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Foreign-owned shop in Lethabong, Rustenburg, robbed and torched

A foreign-owned shop in Lethabong in Rustenburg was robbed and set alight on Wednesday, North West police reported.  Three Chinese nationals were woken by four armed men who had forcefully entered the premises, Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said.  The men tied up the three and allegedly took cash amounting to R10,000, airtime vouchers and cigarettes with estimated value of R30,000.”  Mokgwabone said the men assaulted the shop owners and set their shop alight.  The owners were taken to a local clinic.  Robbery and arson dockets have been opened.

  • This short report is at IOL News
  • See too, Two dead, one wounded in shooting near Rustenburg hostel; not related to Amcu strike, at IOL News

ANC MP chides proposals to give 50% equity in farms to farm workers

farmingPaul Vecchiatto reports that ANC MP Salam Abram has warned the government’s land and agriculture policies would never work unless equity was in the hands of farmers.  Abrams, who owns two farms, has served on Parliament’s portfolio committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and will leave the party ahead of the 7 May elections.  Addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, he said the final draft policy proposals on "Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land" — released by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in February — would have far reaching and complex ramifications if adopted.  The draft proposes that 50% of the equity of commercial farms be handed over to farm workers in a complex structure through which the state acquires the land and then hands over equity to farm workers based on the number of years of "disciplined" service.  "The immediate one [ramification] will be curtailment of investment in the sector and further ones will be too ghastly to contemplate, e.g. which sector follows next," said Abrams.  He also stated that commercial farmers had exhibited "tremendous" goodwill, but that the state had failed to tap into it.

Vavi stuck between rock and hard place ahead of general elections

vavi1BDLive writes that the coming general elections have put Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi in a perilous situation and he is feeling the heat.  Vavi, who has been critical of government policies and acts of corruption, will be required to campaign for the ANC in keeping with the federation’s long-standing resolution to support the ruling party.  However, his allies in the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), who fought for his reinstatement when his opponents in Cosatu had suspended him, will not be pleased with his involvement in an ANC campaign.  Numsa took a decision in December not to support the ANC’s election campaign.  A (unnamed) Numsa official said the union expected "Vavi to be tactical".  "Vavi is not comfortable with e-tolls, the ANC’s reluctance to ban labour brokers, the youth wage subsidy and most aspects of the National Development Plan (NDP)," said the official, adding that it would only become clear after the elections whether Vavi had campaigned for the ANC or not, and "we will take it from there".  The pressure on Mr Vavi was revealed on Twitter on Tuesday when he wrote: "Attacks on my person by some or putting pressure on me to break ranks with Cosatu on its decision that to support ANC is not fair.  Revolution is not a bed of roses!  We trying to change the world under conditions not of our choosing."

Platinum producers and Amcu to continue meeting on Thursday

boardroomtableIn a short statement issued late on Wednesday, strike-hit platinum producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin advised that representatives from the three companies and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) would meet again on Thursday, 24 April 2014, in a process facilitated by the Minister of Labour.  This follows meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday at an undisclosed Johannesburg venue.  No official comments from any of the parties on the progress of the talks being held to resolve the wage strike by Amcu, which commenced of 23 January 2014, have been issued.

Ailing SANDF needs resuscitation, says defence minister

sandf thumb medium90 89BDLive reports that Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday that the decline of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) needed to be urgently turned around.  "There is … an urgent need to comprehensively capacitate and equip the SANDF, rejuvenate and expand its human resource component and fund the operational deployments of the SANDF," she said in Pretoria.  "These and other shortcomings must be addressed to prevent the steady decline of the SANDF and the potentially disastrous consequences that could follow."  The minister was briefing reporters on the findings and recommendations of the long-awaited Defence Review, compiled by a committee of experts who scrutinised the SANDF.  She said the review committee found the mismatch in resources allocation and defence missions had over-extended caused a decline in most aspects of the SANDF's work.  "Commitments made in the past 16 years have resulted in a mismatch between what is expected from the defence force and resources allocated to it," she indicated.

  • Read more at BDLive
  • Read too, SANDF needs more money: Mapisa-Nqakula, at The Citizen
  • And also, Prolonged African deployment weighs on SA defense budget, at Moneyweb