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.

ramaphosa2In an interview with the Mail & Guardian, NUM general secretary David Sipunzi endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from President Jacob Zuma as ANC president in 2017, saying the former union leader has the capacity to lead the governing party and the country.  

newsDaily News reports that a shopfitter has been badly injured after jumping out of a window in a desperate attempt to escape a fire in a student residence under construction at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that the SA Public Service Union (Sapsu), which is leading strikes at public hospitals in Durban this week, has vowed to carry on with its protest.  

miners2Mining Weekly reports that according to Sharmlin Govender, director of industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance, the mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability.  

numsaNews24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday that South Africans firefighters who went on a pay strike in Canada had been 'ruthlessly' exploited.  

StellenboschUniversityBDLive reports that Stellenbosch University, which continues to grapple with issues of transformation, has taken a decision to remunerate its female and male staff equally.   

southafricalogoThe Department of Public Works has warned learners, including graduates seeking employment, about a scam promising 700 learnerships at the department.  

councilmedicalschemesBDLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is taking steps to stamp out fraud in the election of medical scheme trustees.  

sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Thursday used its Youth Day statement to lash out against the findings of an education department ‘jobs-for-cash’ report.  

PeterBaileyBDLive reports that Peter Bailey, a senior National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) official who is also an ANC member, appears to have joined a number of disgruntled party members who are standing as independent candidates in the coming municipal elections.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 16 June 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 14 June 2016.

ednamolewaSABC News reports that according to Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, relations between Canada and South Africa will not be affected by the return of South African firefighters who were recalled after a wage dispute while assisting in fighting fires in Canada.  

gunCape Times reports that the Western Cape has suffered the most attacks on police officers of all provinces according to national police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi.  

miners2Mining Weekly writes that there are significant opportunities for young entrepreneurs to enter the local mining industry, particularly with a number of senior miners exiting their existing assets owing to depressed commodity prices and general business challenges.  

newsFin24 reports that according to a report by MoveHub, while South Africa is among the top 30 countries professional migrants like to move to, it is also among the top 30 countries professional migrants are rushing from.  

DCSHeraldLive reports that the Eastern Cape Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has warned job seekers not to fall prey to an ongoing scam.  

newsCaxton News Service reports that twenty five people were injured after the truck they were travelling in fell into a ditch at a farm in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal.  

NorthamANA reports that Northam management announced on Wednesday that underground operations had resumed at its Zondereinde mine on Tuesday night.  

protestGroundUp reports that on Tuesday about 40 members of the SA Social Services Union (Sassu) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) picketed the Western Cape Department of Social Development.  

statssaBoth the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and Solidarity have expressed concern at Statistics SA’s latest findings that there are more than 41, 000 vacant posts at municipalities countrywide.  

ramaphosaNews24 reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called for a rejuvenation of the labour movement within the governing tripartite alliance on Tuesday.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that according to a research report launched on Tuesday at the University of Johannesburg, just under half the protests recorded by police between 1997 and 2013 were labour protests.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members would return to work for the nightshift on Tuesday at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde after staying away since Monday last week after violence broke out at the site.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

handcuffsANA reports that four people, including a murder suspect, were arrested at the Northam platinum mine near Thabazimbi in Limpopo during an operation in the area of the mine on Monday night.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 13 June 2016.

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that SA Airways (SAA) chairwoman Dudu Myeni may have blown a hole in a critical arbitration between the SAA Pilots Association, SAA and Mango when she said SAA subsidised Mango.  

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that the firefighters who downed hoses in a pay dispute had attended a boot camp in Gauteng to prepare for the trip to Canada‚ learning technical and social skills, including how to handle money.