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.

petrolpumpCape Argus reports that according to the Department of Energy, motorists can expect a fuel price drop on Wednesday, which will be the first in six months.  

handcuffsIndependent News reports that according to the national traffic anti-corruption unit of the Road Traffic Management Unit (RTMC), together with the Hawks, at least 95 officials from licensing departments around the country have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in the past financial year.  

GEPFPersonal Finance reports that following the recent gazetting of the Government Employees Pension Law Amendment Bill, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) members will no longer be subject to its “debt model” in the case of divorce.  

picPretoria News reports that, with the commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) resuming this week, the Public Servants Association (PSA) expects the chairman, retired Judge Lex Mpati, and his team to deal with its list of grievances.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that Old Mutual is seeking legal advice about recouping a portion of incentive bonuses paid to former CEO Peter Moyo, was fired in June due to a breakdown in trust and conflicts of interest.  

SolidarityANA reports trade union Solidarity on Friday indicated that it had served Denel with a demand under section 165 of the Companies Act to take immediate legal action against those responsible for the financial predicament the state-owned arms manufacturer found itself in.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 28 June 2019.

edconMoneyweb reports that despite Edcon cutting its store numbers by around 150 and reducing floor space in others over the last 18 months as part of its turnaround plan, the retailer has managed to save most of the jobs within the group.  

mantasheBusinessLive reports that workers at Lanxess chrome mine, including 56 previously dismissed employees, were due expected to return to their posts on Monday, after a nine-day strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

MultiChoiceBusinessLive reports that on Friday pay-TV operator MultiChoice concluded its first meeting with stakeholders in an ongoing retrenchment process that could result in up to 2,194 employees losing their jobs.  

boardroomtableBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is demanding a one-year 20% wage increase across the board in the automotive industry after its previous three-year wage agreement ended on 30 June.  

ambulanceSowetanLive reports that an ambulance crew in Johannesburg came under attack while attending to a person who had been assaulted at the weekend.  

numSowetanLive reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a Lesotho national was killed in a rockfall incident at the Samancor Eastern chrome mine in Limpopo on Friday night.  

SANParksSowetanLive reports that according to SA National Parks (SANParks) management, there had been no disruptions at the Kruger National Park on Sunday amid a rumoured employee strike.  

numsaSowetanLive reports that about 300 miners emerged from the Lanxess Chrome Mines near Rustenburg on Thursday after spending nine days underground as part of a sit-in in protest against mine management.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE reports that an impromptu protest by employees of the Passenger Rail Service of SA (Prasa) resulted in major train delays in Cape Town on Thursday and left many early peak-hour commuters stranded.  

protestThe Citizen reports that Vermont Old Age Home in Hornlee, Knysna, is no stranger to controversy, with the latest being an attempted hunger strike by residents in sympathy with the centre’s “overworked and underpaid” caregivers and staff members.  

BasilReadBusinessLive reports that Basil Read, which is fighting for survival after being forced into business rescue a year ago, says it has retrenched all staff not currently working on projects and will move out of its head office in Johannesburg to cut costs.  

newsThe Sunday Independent reports that two main labour federations will this week be meeting with their affiliates to discuss plans of action in response to looming retrenchments by major companies.  

GoDurbanSunday Tribune reports that an eThekwini municipal spokesperson said last week that the city’s new rapid transport system, Go!Durban, would go live in September, but the taxi association say it won’t, until the city has resolved differences with them.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 27 June 2019.

samwu thumb medium80 78The Star reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is up in arms after several municipalities across the country failed to pay workers their salaries.  

ambulanceThe Star reports that City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) paramedics were robbed at gunpoint while busy assisting a patient in the early hours of Thursday.  

auditorgeneralThe Star reports that Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has painted a grim picture of financial mismanagement in the country’s 257 municipalities, saying that accountability continued to deteriorate while irregular expenditure still remained high.  

psaOFM News writes that the Free State education department’s abrupt decision to shut down all 10 of its learning material and stationery warehouses in 2017 might come back to haunt it.  

petrolpumpNews24Wire reports that lower international oil prices have set things up for a substantial fuel price drop for July, according to the Automobile Association (AA).  

CCMASowetanLive reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has requested assistance from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in an attempt to resolve a sit-in by about 300 LanXess chrome miners.  

Tongaat HulettBloomberg reports that according to Tongaat Hulett, SA police are investigating an unnamed former executive for his role in an accounting scandal that has forced the sugar maker to restate financials and ask for its shares to be suspended.  

SteinhoffBusinessLive reports that in an unprecedented move, Steinhoff is claiming R870m from former CEO Markus Jooste and an additional R272m from former CFO Ben La Grange for "unjustified enrichment".  

auditorgeneralBusinessLIve reports that only 18 municipalities managed to obtain clean audits for the 2017/2018 financial year, according to auditor-general Kimi Makwetu.