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.

hawksPretoria News reports that the appointment of controversial Hawks head, Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza, is being challenged in the Gauteng High Court by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL).  

ehrenreichDaily Voice reports that Cosatu in the Western Cape has slammed President Jacob Zuma for lack of leadership and has publicly endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa as the new ANC president.  

gautengTMG Digital/The Times writes that the Gauteng economy needs to create 400,000 jobs consistently every year to put a serious dent in unemployment.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Greg Nicolson reports that Marikana women’s group Sikhale Sonke has withdrawn from a mediation process with platinum producer Lonmin that began after it lodged a complaint with World Bank investor, the International Finance Corporation.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Mercury reports that the successful applicants for as many as 800 senior posts - including heads of department, deputy principals and principals - at schools around KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have apparently yet to be announced.  

VantageGoldfieldsSABC News reports that the strike by the workers at Vantage Goldfields’ Barbrook Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga over unpaid November salaries is still continuing.  

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age reports that the abuse of undocumented farm workers is still rife in Limpopo – with workers getting paid between R60 and R80 a day instead of the gazetted R103 minimum daily wage.  

ORTamboBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs says it is still awaiting feedback on an application to deploy additional staff to immigration terminals at international airports to process foreign tourists.  

implatsFin24 reports that Gold Fields on Wednesday announced the resignation of its executive vice-president, Nico Muller, who will be leaving the company to take up the position of chief executive officer of Impala Platinum (Implats).  

panafricanBusinessLive reports that Pan African Resources is looking at all options to minimise disruptions to its Barberton mine from community unrest.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that concerns about the potentially negative impact of a monetary cap on the employment tax incentive (ETI) available to employers have been heeded.  

gautengANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday that Gauteng community health workers were still waiting to be paid for November due to a cash crunch in the provincial health department.  

chickensANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday pledged its full support for the protest action by members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) against job losses in the poultry industry.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 6 December 2016

earningsBusinessLive reports that President Jacob Zuma has accepted the proposal not to give top public office bearers a pay rise in 2016-17.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that SA’s 1.3-million public servants have until 8 December to consider whether to change healthcare plans after it was agreed on Tuesday that contributions to the Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS) will rise 15% from January 2017.  

presidencyEWN reports that The Presidency says there’s been a hold up in terms of the Claassen Board of Inquiry submitting its final report into Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has approached the Treasury for an exemption on staff caps a month before a government-wide ceiling on employee costs kicks in.  

newsThe New Age reports that the large-scale theft of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the Free State is linked to the needs of illegal miners in Welkom and other areas.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that the government’s plan to boost enrolments in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges is likely to fail because of lack of funding.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The Citizen reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday applauded the nurses of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) at the union’s 20th anniversary event.  

ehrenreichCosatu’s Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich has thrown the province’s weight behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the preferred candidate for ANC president in the ruling party’s upcoming leadership race in 2017.  

PACThe Citizen reports that the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) on Monday made an appeal to government to declare 5 December a public holiday and name it after their fallen anti-apartheid hero, Robert Sobukwe.  

ramaphosa2The New Age reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will brief members of the National Assembly on the proposed national minimum wage and other issues on Thursday.  

strike thumb medium85 85The New Age reports that after a year of their cries falling on deaf ears, farm workers at Umbhaba Estates are seeking intervention from the Presidency because they say the provincial department of labour has failed to help them.  

atmMoneyweb writes that digitisation and advances in technology in financial services are reportedly giving rise to a skills mismatch in the domestic banking sector.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 5 December 2016

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phiyegaGreg Nicolson writes that opposition parties on Sunday welcomed reports that the Claassen board of inquiry into suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office had found she should be fired.  

petrosaSunday Times reports that cash-strapped state oil company PetroSA has paid senior executives millions in bonuses despite a string of disastrous projects that resulted in a R14.5-billion loss.