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Inside the SAA battle: Throwing toys and bugging boardrooms

As turmoil continues over the future of South African Airways, the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa have linked the resignation of SAA’s CEO to a privatisation agenda and state capture. “‘We want to be upfront that we have always understood that there has been an agenda to privatise the SOEs and SAA is not immune to this,’ the statement said, while also seeking to link Gordhan to what it said is a Rothschild agenda to privatise SOEs. It also said: ‘What has consistently strengthened this belief is that in all SOEs, if Rothschild is not directly involved in the boards, it acts as consultants and/or advisers. The big question, therefore, is: how is its meddling in the affairs of SOEs any different from the previous meddling of the Guptas, which the country is still recovering from?’”

Source: The M&G Online

COSATU led a national strike against job losses and privatisation

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) led a 13 February national strike, saying “when the workers demanded a strike against job losses and privatisation, the Central Executive Committee obliged.” Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi, who led the march in Durban, said “we should agree with the ANC government that you can unbundle Eskom if you want, but there should be no job losses, no electricity cost increases and no privatisation.” [Pretoria News, 14 February 2019]

Source: www.cosatu.org.za

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Running on Empty. What Business, Government and Citizens must do to confront South Africa’s water crisis.

In a new report, ActionAid South Africa takes on the issue of water pricing for private companies vs. the public. Johann Boonzaaier, chief executive manager of the Impala Water Users Association, “says privatising water is a controversial topic because access to water is a basic human right.” Emily Craven of ActionAid South Africa says “what worries us is when the monetary value is put into the equation. Because mines are the biggest polluters of the water, essentially what you would have is municipalities buying their own water from the mines that polluted it in the first place.”