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.

uctWeekend Argus reports that staff at the University of Cape Town (UCT), both academic and non-academic, could face retrenchment if the institution’s savings target of R120 million to attain sustainability is not achieved.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that the long-awaited Department of Basic Education’s (DBE’s) so called ‘jobs-for-cash’ report was released late on Friday, revealing the flawed process to appoint educators in some provinces.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that two hundred student nurses in the Free State say they are still unemployed despite the provincial Department of Health’s promises to give them jobs.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that it was still open to wage talks with power utility Eskom after rejecting a 5% pay rise.  

implatsMining Weekly reported on Friday that the body of Tanki Samuel Lepitikoe, one of the two Impala Platinum (Implats) employees who went missing in a fall-of-ground incident on 17 May 2016, has been found and brought to surface.  

sabcSABC News reports that the national broadcaster and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) have concluded their salary increment and substantive negotiations for the current financial year.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Weekend Post reports that just days after the unveiling of Nelson Mandela Bay’s specialist crime-fighting metro police force, it is beset by infighting, training glitches and questions over combat-readiness.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 20 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

houseANA reports that a case in which houses in Marikana were illegally occupied was postponed in the North West High Court on Thursday to allow the occupants to file their heads of argument.  

protestDaily News reports that disgruntled outsourced workers have vowed “to stand their ground” against “greedy fat cats” at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in uMlazi.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that according to business rescue practitioner Rob Deverbux, there is a reasonable prospect of the cash-strapped Lily Gold Mine in Mpumalanga being rescued given that the conditions of the business rescue plan are met and there is a market for the company to continue.  

boardroomtableBloomberg reports that on Thursday both Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), who are preparing for new wage talks, said they don’t expect any major output interruptions.  

vavi1The Star reports that the new labour federation in the making will be embarking on mass recruitment and job campaigns in order to attract members among the 76% of South African workers who are not organised in unions.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that five employees of a business in KwaZulu-Natal who fell into the habit of producing fraudulent doctor’s notes have been caught out.  

southafricalogoHeraldLive reports that Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel said on Thursday that at least 200 municipal officials have been arrested for fraud and corruption over the past year.  

employment thumb100 SowetanLive writes about Sello Mokate‚ 30‚ who graduated with a B-tech in Chemical Engineering two years ago‚ but who has landed up selling naartjies at the traffic lights.  

VUTThe Citizen reports that there was still no indication late on Thursday as to when academic activities would resume at the troubled Vaal University of Technology (VUT).  

angloamerican fullBDLive reports that Anglo American’s plans to cut its workforce to nearly a third of the 135,000 people it employs are among the factors painting a gloomy picture of SA’s prospects of reducing its 26.7% unemployment rate.  

fsbBDLive reports that the Financial Services Board (FSB) may have misled the finance minister about the scope of a KPMG probe into the cancellation of dormant funds, the subject of a hotly contested case, new court filings show.  

eskomBDLive reports that wage negotiations at Eskom are due to resume on Wednesday next week with a second round of talks.  

implatsANA reports that one of the two mineworkers trapped underground at the Impala Platinum (Implats) mine in Rustenburg, North West, was found dead on Thursday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 19 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 18 May 2016.

vwBusiness Report writes that according to Volkswagen SA (VWSA) managing director Thomas Schäfer, the international reputation of the country’s automotive industry would be completely destroyed if this year’s collective bargaining resulted in strikes like the industry experienced in 2013 and 2010.  

mildredoliphantNews24 reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) amendment bill is one step closer to becoming a reality after it was passed in the National Assembly on Thursday.  

newsNews24 reports that a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated by police after two buses collided and burst into flames in Khayelitsha, leaving more than 50 people injured.  

eskomBDLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected Eskom’s offer of a 5% wage increase and is demanding increases of 18% for the lowest-paid workers and 15% for the highest-paid workers.  

comReuters reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA said on Wednesday that about half its members were unprofitable as a result of weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and regulatory issues.  

epkingsHeraldLive reports that the decision by inspirational skipper Steven Sykes to leave the Southern Kings could spark a mass exodus of players from the struggling franchise once the Super Rugby season ends.