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.

MICT SetaBusinessLive reports that the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in connection with the allocation of discretionary grant funding.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has admitted to blowing hundreds of thousands of rands of its members’ contributions to pay for an empty building for a year.  

picBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says details surrounding the commission that will examine governance issues at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will be announced shortly.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 10 September 2018.

effThe Citizen reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Student Command (EFFSC) plans to take up the plight of thousands of students who studied at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions and who have not received certificates from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).  

gautengThe Citizen reports that trade unions on Sunday claimed that a tender authorised last year for the relocation of health officials from the Bank of Lisbon building to a refurbished building was cancelled by the Gauteng department of infrastructure development.  

joburgcityThe Star reports that the City of Johannesburg has admitted that it does not have the necessary equipment to extinguish fires in the metro, with an alarming number of buildings condemned as death traps.  

pravingordanTimeslive reports that the lawyer for ousted Transnet director Seth Radebe claimed in court on Monday that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan “failed dismally” to respond to allegations of racism leveled against him.  

minerBoomberg writes that after more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths.  

DenelEWN reports that an intricate and lengthy investigation lies ahead to determine the exact cause of a deadly blast at an arms manufacturing plant in Macassar.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92The Star reports that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has blamed a traffic control officer for last week’s Selby Metrorail train accident, but the United National Transport Union (Untu) has rubbished the claim.  

durbanDaily News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has reported an eThekwini Municipality senior official to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for referring to a senior colleague as the C-word in a leaked recorded phone call.  

newsANA reports that the Catzavelos-owned Smokehouse and Grill revealed on Sunday that the actions of the EFF members who invaded the restaurant in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on 6 September compounded bad trading conditions and resulted in the business being forced to close its doors.  

prasaANA reports that City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, said on Sunday that the Metrorail system in the city was in jeopardy as the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) had failed to pay to protect rail commuters.  

popcruTimeslive reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Sunday expressed its displeasure at not receiving responses from the department of justice and correctional services and the department of transport concerning its members’ concerns.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 7 September 2018.

strike thumb medium85 85Mining Weekly reports that Bushveld Minerals reported on Friday that production had been temporarily stopped at the Vametco vanadium mine, near Brits, in the North West, owing to unprotected industrial action.  

sasolMoneyweb reports that petrochemicals giant Sasol has granted executives share options under its long-term incentive plan worth over R106 million at current prices.  

gautengCity Press reports that scores of government workers in Gauteng do not know whether or not to report for duty today – or where to report to.  

sadtu90Timeslive reports that a principal at a secondary school in the Eastern Cape suffered a large gash on the forehead‚ above his left eye‚ after being attacked by a pupil.  

southafricalogoTimeslive reports that the national health department on Friday condemned acts of sabotage at its Civitas Building head office in Pretoria.  

DenelTimeslive reports that Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has reassured residents that the company’s Somerset West site‚ where eight people were killed in an explosion last Monday‚ presents “absolutely no risk” to the surrounding area and communities.  

employment thumb100 City Press reports that thousands of jobs are on the cards for the Eastern Cape, with plans to develop the Wild Coast special economic zone in Mthatha now gaining momentum.  

medicaldoctorCity Press reports that the public health sector is bleeding older healthcare professional providers (HPPs), who are leaving the state to practice in the private sector.  

CCMAFin24 reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) wants to assist in defusing the strike by trade union Solidarity at Sasol over the company’s empowerment share scheme.  

pikitupNews24 reports that Pikitup has resumed refuse collection around Johannesburg and Soweto with armed escorts protecting employees who had their lives threatened last week amid a row over hiring practices.  

MultiChoiceBusiness Times reports that MultiChoice, grappling with new competition in the form of streaming services such as Netflix, is considering job cuts as part of its plan to create a "leaner" business.  

newsThe Citizen reports that the trauma of losing three of their colleagues in Wednesday’s fatal fire in Johannesburg has led to more firefighters being hospitalised.  In addition to the deaths, about eight firefighters were hospitalised for injuries and smoke inhalation on Wednesday.  

sasolAFP reports that about 2,000 members of Solidarity protested on Thursday against a plan by petrochemical company Sasol to allocate shares only to its black employees.  

coalEngineering News reports that a new report into SA’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole.