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.

parliamentEWN reports that Cosatu wants Parliament to halt its interviews of candidates for appointment to the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and has also threatened legal action.  

MantasheReuters reports that growing unrest at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations has left nine people dead since workers downed tools in November, prompting mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe to call on the police to step in and protect the local community.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that Patrick Sofohlo, CEO of Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp, on Tuesday said he was concerned about the impact of the ongoing strike at the facility, but denied that it had reached crisis level.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has offered the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) a proposal to get its striking members back to work.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 4 March 2019.

SanefTimesLIVE reports that a forensic inquiry by Deloitte has found no evidence that any payment was made by Bosasa to the SABC 8 campaign in 2016.  

edconANA reports that the African National Congress (ANC) on Monday expressed its relief that thousands of direct and indirect jobs had been saved after financially troubled retail group Edcon reached a deal with creditors.  

MantasheBusiness Report writes that, with fewer employees having died across the country’s mines last year than the year before, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has shrugged off calls for the government to arrest mine bosses for fatalities   

earningsThe Citizen reports that the Restaurants Association of SA (Rasa) has warned that implementation of the national minimum wage (NMW) would lead to job cuts and a net loss for the industry if mitigating measures were not put in place.  

hawksNews24 reports that a collaborative swoop by the Hawks led to the arrest of 16 people who allegedly rendered security services without the required registration.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BusinessLive reports that the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has expressed concern about the shortlisting process for the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), indicating it was shocked to learn there was no labour candidate among the 24 names on the shortlist.  

MineralsCouncilSAFin24 reports that SA’s mining industry recorded a 3% decrease in the total number of occupational diseases reported nationally for 2017 compared with the previous year.  

cosatuCity Press reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has been given a reprieve by labour federation Cosatu, which has decided not to change its national congress resolution and will continue backing the ANC in the general election on 8 May.  

bmfANA reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) said on Thursday it was pleased with the appointment of Nompumelelo Zikalala as managing director for diamond producer De Beers’s group-managed operations.  

chickensSunday Tribune writes that more than 30,000 much-needed jobs could be created if the government blocked chicken imports.  That is according to the SA Poultry Association (Sapa), which believes the scrapping of imports would end the crisis in the local chicken industry.  

MuggBeanThe Citizen reports that a Mugg & Bean franchise has fired three staff members, believed to be immigrants, for failing to provide documents for their employment.  

artisan2Engineering News reports that virtual reality (VR) has hitherto been primarily associated with the gaming industry, but as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand for new skill sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.  

ancNews24 reports that the ANC says it may not have an in-house sexual harassment policy just yet, but it has ensured that the public is protected from unwanted sexual advances at work through the Labour Relations Act.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 1 March 2019.

newsNews24 reports that an employee of the Gauteng Department of Health in the Tshwane district has been found dead in his office.  

sapsNews24 reports that an administration clerk for the police in Giyani has been arrested for allegedly demanding a bribe, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in Polokwane said on Sunday.  

coalEWN reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) appointed at the Optimum and Koornfontein Gupta coal mines expect workers at the mines to receive salary payments by this week.  

uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s official opening of the Gamsberg Mine in the Northern Cape on Thursday.  

southafricalogoOMF reports that state-owned diamond miner Alexkor Limited, in Alexander Bay in in the Northern Cape, has denied reports that it was planning to retrench about 300 mineworkers.  

strike thumb medium85 85Independent On Saturday reports that a strike at the Magwaza Maphalala (Gale) Street mortuary in Durban has led to grieving families being unable to collect the bodies of their loved ones and has thrown funeral arrangements into disarray.  

saa thumb medium95 76Bloomberg reports that South African Airways (SAA) has laid fraud charges against a former pilot after finding out that he operated international flights with the wrong type of license.  

picThe Sunday Independent reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) commission of inquiry into impropriety is scheduled to continue on Monday and a labour federation has upped the ante.  

implatsBloomberg reports that as Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) outlook for metals turns bullish, the company plans to start building a new palladium mine that could begin producing as soon as 2024 .  

newsANA reports that job seekers have been warned about a recruitment scam falsely claiming jobs on offer for Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA).  

edconBusiness Times reports that Edcon, the owner of Edgars, has secured a deal with its landlords, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and banks that will inject R2.7bn into the business.