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.

SAFAFin24 reports that the SA Football Association (SAFA) has hit back at critics who have lambasted the choice of a Turkish clothing manufacturer to sponsor suits for the national soccer team Bafana Bafana.  

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen writes that there are at least 28 mines in Limpopo’s Sekhukhune district municipality – yet it is one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country.  Now, the mayor is lobbying for it to be accorded special economic zone (SEZ) status, in an attempt to change things.  

southafricalogoANA reports that Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is urgently arranging security vetting of her staff to allow them to work free of the suspicion hanging over officials in the bankrupt department.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that employees of a Port Elizabeth security company went on a strike on Tuesday demanding that the company recognise their union and also improve their working conditions.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Wednesday, 17 July 2019.

gautrainMoneyweb reports that the Gautrain Management Agency is planning to spend up to R2 billion to acquire second hand additional rolling stock from the United Kingdom to deal with the capacity constraints on the high-speed train network.  

OldMutualBusiness Report writes that shareholder activist Theo Botha has warned that the continuing public spat between fired Old Mutual CE Peter Moyo and chairperson Trevor Manuel would become a reputational disaster for the life insurance group, irrespective of the outcome in court.  

newsSowetan reports that emotions ran high at the Middelburg government mortuary on Tuesday where the families of eight of the nine people who died in a road crash on Friday arrived to have DNA samples taken for the identification process of the burnt bodies.  

unisaNews24 reports that trade union Solidarity has asked the Department of Labour to intervene in stopping the University of SA (Unisa) from implementing proposed promotion criteria, arguing that they are in contravention of the Employment Equity Act (EEA).  

newsGroundUp reports that a two-month farm workers' strike by Oak Valley has been brought to an end.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019.

southafricalogoThe Star reports that hundreds of public servants appear to have not heeded the instruction to stop doing business with the state.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The Star reports that the University of Johannesburg (UJ) indicated on Monday that research had shown that psychiatric health professionals were at high risk of exposure to violence and aggression.  

SolidarityThe Citizen reports that at least one trade union has threatened legal action against arms manufacturer Denel for the non-payment of statutory contributions deducted from salaries.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that according to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the acid mine water crisis in Gauteng will not be resolved because the government lacks the political will to deal with what has become a health hazard.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu said on Monday that government would urgently be finalising the reconfiguration of government, which would include trimming the numbers of public servants and easing the burden on the public service wage bill.  

gautrainThe Star writes that on Monday Gauteng MEC for transport Jacob Mamabolo released the results of a recent study conducted by consultancy Hatch to ascertain what the benefits the Gautrain project had brought about.  

woolworthsTimesLIVE reports that a Woolworths human resources officer lost her job for the sake of a R35.51 discount on a pack of beef.  

GEPFBloomberg reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is planning to invest more of its R2 trillion under management outside the country and in unlisted assets to reduce risk of overexposure to locally traded companies.  

protestThe Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and its affiliate the United National Transport Union (Untu) issued a statement on Tuesday advising that they planned to shut down the running of commuter trains nationwide on Friday, 26 July 2019.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Moneyweb reports that Transnet has obtained a court interdict to stop illegal strike action by employees at the Ngqura Container Terminal.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that the Mpati inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) heard on Monday that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) was misled by the state-owned asset manager in respect of its R4.3bn investment in Ayo Technology Solutions.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi asserts that the admission of stakeholders to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) cannot depend on those inside the council.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 15 July 2019.

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom group treasurer Andre Pillay has resigned and will leave at the end of August, the state-owned power utility announced on Monday.  

newsThe Sunday Independent reports that thousands of employees of state-owned entities (SOEs) are fearful their salaries will not be paid this month unless government steps in and bails out the ailing entities with billions of rands from taxpayers.  

southafricalogoThe Sunday Independent reports that top government ministers are coming to the rescue of the embattled construction industry after it shed 140,000 jobs and lost billions of rands in business.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that a teacher is in critical condition and more than 50 pupils have been transported to local hospitals after they inhaled an unknown gas at Vukuzakhe High School in Umlazi, south of Durban.  

protestNetwerk24 reports that one of SA’s prime banana producers, Umbhaba Estates, is claiming R318-million from the police and a trade union for damages caused by protestors over a period of four months.  

arcelormittalBusiness Times writes that eleven years ago, steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) was one of the 10 largest companies listed on the JSE.