National minimum wage revived, update on Panayiotou case, Nepal death toll rises

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National minimum wage discussion remerges

Reports released yesterday by the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) and other sources claim that minimum wages in South Africa are generally higher than those of other BRICS countries. The reports argue that as a result, national minimum wage in the country will not make any sense.

Calls for national minimum wage have been endorsed by some unions in the country. The Congress of National Unions (Cosatu) in particular continues to argue that a national minimum wage will result in economic growth. Whilst those against a national minimum wage argue that it will result in greater losses.

Neil Coleman Labour policy researcher says that the uniform minimum wage, recommended by Cosatu at R7 000, is too high for unskilled labour. He says that although it is not high, in comparison to the cost of living, it is too high in terms of the consequences of destruction:

It is a little bit complex, because it depends on the sectors. There are economic sectors where a high national minimum wage is feasible, but there are other sectors where a high national minimum wage would cause serious losses. The really important question is: what is the level of this national minimum wage? Most workers are covered legislation that provides for minimum wages in either the Labour Relations Act or the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. In practice, we’re pretty close to having minimum wages for all sectors across the country, but at the moment those wages are sectorial. In an economy like South Africa, with 40% unemployment, you have to worry about creation and destruction.

Update on Jayde Panayiotou case

Jayde and Christopher Panayiotou. Picture: Facebook.com

The abduction and murder case of Port Elizabeth junior school teacher Jayde Panayioutou took a dramatic turn after Eyewitness News (EWN) broke the information yesterday that Panayioutou’s husband had been arrested in connection with her murder.

Panayioutou was found dead last week after she was abducted outside of her home. Another suspect was also arrested in connection with the murder. Although the police had refused to name the arrested suspects, they did say that they believe they have a prima facie case against the arrested suspects. EWN’s Siyabonga Sesant reports from Port Elizabeth:

“I’m standing at the exact same spot were Jayde Panayioutou was kidnapped outside the Stellen Glen apartment block, in Deacon Street, Port Elizabeth 10 days ago. It has been very quiet here since I arrived here this morning. This apartment block is very secluded, it is a gated community and very quiet and I would imagine that very affluent people live here. We know the story, last week Tuesday she was allegedly abducted by two men, and her body was found the next day in an isolated area of the Kwanobuhle township. In a shocking twist, yesterday Eyewitness news broke the story that her husband was one of the suspects arrested in connection to the murder. He was arrested in a police raid in Uitenhage and he will appear in court on Monday. He is currently in police custody. We do know that he lived with Jayde in this building and that he is a business man in this area. I was told by sources that he allegedly paid one of these suspects quiet a large amount of money to abduct and kill his wife. Police have been very tight lipped about this case and there has been a lot of speculation. We will have to wait until Monday for more details to emerge.

Visit EWN for the latest updates on this case.

Nepal death toll rises

EWN

#NepalQuake: Death toll passes 6.1k mark

As efforts to treat the almost 14,000 injured continue, the death toll has increased massively. NEPAL - The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Nepal has passed the 6,100 mark as efforts continue to treat around 14,000 people injured in the disaster.

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