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.

anglogoldashantiEWN reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) and trade union Solidarity have each refuted a claim that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has sealed a deal with the gold producer to save more than 800 jobs at risk.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90David McKay reports that Platinum producer Lonmin’s operational and financial woes deepened in the first quarter of its 2017 financial year in which it said it was losing money and might cut capital expenditure as the year progressed.  

unisaEWN reports that the University of SA (Unisa) and the National Health Education & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) were due to resume talks on Friday morning after a protest at all its campuses over salary increases.  

sibanyeBusiness Report writes that Sibanye on Thursday said it planned to retrench about 330 workers at its newly acquired platinum mines as it seeks to eliminate duplicated roles and cut about R800 million in costs at the affected mines.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Thursday demanded an investigation by the Department of Labour and an immediate deportation of Chinese nationals who are allegedly working illegally in SA.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that the Hawks arrested seven City of Johannesburg licensing centre officials for alleged fraud and corruption on Thursday morning.  

sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in Limpopo has given the education department three weeks to resolve issues surrounding learning materials for both pupils and teachers or it says it will force schools to close.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that just days after saying the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was "not at war" with Sibanye Gold and AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane tore into the two companies for "refusing to comply with the mining laws of the country".  

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

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that the City of Cape Town says it is concerned about the safety of firefighters following an incident on Monday where a team were ambushed in Gugulethu.  

graphdown thumb medium90 80TMG Digital reports that the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) said that its recent survey results indicated that average consumer inflation expectations for 2017 declined from 6.0% in the third quarter to 5.8% in the fourth quarter.  

protestSABC News reports that the national campaign to shut down Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges is gaining momentum, with student leaders saying they will not back down.  

sadtu90ANA reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Wednesday threatened a "total shutdown" of schools in Limpopo should education authorities not heed its demand to fix the education crisis in the province.  

zumaANA reports that President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday suggested that there should be consequences for school teachers and principals who continued to produce pathetic pass rates despite the perpetual support from government.  

gautengThe Star reports that a financial shortfall has been given by the Gauteng Department of Education as the reason behind the delay in payment to teachers for the marking of exam scripts.  

Netcare911Caxton News Service reports that a worker was rushed to hospital after his hand was stuck in a printing press in Westmead, Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.  

hospersaANA reports that the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) on Tuesday urged national health minister Aaron Motsoaledi to address the critical shortage of staff in the public health system.  

phiyegaBusinessLive reports that National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has received the Claassen Board of Inquiry report into suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness for office.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that workers at DB Schenker, one of the largest suppliers of car parts for Mercedes-Benz SA, downed tools on Monday over a wage dispute.  

sibanyeBusinessLive reports that Sibanye Gold’s subsidiary Sibanye Platinum (SP) has served summonses on Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and three of his officials, claiming R26.8m from them in their personal capacities.  

unisaTMG Digital reports that the National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday announced that it was preparing for a full-blown protected strike at the University of South Africa (Unisa) after negotiations over wage increases deadlocked.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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

benchmarksBusinessLive reports that the Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) says it will campaign to persuade Lonmin shareholders to divest from the platinum miner, should it not meet the organisation’s housing, wage and compensation demands by the fifth anniversary in August of the Marikana massacre.  

artisan2Pretoria News reports that according to Equal Education, the unemployment rate among young graduates of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system could be attributed to the unequal treatment they received from both the government and society at large.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85EWN reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has called on the Health Department to urgently intervene following a spate of attacks on emergency medical staff in the Western Cape.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that a group of 25 workers appeared in the Parow Regional Court on Monday as a sequel to an illegal strike at business premises in Epping Industria.  

joburgcityJohannesburg motorists wanting to renew their vehicle licences or transfer vehicle ownership could be in for long queues over the next few days - or even find facilities closed.  

implatsheadgear smlBusinessLive writes that South African’s mining industry is entering another turbulent year, with developments on the legal and regulatory fronts needing political leadership that is absent.  

newsANA reports that the business rescue practitioner overseeing Fly Blue Crane’s re-engineering process, Etienne Naude, says he is confident that the airline will overcome its current problems and go on to prosper.