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.

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that security was tight at the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ahead of the appearance of former members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

TegetaBusinessLive reports that Standard Bank has agreed to open bank accounts for business rescue practitioners controlling seven Gupta companies.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that Eskom has repaid the R5bn loan facility advanced to it in February by the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) via the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), apparently with R30m interest.  

newsFin24 reports that Dawie Maree, head of marketing and information at FNB Business Agriculture, said on Monday that the outbreak and subsequent spreading of listeriosis contamination from certain meat processing plants in SA would likely not lead to job losses in the short term.  

newsTimes Select reports that on Monday online payment platform PayPal released a report showing that more than half of all South Africans with smartphones were using their devices as their preferred method of transacting.  

gavel thumb100 EWN reports that nine Fisheries Department officials will join seven other suspects in the dock at a Hermanus court on Tuesday.  Seventeen suspects were rounded up by the Hawks in an abalone bust on Monday.  

joburgcityTimeslive reports that two former Jozi@Work employees have been arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe and will appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of causing malicious damage to property and intimidation.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom intends to reduce its employee headcount by 4.2% to 31,675 for 2018/19, but on Monday said that retrenchments were not on the table.  

gautengANA reports that Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi advised on Monday that two private vehicle testing stations in Soweto and in Pretoria had been shut down due to alleged fraud and corruption.  

newsPretoria News reports that while Taxify and Uber drivers claim they will not retaliate following the murder of their colleague Siyabonga Ngcobo, whose charred remains were found in the boot of a car in Sunnyside, they have blamed their metered taxis counterparts for his death.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that the Gauteng department of health has assured the public that the services of community health workers are not going to be terminated.  

uctCity Press reports that University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Elelwani Ramugondo is taking the university to court for hiring a “less qualified” white academic as its deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Timeslive reports that most of the nurses who appeared before the SA Nursing Council last year were disciplined for theft, while other cases were for fights‚ assaulting patients and a medication error.  

NedbankCity Press reports that software robots might see Nedbank possibly do away with 3,000 employees, which would happen through natural attrition and would be offset through the bank’s expected growth rather than through retrenchments.  

handcuffsANA reports that a 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a police officer and the attempted murder of another officer in Sunnyside in Pretoria on Friday night.  

nersaBusinessLive reports that the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) has delivered a strong signal to Eskom that it is not open to steep tariff increases in future.  

presidencyBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu and the SA Communist Party (SACP) are still calling for the budget process to fall under the Presidency, arguing that the Treasury is not accountable to the executive.  

Solidarity2Timeslive reports that trade union Solidarity has launched an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria that seeks to end an alleged secret project by the SA Police Service (SAPS) that benefits former members of the ANC’s armed wing, Mkhonto weSizwe, through re-ranking and promotions.  

hawksTimeslive reports that 33 alleged illegal miners were arrested in Limpopo on Friday at the rehabilitated Ellerton mine outside Giyani.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that public sector wage talks, in which considerable progress had been made prior to the tabling of the budget, have begun to falter as unions say they may need to rethink their positions.  

prasaCity Press reports that a group of 700 former workers dismissed by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) five years ago have accused the agency’s former CEO, Lucky Montana, of being the brains behind the burning of train coaches.  

farming thumb medium80 84Reuters reports that the severe drought afflicting the Western Cape is expected to cut agricultural output by 20% this year, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports to Europe.  

ancwlNews24 reports that ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) has said that capacity building programmes for unemployed women on how to produce sanitary pads and run a business to supply government-issued sanitary pads should be offered to primary and high school pupils.  

mosebenzizwaneCity Press reports that the labour court on Friday reinstated Mpumalanga regional manager in the Department of Mineral Resources, Aubrey Tshivhandekano, who had been fired by former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane last month.  

SteinhoffEWN reports that the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) says that former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste should go to jail for a long time for his underhanded dealings.  

nelsonmandelabayCity Press Business reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality is under pressure to ensure the region’s taps do not run dry as half of the businesses in the area say their operations will be severely hindered, and some are even predicting closure due to the continuing drought.  

sapsNews24 reports that a police constable has died, and his colleague is recovering in hospital, after they were attacked while on duty in Pretoria late on Friday night.  

ZululandUniversityNews24 reports that University of Zululand (UniZulu) staff have been instructed to return to work on Monday, following violent student protest action on Thursday.  

DUTNews24 reports that wage negotiations between Durban University of Technology (DUT) management and striking staff were unable to reach a conclusion on Friday, despite hopes that they would finalise their talks by the weekend.  

Lynne BrownThe Citizen reports that there was widespread applause from trade union federations, civil society and opposition parties after “complicit” former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown resigned as an MP on Thursday.