Free State health workers protest – Independent Online

REUTERS A normal-sized gurney (L) is pictured alongside an oversized one. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry Bloemfontein – Disgruntled Free State community healthcare workers forced their way into Bophelo House, the provincial health department’s headquarters, on Friday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said. Around 50 people who had not received salaries for more than two months staged a sit-in inside the building. They are receiving support from the TAC. TAC spokeswoman Mary-Jane Matsolo said they were demonstrating after submitting a memorandum to health MEC Benny Malakoane several weeks ago. In it, they said that, among other things, they did not want to be paid by non-governmental organisations, but wanted to be absorbed into the government. “As of now,…

Amplats Workers Being Held in Mine Against Their Will, NUM Says – Businessweek

About 2,300 workers at Anglo American Platinum Ltd. (AMS)’s Dishaba mine in South Africa’s Limpopo province have been on an underground strike since 5 a.m. yesterday, and some are said to be held against their will. The workers are demanding a halt to the suspension of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union shop steward, Amplats said in an e-mailed statement today. A rival union, the National Union of Mineworkers, issued a statement in which it called the sit-in a “hostage drama.” Some of the workers at the mine, 113 miles (182 kilometers) northwest of Johannesburg, are NUM members and are “being held against their will,” Frans Baleni, NUM general secretary, said by phone. Amplats,…