La conférence TEDGlobal 2017 commence en Tanzanie

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Dix ans après, TEDGlobal revient en Afrique pour un évènement en direct présentant plus de 45 interventions, entretiens et performances ARUSHA, Tanzanie, 28 août 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TED, l’organisation à but non lucratif qui se consacre aux « Ideas Worth Spreading » (idées qui méritent d’être diffusées) inaugure sa conférence TEDGlobal 2017 aujourd’hui à Arusha, en Tanzanie. Placé […]

Labour on Private Security Sector minimum wage

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Private Security Sector minimum wage set for a rise � Department of Labour

South Africa’s Private Security Sector minimum wage will with effect from 1 September 2017 increase by an average of 6,4 percent. The new Sectoral Determination (SD) will be applicable until 31 August 2018.

The current minimum wage increases for all other categories (e.g. Clerical staff, artisans, control centre operators, drivers, general workers etc.) of employees including Grade A and B security officers have been determined by utilizing the consumer price index (CPI) (Available on the 30 June 2017) reported by Stats SA on 21 June 2017 which was 5.4% plus 1% as stated in the Sectoral Determination equal to the total increase of 6.4%. Grade C, D and E is predetermined rates as per Private Security Sectoral Determination published in the Government Gazette no: 39156 dated 01 September 2015.

The new minimum wage for security officers in Area A which constitutes major metropolitan areas will be R5 209 (2016: R4 896); Grade B is R4 668 (2016: R4 387 and; Grade C is R4 102 (2016: R3 797); D & E is R4 102 (2016: R3 792). While the new minimum wage for security officers in Area 2 (all other areas) for Grade A will be R4 323; Grade B is R3 934 and; and Grade C, D & E is R3 414.

Area A includes major metropolitan areas such as: Alberton, Bellville, Benoni, Boksburg, Bloemfontein, Brakpan, Camperdown, Chatsworth, Durban, East London, Germiston, Goodwood, Inanda, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Kuils River, Mitchell’s Plain, Nigel, Oberholzer, Paarl, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Randburg, Randfontein, Roodepoort, Sasolburg, Simon’s Town, Somerset West, Springs, Stellenbosch, Strand, The Cape, Uitenhage, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Westonaria, Wonderboom, and Wynberg.

After considering the National Bargaining Forum inputs the Employment Conditions Commission made recommendation(s) to the minister to publish minimum wages in the government gazette.

The latest increase in the Private Security Sectoral Determination will be in its third and last year of implementation. The Private Security Sector, on May 2015, signed a three-year minimum wage determination. Part of the agreement includes addressing the wage gap between the higher grade security officers and those in the lower wage band.

As part of the minimum wage adjustments Sectoral Determination various allowances relating to night shift, cleaning, special allowances and others are also expected to be increased.

The Sectoral Determination prescribes minimum wages, number of leave days, working hours and termination rules.

Source: Government of South Africa

South Sudan Rebels: Slain Journalist Was Not Combatant

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JUBA �South Sudan’s main rebel group says an American journalist shot and killed while embedded with rebels Saturday was not taking part in a battle against government forces.

Christopher Allen was shot in the head by government forces at the Kaya border post near Uganda, according to the rebel SPLA-in-Opposition.

Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy military spokesman for the group, says Allen was with us in the frontline but he was only photographing the battle.

Gabriel told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that government forces fired straight at him and they hit him in the head.

Government spokesman Michael Makuei painted a different picture, saying a group of rebels attacked Kaya garrison on Saturday morning. Makuei tells VOA that during the attack, the identity of that white man is not known, but he was among those who attacked the garrison.

The rebels say they tried to retrieve Allen’s body from the battlefield but heavy fighting made it difficult. We lost two people in the process of retrieving his body but we managed to get his belongings, Gabriel says.

South Sudan deputy military spokesman Colonel Santo Domic tells VOA that government forces killed 16 rebels in Kaya, including Allen in that number. The rebel military spokesman said his group lost only five – two in Kaya and three in nearby Kimba.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement Sunday confirming Allen’s death. Allen was a freelance journalist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was covering South Sudan’s civil war.

His body was flown to the capital, Juba, in a military helicopter by government forces. Makuei said the body was then transferred to a military hospital.

South Sudan army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang said Monday that no one had yet claimed Allen’s body at the hospital mortuary.

Allen’s body, as seen by South Sudan in Focus when it arrived at Juba’s airport, was dressed in civilian clothes with a red ribbon tied to the sleeve of his upper left arm.

Colonel Domic said the red ribbon was similar to what was found on the bodies of slain rebel fighters.

Colonel Gabriel said the ribbon is used to identify fighters and civilians alike, including journalists who work in rebel-controlled territory.

The red mark is just to identify us from opponents, Gabriel said, adding, We tie on our head, but for him [Allen], let him put on his left arm to make sure we know he is with us.

An eyewitness, speaking on condition of anonymity out of concern for his safety, says the few civilians who remained in Kaya when the fighting broke out Saturday have since fled to neighboring Uganda.

Both rebel and government forces have claimed control of the town.

Allen’s death brings to 10 the number of journalists who have been killed in South Sudan since 2012.

Source: Voice of America

New bird flu cases reported

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South Africa has reported eight new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).The new cases were reported in Western Cape, Mpumalanga and North West provinces bringing the total number of o…