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.

minerCity Press reports that a total of 40 workers were killed in accidents in gold mines last year, according to statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources on Friday.  

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

protestANA reports that protesters have been causing chaos at the Witrand Psychiatric Hospital, demanding that the hospital CEO should step down, and management should refrain from harassing and intimidating staff.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday called off its national strike action at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Community Education and Training (CET) colleges.  

eskomANA reports that the special Cabinet committee on Eskom will hold more meetings with organised labour to discuss the contentious restructuring of the struggling power utility into three units.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that the suspended Sans Souci Girls' High School teacher and 16-year-old pupil from the school each appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday – a few courtrooms apart – after they had both laid assault charges against each other.  

MuggBeanThe Citizen reports that a wave of panic has engulfed the workforce of several Mugg & Bean restaurants, amid investigations into working conditions at the franchise chain and subsequent threats by bosses to lay employees off.  

fawuThe Citizen reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has called for clear policy from government to prevent imminent job losses in the sugar cane sector, caused mainly by the sugar tax and dumping of sugar from Brazil.  

newsThe Citizen reports that according to Witbank News, attempts to find remaining bodies at the Gloria mine have once again been temporarily halted.  

councilmedicalschemesBL Premium reports that the suspended head of investigations at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is facing new allegations that he facilitated the curatorship of a municipal workers medical scheme to further his own interests.  

newsMoneyweb reports that Ensolor, franchise operator of world-famous toy retailer Hamleys South Africa is in financial trouble and has been put into business rescue.  

avengMoneyweb reports that armed ‘community forums’ – widely referred to as the ‘construction mafia’ – are prevalent on virtually all construction sites in the country, and the situation is so bad that engineers prefer to leave SA rather than work under such conditions.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Bloomberg reports that the Labour Court has reserved its decision in respect of an interdict application to stop a secondary strike at several mining companies.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Fin24 reports that trade union federation Fedusa announced on Thursday morning that it had placed its general secretary, Dennis George, on precautionary suspension, pending an external investigation.  

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

graduate thumb100 Daily News reports that law students at private universities have expressed relief after the Pietermaritzburg High Court declared the Independent Institution of Education’s (IIE’s) LLB programme equivalent to that offered at any public university in SA.  

picANA reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Amendment Bill was passed in the National Assembly by majority vote on Tuesday.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that at the end of the first meeting of the Presidential Working group on Disability on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa committed the government to empowering people with disabilities.  

ancIndependent News writes that fears of damage to the ANC brand in the build-up to the 8 May elections influenced the ruling party to force its spokespersons to step aside amid sexual assault allegations levelled against them.  

artisan2Daily News reports that two hundred unemployed young people will receive training through an artisan development programme over three years, the eThekwini executive committee (Exco) agreed on Tuesday.  

southafricalogoHealth24 reports that the Department of Health (DOH) is to move its headquarters from the “sick” Civitas Building in Pretoria and relocate elsewhere after almost a year of protest action from unions.  

strike thumb medium85 85Sowetan reports that 64-year-old Tshidiso Phofu, from Sebokeng in the Vaal, is just weeks away from retirement, but has nothing to show for all his years as an adult literacy teacher.  

DlodloSowetan reports that ministers and deputy ministers will be breaking the law if they leave behind big personal staff complements in government departments when they are reshuffled or fired.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee has called on trade and industry minister Rob Davies and other cabinet ministers to immediately intervene in whatever way possible to address the crisis in the sugar industry.  

northwestprovinceTimesLIVE reports that at least four managers have been suspended by the North West health department for allegedly mismanaging expired medication.  

ramaphosa2The Star reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially proclaimed Wednesday, 8 May 2019 as the day on which the general elections will be held.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that 10 mining companies are due to argue in the Labour Court on Wednesday for an urgent interdict to prevent a secondary strike at their operations by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

newsMiningmx reports that Assore is considering shifting its remaining ferroalloys production from SA to its Malaysian facilities which it holds in joint venture with African Rainbow Minerals (ARM).  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

psaFin24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) said on Monday that it would be putting forward its case in its wage dispute with the SA Revenue Service (Sars) at a Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) meeting on 8 March.