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Workers Day Message from Parliament’s Presiding Officers

Parliament� Millions of workers across the world will today pay tribute to the gallant struggles of the glorious and toiling masses of workers against an oppressive labour system – and celebrate milestones of victories in the continuous journey for the improvement of their working conditions.

In South Africa, the battle for better and improved rights in the workplace, which were intertwined with the struggle for social justice, freedom and democracy, has come a long way. Great strides have been made since 1994 to transform the labour legislative landscape to eliminate restrictive and oppressive labour laws to ensure progressive laws that guarantees inalienable rights such as freedom of association, collective bargaining, right to strike and workplace freedom.

While we recognise these strides in the last 24 years, the Presiding Officers of Parliament acknowledge that more still needs to be done to ensure that South Africa’s working class truly enjoy the fruits of our maturing democracy whose anniversary our nation celebrated few days ago. South African are obliged by our political history to work together, united in their diversity, to build a better country; to build an economy that takes care of its people by absorbing more people into the labour market, guaranteeing their job security, decent wages and labour rights. The objectives and goals of the Freedom Charter and the National Development Plan, of a truly non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous nation, requires united efforts towards their fulfilment.

Parliament continues to improve the legislative landscape to consolidate workers’ victories and rights.

As we commemorate May Day during the year in which we mark the 100 birthday of the founding president of our democratic South Africa Nelson Mandela, Parliament is amending two existing legislations while also introducing two more to ensure that the laws governing the employer and employee relations in South Africa further bolster the successes that we have achieved since the advent of democracy in 1994.

The new National Minimum Wage Bill, introduced by the Minister of Labour in November last year � aims to provide for the national minimum wage and the establishment of the National Minimum Wage Commission with clear functions and composition. Once passed into a law, it will advance economic development and social justice by improving the wages of lowest paid workers, protecting them from unreasonably low wages and promoting collecting bargaining and supporting economic policy. It will ensure that the pervasive and entrenched exploitation of workers in various sectors of the economy is put to a stop.

The other new Bill, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, is a Private Member’s Bill that was drafted in line with the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) policy on family values. It deals with parental leave and also provides for adoption and surrogacy leave, and it is drafted to ensure harmony with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and to ensure the provisions contained in the Bill pass Constitutional muster.

The two Acts that are being amended are the BCEA and the Labour Relations Act (LRA). The amendments to the BCEA seeks to repeal the provisions dealing with sectoral determinations and the Employment Conditions Commission and provide for daily wage payments applicable to certain employees, amongst others. Proposed amendments to the LRA includes, amongst others, amending section 32 of the Act to provide for the process and criteria for the extension of bargaining agreements to non-parties by the Minister of Labour.

In processing these laws, Parliament is clearly putting to expression its commitment to Learning from Madiba � its theme for this year – by passing laws that aim to unlock bottlenecks and tackle the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment consistent with the aspiration of those who fought for our democracy.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women’s roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector.

Held in Gauteng, the session sought to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry. It was a platform to continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation of the industry.

The roundtable was held following the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter, which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities) through procurement, training and development, as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme � Women Empowerment Programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), with the aim of developing leadership potential and boosting the business skills of women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

NHBRC acting chairperson Julieka Bayat said while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap, a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

Through this event, we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) companies.

This target has been overachieved, as more than 60% of the NHBRC’s procurement came from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. The NHBRC committed itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of black business.

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements, which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women’s roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector.

Held in Gauteng, the session sought to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry. It was a platform to continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation of the industry.

The roundtable was held following the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter, which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities) through procurement, training and development, as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme � Women Empowerment Programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), with the aim of developing leadership potential and boosting the business skills of women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

NHBRC acting chairperson Julieka Bayat said while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap, a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

Through this event, we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) companies.

This target has been overachieved, as more than 60% of the NHBRC’s procurement came from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. The NHBRC committed itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of black business.

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements, which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Cabinet welcomes roll-out of SASSA cards

Cabinet has welcomed the successful pilot roll-out of the new South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards at selected post offices in the Western Cape.

The cards allow social grant beneficiaries to swap existing cards for the new South African Post Office (SAPO)-SASSA Postbank cards.

The new SAPO card replaces the old SASSA card and will be used for payment and withdrawal of social grants from May 2018.

The SAPO cards have been distributed nationwide from 17 April to all beneficiaries of social grants receiving cash payments at pay points and merchants (e.g. ShopRite, Boxer Supermarket etc.)

It is envisaged that SASSA, in collaboration with SAPO, will distribute the new cards to estimated nine million beneficiaries. Approximately 2.5 million of these beneficiaries receive their social grants at pay points around the country.

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane reassured that social grant recipients and cardholders are still able to use their existing cards until December 2018.

However, Cabinet encouraged beneficiaries to swap their old cards by visiting their nearest SASSA or SAPO from 2 May until the end of September 2018.

Minister Mokonyane was briefing the media on Thursday in Cape Town, following the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,

Progress in implementation of free education welcomed

Cabinet also welcomed the progress being made in the implementation of free education, as detailed by Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor.

Minister Mokonyane said the announcement of a significant increase in baseline allocation to NSFAS from R9.85 billion 2017/18 to R35.32 billion in 2020/21 demonstrates government’s commitment to assisting students from poor and working class households.

During a media briefing on Tuesday, Minister Pandor said that progress has been made to ensure that the new bursary scheme is implemented successfully.

This comes after government’s announcement in 2017 that free education would be implemented to support poor students, whose parents’ combined annual income is R350 000 or less.

As a result, additional government funding of R7.17 billion has been allocated in 2018 to fund bursaries for children of poor and working class families entering universities and TVET colleges � with R4.58 billion set aside for qualifying university students and R2.59 billion allocated for TVET college students.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Thekwini City stretch lead in national futsal league

The National Futsal League hosted by the South African Indoor Football Association (SAIFA) continued with its fixtures this past weekend with a number games that produced great indoor football entertainment.

Western Province Eagles were clobbered 5-1 by the in-form Maritzburg Hotspurs in a one-sided encounter while the Cape Town Titans were narrowly edged 6-5 by Young Natalians.

The following day saw the low in confidence Titans being crushed 3-0 by Hotspurs who were high in confidence following their convincing win over Eagles who woes continued when they lost 6-5 to Young Natalians.

Down in eThekwini, home side, eThekwini City hammered Tshwane City 8-3 in a fast-paced match to stretch their lead at the top of the table.

Source: South African Football Association