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.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Treasury is to convene a panel of independent experts to investigate the potential for an expansion or review of the basket of goods zero-rated for VAT.  

protestBusinessLive reports that community health workers have taken their grievances to Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa.  

uctBusinessLive reports that amid a fresh dispute on transformation at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the institution’s Black Academic Caucus (BAC) is seeking legal advice over the appointment of Lis Lange as deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning.  

cosatuNews24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu has rejected the proposed one percentage point hike in Value Added Tax (VAT) that was announced by former finance minister Malusi Gigaba last week.  

newsGroundUp reports that Reverend Alan Storey of the Central Methodist Mission, together with members of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work, on Thursday hoisted a banner over the church steeple in Greenmarket Square in Cape Town in support of the decriminalisation of sex work.  

sapsThe Citizen reports that the family of Tinus Gouws, who had been a pilot in the air wing of the SA Police Service (SAPS) before his death, has won a long court battle for his promotion from warrant officer to captain.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 1 March 2018.

implatsBloomberg reports that Impala Platinum cut 1,400 jobs at its Rustenburg operations, narrowed its loss and closed shafts as the producer of platinum-group metals (PGM) seeks further cost reductions to boost cash flow by as much as R1bn in the next two years.  

cosatuEWN reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has threatened to mobilise workers for a nationwide strike if Parliament fails to reject the proposed increase in the value-added tax (VAT).  

mantasheBusinessLive reports that in his first public comments on the Mining Charter, new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday he would like the document outlining obligations on companies to transform to be finalised in three months.  

nydaANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Thursday accused top executives of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) of corruption.  

eskomTimeslive reports that disgraced Eskom executive Sean Maritz has submitted his resignation with immediate effect.  The state-owned power utility's spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed that Maritz‚ who was on suspension as Head of Information Technology‚ submitted his resignation earlier on Thursday.  

numANA reports that Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources heard on Wednesday that there was no reason to place Optimum Coal Mine into business rescue other than the financing woes of Tegeta Exploration and the now fugitive Gupta family.  

daAnn Crotty writes that strangely the Democratic Alliance (DA) appears to be the loudest opponent to what has been described as possibly the most regressive national budget since 1994.  

protestANA reports that the Municipal and Allied Trade Union of SA (Matusa) on Thursday condemned the police for brutally shooting at workers who had gone on strike because the Zululand District Municipality had failed to pay wages on the due date.  

minerFinancial Mail reports that it is estimated that 88 miners died in accidents on SA’s mines last year, which was an unhappy regression for the industry because fatalities had fallen from 615 in 1993, to 200 in 2007, to 73 in 2016.  

TegetaBusinessLive reports that one of the issues facing new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will be whether to approve the sale of the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration & Resources to little-known Swiss clothing company Charles King for R3bn.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) appeared before Parliament’s standing and select committees on finance on Wednesday to make submissions on the 2018 fiscal framework and revenue proposals in the 2018 Budget.  

SaftuTimeslive reports that according to Patrick Craven, spokesperson of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), his laptop and cell phone were taken on Wednesday by people purporting to be from the SA Revenue Service (SARS).  

DUTTimeslive reports that the marathon staff strike at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has been suspended.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown allegedly intervened to prevent the suspension of Matshela Koko, formerly head of generation at Eskom, who has been implicated in allegations of state capture at the utility.  

newsMoneyweb reports that there are now more people receiving social grants in SA than there are people with jobs.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that Eastern Cape police made another arrest on Wednesday morning in connection with the police massacre at the Ngcobo police station a week ago.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s mineral resources portfolio committee heard on Wednesday that the departure of the Bank of Baroda from SA had made it impossible for the Optimum coal mine — a subsidiary of the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration & Resources — to do business.  

sapuANA reports that the South African Policing Union (SAPU) on Wednesday said it welcomed the appointment of General Bheki Cele as the new police minister.  President Cyril Ramaphosa named Cele – a former national police commissioner – in his new Cabinet earlier this week.  

mantasheBusinessLive writes that new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe worked his way up from a position as a recreation officer at a mine to general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), giving him a past with challenges and problems and the skills to deal with the industry.  

sapsNews24 reports that the words of newly-appointed Minister of Police Bheki Cele on Tuesday when he spoke at a memorial held for five police officers and a soldier, who were gunned down in Ngcobo, were: "We cannot continue to bury police officers.  What about their children?"  

ANN7SowetanLive reports that some employees at ANN7 TV and The New Age newspaper staged a stayaway on Tuesday after they were not paid their salaries.  

prasaTimeslive reports that the cost to reinstate the 700 workers who were fired by the Passenger Rail of SA (Prasa) after a protected strike five years ago will amount to over R1-billion.  

gunTimeslive reports that a security guard was killed and another injured in a shootout with robbers during a cash-in-transit heist near Madadeni‚ Newcastle‚ in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.