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.

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLive reports two people (later reported to have risen to three) have been killed and dozens injured in a train accident on Tuesday near Pretoria's Mountain View train station.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the rescue of the Gupta’s embattled Shiva Uranium has sprung back into life after months of delays.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The Mercury reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has threatened to take the KwaZulu-Natal health department to court for not permanently employing about 190 nurses after four years of training, including community service.  

NPANews24 reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has declined to prosecute the owner of Food Lover's Market and Spar franchises in Hartbeespoort in the North West in connection with the alleged assault of an employee.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday expressed its ‘deep anger’ over the nonpayment of employees’ salaries for the past two months at the Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines.  

newsBusiness Report writes that labour has warned of a jobs bloodbath this year, following implementation of the much-touted national minimum wage on 1 January.  And industry stakeholders have warned that this could affect the struggling SA economy battling a 27.5% unemployment rate.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that wages, land and free education will be at the centre of several key implementation and legislative processes expected to dominate government and parliament this year.  Not least of these is the implementation of the National Minimum Wage Act, which was signed into law last year.  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that Sibanye-Stillwater advised on Monday that the mediator of the ongoing strike at its SA gold operations would approach the Labour Court to seek guidance about the process of verification of union membership.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 7 January 2019.

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the High Court in Pretoria is expected to make a ruling soon on whether 16 Marikana mineworkers -- facing multiple charges relating to a violent strike at Lonmin mining operations in Marikana near Rustenburg six years ago -- should be prosecuted or discharged.  

education90TimesLive reports that basic education director-general (DG) Mathanzima Mweli said on 3 January 2019 during a technical briefing ahead of the release of the 2018 matric results that six out of 10 schools in SA needed to become technical schools.  

graduate thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training posted a link on the SA Government Facebook page on Monday for 2018 matriculants to use to browse the list of registered private higher education institutions and the courses they were qualified to offer.  

sadtu90Cape Argus reports that to ease the workload for teachers this year, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has launched an app.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a 31-year-old alleged police killer has been arrested and is due to appear in court on charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm.  

NatuThe Star reports that the National Teachers' Union (Natu) has questioned the ingenuity of progressing learners to matric if the majority of them were barred from writing the full final exam.  

newsSowetanLive reports that a Bronkhorstspruit security guard was stripped down to his underwear and forced to walk 3km in the rain after his supervisor caught him sleeping on the job.  

nursing thumb medium90 93ANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday that more than 200 newly qualified nurses finishing their community service at state hospitals in Gauteng were not being absorbed into permanent posts as had happened previously.  

kznuniversityTimesLive reports that social work and nursing rank highest on the list of popular courses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as the institution readies to welcome thousands of first-time students in 2019.  

artisan2SABC News reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training is due to release its new critical skills list in April this year.  

rustenburgmunicipalitySABC News writes that according to the Rustenburg Chamber of Commerce, mass retrenchments on the platinum belt will cost the country’s economy more than one billion rand per month in the new year.  

SaftuEWN reports that according to the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) all the praise around the improvement in the matric results was a celebration of mediocrity.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that have recently appeared.

earningsCity Press reports that a large part of the SA economy will be exempted from the new national minimum wage (NMW), which came into effect last week.  

eskomBloomberg reports that according to a person familiar with cash-strapped Eskom’s plans, the power utility will extend its strategy of trimming top executive positions to include lower ranking managers and finally the general workforce.  

earningsThe Sunday Independent reports that the enactment of the national minimum wage bill has been welcomed by workers and trade unions, but some economists have questioned the timing.  

DenelCity Press reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) has threatened legal action to have the recent appointment of Denel group chief executive Daniel du Toit set aside.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has distanced himself from the appointment of Previn Govender as acting city manager.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Free State region on Thursday welcomed the removal or transfer of Eskom general manager in the province, Lindi Mthombeni.  

mtnMoneyweb reports that eight MTN Group executives have netted over 1.3 million shares in the telecommunications giant, valued at R116.857 million at the market price (R87.79) when they were issued at the end of December.  

Sibanye StillwaterThe Sunday Times reports that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) remain on strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's SA gold mines while a process to verify the membership of four unions at the producer is still underway.