Every year, hundreds of families are forced out of their homes by government departments, municipalities, private individuals or corporations. Evictions are a common occurrence in South African cities, informal settlements and townships.

What does the law say about evictions? We need to start with the Constitution, which shapes and gives power to all law in the country. Section 26 of the Constitution says that everyone has the right to adequate housing and that the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources. Another important part of section 26 states that no one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the circumstances. The law does not permit arbitrary evictions. This means that before you are evicted there must be a court order. A court must consider how the eviction will affect the people who will be evicted and evictions cannot be done without good reasons.

Tina Schoor, a resident of the Steenvilla social housing complex in Cape Town, gave us this in-depth interview on how evictions have impacted her community.

The recent drought and water shortages in the Western Cape have highlighted the importance of water in our lives and the need to secure its supply. Other provinces have also faced problems of drought and water shortages as well as poor water management with water supplies being unfit for human consumption due to pollution and poor maintenance. However, these water supply problems are experienced all over the world and it is even predicted that wars will be fought over access to water. But how have these problems of water supply impacted on working class people?

Cape Town

V&A Waterfront 6
Sat 2 June / 3.30pm + Q&A
Thu 7 June / 8.15pm + Q&A

Isivivana Auditorium, Khayelitsha
Sun 10 June / 6pm

Johannesburg

Rosebank
Sat 9 June / 5.45pm

Director Martin Jansen  Country South Africa  Year 2017 Duration 89 minutes

Book tickets online: http://www.encounters.co.za/booking-info/

Freedom Isn’t Free challenges the ANC government with its failure to bring into being the words and resolutions of the Freedom Charter signed at Kliptown in 1955 when, from all over the country, Congress of the People delegates assembled to forge a new path for South Africa.  Using excellent archival footage, intercut from that past into the present and informative commentary by new and older generations, the film demonstrates that for the overwhelming majority of South Africans, housed in sprawling shanty-towns, there has been little advance since apartheid ended – neither economically or educationally.

Over the past few years the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), has been negotiating for a National Minimum Wage and amendments to our current labour laws. NEDLAC has reached an historic agreement for a national minimum wage of R3500 but at the same time proposed amendments to labour laws that impact on workers and trade unions ability to organise strikes. These amendments have now been submitted to parliament for adoption. They were meant to be signed into law on 1 May but the process has been delayed. So what will the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the labour law amendments mean for workers and trade Our guests in studio are:

  • Thembinkosi Mkalipi - Chief Director: Labour Relations, Department of Labour
  • Carin Runciman - Casual Workers Advice Office Management Committee Member
  • Johan van Niekerk - Lead Negotiator of Fedusa
  • Nyaniso Siyana - Saftu Deputy Chairperson
  • Matthew Parks - Cosatu Parliamentary Coordinator.

Watch the show on Cape Town TV ch 67 & ch 32 and DSTV ch 263
Thursdays 7 p.m. Sundays 6:30 p.m.

Workers' World Labour Show 7 December


Labour law amendment bills - a victory or setback for workers?

On 17 November, three labour bills were gazetted. These bills propose major changes to workers’ rights with amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wage bill. In the next show airing on 7 December, we assess the impact that these bills are likely to have on workers and the labour market if passed.

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