SA’s youth wage subsidy comes into effect

From the SA Press Association: The Employment Tax Incentive Act, commonly known as the youth wage subsidy, came into effect at midnight, SABC news reported on Wednesday. It is aimed at alleviating youth unemployment, estimated at 70 percent, by offering employers incentives to hire young people. The Congress of SA Trade Unions had opposed the … Read more

The SAPS side of Tumelo Mboweni’s detainment

From the SA Press Association: Police are investigating an alleged threat by a policeman to deport the son of former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, Gauteng police said on Monday. “The police would like to state that all citizens are treated equally and fairly despite the colour of their skin [and] their nationality,” provincial … Read more

SA records a trade surplus in November

From the SA Press Association: South Africa recorded a trade surplus of R770 million in November 2013, the SA Revenue Service said on Monday. The surplus for November 2013 could be attributed to exports of R86.6 billion and imports of R85.8bn. Exports increased from October to November by R4.3bn (5.3 percent) and imports decreased by R8.3bn (8.8 … Read more

Dying on the job: 70 journos killed in 2013

By David Caruso of Associated Press: At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document … Read more

After ANC break, NUMSA not embracing Malema

From the SA Press Association: Numsa, which has been openly critical of the ANC and President Jacob Zuma, has expressed wariness at aligning itself with the EFF, the Sunday Independent reported. “Whatever his class position now, [Malema] has recently been a capitalist,” National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim reportedly said. … Read more

Unrepentant Jantjie: “I’m the great fake”

From the SA Press Association: The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Tamsanqa Jantjie, has called himself “a great fake”. “Even if they call me a fake, but I am the great fake because I expose what is going on in the government and system,” Jantjie is heard saying in a video … Read more