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Funeral parlours in South Africa have embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday. About 3,000 undertakers have joined the strike action in demand for what they call `better working conditions and pay.”

A union called- the Unification Task Team (UTT) also staged a protest in Soweto as they gathered outside an academic hospital.

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UTT funeral associations said it had instructed its members to call the police in case of emergencies during the three-day strike. They say, they are refusing to collect bodies from homes and hospitals – and to hold burials.

The protest comes as a result of an unanswered letter from the National Funeral Practitioners of South Africa (NAFUPA) to the government for mortuaries outsourcing to be recognized and legalized.

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Their union is also calling for the government to set up a coronavirus relief fund.

The cost of burials and cremations has increased by up to 25% since the beginning of the pandemic because of the need for personal protective equipment, sanitizer and other items.

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Authorities say they are worried that the strike will cause significant risk to public health.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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