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.

parliamentNews24 writes that according to a report in the Sunday Times, high-earning Members of Parliament are preparing to resist a move to trim some of their benefits.  

numFin24 reports that despite substantial political support for restructuring at Eskom, it appears as if the power utility is on a collision course with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) over its plans to unbundle.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday reported that its South African gold operations achieved seven-million shifts with no fatalities – amounting to about 365 days of production without a fatality – for the six months ended 30 June.  

sasboANA writes that finance union Sasbo said on Thursday that it was calling on its 73,000 members countrywide to strike on 27 September in protest against the economic crisis in the country and job losses.  

ramaphosaNews24 reports that Cosatu is engaging with the Office of the President for President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit Marikana in October.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has found non-compliance with the law by some Mpumalanga security companies, leading to the guards being exploited by their employers.  

gautengNews24 reports that Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku made a commitment at the health department budget vote to invest more than R1bn towards the maintenance and refurbishment of facilities across the province.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that embattled Tshwane city manager Moeketsi Mosola finally signed a separation agreement, which saw him vacate his position effective on 31 August.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that a total of 1,879 cleaners started their first day of work for the City of Johannesburg on Sunday after being in-sourced.  

sapsNews24 reports that the police and government have paid their respects to 27 police officers, including a reservist, who lost their lives in the line of duty in the last financial year.  

LosiNews24Wire reports that Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi has rubbished claims that her predecessor and the current deputy minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, S’dumo Dlamini, was poisoned.  

earningsBusinessTech reports that according to the latest BankservAfrica Take-home Pay Index, take-home pay in SA increased above inflation in July 2019, thereby providing a slight boost to household spending.  

necsa1Engineering News reports that Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis.  

prasaFin24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) announced on Wednesday evening that its group executive for information technology, Chris Mbhatha, had been found guilty for his role in the illegal awarding of a contract and had been dismissed.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 29 August 2019.

healthcareNews24 reports that not a single state health facility in Gauteng has been assessed as complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), according to a statement DA Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom issued on Thursday.  

newsThe Citizen reports that the Bank of Lisbon building that previously housed the Gauteng health department in central Johannesburg will be turned into a heap of rubble in November.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the directors of the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) could be declared delinquent because the embattled public broadcaster is trading under insolvent circumstances.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane warned in Parliament on Wednesday that Eskom could run out of money as of end-March 2020 if it failed to raise necessary finance and this implied more funding from the government.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu discussed finance minister Tito Mboweni’s economic strategy document on Wednesday after it was released for public comment earlier this week.  

durbanBusinessLive reports that eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has created a crisis for the ANC by holding on to the mayoral chain despite a provincial executive committee (PEC) decision instructing her to vacate office.  

parliamentThe Citizen reports that the Magistrate’s Commission told the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services on Wednesday that magistrates facing disciplinary hearings used “every trick in the book” to delay disciplinary proceedings against them.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 28 August 2019.

nxesiThe Star reports that Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has vowed to punish private sector companies that intentionally block qualified black professionals and those with disabilities from assuming top senior positions.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that gold and platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Sibanye-Stillwater expects to report an attributable loss of R265m for the six months ended 30 June, compared with a R77m profit for the six months ended 30 June 2018, mainly as a result of a strike at its SA gold operations.  

corruptionwatchTimesLIVE reports that corruption in the police service countered for the most number of reports received in 2019, Corruption Watch advised on Tuesday.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a second officer has been shot in Gauteng in a space of days.  Police spokesperson Brig Vishnu Naidoo said a captain from Cullinan, east of Tshwane, was attacked at his home in De Wagensdrift on Monday evening.  

mycitiNews24Wire reports that the City of Cape Town has given the shareholders running the stalled N2 MyCiTi Express service an ultimatum to get the buses running again by 28 September otherwise it will find another service provider.  

nxesiBusinessLive reports that frustrated by the slow pace of transformation in the workplace, the government says it will invoke a legislative provision that will make it compulsory for companies to have a compliance certificate to do business with it.  

Human Rights WatchAFP reports that Human Rights Watch (HRW) indicated in a report on Monday that dozens of truck drivers in SA have died in attacks against foreigners since March 2018.  It called for stronger protection of foreign workers.