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.

protestThe Citizen reports that the ANC in Gauteng will on Friday lead a ‘People’s March’ to the Union Buildings in Tshwane in protest against e-tolls, corruption, fuel hikes, VAT increases and other concerns that “have a direct influence on the high cost of living”.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BL Premium writes that the bold projects Lonmin promised in plans underpinning its mining rights were perhaps too ambitious, assuming tasks that should be the local government’s responsibility, and which have now put a takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater at risk.  

boardroomtableThe Star reports that the Private Security Sector Provident Fund (PSSPF) has rejected the claim that the resignation of 10 board trustees amid a corruption investigation was an admission of guilt.  

pnp thumb100 The Star reports that the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers’ Union (Sadsawu) has threatened to mobilise its members to protest outside Pick n Pay franchises across the country over the retailer’s maid and gardener mugs.  

handcuffsANA reports that a policeman and a 36-year-old man, arrested in connection with a failed cash-in-transit heist, were due to appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to apply for bail.  

protestANA reports that hundreds of Stutterheim residents from the Mlungisi township were unable to access their social grants payments on Wednesday due to violent clashes between the police and protesters.  

Netcare911ANA reports that a construction worker has been hospitalised after he fell onto a reinforcing steel rod and got injured when it penetrated his torso.  

sabcThe Citizen reports that the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is forging ahead with plans to retrench close to 1,000 staff members, despite the Communication Workers Union (CWU) warning it will take legal action to stop that action.  

petrolpumpTimesLive reports that the proposal to cap the price of 93 octane petrol would be finalised by the end of January, energy minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday during a question-and-answer session in parliament.  

pikitupNews24 reports that former Pikitup managing director Amanda Nair has featured prominently in the Public Protector's report on the waste management service provider, with legal action against her being one of the recommendations.  

sapsTimesLive reports that two high-ranking officials within the SA Police Service have been suspended following an ongoing forensic investigation which has implicated them in dubious financial transactions amounting to hundreds of millions of rand.  

newsEWN reported on Thursday morning that West Rand District Municipal councillors held hostage in the council chambers by staff had been freed.  

goldfieldsMiningmx reports that following the issuing of retrenchment letters by Gold Fields to just over 1,200 employees at its South Deep mine on Wednesday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) served notice of a strike at the mine from Friday, 2 November.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

vavi1The Citizen reports that trade unions are in despair at the latest unemployment statistics revealed by Statistics SA on Tuesday.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday rejected the stated intention of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to retrench 981 permanent workers and over 1,000 freelancers as part of a restructuring project.  

graduate thumb100 IOL News reports that unqualified finance and supply chain management officials at municipalities across the country have been given 18 months to obtain their qualifications or face the chop.  

transnetlogo thumb100 ANA reports that Transnet said on Wednesday that it had suspended its former group supply chain officer Edward Thomas pending investigations into various serious allegations of misconduct involving a number of contracts.  

sabcThe Citizen reports that a wage bill of nearly half the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) income, poor management and a skewed staff-manager ratio are among key factors behind the public broadcaster’s planned restructuring.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that the millions of South Africans out of work will be pinning their hopes on the framework agreed to at the recently concluded Jobs Summit to create employment after the third quarter jobs data showed the unemployment rate at a year high of 27.5%.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the Department of Health (DOH) is planning to appeal the prohibition notice that led to its Pretoria head office being shut for being “unsafe and unhealthy”.  

cosatuBL PREMIUM writes that the e-tolls saga that has haunted the ANC since the implementation of the electronic tolling system on Gauteng highways in 2013 has set President Cyril Ramaphosa on a collision course with Cosatu.  

SARSTimesLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has accused retired judge Robert Nugent of being hell-bent on portraying acting Sars commissioner Mark Kingon “as an angel” while Moyane was deemed “the devil incarnate”.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive writes that SA’s inability to absorb its growing labour force has resulted in the worsening of the unemployment rate, with the expanded rate rising to its worst level in a decade.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the murder and attempted murder trial of eight former Association of Mineworker and Construction Union (Amcu) leaders has been transferred to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.  

protestThe Citizen reports that nine of Limpopo’s 25 municipalities are expected to come to a standstill on Friday as Cosatu and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) put pressure on the ANC to axe cadres linked to the VBS Mutual Bank scandal.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 30 October 2018.

sabcEWN reports that labour unions have criticised the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) intention to retrench a large section of its workforce as part of a restructuring strategy.  

newsThe Star reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) and several Cosatu and Saftu unions have been fingered for allegedly misrepresenting their membership in the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council.  

gautengThe Star reports that the Gauteng Department of Health is paying nearly R175,000 every month to guard the Bank of Lisbon building, which caught fire on 5 September, leading to the tragic deaths of three firefighters.