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South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 1 August

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 1 August

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa looks on prior to his address to the ILO International Labour Conference on June 10, 2019 in Geneva. – The head of the ILO urged the agency to approve new rules to stop violence and harassment in the workplace, which have faced resistance from employer representatives. ILO director general made the call as he opened a congress marking the United Nations labour body’s 100th anniversary. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) Take a look at the latest news in South Africa by perusing all major headlines on Thursday 1 August. The start of a new month brings with it the arrival of fresh socio-political caveats juxtaposed by some promising sporting prospects – the latter, spearheaded by a resilient Springbok rugby force. Today’s latest news in South Africa, Thursday 1 August President Ramaphosa goes to battle against the Public Protector In spite of earlier delays , owing to an absent judge, Cyril Ramaphosa is determined to have the Public Protector’s controversial Bosasa report – which implicates the president in serious wrongdoing – overturned by the High Court, today. Both parties, unwilling to concede, have entered into a particularly vicious public spat. Ramaphosa hopes that remedial action recommended by Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, will be overruled on review. Mkhwebane, on the other hand, is hanging onto her position of power by a meagre thread , following numerous crushing courtroom defeats. City of Tshwane hopes for a calm Thursday For most of the week, Pretoria has been embattled by disruptive protest action , spearheaded by the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and disgruntled City of Tshwane employees. Despite a court interdict, preventing striking workers from disrupting City operations, employees trashed Pretoria CBD with burning rubbish on Wednesday. Traffic into the city was seriously disrupted. The workers are demanding, amongst other things, an 18% wage increase, and have vowed to continue with the protest action until their grievances are adequately addressed. Jabu Mabuza’s first day as Eskom interim CEO In the wake of a truly dismal financial report – which announced a record-breaking R20.7 billion loss – Eskom is seeking to turn the tide of failure in the appointment of a new CEO; Jabu Mabuza. Mabuza, whose contract only last three months, will officially begin his arduous task, today. During a press conference, Mabuza stoically explained that he had accepted a ‘burden’ by taking on the role. His inauguration as interim CEO coincides with whispers of load shedding returning this month. Ominous all round. August marks Women’s Month August signifies Women’s Month in South Africa, with the day being officially recognised as a public holiday on Friday 9 August. Women’s Month 2019 will be celebrated under the theme ‘25 Years of Democracy: Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation’. The theme ties together the success story of South Africa, with the gains women have made since 1994. It also reminds citizens of the social compact that is required to break down the multiple barriers and threats that women, young women, and women with disabilities still face. City of Cape Town to get cop injection The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate is taking more than 12,000 candidates through physical assessments for its latest Metro Police and Traffic Service intake. The assessments started on Monday 29 July 2019 and will see an average of 1,050 candidates being assessed each day, over a 12-day period. Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, will conduct an oversight visit to the assessment process. Banyana celebrate momentous 17-goal win in the Cosafa Cup Banyana Banyana have kicked off Cosafa Women’s Championship with a more than resounding victory over the Comoros in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. South Africa’s women’s senior national team were playing their first competitive match since returning from the Fifa Women’s World Cup in France. Pieces of Springboks World Cup selection puzzle start to fall in place With such an increase in competition in the Springboks squad, there are only a select few players who can truly lay claim to the tag of ‘first-choice’ certainties ahead of the imminent World Cup in Japan . On September 21, the Boks will kick off their highly-anticipated World Cup campaign against the All Blacks in Yokohama, Japan. That date is fast approaching. What the first two rounds of the Rugby Championship have shown us is that the Boks certainly don’t have a shortage of options, with two largely different squads doing duty against the Wallabies and All Blacks. Latest weather forecast, Thursday 1 August Take a look at the weather forecast for all provinces in South Africa by viewing our daily report, here . Live traffic updates for Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban Start your month and workday right by avoiding serious traffic disruptions; view our live traffic report, here. Horoscope today Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for Thursday 1 August 2019.

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Thursday 1 August

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