Fourteen-year-old Ona Dubula‚ who was shot in the face at close range by police while he hid behind a table during a protest in Hout Bay on Tuesday‚ had surgery on Wednesday afternoon to remove a second rubber bullet that had been lodged under his tongue. timeslive.co.za/
Workers across Southern Africa are owed billions in unclaimed benefits but it’s proving to be difficult to trace them. The Financial Services Board says that pension fund administrators have R42 billion in unclaimed pension and provident fund benefits. iol.co.za/
There are 180,000 former mineworkers who have not yet managed to crack the wall of sophisticated financial waffle and labyrinth-like maze of bureaucracy and official inertia which stands in their way of claiming their pension savings. dispatchlive.co.za/
Several struggling NGOs have pleaded with banks to stop charging them crippling bank charges. Organised under the South African Non-Profit Organisations Federation, they claim they are subjected to high bank charges as if they are profit-making businesses. timeslive.co.za/
The Right2Know campaign rejects provisions in the Cybercrimes Bill that will hand over further powers to securocrats, putting them in control of internet governance in South Africa. These provisions will make the Internet less safe, not more safe. r2k.org.za/
Based on primary sources, including in-depth interviews, newspaper reports and internet sources, this article seeks to provide a qualitative review of the Expanded Public Works Programme from the perspective of the beneficiaries of municipal EPWP projects. td-sa.net/
Local news from Khayelitsha, East London, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra and Orange Farm in English and isiXhosa
Some 4,000 strikes have been called under the action led by France’s biggest trade union, the CGT, with rail workers, students and civil servants urged to protest in cities from Paris to Marseille and Toulouse. dailymaverick.co.za/
In the 22 months since the 2015 election, the Conservatives have licensed nearly £5bn-worth of weapons to repressive governments alone. Many of these governments torture, abuse and kill citizens. thecanary.co/
For more than three years, European Union members states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa in contravention of common regional laws and policies, a new report shows. qz.com/
In this short film two Australian film makers decided to go to North Korea for themselves to get a haircut and find out more about the North Korean culture.truththeory.com/
NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF WORK
A bloody decade of the iPhone
I look back at the first ten years of the iPhone and see a bloody decade of labour abuse, especially in Chinese factories such as those run by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer. theconversation.com/
The company, founded by two former Google employees and launched on Wednesday, is marketing five-foot-wide pantries that users can unlock with their smartphones to pick up non-perishable items. There are no humans at the “stores”. theguardian.com/
Many Silicon Valley tech giants enjoy subsidies from the labour of workers it contracts out. Contractors at GrubHub and Uber are now contesting whether they should be counted at employees rather than independent contractors. zerohedge.com/
Why is Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg all of a sudden so concerned about Africa that he’s not only dumping tens of millions of dollars on numerous “African Initiatives” in 2016, but he’s even personally traveling to many African nations to see to it that these agendas and initiatives get done? thesleuthjournal.com/
Today’s ascendant monopolies aspire to encompass all of existence. They aim to build driverless cars, manufacture phones and conquer death. Amazon, which once called itself “the everything store,” now produces television shows… The architect of this firm, Jeff Bezos, even owns this newspaper. washingtonpost.com/
Muhammed Chaudhry, founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, has stepped down as chief of the high-profile group dedicated to boosting education of the valley’s poorest students. mercurynews.com/
The inmates will become part of Silicon Valley’s latest experimental employment arrangement when the Last Mile launches a program that will have them doing actual entry-level front-end coding work for companies on the outside. vice.com/
Railways, telephone lines, and Internets have been vital to society and the economy and are thus common carriers. Given their importance, common carriers enjoy special protection under the law in exchange for facilitating open and neutral communication. popularresistance.org/
“Regime change” was enforced through a covert CIA military intelligence operation, which laid the groundwork for the military takeover, the assassination of president Allende as well as the macro-economic reforms to be adopted in the wake of the military coup. globalresearch.ca/
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. This movement was very influential in shaping South Africa’s literary history. theconmag.co.za/
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