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.

medicaldoctorEWN reports that an intern doctor, dismissed over his anti-abortion views, has argued that the inquiry into the matter must be based on scientific evidence.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that a small medical scheme called Thebemed has been placed under provisional curatorship by the Gauteng High Court over concerns about its financial viability.  This followed an application by the medical schemes regulator.  

sapsBusinessLive reports that police minister Bheki Cele said on Tuesday that a review of the SA Police Service Act was underway, with amendments expected to be made in the current financial year.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that 27four Investment Managers has joined the government’s fight to reduce SA’s unemployment rate, which stands at about 29%.  

sapsNews24 reports that two wanted suspects were fatally wounded and two others arrested during a shootout with the police in Emndeni, Soweto, on Monday night.  

mpumaTimesLIVE reports that the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court has set strict conditions for eight Lekwa local municipality licensing officials implicated in a multimillion-rand vehicle registration scandal.  

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

earningsMiningmx reports that Ekapa Mining (KEM), the last major diamond company operating in Kimberley, has imposed a three-month, 12.5% salary reduction across the board on its staff in an attempt to remain economically viable.  

ancNews24 reports that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has confirmed it has received Zandile Gumede's resignation as eThekwini mayor, along with the rest of the ANC executive members in the eThekwini and Msunduzi councils.  

OldMutualBusinessLive reports that axed Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo has filed yet another urgent application in the Johannesburg High Court asking it to declare the insurer in breach of the constitution because it fired him again while it was still waiting for a judge to decide on the legality of his first dismissal.  

FidelityThe Star reports that a member of the Nazareth Baptist Church, who wears a beard for religious reasons, has been threatened with a disciplinary hearing if he refuses to remove it.  

RailwaySafetyRegulatorIndependent News reports that the specialist drafting of the Railway Safety Bill by external contractors has cost taxpayers about R2.4 million, according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.  

gautengNews24 reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has revealed that at least 12 of the province's hospitals do not have permanent chief executive officers (CEOs).  The province has 32 public hospitals under the department's authority.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107News24 reports that four people were burnt beyond recognition when a cooking oil factory was engulfed in flames in Roodekop in Germiston on Monday afternoon.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that suspended North West health department head Dr Thabo Lekalakala was arrested for fraud on Monday.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that the Eastern Cape health department's call centre has been hailed as one of the best in the country as it boasts, among other things, a quick response time to emergency queries.  

medicaldoctorNews24 reports that the disciplinary measures against three doctors, accused of stealing two broken chairs from Tygerberg Hospital, is set to undergo a review.  

picMoneyweb reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) is on the hunt for a new chief executive officer and is looking for a company capable of taking on the responsibility of finding a suitable candidate.  

newsANA reports that Zambia's High Commission in Pretoria on Monday issued a travel advisory warning to its citizens in the trucking business to avoid travelling to SA on 2 September.  

sapsNews24Wire reports that police minister Bheki Cele on Friday welcomed the introduction of a task team to tackle gangsterism and illegal mining in the Free State.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that the African National Congress (ANC) study group on defence and military veterans on Monday said it was "shocked" by reports of the burnt body of a defence force member having been found in a car boot.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that the promoters of a proposed stainless and alloy steels plant in the Eastern Cape believe that the greenfield development could support the creation of new jobs in the domestic mining and steel industries.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the profits of insurer Clientele in the year to end June bore the brunt of increased unemployment in SA as investment withdrawals spiked and some customers failed to pay their premiums.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday that National Health Insurance (NHI) would be rolled out in a manner that was affordable and that it would not pose the kinds of risks to the economy that state-owned power utility Eskom has done.  

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

protestANA reports that Zambia's High Commission in Pretoria on Monday issued a travel advisory warning to its citizens in the trucking business to avoid travelling to SA on 2 September.  

handcuffsANA reports that police in Tongaat, north of Durban, have arrested a security guard at a minibus taxi rank in the CBD after he apparently accidentally shot himself in the leg.  

boardroomtableEngineering News reports that Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi will participate in a panel discussion on the 2020 metals and engineering (M&E) wage negotiations during the Metals and Engineering Indaba (Meindaba), which will be held in Sandton next month.  

gunThe Citizen reports that according to Gun Free SA, law enforcement officers carrying their guns while off duty were at risk of being exposed to theft, suicides and family homicides.  

SAOUThe Citizen reports that sparks are expected to fly at the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie’s (SAOU) annual principals’ conference, with concerned members asking Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to reconsider her decision to attend the event.