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.

harmonyMining Weekly reports that an employee at Harmony Gold's Tshepong mine, in Welkom, died in a fall-of-ground incident on Thursday morning.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 19 July 2018.

ancThe Citizen reports that questions have been raised about whether the ANC has employed double standards when dealing with transgressions committed by the party’s members or employees.  

newsBusinessLive reports that happiness police, real-time chatbots for employees and burnout monitors are just some of the applications that have been developed to ensure that staff are healthy and fulfilled.  

MineralsCouncilSABL Premium writes that the state of SA’s gold mining industry is worse than first thought, with fewer than 20% of gold mines making money at prevailing prices of about R520,000/kg.  

eskomEWN reports that labour unions have been given just over a week to respond to Eskom's latest wage offer, which the power utility insists is fair and competitive.  

goldbarsANA reports that Solidarity has become the second workers’ union to reject the latest three-year wage offer tabled by gold producers, joining the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which slammed the wage offer as a “pittance” and “insulting” to workers.  

ancThe Citizen reports that the ANC moved fast to axe an employee at its headquarters, Luthuli House in Johannesburg, after news broke on Wednesday of his arrest during a cash-in transit heist blitz on 6 and 7 July.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is considering launching a full-scale inquiry into the state of hospitals in Gauteng.  

newsBusiness Report writes that according to David Metelerkamp, senior economist at Industry Insight, the civil construction sector was in recession and needed to go into “survival mode”.  

numSowetan reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the fire that killed six people at a copper mine in Limpopo could have been avoided.  

postoffice thumb100 Timeslive reports that the strike at the SA Post Office (Sapo), which started on 3 July, is over.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that declarations of financial interest made by key parastatal officials from 2009 will form the basis of their lifestyle audits, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

MantasheSowetanLive reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has ordered a speedy investigation into the cause of a fire that killed six miners at a copper mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilFin24 reports that that SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) has ordered bus operator Putco to pay 7% of the 9% wage increase applicable this year and to pay the remaining 2% from January 2019.  

angloamerican fullMoneyweb reports that Anglo American has advised pensioners that it will be closing the Anglo American Corporation Pension Fund (AACPF).  

healthcareANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday the SA’s proposed national health insurance (NHI) would have the opposite effect of its aim to give all citizens decent access to health care.  

The Citizen reports that a machine that will produce the world’s first biodegradable menstrual hygiene pads has been unveiled at the historic Liliesleaf Farm, as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary commemorations.  

employment thumb100 Thomson Reuters Foundation reports on Harambee, a South African "youth employment accelerator" that links talent-hungry businesses with promising poor kids.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that the consumer price index (CPI) rose 4.6% in June from a year earlier, thanks mainly to rising fuel prices.  

cosatuGroundUp reports that about 50 workers affiliated to labour federation Cosatu gathered outside Parliament on Monday to call for the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) to be scrapped.  

nursing thumb medium90 93GroundUp reports that hundreds of nurses from across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) marched to the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Monday seeking to get the MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, removed.  

goldbarsANA reports that wage negotiations in the gold mining sector are expected to resume on Wednesday, when the Minerals Council SA (previously known as the Chamber of Mines) will make its opening offer to trade unions.  

sactwuEWN reports that the national strike in the footwear sector has entered its seventh day with no new wage offer on the table.  

eskomANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday evening that it was taking a new wage offer made by Eskom to its members.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

arcelormittalANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has lodged a dispute with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) against ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) after a deadlock was reached in wage talks.  

FortHareTimeslive reports that the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape has had to cancel what it had hoped would be the last leg of its mid-year examinations as they have been disrupted by ongoing wage protests.  

newsTimeslive reports that Limpopo police have released the names of the six mineworkers who were killed in an underground fire at the Palabora Mining Company in Phalaborwa over the weekend.