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.

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 24 March 2017.

newsThe Times reports that illegal mining in SA is a multibillion-dollar transnational business empire with its own financial targets, line managers, security personnel and CEOs.  

presidencyIndependent Media reports that a squabble over a government employee’s alleged skimpy dressing and seductive conduct in front of President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, has led to her suspension.  

vavi1BusinessLive reports that the new trade union federation, which has been championed by former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, has been registered officially with the Department of Labour.  

newsTimesLive reports that stones are still piled up on the roof of Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke Hospital less than a month after a similar situation led to a structural collapse.  

Godfrey OliphantMining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will “amend and relax” some of its conditions in issuing mining permits to small-scale miners, Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday.  

MQACity Press reports that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has ordered an investigation into allegations that Tebogo Mmotla, acting CEO of the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA), faked his qualification.  

parliamentSunday Independent reports that the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha is being crippled by the continued appointment of acting CEOs and rampant failure to adhere to labour laws.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom said on Friday said that independent power producers (IPPs) were not the only factor that led to its decision not to extend the life of a number of its power stations.  This came as anger towards renewable energy over the power utility’s decommission plans festered.  

transnet thumb100 Mining Weekly reports that Transnet on Friday confirmed that it was offering voluntary severance packages (VSPs) to its management and bargaining unit employees.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 24 March to Sunday, 26 March 2017

nehawu80Saturday Citizen reports that there appears to be no end in sight to the strike by members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the social development sector.  

ABInBevBusiness Times reports that SABMiller’s new owner, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is recruiting again after a higher than expected number of former SABMiller managers took voluntary separation packages and left in January.  

vavi1ANA reports that the Department of Labour on Friday officially registered the new trade union federation under the name South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

kusasalethuANA reports that the unprotected strike at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville came to an end on Friday.  This followed discussions between senior management of Harmony and the senior leadership of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

strike thumb medium85 85Netwerk24 reports that a nationwide strike by about 6,000 social workers and care givers had been on the go for 10 days on Thursday, with no end in sight notwithstanding an interdict against the strikers.  

sabcANA reports that Solidarity and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) have asked the Labour Court to include former COO of the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as a respondent in their cost order case related to their challenge of the sacking of eight employees.  

gavel thumb100 Bogus pharmacist Miyelani Carol Maswanganyi (43) appeared in the Hlanganani Magistrate Court in Limpopo on Wednesday for operating a pharmacy without a licence.  This was a direct contravention of sec 22a (1) of Act 101 of 1965 relating to medicines and related substances.  

Godfrey OliphantANA reports that Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory.  

chickensANA reports that the open animosity between chicken importers and chicken producers intensified on Thursday as each blamed the other for the crisis facing the poultry industry in SA.  

ancylThe Daily Vox reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) was joined by hundreds of protesters on Thursday in a march ending at the new Ballito Junction Regional Mall in demand for jobs for the youth.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that employees at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, have again on Friday not reported for work, owing to ongoing industrial action.  

protestThe Witness reports that several Msunduzi TVET students allegedly sustained rubber bullet injuries when the police fired at them while they picketed outside the college’s central offices on Wednesday.  

sapsHeraldLive reports that all five lifts at the Mount Road police station in Port Elizabeth have been shut down after a lift plummeted four storeys there on Wednesday afternoon.  

BusinessTech reports that new employment data shows that South African workers are some of the most hard-working in world, with discretionary effort levels double that of the global average.  

Zimbabwe flagBusinessLive reports that lobby groups representing Zimbabweans holding special permits said on Wednesday they were still waiting for clarity from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on the status of their permits.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 23 March 2017

chickensFin24 reports that Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana warned in Parliament on Wednesday that poultry producers, especially those in KwaZulu-Natal, were on the brink of closing shop.  

cosatuCape Argus reports that “racist behaviour currently experienced in the Western Cape” is the latest grievance trade union federation Cosatu has appealed to SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate.