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.

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that Nico Greeff, a grape farmer in Vredendal who is also chairman of the Olifants River Table Grape Producers’ Association and a director of the SA Table Grape Board, says he will make no profit this season.  His farm is one of the suppliers for Namaqua Wines.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that two former Tshwane bus drivers who were seen on video footage entering and exiting an A Re Yeng bus seconds before it was set alight told the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday that it was a mere coincidence they were on the bus that day.  

sapsTimeslive reports that three men – thought to be linked to the slaying of a policeman in KwaMaphumulo two weeks ago – were shot and killed during a tactical raid in KwaMashu on Wednesday night.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that a 53-year-old principal from Mayflower near Dundonald has appeared in the local magistrate's court for allegedly raping three of his male pupils.  

newsTimeslive reports that police are investigating a case of assault after a municipal employee claimed he was attacked by a KwaZulu-Natal mayor and his bodyguards.  

DUTThe Mercury reports that resumed wage negotiations between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and unions are on the verge of collapse and the strike may resume.  

standardbankCity Press reports that Standard Bank has instituted disciplinary proceedings against an employee who had offered to reopen bank accounts for Gupta companies currently under business rescue.  

mantasheANA reports that newly-appointed Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe was due on Thursday to meet with workers at the troubled Optimum coal mine in Mpumalanga in a bid to resolve the impasse that arose after workers downed tools demanding salaries and answers about the future of the mine.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said its strike at 53 workplaces across the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) would remain indefinite until all demands had been met.  

handcuffsGroundUp reports that an informal gold miner was shot dead on Saturday and eight others were arrested by security guards at a mine in Benoni.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Timeslive reports that a staff member at a Cape Town high school has been suspended over allegations that he filmed himself having sex with dozens of pupils.  

eskomEWN reports that former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane on Wednesday gave the parliamentary Eskom inquiry a glowing account of former chief executive Brian Molefe.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that Metrorail Gauteng has condemned an attack on four staff members at Pretoria Station on Wednesday evening.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that at the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom currently being held, it was discovered that the power utility delayed the suspension of former acting CEO Matshela Koko in 2017 to avoid litigation.  

eskomBloomberg reports that Eskom is reviewing its business, including staff numbers and possible asset sales, to find a way out of massive debt and develop a more sustainable model.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80BusinessLive reports that Western Cape finance MEC Ivan Meyer said in his budget speech on Wednesday that the drought has halted economic growth in the province.  Agriculture and agri-processing‚ which together produced goods and services worth R54bn‚ had been hard hit‚ he indicated.  

sasboANA reports that financial sector union Sasbo on Wednesday condemned Nedbank for announcing plans to cut 3,000 jobs as a result of robotics.  The union also threatened "serious action plans" if the bank sidelined it in future decisions on staff.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that nine marine inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) appeared in the Hermanus Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a range of charges including corruption.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) indicated on Wednesday that it would be consulting union members on a revised wage offer.  

news shutterstockBusinessLive reports that according to Google’s director for SA, Luke McKend, the technology giant’s new jobs aggregation platform, which launched in SA last week, will not compete directly with local employment websites.  

gautengANA reports that Gauteng MEC for roads and transport, Ismail Vadi, warned on Wednesday that if it turned out the culprit responsible for burning a Taxify driver in the boot of a car was a metered taxi operator, he would not hesitate to shut down all operations of metered taxis in the province.  

newsNews24 reports that two people were arrested in connection with allegations that women at Topbet gambling in Germiston were "strip-searched" after menstrual blood was found in one of the company's bathrooms.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is to embark on an indefinite strike at the Department of Water and Sanitation’s offices and facilities nationwide from Thursday.  

pravingordanBusinessLive reports that newly appointed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has promised the United Association of SA (Uasa) that he will attend to the crisis at state-owned arms manufacturer Denel.  

pikitupEWN reports that City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has instructed Pikitup to investigate the feasibility of providing full-time employment to former Jozi@Work employees.

ANN7News24 reports that three foreign employees at the Gupta-linked TV station ANN7 were detained for an hour by home affairs' immigration officials on Tuesday.  

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018.

protestThe Citizen reports that members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) marched to the offices of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) in Tshwane on Tuesday to demand that government take decisive action against illicit trade.  

news shutterstockEWN reports that a suspended Topbet employee has yet to hear from her employer since she and her colleagues spoke out about being violated at the company’s Germiston branch.  

kznlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Tuesday challenged Premier Willies Mchunu to lead by example and start with himself when conducting lifestyle audits in the province.