Climate activists refuse to be silenced by arrests

Pickets outside Standard Bank will continue, says Extinction Rebellion By Masego Mafata About 80 climate activists picketed outside the Standard Bank head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning. The picket follows the arrest of an activist on Friday 8 March, the second arrest in five months. The picketers are calling on the bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects. About 80...

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What happens to my UIF and provident fund if the company I work for is liquidated?

The short answer Your UIF and provident fund money should be unaffected. How you left the company affects whether you can claim your money now. The whole question Dear Athalie The company I worked for was liquidated and the owner is nowhere to be found. How does this affect my UIF and provident fund? The long answer I have bolded certain points in my reply...

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How can I get compensation if I was wrongfully arrested?

The short answer There are a few ways you can do this, but it must be within three years of the arrest. The whole question Dear Athalie My friends and I were wrongfully arrested by SAPS and detained for four months in 2018. I have the charge sheet and all the details, but I don't know how or where to submit a complaint...

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Echoes of District Six evictions in case before the Constitutional Court

Judges question City of Cape Town about eviction of Bromwell Street tenants By Masego Mafata The City of Cape Town appeared before the Constitutional Court on Tuesday in a case concerning the eviction of tenants from Bromwell Street, Woodstock. Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga asked the City whether the planned eviction resembled the forced removals from District Six during apartheid. Ndifuna Ukwazi, on...

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SCA dismisses bid to appeal Zim permits ruling

Minister Motsoaledi wanted leave to appeal a ruling that declared the termination of the Zimbabwean permit programme unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid By Tania Broughton The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid by the Minister of Home Affairs to appeal a ruling that the termination of the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit programme was unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. The court ruled there...

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Will the government compensate me for my chronic illness from when I was diagnosed?

The short answer No, if your application for a disability grant is approved, you will only be paid from the day you applied. The whole question Dear Athalie I was diagnosed with a chronic mental illness while I was studying. I can't work properly but I am currently employed. If I apply for a disability grant, will I get paid from the date...

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My name was linked to an RDP house and now I can’t apply for my own. What can I do?

The short answer You first need to find out how your name was linked to an RDP house before you can apply. The long answer I have a number of questions: How was your name linked? Were you named as a dependent in your parents’ application? Did you apply together with a partner who got the house but you did not benefit? When...

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Activists want government to do more to register domestic workers

Three years after the landmark Concourt ruling, very little has changed with their access to compensation By Kimberly Mutandiro It’s been three years since the Constitutional Court’s landmark ruling for domestic workers to be covered by the provisions of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA). But activists say very little has changed for most workers. According to...

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Can I get permanent residency if my child is a South African citizen?

The short answer No, but you can apply for a relative’s visa. The whole question Dear Athalie My daughter is a South African citizen. Does this mean I can apply for permanent residency? If not, are there other permits or visas I can apply for? The long answer You are not eligible to apply for permanent residence on the basis of your daughter being a...

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Activists demand end to TotalEnergies offshore drilling

The French multinational company wants to drill for oil and gas along the coastline near Cape Town, the West Coast and the Garden Route By Qaqamba Falithenjwa While Springbok supporters were painting the city centre green in Cape Town on Friday, environmental activists picketed outside Parliament to oppose TotalEnergies’ offshore drilling for oil and gas. Members of Extinction Rebellion 350 Africa, Green Connection, Project 90...

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