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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 5 November 2018.

newsSowetanLive reports that an elderly man has accused a farm owner of desecrating his family-marked graves for cattle grazing.  Former farmworker Paul Swele, 64, from Bela Bela in Limpopo, said his plea with the farmer owner to allow him to mark the graves again had been ignored.  

sacpEWN reports that the SA Communist Party (SACP) has warned the African National Congress (ANC) that should retrenchments go ahead at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and other state entities, it could cost the ANC a chunk of the workers’ votes in the general election.  

pravingordanFin24 reports that ‘pay back the money’ was Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s message to corrupt individuals who has stolen from SA Airways (SAA).  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that the head of eThekwini’s legal and compliance unit was this week found guilty of hate speech, racism and gross dishonesty.  Gideon Phungula made headlines when a recording of him referring to city treasurer Krish Kumar by the c-word went viral.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that hotel and gaming group Tsogo Sun is set to bail out executives who face losses on the R200m interest-free loan they were granted in 2014 to purchase shares.  

ImperialCity Press reports that beneficiaries of a multibillion-rand employee trust are fighting in court for it to be dissolved owing to concerns about a lack of transparency and because it is allegedly not benefiting them.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune writes that while the country is shedding jobs, the future looks brighter for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which registered the highest increase of employment in the third quarter.  

gautengThe Star reports that for the past three years, Abey Marokoane has been fighting to clear his name after being fired and arrested for corruption.  

Stats SABusiness Times reports that statistician-general Risenga Maluleke has warned that Statistics SA was losing key technical staff at a rate faster than it was able to replace them, which could hamper the organisation's ability to do its work.  

numTimesLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday that Greenpeace had been “reckless” when it stated that Mpumalanga has the worst nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution across six continents.  

MangoBusiness Report writes that struggling low-cost airline Mango allegedly paid R1 million to a recruitment agency to find a permanent chief executive.  But it ended up appointing the airline’s chief financial officer Marelize Labuschagne in an acting capacity after she threatened to resign because she was not consulted.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Friday hit out at finance minister Tito Mboweni for suggesting that the loss-making state-owned airline SAA should be closed down.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 2 November 2018.

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that some Metrorail commuters say they are optimistic that the new rail enforcement unit in Cape Town will help combat crime on trains.  

jicminingBloomberg reports that a mining contractor owned by the Gupta family has been put into liquidation, according to persons with knowledge of the matter.  

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has been given the go ahead to register a political party after its attempts to register a workers' party were blocked in July by the Independent Electorate Commission due to a problem with the party's logo.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, says the company is “much closer” to reaching a reasonable settlement with labour unions over wages and conditions of service for employees for the period from July 2018 to June 2021.  

newsANA reports that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Zweli Mkhize has extended his best wishes and acknowledged the firefighters and emergency workers involved in fighting the raging fires in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) faces a R1m fine, and its general secretary Irvin Jim might have to pay R100,000 personally, if an interim Labour Court order that found them in contempt is made final.  

mantasheSaturday Citizen reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is facing possible prosecution for common assault.  

sapsRandfontein Herald reports that police on the West Rand made their intentions for the festive season clear when a large number of arrests were made during a joint Rural Safety Operation in Randfontein on Thursday.  

ConCourtFin24 reports that according to Constitutional Court (ConCourt) documents lodged by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, the relief sought by former SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane from the court "has been rendered moot" by the decision to fire him.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that seven suspects have been arrested after a security guard was shot and killed during a robbery at a service station in Katlehong, Johannesburg.  

goldfieldsMiningmx reports that strike action began on Friday at Gold Fields Limited’s (GF’s) South Deep mine following an earlier decision by the gold producer to retrench staff.  

sabcTimesLive reports that Minister of Communication Nomvula Mokonyane revealed on Thursday that the total cost to company of the top three executives at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was R12.1-million.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa fired SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane on Thursday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 1 November 2018.

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that the safety performance of precious-metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater improved markedly in the three months ended 30 September owing to ongoing safety interventions gaining traction at all operations.  

sapsThe Star reports that a police re-enlistment advert has revealed how poorly paid the men and women in blue are, with thousands of police officers earning a meagre R14,633 per month.