South Africa's largest union on the brink of a split?

Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu General SecretaryA leading South African trade union has vowed to put the problems it faced in 2014 behind it next year as it eflected on a 'difficult year.'

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South Africa's budget to freeze government's personnel budgets

South Africa's Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene says the national government's personnel budgets would be frozen. Photo©Julian GoldswainSouth Africa has slashed its growth forecast to 1.4% for 2014 amid a warning that the economy has reached a 'turning point.'

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South Africa: Our goal is the abolition of poverty by 2030

Collins Chabane minister in the South African presidency for monitoring, evaluation and administration. Photo©Herman Verwey/City Press/Gallo ImaGes/Getty ImaGesConfident of victory in the May elections, top policy-makers in the African National Congress are focusing on the National Development Plan. Collins Chabane is the man who has to make it work.

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South Africa: Nothing to lose but our chains - Cosatu President

Sdumo Dlamini President, Congress of South African Trade Unions. Photo©Stephane de Sakutin/AFPFor the man at the centre of the worst political crisis in the history of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Sdumo Dlamini was surprisingly composed when The Africa Report caught up with him at a shop stewards' meeting in Cape Town's Salt River area.

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The birth of South Africa's new left?

cosatu has called for a probe into the 6 february accident at harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine. Photo©MARCO LONGARI/AFPSplits and strife pepper the political scene as the contenders rush headlong towards South Africa's national elections on 7 May.

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Members question South African labour union's leadership interests

File Photo©ReutersSeveral affiliates of South Africa's largest trade union federation, Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have accused the leaders of the body of undermining it and turning it "into a toothless giant in order to please its political masters".

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South Africa: A failed marriage, a wary union and the ANC

Photo©ReutersAs South Africans ponder the failed DA-Agang attempt at constructing a hybrid political machine that did not run mainly on racial fuel, an alliance of the country's politically inclined labour unions appears to be holding.

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South Africa: Andrew Chirwa, NUMSA's fearless president

NUMSA president, Andrew Chirwa. Photo© Daniel Born/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesThe new NUMSA president has launched an attack on the ruling ANC and President Jacob Zuma, calling for the government to improve the lives of the poor and stop wasteful spending.

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South Africa: Mixed reactions over Agang-DA, Ramphele presidential bid

Mamphela Ramphele has accepted an offer to lead the Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa's elections. Photo©ReutersAgang leader, Mamphela Ramphele has accepted an offer to lead the Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa's elections due sometime this year, the two parties announced Tuesday. The announcement has been described as a game changer in South Africa's politics, but some analysts are not convinced.

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Africa's oldest liberation movement celebrates 102 anniversary

President Jacob ZumaSouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday celebrated its 102nd anniversary, with leader, President Jacob Zuma reportedly saying the party will rule the country forever.

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More join call for South African president, Zuma to resign

South African President Jacob ZumaAnti-apartheid stalwart, Mamphele Ramphele's Agang SA's youth wing has joined the call within trade union, NUMSA for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

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Who speaks for South Africa's poor?

Photo©Alexander Joe/AFPThe ANC has traditionally been the party of the poor, but union leaders say that rings hollow today. Amid a new wave of strikes they claim the ruling party is in the pocket of business and investors. So who will the workers turn to with their vote?

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South Africa's largest trade union's president resigns

Cedric Gina confirmed that he had written a letter to Numsa tendering his resignation as president of NUMSA. ScreenShot©TheRealNews via YoutubeThe president of Confederation of South African Trade Union's largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) resigned on Monday, raising fears that a split with the federation was imminent.

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SA's labour union strongman, Vavi awaits fate

Zwelinzima Vavi has been suspended as general secretary of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Suspended Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi will have to wait a bit longer to hear his fate at the helm of the body.

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South africa's unemployment rate drops, but remains stubbornly high

South Africa's economy added 308,000 new jobs in the past few months, latest statistics have shown.

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South Africa: Gauteng e-tolling ruling makes no difference - Cosatu

South Africans have widely rejected the new e-tolling system. File photo©ReutersThe Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it was regrettable that the Supreme Court of appeal has dismissed Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) bid to stop the implementation of e-tolls on Gauteng highways.

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South Africa's union boss, Zwelinzima Vavi gets Cosatu ban

Zwelinzima Vavi was suspended in August pending a disciplinary hearingThe Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says suspended general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi cannot address any trade union or meetings or gathering on its behalf.

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ANC to assist South Africa's trade Union, Cosatu

Cosatu leader, Zwelinzima VaviIn an unprecedented move, South Africa's ruling ANC has set up a task team to help the trade union federation, Cosatu resolve its problems.

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Blackmail evoked in Vavi, South African union leader's rape accusation

Zwelinzima Vavi, Secretary General of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)Firebrand union leader, corruption critic and leader of Africa's largest trade union federation, Zwelinzima Vavi has been accused of rape.

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Mandela hits 95 "with the same energy and strength" - Zinzi

It is a day that South Africans across race, class, gender and political persuasion put aside their differences to celebrate their first black president's birthday with great fanfare and nation building.

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