South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Friday 27 September


Here’s a look at the latest news in South Africa, with a daily overview of all major headlines on Friday 27 September.

South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief today, following the Labour Court’s decision to interdict a nationwide bank strike which had the propensity to cripple citizens’ buying power. Still, other strikes loom in the security and transport industry, making for a bumpy ride at the end of the month. In sports news, embattled PSL franchise, the Black Leopards, have named a new coach following the recent sacking of Frenchman, Lionel Soccoia.

Today’s latest news in South Africa, Friday 27 September
Bank strike ruled unlawful and called off in the eleventh hour

On Thursday afternoon, less than 24-hours before the banking sector was due to be crippled by mass strike action at the hands of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and finance union Sasbo, the Labour Court ruled the protest illegal. Both banks and consumers, relieved at the news, have Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) to thank, after the organisation lodged an urgent interdict application to stave off the strike.

Trade unions, protesting retrenchments and the digitisation of the banking sector, had vowed to mobilise its members and cripple the use of ATMs, speedpoints and more. The announcement sent a wave of panic through the sector, with major banks issuing warnings and contingency strategies.

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Following the courtroom defeat, Cosatu vowed to continue the fight. The union’s first step was to lodge an appeal and resubmit an application to strike. Despite the defiance, Cosatu has urged its members to report for work today.

More strike action set to embattle SAA and security sector

While strike action against the banking sector has been put on hold, disgruntled pilots and unions associated with the security sector have vowed to embark on separate industrial action programs.

South African Airways (SAA) pilots issued a stern warning to executives on Thursday, giving them until the end of the year to repair the ailing national carrier or face the consequences. A recent survey conducted by the SAA Pilots Association (SAAPA), revealed that 96% of pilots were in favour of taking a “proactive stand” to force change at the airline.

The list of demands issued to SAA execs states that a new CEO be appointed and that retired or active pilots be appointed to the board. Pilots are also demanding that a skills audit be conducted to ascertain the competency of all General Managers and Heads of Department, including those in acting positions.

In a separate act of frustration, the security sector is preparing for a massive shakeup. Nine major trade unions, including the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) and the Kungwini Amalgamated Workers Union (KAWU), announced that strike action, emanating from a bitter wage dispute, is expected to hit South Africa in early October.

The Democratic Transport Logistics and Allied Workers Union’s (DETAWU) general-secretary, Vusi Ntshangase, said:

“Each and every officer is ready to fight. And we think that if that is not changed anytime time soon by employers now, we are heading to a mother of all battles in the security sector.”

Petrol price to increase in October despite positive mid-month indicators

South Africa is set to endure its eighth month of petrol price increases in 2019, after data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF) revealed how more misery will be heaped on the motorists of Mzansi.

Petrol is set to be hiked by a further 19-cents-per-litre, whereas diesel goes up even more. A 24-cent-per-litre increase will be implemented at the start of next month, based on current numbers. The increase brings the per-litre petrol price within 90 cents of its higher ever total.

Speaking through a statement released last week, the AA indicated that recent geo-political events would severely dent the chances of seeing a reduction. A drone strike on a key Saudi oil production line is thought to have taken 5% of the global oil supply offline, sending prices for fuel through the roof.

Government to march against GBV at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

The South African Government will hold a march for public servants to “recommit” themselves and fight against the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.

The march will take place today, from Church Square to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, it will be facilitated by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), in a statement issued, the Government Communication Information System said:

“Government has committed resources in this financial year to the comprehensive response to the national crisis as part of emergency measures to combat gender-based violence and ensure the enhancement of the implementation of the outcomes of the Presidential Summit of GBV.”

The march follows in the wake of numerous murders and rapes committed against women. Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to discuss the plague of gender-based violence and femicide.

Luc Eymael named as new Black Leopards head coach

Black Leopards have appointed Belgian mentor Luc Eymael as their new head coach, following a shake up of their technical team.

The Limpopo-based outfit recently parted ways with key members of their dugout, including Frenchman Lionel Soccoia, who was sent packing after only five matches in charge.

They have now turned to Eymael, who exited the PSL while in charge of Free State Stars, who were relegated at the end of last season.

The Belgian journeyman achieved success with Ea Lla Koto at the end of the 2017/18 season, leading them to their first trophy in 24 years, as they secured the Nedbank Cup, beating Maritzburg United in the final going through Kaizer Chiefs, whom he was heavily linked with.

Rugby World Cup: Namibia name team to face Boks on Saturday

Namibia coach Phil Davies has made ten changes to his team ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Pool B clash against the Springboks in Toyota.

The two African nations are yet to get off the mark in Japan after both suffering defeats in their opening encounters.

Following Namibia’s 47-22 loss to Italy, only captain, Tjiuee Uanivi, Cliven Loubser, JC Greyling, Chad Plato and Johan Tromp have been retained in the starting XV.

Inexperienced pair Peter John Walters and AJ De Klerk get their first Rugby World Cup starts, with the former having made his Test debut when he came off the bench against Italy.

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