Today's Labour News

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

newsANA reports that the South African Sugar Association (SASA) said on Thursday it was disappointed by the announcement that there would be an increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), commonly known as the "sugar tax".  

gunSowetan reports that three security guards were kidnapped and then later dropped off on the highway early on Tuesday morning after a failed break-in at a mall in Alberton.  The suspects had tried to break in at the Baby and Company shop at West Pack Lifestyle Alberton.  

mboweniThe Citizen reports that labour federation Cosatu and its public service union affiliates are up in arms over Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s plan to cut the public service wage bill by R27 billion over the next three years.  

petrolpumpFin24 reports that there has been largely negative reaction to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announcement on Wednesday that a Carbon Tax - which forms part of government's efforts to deal with climate change - will be instituted in early June on petrol and diesel.  

ancNews24 reports that as the ANC’s spokesman Pule Mabe returns to work after being cleared of sexual harassment, his former personal assistant who lodged the complaint against him, has come out in public and rejected the findings.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that in a pragmatic move to tackle one of the most pressing problems confronting public healthcare, the Treasury has shifted unspent National Health Insurance (NHI) funds to provinces so they can fill critical posts.  

strike thumb medium85 85Miningmx reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has reportedly issued seven-day sympathy strike notices to AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold, with its members set to down tools on 27 February.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that three houses were torched, a police station was damaged and officers were attacked after violence erupted on Wednesday evening in Bloemhof, in the North West.  

SamsaTimesLIVE reports that according to the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), a preliminary investigation was underway into what started a fire that claimed six lives at the Durban port last Thursday, with outcomes expected at the end of the week.  

PSiRANews24 reports that the Clifton beach saga resurfaced on Wednesday with a court dismissing an application to have the suspended registration of three private security guards reinstated by the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA).  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that platinum producer Lonmin has received notice of a sympathy strike from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in support of its ongoing industrial action at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

mboweniThe Star reports that Cosatu has drawn a line in the sand over government’s plans to trim the public sector and unbundle troubled power utility Eskom.  

ancSowetanLive reports that the ANC has called on banks to keep the accounts of Bosasa open to allow employees to receive their salaries.  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament's portfolio committee on labour has moved to correct a technical error in the National Minimum Wage Act, which came into effect on 1 January.  

pscEWN reports that Faith Muthambi, the former Minister of Public Service and Administration, has been found to have broken some of the rules relating to the hiring of staff in her private office.  

IpsasTimesLIVE reports that the biggest worries for South Africans are service delivery, job creation and government mismanaging the economy, according to an Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.  

cosatuTimesLIVE reports that the message of Cosatu's first deputy-president Michael Shingange on Tuesday was that the government had failed to act against those responsible for the electricity crisis, meaning that thousands of workers would now lose their jobs.  

bmfANA reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) on Tuesday slammed African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Senzo Mchunu for blaming black managers for all the trouble at state-owned enterprises (SOEs), particularly power utility Eskom.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will hold a special national executive committee (NEC) on Wednesday to discuss the impasse in the lengthy plastics sector strike.  

gunANA reports that Free State police said in a statement on Tuesday that three unidentified bodies had been found with gunshot wounds to their heads at Sable mine Evaporation Area in Welkom.  

AEMFCMiningmx reports that African Exploration & Mining Finance Company (AEMFC), a company owned by the SA government, said on Tuesday that it had been awarded an option to bid for Optimum Coal Mines.  

ConCourtFin24 reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruled on Tuesday that an employer was not required to give an employee an opportunity to make representations before a precautionary suspension.  

angloamericanEngineering News reports that in 2018, Kumba Iron Ore generated hefty operational cash flow, paid a competent final cash dividend, pressed on with exploration in a new area and supported the creation of 2,600 new jobs in the local community.  

parliamentEngineering News reports that Cosatu marched to Parliament on Tuesday – the day before Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was due to deliver his maiden Budget – to call for job security and an end to retrenchments.  

south32Mining Weekly reports that Solidarity advised on Tuesday that it had received a retrenchment notice from South32’s Hillside aluminium smelter located in Richards Bay.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng human settlements MEC Uhuru Moiloa has been accused of "dumping" his staff at an "unsafe" Johannesburg inner city building while he occupies a cushy office in affluent Killarney.  

OakbayBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners of eight Gupta companies have approached the court to liquidate the controversial family’s Oakbay Investments.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that after meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, Cosatu remained unconvinced that unbundling Eskom was the only viable solution for the embattled state-owned power utility.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association for Mining and Construction Union (Amcu) has threatening to shut the country's gold, platinum and coal mines as a strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations heads into its fourth month.