut down for maintenance work on the B11 bulk supply line of Rand Water went off with minimum impact on households, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment and... 

Irregular spend at municipalities at R25.2bn, but could climb – AG

26th June 2019 Auditor General Kimi Makwetu on Wednesday revealed irregular spending at South Africa's municipalities decreased from R29.7-billion to R25.2-billion, but added the latter figure was likely to climb. Releasing the 2017/18 audit outcomes of municipalities, Makwetu said the irregular spend... 

Audit outcomes for South African municipalities continue to decline

26th June 2019 The audit outcomes of South Africans municipalities continued to deteriorate with only 18 of them achieving clean audits for 2017/18, Auditor General Kimi Makwetu said on Wednesday. Releasing the municipal audit outcomes in a media briefing, Makwetu said of the 257 municipalities and 21 municipal... 

AfDB to fund upgrades to South Sudan water, sanitation infrastructure

26th June 2019 South Sudan’s water and sanitation infrastructure is to be upgraded thanks to a decision by the African Development Bank to provide $24.7-million in funding. The bank’s Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project will support the rehabilitation of about 50 km of the capital Juba’s... 

Lanxess Mine strike: Mineworkers' health at risk, two more taken to hospital

26th June 2019 The health of some of the hundreds of mine workers who are staging a sit-in underground at Lanxess mine outside Rustenburg was deteriorating, said a worker who spoke to a union representative using a two-way radio on Wednesday. The worker was speaking from underground to National Union of... 

Group Five chair, three directors quit amid business rescue

25th June 2019 Embattled construction engineering company, Group Five, on Tuesday announced the resignation of four directors, including board chairperson Nonyameko Mandindi with immediate effect.  The group said that other non-executive directors who have resigned were Michael Upton, Edward Williams and Cora... 

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality vows to clean up filthy city

25th June 2019 Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has embarked on a  campaign to clean up the city by budgeting R40-million for the 2019/20 financial year.  Forty three co-operatives will be paid as part of its “Clean and Green Programme”. 

Numsa underground strike at Lanxess in Rustenburg is 'illegal'

25th June 2019 The ongoing underground strike by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) at Lanxess Chrome Mine (LCM) in Rustenburg was illegal, the mine said on Monday. "The strike has been declared illegal by a Johannesburg court but is ongoing. The main focus of LCM is currently... 

Solidarity says court's ruling against AMCU agency fee at Lonmin is victory for workers

25th June 2019 Solidarity said in a statement on Thursday it was pleased that the courts had ruled against AMCU’s agency fee agreement with Lonmin at its Marikana operations. Solidarity said that a coalition between itself, UASA and the NUM succeeded to obtain an urgent interdict against AMCU’s agreement with... 

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