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Sep 22, 2010

Analysis – Motlanthe leading S.Africa’s ANC succession stakes

JOHANNESBURG/DURBAN (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC elects a new leader in 2012 but positioning for the country’s top job has already begun with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe seen as favourite.

Although the question of who will become the next party leader — and almost certainly South African president in 2014 — is not on the agenda of the ANC’s week-long policy review National General Council this week, African National Congress officials and party sources say lobbying has already started.

Sep 21, 2010

Top players at S.Africa’s ANC policy conference

DURBAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The succession battle for
leadership positions is dividing South Africa’s ruling African
National Congress and Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on
Tuesday called for lobbying to stop.

“Elections and lobbying by its nature is divisive, it does
not matter how nice it can be,” Mantashe told a news conference
at the ANC’s mid-term policy review.

Sep 20, 2010

Zuma woos S.African allies, rebukes ANC youth leader

DURBAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob
Zuma tried on Monday to mend fences with his union allies but
shied away from offering left-leaning policies that would secure
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Zuma, speaking at the ANC’s National General Council, did
not take up a call from the COSATU trade union federation to
nationalise some mines or drastically weaken the rand.

Sep 20, 2010

S.Africa Zuma tries to mend alliance with unions

DURBAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – South African President Jacob
Zuma tried on Monday to mend strained relations with his trade
union allies who helped him to power, promising to get tough on
corruption and create more jobs in Africa’s largest economy.

Zuma, who is striving to shore up his authority, rejected
suggestions that his governing alliance with the COSATU labour
federation was in trouble.

Sep 14, 2010

S.Africa’s ANC, unions move to mend strained ties

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 14 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC
and the most powerful labour union confederation COSATU will try
to repair their alliance, hurt by strikes and alleged government
cronyism, at a meeting to be held in the next two months.

COSATU said last week that its alliance with the African
National Congress and the South African Communist Party faced
paralysis and may even break up over policy differences.

Sep 7, 2010

S.African workers balk at leaders’ deal with govt

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Leaders of South Africa’s labor federation COSATU have agreed with the government on a 7.5 percent wage rise but have so far failed to sell the draft deal to rank-and-file workers, union officials said on Tuesday.

They told Reuters that COSATU leaders had approved the rise last week and understood there was no way to attain the 8.6 percent the workers demanded during a strike of nearly three weeks that was suspended on Monday for more talks.

Sep 6, 2010

S.African public sector strike suspended -unions

PRETORIA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – South African public sector
workers suspended a pay strike on Monday as it entered its
fourth week, union officials said.

The strike by 1.3 million workers has affected education,
healthcare and the judiciary. Strikers have demanded a double
inflation 8.6 percent pay rise and a 1,000 rand ($135) a month
housing allowance.

Sep 6, 2010

Q+A-Why are S.Africa’s Zuma’s hands tied by labour?

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A strike by 1.3 million workers in South Africa’s public sector now in its 16th day is testing President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress’s fragile relationship with organised labour.

Unions, especially the country’s largest labour federation COSATU, were instrumental in propelling Zuma to the presidency but have become increasingly frustrated with his government’s failure to adopt left-leaning polices they support.

Sep 3, 2010

S.Africa gov’t and strikers brace for new wage talks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Striking South African state workers held small-scale protests on Friday as union and government negotiators prepared for bargaining next week aimed at ending the three-week walkout by about 1.3 million.

The unions rejected a government offer of 7.5 percent pay raises, nearly double inflation, and 800 rand a month for housing, with workers demanding a better offer.

Sep 2, 2010

S.Africa state workers march after rejecting offer

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Striking South African
state workers plan a protest march on Thursday and their leaders
will meet government negotiators after rejecting a revised wage
offer aimed at ending their three-week strike.

The majority of unions, most of which are in the largest
labour federation COSATU, voted against the offer on Wednesday,
prolonging a strike by 1.3 million state workers that a
prominent economist said was costing about $150 million a day.