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.

newsThe Witness reports that Pietermaritzburg high court staff were on high alert on Tuesday for signs of illness after a prisoner collapsed in the cells from an allegedly infectious disease on Monday and later died in hospital.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that there are plans to reform how local communities manage and spend mining royalties after a corruption probe found that a $44 million fund bankrolled by Lonmin Plc had been exhausted.  

sabcNews24 reports that deputy minister of communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams told journalists on Wednesday that nobody must be victimised at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

ANN7Fin24 reports that Gupta-owned television news station ANN7 fired five more journalists on Tuesday.  They had taken part in protests and other demonstrations in solidarity with eight colleagues who were dismissed in June.  

sabcThe Star reports that axed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko is confident that he has a strong case against the public broadcaster and that it will have to reinstate him.  

eskomM&G reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is prepared to take its fight for the right to strike at power utility Eskom all the way to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

NTUCFin24 reports that workers at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) are prepared to drag on a five-week long strike for as long as it takes for their demands to be met.  

sabcThe Citizen reports that Solidarity confirmed on Sunday that it had received court-ordered affidavits from two SABC managers, Sebolelo Ditlhakanyane and Simon Tebele, explaining why they should not be held personally liable for the costs of four journalists whose sackings were set aside by the Labour Court last month.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Business Report writes that about 10% of Gauteng fuel stations experienced shortages as a result of the ongoing petroleum sector wage strike, the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) said on Tuesday.  Nationally, about 5% of service stations are running dry.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 3 August 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 2 August 2016

sapseNCA reports that police are now escorting fuel tankers because they've been targeted by striking workers in the fuel sector.  

joburgcityEWN reports that Johannesburg’s Metrobus has assured commuters that the ongoing petrol strike will not affect its schedules.  Fuel was delivered to Metrobus depots on Monday night, and the supply is expected to last for the remainder of the week.  

telkom thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) marched to Telkom headquarters on Tuesday to deliver a memorandum of wage demands.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 1 August 2016.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that platinum producer Lonmin has cut its workforce by nearly 20% in a bid to keep afloat and to reap the benefits of its business restructuring plan.  

CapeTownlogoBDLive reports that the DA-led city of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government have threatened to approach the courts to challenge the constitutionality of the white paper on policing which was approved by the Cabinet in April.  

unitedfrontBDLive reports that the United Front (UF) believes it can win 10 of the 43 wards it is contesting in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which may position it as a kingmaker in the Eastern Cape.  

numBDLive reports that hundreds of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members picketed outside Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters on Tuesday, threatening to down tools to get the power utility to improve on its 7% wage offer.  

labourcourtsEWN reports that two SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news executives have until today to submit affidavits to the Labour Court, explaining why they shouldn’t be held personally liable for legal bills incurred by four reinstated journalists.  

RBPlatMining Weekly reports that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Monday in reply to analyst queries on the company’s rising wage bill that a premium has to be paid for labour stability.  

joburgcityFin24 reports that Johannesburg’s Metrobus may have to reduce its services due to the unresolved petroleum workers’ strike.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the inquiry into the 2015 Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse in Johannesburg, which left two people dead and 19 others injured, will resume on Tuesday.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that Lonmin, the world’s third-largest platinum producer, said costs may rise above the level targeted this year following its life-saving rights issue at the end of 2015.  

newsNetwerk24 reports that a shepherd from Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape was found dead in the veld after a heavy snow storm in the mountains of the Thabese area.  

gunDaily News reports that an accountant who came to the aid of his employees during an attempted armed robbery was shot dead in his offices in Morningside on Monday.  

sabcJacarandaFM reports that veteran journalist Vuyo Mvoko will be back in court on Tuesday, fighting to have his independent contract with the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) enforced.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that Gauteng petrol stations have been hardest hit by the petrol industry strike, which the union warned on Monday would continue until their demands were met.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 1 August 2016

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Bloomberg reports that service stations have been hit with fuel shortages due to the petroleum sector strike that started 28 July, even as an upcoming drop in retail prices could spur even more demand.