5 important things happening in South Africa today
Refusing to vaccinate for work? The CCMA rules on a new case; legal expert warns that the NPA doesn’t have the capacity to deal with all the corruption cases coming its way; Outa lays contempt of court charges against Sanral; Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane starts the year off with another loss in court.
Coronavirus: In South Africa, there have been 3,197 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 3,585,888. Deaths have reached 94,397 (+132), while recoveries have climbed to 3,418,123, leaving the country with a balance of 73,368 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 29,540,132.
Vaccine mandates:The CCMA has ruled in favour of a business that fired its worker for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The employee refused the vaccine on the basis that it was against her human rights. However, as her role was in training – interacting with other workers and trainees – and she could not be moved to another position in the company, she was incapacitated by her refusal to get vaccinated and was dismissed. The CCMA upheld the dismissal, calling it substantively fair. Before introducing the mandatory policy, the company consulted with workers for three months where the policy was explained to them in detail. [Read more: BusinessTech »
South Africa on the path to fixing its immigration laws: PandorInternational Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor says South Africa is on the path to fixing its immigration laws. This comes after the cabinet ... With or without the ANC, SAns are fixing the issue of illegal immigrants. Somebody come listen to this joke.... A song that never ends
‘It is time to get South Africa back to work’'...the time has come to review Covid restrictions on workplaces.' BusiMavuso2 Moneyweb Coronavirus
Too much talk and no action: South Africa stagnates on corruption indexThere have been no real consequences for the perpetrators of the widespread graft, says Corruption Watch. Don't we just know it.
The businesses hit hardest by liquidations in South Africa right now – with jobs not coming backStatistics South Africa has published its latest report on liquidations and insolvencies, showing how South African businesses fared in 2021.
Volvo reveals first all-electric vehicle in South Africa, priced at R1.2 millionThe Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge has been spotted on South African roads, marking the local arrival of the Swedish firm’s first all-electric vehicle (EV). Does Eskom know about these things. That person is going to be sitting still for long periods of time this year
Play Your Part Awards - Brand South AfricaIt is official! Brand South Africa’s flagship programme, Play Your Part, turns 10 this year. In celebrating 10 years of active citizenship, we are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural 2021 Play Your Part Awards, commending and honouring those who have contributed to the country’s brand image, both locally and abroad. Each month, […] PlayYourPartSA As a mother of two kids I have battled alot with my financial state to the point of begging from friends just to survive,until I started Bitcoin trading with the help of _AMBREYMARCUS1 I made a successful withdrawal of R 200,000 with the help of _AMBREYMARCUS1 . PlayYourPartSA Hello Everyone Call Me Baba Kim / WhatsApp Me On'' +27780224593'' For All your financial Problems that i have listed below, the ancestral spirits will help anywhere you need help concerning your financial issues using the ancestral powers., you need , money in your account PlayYourPartSA I know we all probably must have heard about Bitcoin but don't know how it works, I tried it in a week ago by a man who recommended me to Leticia_thomas7 on Twitter She guides me through and i made a return of R15500 after a week of trading, connect with her
Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today: Coronavirus : In South Africa, there have been 3,197 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 3,585,888..Covid restrictions were last relaxed at the end of December, when gatherings of up to 1 000 were permitted indoors and the curfews abolished.Corruption Watch , will be to earnestly start with the prosecutions of the implicated individuals and organisations.
Deaths have reached 94,397 (+132), while recoveries have climbed to 3,418,123, leaving the country with a balance of 73,368 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 29,540,132. Vaccine mandates: The CCMA has ruled in favour of a business that fired its worker for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Organised business is working on many fronts to improve health practices and provide legal certainty around vaccine mandates. The employee refused the vaccine on the basis that it was against her human rights. However, as her role was in training – interacting with other workers and trainees – and she could not be moved to another position in the company, she was incapacitated by her refusal to get vaccinated and was dismissed. Fast forward to 2021, and the country sits at a dismal 44, the same as last year, dropping one place and now ranking at 70 out of the now 180 countries.
The CCMA upheld the dismissal, calling it substantively fair. They must also ensure social distancing and mask wearing. Before introducing the mandatory policy, the company consulted with workers for three months where the policy was explained to them in detail. [ ] Corruption: Legal experts warn that the National Prosecuting Authority does not have the capacity to deal with all the PPE corruption cases comings its way, given that it is already struggling with the caseload related to state capture. The Special Investigation Unit has published its final report on Covid-19 PPE corruption, finding that 68% of the government contracts it investigated were irregular. The Omicron wave is clearly now receding having had a far less severe clinical impact than previous waves. 386 people had been referred to the NPA for prosecution following the investigations. He said they could only hope that recent developments to bring corruption to the fore in the country will result in swift and effective prosecutions, restoration of public confidence in the political will to end impunity and lack of accountability.
Accountability Now director advocate Paul Hoffman says that the NPA lacks capacity, and this is a failing of parliament, which, he says, has not been serious about its anti-corruption stance. [ ] Contempt: Civil action group Outa has initiated contempt of court proceedings against roads agency Sanral and its former CEO. Over half of those over 35 have been vaccinated. Outa won a court order in November 2021 for the roads agency to supply it with information around tolling operations on key routes. However, Sanral has failed to provide these. The agency said it intended on challenging the court order but missed the deadline and the extended deadline to submit papers. South Africa does not have the luxury of fiscal room to continue to absorb economic losses.
Outa said that Sanral was trying to delay the process but has to date not given any reason for the hold-up – it is now approaching the courts to force it into action and said it would pursue the matter to finality. [ ] Denied: The Supreme Court of Appeal has hammered the final nail in public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s attempt to resurrect the ‘SARS Rogue Unit’ case that the courts previously dismissed as a work of fiction. Mkhweban’s 2020 report into the rogue unit claimed that public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan had violated the executive ethics code and misled parliament. The twin pressures of reduced revenue and demands for increased social support can spell disaster for government’s finances. However, the courts found the report to be irrational and bereft of any sound legal or factual basis. An appeal to the ruling was dismissed, and now the SCA has also dismissed taking the case further.
Mkhwebane has been saddled with mounting personal cost orders over the report. Companies should be free to choose whether to require employees on site or not – if employees really are more productive working from home, we can expect companies to allow employees to do so. [ ] Markets : The South African rand weakened on Tuesday, as worries about a potential military conflict in Ukraine and policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve boosted the dollar and dented appetite for riskier assets. Markets had until recently mostly shrugged off a build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine’s borders, but tensions have ratcheted up lately. NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, while Russia denounced Western “hysteria”. Vaccination is obviously important. On Wednesday, the rand was trading at R15.
22/$, R17.20/€ and R20. Social distancing requirements can be maintained if the evidence points to it being necessary as well as mask wearing in communal spaces, but it seems unnecessary to wear a mask while seated given it is not a requirement in many other contexts.56/£. [ .