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.

ComairFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will no longer be embarking on a planned national strike against Comair after the parties held talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on Thursday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 20 December 2018.

sanavyCape Times reports that SA Navy chief Vice-Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane has suspended two high-ranking officers for allowing an unauthorised civilian mechanical repair workshop to operate from an unused shed at the Goodwood SAS Wingfield base.  

gunSowetanLive reports that an off-duty police officer was allegedly killed, execution-style, by two fellow policemen in Thokoza on the East Rand after he had discharged his firearm while trying to recover his brother's stolen cellphone.  

autopaxlogoFin24 report on Thursday afternoon that about 3,900 passengers set to travel during the festive season were left stranded due to a wildcat strike at bus company Autopax.  Some 105 bus trips were affected.  

newsThe Star reports that a top Joburg eatery has closed, putting 57 employees on the unemployment line days before Christmas.  

newsThe Star reports that a downtown Johannesburg building, which housed government departments and which was engulfed by a fire that killed three firefighters on 5 September, might be demolished by mid-2019.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that the final date for the conclusion of the Sibanye-Stillwater all-share takeover of Lonmin could be tested by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) late appeal against the Competition Tribunal's approval of the transaction.  

AReYengSowetanLive reports that on Wednesday the Tshwane Rapid Transit (TRT) management announced that A Re Yeng buses were back on the road following negotiations with taxi associations in the area.  

healthcareTimesLive reports that the Department of Health (DOH) will spend R2bn to fill more than 15,000 posts for health workers across SA’s public health facilities in a move that will provide much-needed employment and help alleviate the staff shortages that have plagued the sector.  

publicprotectorTimesLive reports that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has ordered President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary action against Treasury director-general (DG) Dondo Mogajane for failing to disclose that he had been convicted of a traffic offence when he applied for his post in 2017.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has moved to block the acquisition of struggling platinum miner Lonmin by gold and platinum producer Sibanye-Stillwater by appealing the transaction’s regulatory approval.  

JMPDEWN reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has been shot and wounded in a car chase during a roadblock in Doornfontein, Johannesburg.  

sactwuBusinessLive reports that empowerment conglomerate Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), which has investments ranging from media to mining, is consolidating its holding in gaming and leisure group Tsogo Sun.  

SanefBusinessLive reports that the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has lodged a complaint at the Equality Court against the EFF and its leader Julius Malema in a bid to halt threats to and harassment of journalists.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that the business rescue practitioner of Lily Mine, Rob Devereux, has been retained in his position, but is now working with another expert.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 19 December 2018.

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday accused Sibanye-Stillwater of trying to interdict its protected strike, saying the company had tried underhand tactics to discredit the labour action from the outset.  

ComairTimesLIve reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will meet Comair management at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Thursday in a bid to avert a looming wage strike.  

edconThe Star reports that trade unions have called on the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to rescue SA’s largest non-food retail group Edcon from its financial woes to avoid a jobs bloodbath.  

newsIn its Tuesday editorial, Business Day noted that SA’s “strong unions” are often cited as one of the reasons why the country battles with an unemployment rate that reached 27.5% in the third quarter, and that argument holds some merit.  

newseNCA writes that if you are a workaholic, over-achiever or a perfectionist, you might be at risk of suffering from a modern-day phenomenon known as "leisure sickness".  

marikanacommission thumb100 The Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has been asked to intervene after it emerged that a number of families of persons who were killed in the 2012 Marikana “massacre” would spend another Christmas without the compensation they were promised.  

rustenburgmunicipalityANA reports that the Rustenburg municipality in North West has dismissed seven employees in connection with the irregular awarding of tenders.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that the 45-day strike at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine over job cuts has officially ended with the signing of a formal settlement agreement between the gold producer and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

sabcEWN reports that Communications and Telecommunications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says she will continue to meet with the National Treasury and other entities in order to formulate a plan to rescue the ailing SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

SaftuEWN reports that the SA Federation of Trade Union (Saftu) has expressed its condolences to the family of Zamile Booi, a member of the federation’s coordinating committee in the Free State.  

Golden ArrowEWN reports that Golden Arrow bus fares are set to go up as of 31 December 2018.  They will be hiked by 9.5%, partly due to fuel price increases.  

imfANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Tuesday it was concerned by the "official queries" made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the policies of free higher education in the country.  

sapsTimesLive writes that an off-duty policeman is lucky to be alive after he was shot three times in a hijacking in Mariannhill, west of Durban, on Monday.