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Jun 19

HOSPERSA SLAMS GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO RETRENCH PUBLIC SERVANTS

Hospersa has criticised Government’s plans to cut costs in the public sector by cutting the wage bill.  Instead, the Union has called on Government to address the critical levels of staff shortages in the public sector.  The Union has also cautioned the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) from abusing the retirement savings of public servants by constantly bailing out poorly run State-Owned Enterprises (SOE’s).
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May 19

HOSPERSA WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF ZWELI MKHIZE AS NEW HEALTH MINISTER

Hospersa has welcomed the appointment of Zweli Mkhize as the new Minister of Health by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  The Union has called on the new minister to resuscitate the ailing Department of Health (DoH) characterised by staff shortages, poor infrastructure as well as corruption and maladministration.
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May 19

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS FOR NURSES

Hospersa has called on the Department of Health (DoH) as well as private health institutions to address the poor working conditions and remuneration shortfalls of nurses.  The Union has highlighted many concerns affecting nurses in South Africa as the international community celebrates the role played by nurses.  The Union has also vowed to continue campaigning for an improved health care service and improved working conditions for nurses in both the public and private sector.
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Mar 19

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR HEALTH WORKER’S SAFETY ON TB DAY

Hospersa is calling for greater commitment to the health and safety of health workers on the commemoration of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.  The Union recognises that there are serious shortcomings in the already embattled South African health system leading to great risks being faced by workers in the health sector. 
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Mar 19

HOSPERSA TO MARCH FOR IMPROVED WORKING CONDITIONS AT EZEMVELO KZN WILDLIFE

Hospersa in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is requesting members of the media to attend a march to address workers’ employment issues at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
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Mar 19

HOSPERSA REITERATES CALLS FOR NATIONAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ACTION PLAN

Hospersa has called on Government to expedite finalising the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and femicide. This call comes after GBV was once again in the spotlight when a social media video of a popular South African musician being assaulted, allegedly by her boyfriend, went viral yesterday. The Union also demands strong action against perpetrators of GBV and an improvement in the public health care system in dealing with cases of assault to ensure victims receive adequote assistance.
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Jan 19

HOSPERSA JOINS HANDS WITH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Hospersa has signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS). The agreement paves a way for collaborative efforts for both parties to address various Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) challenges experienced by health workers in the workplace. By signing this agreement, the NIOH and the Union have pledged to working together on projects that seek to improve and promote OHS for health workers in South Africa.
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Jan 19

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS PLANNED RETRENCHMENTS AT NETCARE

Hospersa has critised the NETCARE Group for planned retrenchments at a number of its facilities over the next few weeks. The private healthcare group issued the Union with a notice that it plans to restructure its business operations in its hospital division which would affect hundreds of employees. Hospersa, the largest Trade Union at NETCARE in South Africa, has vowed to use all its legal avenues to block any possible retrenchments put forward by the profit-driven healthcare group.
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Nov 18

HOSPERSA CONVENES ITS NATIONAL CONGRESS

Hospersa is requesting members of the media to attend the opening day of its National Congress on 27 November 2018 at Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria. The upcoming congress will also mark the Union’s 60 years celebration which will reach its peak when the Union elects new National Office Bearers on the last day of congress.
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Oct 18

HOSPERSA TO MARCH TO KZN PREMIER’S OFFICE FOR HEALTH WORKERS’ ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED

Hospersa in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province is requesting members of the media to attend a march to address health workers’ employment issues at KZN Department of Health (DoH).
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Sep 18

HOSPERSA CRITICISE GAUTENG HEALTH FOR BANK OF LISBON BUILDING FIRE

Hospersa has critised the Gauteng Department of Health (DoH) for the fire that claimed the lives of three fire fighters at Bank of Lisbon Building yesterday. The Union has consistently complained about the building which houses the Gauteng DoH and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlement. Hospersa has demanded that all government officials that ignored the warning signs regarding the poor safety conditions of the building to be held accountable and all staff members to be relocated to a safer building.
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Aug 18

HOSPERSA TO MARCH FOR IMPROVED WORKING CONDITIONS OF DATA CAPTURERS AT NORTH WEST PUBLIC HEALTH

Hospersa in the North West province is requesting members of the media to attend a march to address the poor state of working conditions of data capturers in the North West (NW) Department of Health (DoH).
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Jul 18

HOSPERSA SUPPORTS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE TOTAL SHUT DOWN PROTEST

Hospersa has condemned last night’s attack on an ambulance in the Northam area of Limpopo province. This attack has once again raised the alarm bells on the safety concerns of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel. The Union has reiterated its calls on government to address the EMS personnel’s plea for safe working conditions.
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Jun 18

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS LATEST AMBULANCE ATTACK IN LIMPOPO

Hospersa has condemned last night’s attack on an ambulance in the Northam area of Limpopo province. This attack has once again raised the alarm bells on the safety concerns of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel. The Union has reiterated its calls on government to address the EMS personnel’s plea for safe working conditions.
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Jun 18

HOSPERSA BEMOANS MINISTER’S RESPONSE TO PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

Hospersa is disappointed by the response given by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, regarding the state of public health in the country. The Department of Health (DoH) has been under heavy criticism since the beginning of the year with the Health Ombudsman stating that it is collapsing. However, the Minister has dismissed these claims and maintains that his department is afloat. The Union agrees with the Health Ombudman’s claims and has reiterated calls for a national health indaba in order to find solutions that will resuscitate the collapsing department.
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May 18

HOSPERSA WELCOMES SUPRA EXIT… FINALLY

Hospersa has welcomed the resignation of North West (NW) Premier, Supra Mahumapelo following endless calls for his resignation. The Union reiterates its request to the political heads to appoint a credible replacement that will prioritise the resuscitation of the health care service in the NW Province which has all but collapsed under Mahumapelo’s leadership. Hospersa also aims to seek legal advice regarding the North West Department of Health’s failure to provide a safe working environment for its members during the unrest where its members are barred from resuming their duties in a number of hospitals and clinics that remain closed.
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May 18

HOSPERSA REJECTS PUBLIC SERVICE WAGE OFFER

Hospersa has rejected Government’s final wage increase offer for public service employees. The Union consulted its provincial structures after Government’s final offer was tabled at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) on 18 May 2018. The Union calls on Government to put to the table a fair offer that will speak to challenges faced by public service employees in a tough economy with the recent Value Added Tax (VAT) increase.
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May 18

HOSPERSA CELEBRATES NURSES

Hospersa celebrates the role played by nurses amid difficult working conditions in delivering health care services in South Africa. The Union has vowed to continue campaigning for an improved public health care service and improved working conditions for nurses.
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May 18

HOSPERSA CONCERNED BY SUPRA U-TURN

Hospersa has expressed concerns about the decision of the North West (NW) Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, to reverse his decision to resign. The Union has again written to the President seeking political intervention from the governing party to solve the “Supra conundrum” which has led to ongoing violent protests and a collapsed health care service in the NW Province.
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May 18

HOSPERSA WELCOMES SUPRA EXIT

Hospersa has welcomed the resignation of North West (NW) Premier, Supra Mahumapelo following violent protests that have brought many essential services in the province to a halt. The Union has called on the political heads to appoint a credible replacement that will prioritise the resuscitation of the health care service in NW province which has all but collapsed.
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May 18

HOSPERSA SLAMS KZN HEALTH FOR POOR SERVICE DELIVER

Hospersa has criticised the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health (DoH) for dismal health standards in the province’s public health facilities. The criticism comes after the KZN Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Health visited the Church of Scotland Hospital in Tugela Ferry and found patients sleeping on benches and on the floor.
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Apr 18

HOSPERSA WILL NOT BE SUPPORTING TOMORROW’S PLANNED STRIKE

Hospersa will not be joining the nation-wide strike set to hit the country tomorrow. The strike is organised by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) which Hospersa is not affiliated to. The Union has urged its members to go to work and should not heed to calls for a country-wide shut down of public services.
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Apr 18

HOSPERSA CALLS ON PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO ADDRESS COLLAPSED HEALTH SERVICE IN NORTH WEST

Hospersa has increased its calls for national intervention at the North West (NW) Department of Health (DoH) by writing to President Cyril Ramaphosa seeking his intervention. In the letter, the Union has highlighted the ailing state of public health in the NW province which is characterised by corruption and maladministration involving senior officials and disrupted delivery of health care service due to a reported go-slow by health workers. The Union is concerned that there has been little interevention from the National DoH and now look to the President for urgent assistance.
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Apr 18

HOSPERSA SLAMS NORTHERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR ONE-MAN AMBULANCE CREWS

Hospersa has critised the Northern Cape (NC) Department of Health (DoH) for operating one-man crew ambulances in close to twenty (20) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) stations across the province. The Union has vowed to intensify its campaign against staff shortages in the province’s EMS stations in order to improve the working conditions of its members.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH INDABA

Hospersa has criticised the Department of Health (DoH) for the poor standard of health care services that millions of South Africans that depend on public health facilities are being subjected to. The embattled department has come under heavy criticism for corruption and maladministration, gross Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) violations, staff shortages as well as rising medico-legal claims. The Union has called for a national health indaba to resuscitate the department which it has labelled as in crisis-mode.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR LOW TB FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Hospersa has critised government for the little focus given to the high prevalance of Tuberculosis (TB) cases amongst health care workers. The Union has previously written to various government departments demanding action in addressing the alarming Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) contraventions that are endangering health care workers lives and putting them at risk in contracting TB at work. The Union has now vowed to seek legal advise to force government to address the dismal working conditions subjected to their members where TB infections are rising at a frightening rate.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA SAYS ESIDIMENI ORDER IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VICTORY

Hospersa has welcomed the Life Esidimeni arbitration order whereby government must pay R1,2 million to families of the mentally-ill patients that died while under the care of the Gauteng Department of Health (DoH). The Union has called for criminal prosecution of the implicated senior officials in order to send a strong message against the abuse of power by government officials entrusted with delivering essential services to those that need it the most.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA NOT PARTICIPATING IN PLANNED HEALTH WORKERS STRIKE

Hospersa has distanced itself from the reported health workers strike scheduled to take place this coming Friday, 16 March 2018. The Union has urged its members not to participate in the illegal strike and has called for further engagement with the employer regarding the dispute.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA DISTANCES ITSELF FROM REPORTED FORENSIC PATHOLOGY STRIKE

Hospersa has distanced itself from the reported strike by Forensic Pathology Officers (FPO’s) in the Gauteng province. The Union has urged its members to not participate in the illegal strike which has seen services disrupted in Gauteng mortuaries.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP IN CORRUPT RIDDEN NORTH WEST PROVINCE

Hospersa in the North West (NW) Province elected new Provincial Office Bearers at its Provincial congress on 7 and 8 March 2018. The Union has been very vocal about corruption and maladministration in the NW Department of Health and has called for all implicated senior officials to be brought to book.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA CALLS ON PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO FIRE MINISTER DLAMINI

Hospersa joins the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day and has called for the Minister of Women in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini, to be removed from office for her role in the social grants payment saga. The Union has called for credible women leaders to be appointed in such key positions if progress is to be made in addressing gender equality in the country.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA SHOCKED BY WATERLOGGED FILE ROOM AT CHARLOTTE MAXEKE HOSPITAL

Hospersa is shocked by reports that patients’ medical files at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital are being stored in room drenched with water due to a burst pipe. The reports come just after a year when the hospital’s roof caved in, trapping five people under the rubble. The Union calls upon the Chief Inspector of the Department of Labour (DoL) to act firm against institutions found to be violating Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA CRITICISE GOVERNMENT’S SLOW ACTION IN NORTH WEST PUBLIC HEALTH PROBE

Hospersa has welcomed the announcement of a forensic audit into the North West (NW) Department of Health (DoH) following the recent corruption scandal involving the province’s Health Head of Department (HOD). However, the Union questions the delay that it has taken for such an audit to be conducted in light of numerous cases of alleged corruption and maladministration being reported. Hospersa has pointed the finger of blame to the Minister of Health for allowing corruption to run riot in his department while warning signs were being sent to his office without any reply.
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Mar 18

HOSPERSA ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Hospersa in the Western Cape Province elected new Provincial Office Bearers at its Provincial congress on 21 and 22 February 2018. The Union in the province also adopted key resolutions to tackle during the next five years in its efforts of fighting for improved working conditions of its members.
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Feb 18

HOSPERSA WELCOMES CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST NORTH WEST HEALTH HOD

Hospersa has welcomed reports stating that the North West (NW) Provincial Legislature has laid charges against the province’s Health Head of Department (HOD) over a contract to a “Gupta-linked” company. The Union has previously highlighted corruption and maladministration in the province and questioned a similar contract which the Health HOD denied any wrong doing. The Union calls on the the Hawks to probe into other irregular contracts linked to the embattled HOD to ensure that all those found with their hands in the till are brought to book.
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Feb 18

HOSPERSA WELCOMES NHI BOOST IN BUDGET SPEECH

Hospersa has welcomed the allocation of additional funds towards the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). However, the Union has criticised government for the increase in VAT stating that it is the poor that will be affected the most. The Union is disappointed that the minister did not address the filling of vacant posts in the public service – especially in public health and calls for the issue of maladministration and corruption by senior officials to be immediately addressed.
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Feb 18

HOSPERSA CALLS ON RAMAPHOSA TO TACKLE HEALTH FAILURES IN SONA

Hospersa is calling upon the newly appointed President Cyril Ramaphosa to give adequate attention to the various failures in public health care when delivering his very first State of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening. The Union shares its hopes that the President will address the core problems surrounding public health which has reached new lows at local government level where structural problems are exacerbated by poor management, corruption and maladministration.
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Feb 18

HOSPERSA ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE NORTHERN CAPE

Hospersa in the Northern Cape Province elected new Provincial Office Bearers at its Provincial congress held in Kimberley on 6 and 7 February 2018. The Union in the province also adopted key resolutions to tackle during the next five years in its efforts of fighting for improved working conditions of its members.
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Feb 18

HOSPERSA DISTURBED BY PENSION FUND BAIL OUT FOR ESKOM

Hospersa is alarmed by the announcement of the R5 billion bail out to Eskom by the Public Investment Coporation (PIC). The Union has called on the PIC to focus on investing and not fall victim to granting loans to cash-strapped government entities.
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Dec 17

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR IMPROVED HEALTH WORKERS’ SAFETY ON WORLD AIDS DAY

Hospersa has maintained its stance on not celebrating victory in the fight against HIV/AIDS for over the last decade and half. The Union has cited that while South Africa ticks the achievements on the HIV/AIDS scorecard, it warns against the rising levels of infection on health care workers due to the gross violations of Occupational Health Safety (OHS) in public health facilities. The Union has also called on the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) to fully implement the National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2017 – 2022 to enhance the safety of health care workers in their workplaces.
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Dec 17

HOSPERSA WELCOMES MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM REPORT ON KZN HEALTH FACILITIES

Hospersa has welcomed the report by the Ministerial Task Team into four of KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) public hospitals. The report paints a grim picture of the assessed hospitals and recommends that budget allocations for these hospitals to be reviewed. The Union has called on the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to extend such investigations to other provinces to get report on the full extent of how public health facilities are ill equipped in the delivery of health care services to communities
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Dec 17

HOSPERSA JOINS FEDUSA IN OHS MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

Hospersa is requesting members of the media to attend a march to the Republic of South Africa Parliament on 5 December 2017 over the escalating levels of violence levelled against Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. The Union will join hands with the federation that it is affiliated to, the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), in what is termed as the “Workers Lives Matter March”. Two other trade unions affiliated to FEDUSA, United National Trade Union (UNTU) and Public Service Association (PSA), will also take part in an effort to highlight the crucial importance of prioritising Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the sectors where the unions’ members have come under constant attack in demarcated red zones.
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Nov 17

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR NATIONAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ACTION PLAN

Hospersa is calling for a national action plan to address the alarming rate of gender based violence in the country. This call is being as the country prepares to highlight the scourge of Gender-based violence (GBV) during the 16 Days of Activism against women and children campaign. The Union has also called on law enforcement agencies for a tougher stance against perpetrators found guilty in order to send a strong message that will assist in eradicating these violent crimes.
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Nov 17

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS HARASSMENT OF MEMBERS AT MPUMALANGA HEALTH

Hospersa condemns the recent acts of harassment directed at its members at Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga. Two Hospersa members are being unfairly victimised for non-payments of travel claims amounting to over two hundred thousand rands due to Primary Health Care (PHC) employees by the Mpumalanga Department of Health (DoH). The Union calls on the Mpumalanga Health Head of Department (HOD) to intervene and instruct the Ehlanzeni District to fully disclose the district’s financial woes in order to end the misdirected anger at its members.
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Nov 17

HOSPERSA CONSIDERS WITHDRAWING EMS SERVICE AFTER LATEST AMBULANCE ATTACK

Hospersa is shocked to learn of the latest attack on an ambulance on the N2 highway in Cape Town. An 8 year old patient died after the ambulance transporting him was attacked by three armed men, robbing the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel of their belongings. The Union sends its condolences to the family of the deceased, and is considering withdrawing the service to put pressure on government to address the scourge of these attacks which are depriving community members of urgent medical attention when needed the most.
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Oct 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR SLOW REACTION TO EMS ATTACKS CRISIS

Hospersa has critised government for taking time in addressing issues around the attacks on Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers. This comes in the wake of reports that two EMS workers were robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning. The Union calls on government to urgently address the safety issues faced by its members which have seen attacks increasing at an alarming rate since the beginning of the year.
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Sep 17

HOSPERSA CONCERNED BY POOR MANAGEMENT AT EZEMVELO

Hospersa is concerned by the recent negative reports on the dire state of Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife’s (Ezemvelo) finances. Ezemvelo’s management have been criticised by the finance portfolio committee for underspending, not filling key vacancies and for changes to its board. The Union has vowed to address its members’ concerns regarding staff shortages, poor management and corruption as well as any Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) issues at the nature conservation agency.
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Sep 17

HOSPERSA SUPPORTS SAHRC STATEMENT ON KZN CANCER CRISIS RESPONSE

Hospersa has come out in support of the South African Human Rights Commissions’ (SAHRC) statement that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health Department’s responses to the oncology crisis are unsatisfactory. The Commission has critised the KZN Health Department for failing to implement the recommendations from its report on the provision of oncology service in KZN. The Union has continued to call for a leadership change in the province’s health portfolio by reiterating calls for the resignation of the KZN Health Member of Executive Council (MEC).
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Sep 17

HOSPERSA TAKES LIMPOPO HEALTH TO TASK OVER PARAMEDICS OHS CONTRAVENTIONS

Hospersa has reported the Limpopo Department of Health (DoH) to the Department of Labour (DoL) for gross Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) violations at Northam Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Station. The Union has requested the DoL to conduct an urgent inspection at the facility in order to come up with possible solutions.
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Sep 17

HOSPERSA WELCOMES MINISTER’S CALL FOR ARRESTS ON KZN ONCOLOGY CRISIS

Hospersa welcomes the Minister of Health’s call for the arrest of implicated individuals in the procurement of oncology machines in KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Health. A forensic audit into the reasons why two radiography machines at Addington Hospital broke down and never fixed is currently under way. The Union awaits the audit report and has again called for the resignation of the Health Member of the Executive Council (MEC) in KZN for his lack of management of the province’s health department since 2009 when the oncology crisis began.
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Sep 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS LATEST CAPE TOWN AMBULANCE ATTACK

Hospersa has slammed the recent attack on an ambulance in Western Cape last week. The attacks on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers continues to be a thorn in the flesh in the Western Cape. The Union calls on government to deploy the national defence force to address the crisis which has seen the scourge of attacks on EMS workers’ increasing at an alarming rate.
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Aug 17

HOSPERSA TO MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION AND MALADMINISTRATION IN NORTH WEST PUBLIC HEALTH

Hospersa in the North West province is requesting members of the media to attend a march to address corruption and maladministration in the province’s public health department. The march will also raise concerns on the high levels of staff shortages as well as occupational health and safety in the province.
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Aug 17

HOSPERSA UNMOVED BY MINISTER’S SOLUTION ON KZN ONCOLOGY CRISIS

Hospersa welcomes the Minister of Health’s intervention into the oncology crisis in KwaZulu-Natal but is of the view that the officials responsible for the crisis are not being held accountable. The Union has repeatedly called for the resignation of the Health Member of the Executive Council (MEC) in the province and blames his lack of management of the province’s health department for the oncology crisis.
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Aug 17

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS ASSAULT ON A WOMAN BY HIGHER EDUCATION DEPUTY MINISTER

Hospersa has come out strongly against the Deputy Minister of Higher Education for allegedly assaulting a woman at a social club in Johannesburg. The Union has called for tough action to be taken against the Deputy Minister to send a strong message against gender-based violence on women and children.
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Aug 17

HOSPERSA MEMBERS CALL OFF SANPARKS STRIKE ACTION

Hospersa members at South African National Parks (SANParks) have ended the strike action. Members affiliated to the Union ended the week-long strike to protect the gains made during the negotiations. The Union will now focus on getting the tourism giant to address other work-related issues for improved working conditions of its members.
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Jul 17

HOSPERSA MEMBERS CONTINUE STRIKE ACTION AT SANPARKS

Hospersa members at South African National Parks (SANParks) are continuing with the industrial action after rejecting the new wage offer. The Union’s members have maintained their stance for an equal salary increase for all employees and will continue to engage with SANParks to end the impasse.
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Jul 17

HOSPERSA SUSPENDS SANPARKS STRIKE AFTER RECEIVING IMPROVED OFFER

Hospersa has suspended the industrial action at South African National Parks (SANParks) following an improved offer by the tourism giant. Hospersa members had downed tools this morning after wage negotiations broke down after the intervention by the Senior Commissioner from the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). The Union will now seek a mandate from its members on whether or not the new offer is accepted.
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Jul 17

HOSPERSA MEMBERS GO ON STRIKE AT SANPARKS

Hospersa members at South African National Parks (SANParks) are effectively embarking on industrial action after mediation by the Senior Commissioner from the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) could not end the impasse. Parties are still deadlocked with Hospersa members demanding a 9% increase while SANParks is only offering 6%.
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Jul 17

HOSPERSA PREPARES FOR SANPARKS NATIONWIDE STRIKE

Hospersa is preparing to embark on a nationwide industrial action at South African National Parks (SANParks). A wage dispute was declared after parties could not reach an agreement. The Union has vowed to fight for better remuneration and improved working condition of its members at SANParks.
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Jul 17

HOSPERSA ASKS MINISTER TO INTERVENE IN NORTH WEST STAFF OUTSOURCING SAGA

Hospersa has sent an open letter to the Minister of Health regarding the re-utilisation of contract staff and the outsourcing of ambulance services in the North West Province. The letter questions the use of a Temporary Employment Services agency when there are vacant and funded posts available in the institutions. The Union has asked the Minister [of Health] to investigate the contract’s necessity which has resulted in industrial action due to dissatisfaction by employees and all trade unions with membership in the Department of Health (DoH).
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Jul 17

HOSPERSA BEMOANS SANC COURT RULING CLAIMS

Hospersa is concerned by the South African Nursing Council’s statement claiming victory on a recent court case. The Union refutes these claims and has written to the SANC requesting a retraction.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA TO MARCH AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) will join the Matlosana Municipality in North West province in a march to address gender-based violence against women and children. The purpose of the march is to raise concerns on the escalating levels of violence targeted at women and children in recent weeks.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA GRANTED COURT ORDER AGAINST SANC EXAMS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has been granted a court order instructing the South African Nursing Council (SANC) to postpone the Bridging Course examinations that were scheduled for 28 and 30 June 2017. The Union welcomes the order as it will give learners an extra time to prepare while the Council concludes its investigations into the leaked exam papers.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA TAKES SANC TO TASK OVER EXAM CANCELLATION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has raised concerns with the South African African Nursing Council (SANC) over its decision to cancel Bridging Course examinations due to alleged leaking of the exam paper. The Union has taken the Council to task over its handling of the matter whereby learners are expected to re-write an examination at short noti
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA CONSIDERS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFER FOR PATHOLOGY OFFICERS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is pleased that the Department of Health (DoH) has managed to put together an offer addressing the misappropriation of Forensic Pathology Officers. Services in Gauteng mortuaries were disrupted by the labour disputed after it was reported that the FPO’s were on a go-slow. The Union will communicate the offer to its members and seek a mandate on whether or not to accept
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA BEMOANS SANC EXAM CANCELLATION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is disappointed by the action taken by the South African Nursing Council (SANC) in cancelling the Bridging course examinations due the alleged leaking of the exam paper.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA VINDICATED BY SAHRC ON CALLS FOR KZN HEALTH MEC RESIGNATION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) welcomes the report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the provision of Oncology services in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The commission found that the Department of Health (DoH) has violated the rights of cancer patients in KZN. The Union has repeatedly called for the resignation of the Health Member of the Executive Council (MEC) and is of the view that this report vindicates its call.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA ASKS GOVERNMENT TO SPEEDILY COMPENSATE PATHOLOGY OFFICERS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is concerned by reports stating that Forensic Pathology Officers (FPO’s) in Gauteng have gone on a go-slow. The services currently have been disrupted by a labour dispute. The Union is calling on government to fast-track its intervention by ensuring these officers receive the compensation they deserve.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA HIGHLIGHTS DISMAL HEALTH STANDARDS AT GAUTENG HOSPITAL

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is outraged by reports stating that patients at Pholosong Hospital, in Ekurhuleni, East Rand region of Gauteng, are receiving medical treatment while lying on the floor due to overcrowding. Citing recent reports from its members, the Union highlights poor health care standards, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) contraventions and shortage of staff at the hospital. The Union is calling on the Department of Labour (DoL) and the Department of Health (DoH) to intervene.
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Jun 17

HOSPERSA CONCERNED BY KZN ONCOLOGISTS MASS RESIGNATIONS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is concerned by the poor state of cancer treatment in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The Union has lambasted the Department of Health (DoH) for its slow pace in addressing the crisis which has lead to mass resignations of oncologists from the public secto
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May 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS PENSION FUND BAIL OUT FOR SAA

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is alarmed by reports that National Treasury is considering using the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) to bail out the “debt ridden” South African Airways (SAA).
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May 17

HOSPERSA CONCERNED BY GAUTENG MEASLES OUTBREAK

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is concerned by the measles outbreak in Gauteng. There has been 17 cases confirmed in parts of Gauteng which have been labelled as “not normal” by Dr Chika Asomugha, a senior medical advisor for public health programmes. The Union calls on the Department of Health to act swiftly in curbing the outbreak and to guard against maladministration and corruption in the process.
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May 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS LIMPOPO AMBULANCE ATTACK

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is alarmed by the attack on an ambulance in Limpopo last week. The attacks on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers has been at an increase throughout the country since 2016. The Union calls on government to address the EMS workers’ plea for safe working conditions.
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May 17

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS SPIKE IN GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) condemns the alarming rate in which women and children are being raped and killed in South Africa (SA). The Union calls on law enforcement agencies to take a tougher stance against gender based violence which has spun out of control in recent weeks.
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May 17

HOSPERSA CELEBRATES ROLE PLAYED BY NURSES

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) celebrates the role played by nurses in delivering health care services in South Africa. The Union also encourages nurses to continue being the lifeblood of the country’s health care system where corruption and mismanagement have led to decreasing working conditions in public health facilities.
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May 17

HOSPERSA DEMANDS KZN CANCER CRISIS ACTION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) demands a conclusive report on the cancer crisis in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). The Union also demands that the KZN Department of Health (DoH) provides the full facts surrounding the non-maintenance of radiotherapy machines at Addington Hospital, which has compromised the lives of cancer patients as far back as 2009
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May 17

HOSPERSA JOINS SAMA IN KZN HEALTH MARCH

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has accepted an invitation from the South African Medical Association (SAMA) to embark on a march calling for improved working conditions in KwaZulu Natal public health facilities.
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Apr 17

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR OHS NATIONAL INTERVENTION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) calls on Government to address Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) compliance at its health facilities. The Union asks Government to establish a national authority to deal with all OHS contraventions in health sector and establish a national OHS policy that speaks directly to health care workers’ safety needs.
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Apr 17

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR URGENT NATIONAL INTERVENTION ON PARAMEDICS ATTACKS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) condemns the recent attack on members in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Gauteng. The recent spate of attacks on paramedics calls for urgent national intervention from the politicians to address this challenge. An urgent solution must be found to stop this scourge as there have been more than 100 reported cases in 2016 and the number of attacks is rising.valence of poor management and corruption experienced in the province.
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Apr 17

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS HEALTH WORKER SHORTAGE IN KZN

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has come out strongly against recent reports of staff shortages in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health. The Union calls on the Minister of Health to address the staff shortages, as well as the prevalence of poor management and corruption experienced in the province.
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Apr 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS GAUTENG HEALTH FOR MISMANAGEMENT

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is slamming the Gauteng Department of Health (DoH) for mismanagement of the public purse leading to assets being seized.
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Apr 17

HOSPERSA POSED FOR NETCARE STRIKE WHILE INTIMIDATION SURGES

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is posed to embark on nationwide strike action at Netcare Hospitals all over the country. This is happening while the Union is receiving increasing reports of intimidation of employees by Netcare managers, as an attempt to coerce them to accept the salary offer.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA OUTRAGED BY FAILURE TO PROTECT NON-STRIKERS IN LIMPOPO

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has written to the Limpopo Department of Health (DoH) requesting the protection of its members from striking employees.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA DISTURBED BY CEILING COLLAPSE AT LIMPOPO HOSPITAL

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is disturbed by recent reports of a ceiling collapse at Mankweng Hospital in Limpopo. The Union calls on the Limpopo Department of Health to address the province’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) violations caused by poor maintenance at the province’s hospitals and clinics.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA EMBARKS ON NATIONWIDE TB AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has planned nationwide activities on Tuberculosis (TB) during World TB Day to raise awareness on this infectious disease.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA ALARMED BY LIMPOPO CLINIC WATER CRISIS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is alarmed by recent reports of the water crisis at Lesedi Clinic in Lephapane, Limpopo.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS KZN HEALTH FOR CANCER PATIENT DEATHS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is slamming the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health for failure to resolve the ongoing cancer treatment crisis in the province.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS CHILD RAPE AT PE HOSPITAL

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has condemned the rape of a young girl at Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA SIGNALS IMPENDING MEDICROSS STRIKE

The HeaThe Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has signalled impending strike action at the Medicross Health Group of private health institutions.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA PROBES CORRUPTION AT NW HOSPITAL

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has written an open letter to the North West Department of Health regarding alleged corrupt activities at Brits Hospital in the North West province.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS LATEST CAPE TOWN AMBULANCE ATTACK

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is shocked to learn of the latest attack on an ambulance in the Cape Town area.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS EC HEALTH FOR SAFETY FAILURES AFTER PATIENT DIES

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is slamming the lacking implementation of safety measures after a patient died in the Port Elizabeth-based Livingstone Hospital yesterday.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA QUESTIONS HOSPITAL CEILING COLLAPSE

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is shocked by reports of a collapsed roof at Charlotte Maxeke Academy Hospital.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA CONCERNED OVER ONGOING KZN CANCER CRISIS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is becoming increasingly concerned over the serious shortage of cancer treatment staff in KZN.
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Mar 17

HOSPERSA HIGHLIGHTS MPUMALANGA HOSPITAL MISMANAGEMENT

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is outraged by reports of mismanagement and corruption at Shongwe Hospital in KaMatsamo (formerly Schoemansdal), Mpumalanga.
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA CRITICAL OF FAILURE TO CUT COSTS IN BUDGET

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is critical of the little focus given to measures for combating irregular spending in Government. While the Union welcomes the safety
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA APPEALS TO GORDHAN TO ALLEVIATE PRESSURE ON WORKERS AND CURB CORRUPTION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is appealing to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to alleviate the ever-increasing financial pressures faced by working people,
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA WELCOMES MAKHURA’S ESIDIMENI ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) welcomes the acknowledgement of the recent deaths of mental health patients
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA ALARMED BY IMMINENT HOSPITAL STAFF SHORTAGE

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is alarmed by recent reports of an imminent staff shortage at one of the larges
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA APPLAUDS MOTSOALEDI FOR ESIDIMENI ACTION

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) applauded the action being taken by the Department of Health regarding the Life Esidimeni 94
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA SLAMS KZN AMBULANCE ATTACK

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is shocked over the attack on an ambulance in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend.
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA BEMOANS LOW HEALTH FOCUS IN SONA

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is disappointed at the lack of focus shown on the embattled public health sector State of the Nation Address (SONA) last night
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA CALLS ON ZUMA TO ADDRESS PUBLIC SERVICE FAILURES IN SONA

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling upon President Jacob Zuma to give adequate attention to the various failures in the public service when delivering his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursda
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA OUTRAGED BY KZN CANCER CRISIS

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is outraged by the appalling state of cancer treatment services in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA APPALLED AT POOR MANAGEMENT OF GAUTENG PUBLIC HEALTH

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa), is shocked by the revelations of the Health Ombudman’s report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 94 mentally ill patients in Gauteng.
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Feb 17

HOSPERSA SAYS EMS ACTION TOO LITTLE TOO LATE FAILURES

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is underwhelmed by the latest statements of the Western Cape Health Member of the Executive Council (MEC) regarding the protection of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) members.
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Jan 17

HOSPERSA TAKES GOVERNMENT TO TASK OVER IMPLEMENTATION FAILURES

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has summoned two state departments for arbitration at the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC).
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Jan 17

HOSPERSA QUESTIONS CAUSE OF AMBULANCE ACCIDENT

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) has raised concerns regarding a recent accident involving
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Jan 17

HOSPERSA URGES MINISTER TO ADDRESS HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT PARADOX

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa), reacting to the recent statement by the health minister
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Jan 17

‘Medics must get free aid’

The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) wants the government to pay for the treatment of ambulance staff
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Jan 17

State should pay for paramedics’ treatment, says union

Johannesburg – The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) on Tuesday said it wants the government
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Jan 17

HOSPERSA ASKS MEC TO INTERVENE IN AMBULANCE ATTACKS

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) yesterday sent an open letter regarding the escalating attacks
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Jan 17

HOSPERSA OPPOSES BAIL FOR AMBULANCE ROBBERS

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is opposing the bail for the suspects who attacked Emergenc
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Dec 16

HOSPERSA TO APPROACH IPID OVER POLICE INTIMIDATION OF VULNERABLE WORKERS

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) will approach the Independent Police Investigative Directorate
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Dec 16

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR HEALTH WORKERS’ SAFETY ON AIDS DAY

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling for greater commitment to the health and safety of health workers
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Aug 16

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON FREE STATE PARAMEDICS

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling for the acquittal of Community Health Workers (CHWs).
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Aug 16

HOSPERSA REQUIRES THE SERVICES OF A HIGHLY MOTIVATED INDIVIDUAL AS LABOUR RELATIONS ORGANISER

Applications are invited for the position of Labour Relations Organiser. The Labour Relations Oraniser will be situated in the Northern Cape Provincial Office, Kimberley.
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Aug 16

HOSPERSA COMPETITON – ENDS 30 NOVEMBER 2016

Win a seaside holiday at the luxury Marlicht Holiday Resort in Margate, KZN as well as a shopping voucher. All you have to do is to recruit as many new Hospersa members as possible...
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Aug 16

HOSPERSA ALARMED OVER CAPE TOWN AMBULANCE VIOLENCE

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling for the acquittal of Community Health Workers (CHWs).
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Jun 16

HOSPERSA MEETS WITH NETCARE OVER CLICKS DEAL

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling for the acquittal of Community Health Workers (CHWs).
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Jun 16

HOSPERSA SUPPORTS MEMBERS DURING NETCARE RESTRUCTURING

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling for the acquittal of Community Health Workers (CHWs).
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Jun 16

HOSPERSA CALLS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS’ ACQUITTAL

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) is calling for the acquittal of Community Health Workers (CHWs).
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Jun 16

Netcare’s Clicks pharmacy deal mired in anger, confusion

Cape Town - Netcare [JSE:NTC] is taking flak from independent pharmacists and a trade union after announcing plans for a long-term outsourcing deal with Clicks.
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Jun 16

Netcare Business day

PRIVATE hospital group Netcare’s plans to outsource its Medicross pharmacies and its hospital retail outlets to health and beauty retailer Clicks have drawn the ire of independent pharmacists and union Hospersa.
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Jun 16

HOSPERSA CONDEMNS NETCARE OUTSOURCING

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) today condemned private hospital group Netcare for announcing an outsourcing deal. The Union argues that Netcare did not consult with the employees prior to such a big decision being made.
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Jun 16

Public Service Co-Ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC)

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) yesterday tabled its submission to the Department of Health regarding the recently gazetted white paper on the implementation of the much awaited National Health Insurance (NHI).
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Jun 16

Hospersa Inputs On NHI White Paper

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) yesterday tabled its submission to the Department of Health regarding the recently gazetted white paper on the implementation of the much awaited National Health Insurance (NHI).
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May 16

NHL Report No. 7

We Can Report that Hospersa met with the employer on 26 May 2016 in an effort to resolve the impasse regarding salary negotiations. Employer put a final offer that salaries will be increased by 7.6% effective from 1 April 2016 excluding
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May 16

Hospersa Braces For Netcare Restructuring

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) today expressed its concern about the recent annoucement of restructing measures at Netcare
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Apr 16

Hospersa Concerned Over Nurses Safety

The Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) today expressed its concern over the safety of nurses after a brutal attack on nurse last week.
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Mar 16

Compel hospitals to protect staff against TB, union says

Compel hospitals to protect staff against TB, union says Durban - The Health and other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) has called upon the Department of Labour to force hospitals to provide adequate protection against TB infection for healthcare workers who are at high risk of contracting and spreading the disease.
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Aug 15

SA’s inequality greatly concerning, says Mo Ibrahim

The gap between rich and poor in South Africa was of great concern, philanthropist Mo Ibrahim said on Saturday. "After [nearly] 20 years of independence, one can ask “what is going on here? South Africa is the most unequal country in the whole world," he said.
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Aug 15

Marikana commission resumes on Monday

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has announced it will resume hearings on Monday. The Commission is probing the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in August last year.
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Aug 15

Anglo Platinum reported to have reduced job-cut target by 31% to 4,138 at most

According to Alwyn van Heerden of trade union Uasa, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has reduced the number of jobs it plans to cut at its SA operations by 31% following talks with labor bodies.
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Aug 15

Economy has failed miners, says Amcu’s Mathunjwa

Mineworkers have not benefited from the country's economic gains, Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, said on Friday.
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Aug 15

Top earners will not be able to take their dismissal cases to CCMA

Imraan Mahomed, director at Routledge Modise, says that, if proposed labour law amendments are adopted, dismissal disputes involving employees at the upper end of the salary scale will be dealt with differently.
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Aug 15

Labour law amendments will throttle job creation

Brendan Peacock writes that imminent labour law amendments represent the most significant tightening of labour laws since the Labour Relations Act of 1995.
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Jul 15

ANC tells its partners it won’t budge on e-tolls

The ANC, as the leader of the tripartite alliance, stamped its authority this week by insisting on the user-pays principle for e-tolls.
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Jul 15

Parliament jamming case under way at high court

Cape Town - An urgent application to prohibit the use of mobile network blocking devices in Parliament got under way in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon.
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Jul 15

SAA plans to save R900m through staff cuts

LOSS-making national airline South African Airways (SAA) is looking to save more than R900m over three years through staff reductions under discussion with trade unions.
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Jul 15

Eskom freezes job cuts to retain vital skills

ESKOM has quietly shelved plans to reduce staff numbers and arrest spiralling costs after a voluntary separation process attracted thousands of applications from people with skills it did not want to lose.
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Jul 15

Nurses who moonlight strain the health system (Opinion & Analysis)

BETWEEN 2009 and 2010, the government spent about R1.49bn hiring nurses for the public health sector from nursing agencies.
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Jul 15

Inside Labour: Stop passing the buck (Opinion & Analysis)

TWO of labour’s greatest modern tragedies provided a media focus over the past week or so: Aurora and Marikana. And the latest episodes in these sagas brought to mind two popular expressions: “The buck stops here” and “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
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Apr 15

Hospersa demands meeting with Mchunu

Durban - About 200 members of the Hospersa trade union marched through Pietermaritzburg on Friday afternoon to demand a meeting with KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu over mismanagement and corruption in the province's health department.
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Mar 15

The Buck STOPS WITH YOU, MEC Dhlomo

In response to Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo's "li this was a bank, then I would change banks" (March 7,201S),theliealthand0ther -Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) would like to point out that Dhlomo is in charge of that selfsame "bank"-he is referring to and, accordingly, if he had even a sembllllice of a conscience, he would withdraw permanently from his leadership role.
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Mar 15

SA employers plan to increase staff, employment survey shows

EMPLOYERS in SA are planning to increase staffing levels in the coming quarter of the year, providing some glimmer of hope in an environment characterised by high and long-term unemployment, according to an employment survey released on Monday.
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Mar 15

Jobs Fund succeeds at ‘too high a cost’

THE head of the Jobs Fund, Najwah Allie-Edries, has conceded that the cost of creating new employment under the programme was exorbitant and that the real answer to job creation lies with thriving private-sector enterprises.
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Mar 15

Structure of economy needs to be transformed, says Nene

A COMPETITIVE and "friendly" landscape for business is crucial if the structure of the economy is to be transformed, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday.
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Mar 15

Teachers first up in presidential inquiry on public sector salaries

A PRESIDENTIAL review of public-sector salaries and conditions of service is now officially under way with a call for submissions, amid high expectations that it will recommend improving conditions of service for teachers.
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Mar 15

EDITORIAL: Fix health system to avoid lawsuits

THE liability insurance problems faced by medical specialists in SA and enunciated by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday are real enough, as are the potential consequences if a solution is not found.
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Feb 15

Panel to consider merits of legal rhino horn trade

SA HAS appointed a panel of experts to examine the viability of a legal rhino horn trade, the environmental affairs ministry said on Tuesday as poaching of the species reached to record highs.
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Feb 15

Unless freedom is for everyone, it is not freedom

WHEN principles are applied to some but not others, they become prejudices — which is why some who claim to fight for freedom on this planet and in this country do most to give it a bad name.
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Feb 15

Controversial clause on state ‘custodianship’ of assets cut from bill

THE controversial clause in the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill allowing for the state to take "custodianship" of private-sector assets as an alternative to expropriation has been removed from the bill.
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Feb 15

Increase in petrol price is likely as oil rises

MOTORISTS may have to pay more for petrol over the next two months after having enjoyed six months of consecutive price cuts.
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Feb 15

Teachers and police resign in mistaken belief about pensions

TEACHERS, police officers and other members of the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) are continuing to resign due to the mistaken assumption that pension rules will change next month.
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Jan 15

SAPS hits out at report of rising criminality within police

THE South African Police Service (SAPS) has hit back at the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) report on criminality within the service, saying it is based on suspect methodology and reveals nothing new.
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Jan 15

SA’s rich ‘likely to bear brunt of expected tax increases’

HAVING already announced a raft of austerity measures five months into his position, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene now has to consider raising taxes, particularly on luxury goods and capital gains.
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Jan 15

Minister challenges unions on minimum wage issue

LABOUR Minister Mildred Oliphant on Wednesday urged organised labour to be clear on the common ground for the framework of a national minimum wage, or be subject to the same risks of unclear majorities in current systems of collective bargaining that some employers are able to exploit.
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Jan 15

Not enough incentives for whistle-blowers

THERE were not enough incentives for people to expose corruption, Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga said on Wednesday.
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Jan 15

KZN’s mystery R61m hospital bus tender

Durban - A tender for four mobile clinics in KwaZulu-Natal will end up costing taxpayers a "crazy" R61m - and only two of the units have been delivered.
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Jan 15

Ebola’s toll on pregnant women

Treatment and care for women with pregnancy-related issues is incredibly complicated in Ebola stricken nations say medical experts.
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8

Jan 15

Gauteng takes steps towards paperless education

Grade nine pupils in a school in Tembisa, Johannesburg listen attentively to their teacher as she asks them to work out an equation in a financial literacy class.
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Jan 15

It may be ‘slightly harder’ to afford to buy a home

Prospective home-buyers may find it slightly more difficult to afford a property this year than in 2014, because growth in wages and salaries will not keep pace with the expected nominal growth in residential property prices of between eight and nine percent.
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Jan 15

Blackouts cut forecast for interest rates hike

ELECTRICITY blackouts are threatening SA’s economic growth, giving investors a reason to scale back bets for higher interest rates.
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8

Jan 15

Disobedience, civil or otherwise, may win the day in e-tolls battle

THE resistance to electronic tolling on Gauteng freeways has been hailed as the largest civil disobedience campaign in the history of SA’s democracy, but not everyone agrees that motorists’ widespread refusal to pay e-tolls qualifies as civil disobedience.
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Jan 15

Labour groups welcome austerity promises

ORGANISED labour this week cautiously welcomed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s promises to trim the fat and do more with less state resources.
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8

Jan 15

Public services slashed, with some departments losing 4%

GENERAL public services budget allocations have been pared to the bone, with many government departments due to lose 4% a year
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8

Jan 15

Union Strike

Of the R1.25 trillion consolidated expenditure in the 2014 Budget, spending on social services amounts to R744.2 billion.
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Sep 14

Smartphones could beat doctors to diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

SMARTPHONES can act as "pocket doctors", diagnosing Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases with astonishing accuracy on the basis of users’ movements and voice.
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Sep 14

BEE share-purchase deals SA’s biggest corporate fraud

BLACK economic empowerment (BEE) share-purchase schemes are the biggest untold corporate fraud of 20 years of democracy in South Africa. Vendor companies deliberately misrepresent these schemes as discounts to unsuspecting potential BEE participants, who lack the financial aptitude to understand the prospectus.
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Sep 14

Global players recognise ‘value of emerging markets’

EMERGING - market investment company LeapFrog Investments has raised R4.2bn ($400m) for a new fund, 12 months after the $204m first close of the fund, it said on Wednesday.
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12

Sep 14

Efficient public transport still eludes working-class citizens

THE card scanner on Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system reads "insufficient balance". The attendants say it’s malfunctioning but I cannot be let in; they need to be sure that my balance is sufficient. But my card cannot be checked at this station — the computers are offline.
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Sep 14

High court vindicates watchdog’s inquiry into private health sector

ON AUGUST 22, Judge Elias Motajane handed down judgment in the Netcare vs KPMG and Competition Commission case. Netcare brought the case because it believed that KPMG, having previously done work for Netcare, should be prevented from assisting the commission in its inquiry into the private healthcare sector, claiming a conflict of interest.
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Sep 14

Nurse shocked with electricity, choked and raped at work

Bongiwe Mnguni, a nurse at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg, thought she would never survive the brutal attack. Speaking to The Sowetan, Mnguni related her horrific ordeal – which had occurred on Friday evening of the previous week.
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Aug 14

State sets lower target for good municipal audits

THE government has set another target for municipal audit outcomes, hoping to increase unqualified audit opinions to "at least" 75% by 2019, after only 9% of municipalities received clean audits in the latest outcome, which was released at the end of last month.
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Aug 14

Provincial, local government should raise own revenue, says HSRC

THE implementation of fiscal decentralisation policies for the delivery of public services in South Africa has not resulted in more efficient and effective delivery, delegates to a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Financial and Fiscal Commission heard on Tuesday.
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Aug 14

Local debt to Eskom ‘points to dire crisis’

MUNICIPALITIES’ debt to the embattled electricity utility Eskom has trebled to R10.8bn in nine months and is threatening to spiral out of control, says Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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Aug 14

Investigation uncovers unlawful food labelling

SOME of the country’s major retailers have been implicated in a food labelling scandal that could see consumers suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting and, in severe cases, death.
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Aug 14

Poachers face hot pursuit across borders

THE South African Police Service is conducting hot-pursuit operations into Mozambique to catch and bring to book suspected rhino poachers. National police commissioner Riah Phiyega told a press briefing on Tuesday that "these actions are happening every day".
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Aug 14

Ramaphosa criminally liable for deaths of 34 strikers, says Mpofu

LAWYER for the workers who were injured and arrested in Marikana in 2012, Dali Mpofu said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was criminally liable for the deaths of 34 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.
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