Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 23 January 2019.

Solidarity2Trade union Solidarity’ advised on Wednesday that its urgent application to set aside with immediate effect the suspension of Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen will be heard in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Thursday.  

southafricalogoPretoria News reports that the unsafe working conditions and lack of air circulation inside the national Department of Health’s Civitas headquarters in Pretoria are believed to have caused the untimely death of a 59-year-old general worker.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation eased to 4.5%, the mid-point of the SA Reserve Bank’s 3% to 6% target range, in December 2018, aided by a steep petrol price decrease that month.  

newsNews24 reports that the so-called SABC 8 has outright rejected claims that they benefited from a R100,000 donation by state capture-implicated Bosasa to cover their living expenses while suspended by Hlaudi Motsoeneng, COO at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Fin24 reports that according to Dennis George, general secretary of the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), the board of state asset manager the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) should be disbanded.  

Rhodes UniversityTimesLIVE reports that a Rhodes University lecturer accused of sexual harassment was given a reprieve, just 20 days before his contract with the university ended.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that Nopasika Lila, chief executive and principal officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF), has resigned.  

popcruTimesLIVE reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has rejected claims by former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi that a general secretary of the union, known as "Sbu", was promised R1m for his part in dodgy deals.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reported on Tuesday that Sibanye-Stillwater was considering the memorandum of demands submitted to the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) earlier that day.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BusinessLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called for the dissolution of the inquorate board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

graduate thumb100 City Press reports that most South African universities are still outsourcing their cleaning, gardening, security and catering services despite calls and protests by students since 2015 to end the exploitative practice.  

goldfieldsReuters reports that Gold Fields said on Tuesday that rumours it was looking to merge with rival bullion firm AngloGold Ashanti were “absolutely false”.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that a mineworker at Harmony Gold’s Phakisa's gold mine, in Welkom, was killed in a fall-of-ground incident on Tuesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 22 January 2019.

protestGroundUp reports that about 40 employees of conveyor belt manufacturer ContiTech picketed outside the company’s Uitenhage factory on Friday to show their dissatisfaction with its payroll system which they claimed was deducting too much from their earnings.  

picBusinessLive reports that in an announcement on Tuesday at the start of the second day of the inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), it was announced that the executive for listed investments, Fidelis Madavo, had been suspended by the PIC with immediate effect.  

durbanDaily News writes that eThekwini Metro police inspector Johan Deysel was a professional who was dedicated to the job in his more than 35 years in the force.  

sapsANA reports that the national police commissioner, Khehla Sitole, on Tuesday condemned the attack on police officers who had responded to business robberies at two filling stations in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Monday morning.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said on Monday in a statement that it had not made a decision to cancel staff retrenchments, but that the process was still on hold.  

retirementBusinessLive reports that organised labour, which has championed the notion of prescribed assets for pension funds in the past, says high levels of corruption mean that workers must be cautious about how their funds are used by the state.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that nine platforms at Cape Town railway station will be closed to the public for a week to allow for a signal system upgrade.  

sapsEWN reports that the Eastern Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga, has condemned an attack in which a police officer was shot dead on Monday in Port Elizabeth.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TimesLIVE reports that the military has not taken kindly to an EFF student leader who appeared on television on Monday wearing a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) camouflage shirt and a red beret.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that labour inspections are to be conducted at all Mugg & Bean outlets, according to the Bargaining Council for the Restaurant, Catering and Allied Trades.  

MultiChoiceBusinessTech reports that Imtiaz Patel, former Multichoice CEO and the group’s current chair and executive director, will be taking home over R22 million in the 2019 financial year.  Other executives will also be raking in millions.  

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has opened a case of police brutality with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in the North West.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater is closely watching the support that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) attracts ahead of a possible sympathy strike in its platinum division.  

DistellBusinessLive reports that listed company Distell, producer and marketer of wines, spirits, ciders and other alcoholic beverages, could retrench about 100 employees as part of the restructuring of its supply chain network.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 21 January 2019.