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.

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that on Tuesday following a public holiday and with the ongoing strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations in SA entering a fourth week, the precious metals producer’s share price declined 4.3%.  

newsNews24 reports that a field ranger at Leopard Rock Lodge in the North West was killed when a musth elephant attacked him on Friday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 18 December 2018.

SARSEWN reports that the Nugent commission of inquiry has recommended that the new SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner should recruit former employees who were forced out of the organisation and should consider reparations for their losses.  

numsaThe Citizen reports that a socialist party that claims it is aiming to seize power on behalf of the working class in a similar fashion to the former Soviet Union’s October Revolution is to be launched in SA.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Mail & Guardian reports that SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) insiders say that a forensic audit report said to have found evidence of corruption at the top of the embattled union is being suppressed by Samwu’s leaders.  

joburgcityThe Star reports that, after parading in-sourced security guards at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, the City of Johannesburg is now being accused of exploitation.  

IntercapeTimesLive reports that Intercape has suspended one of its bus drivers after a video of him driving recklessly went viral on social media at the weekend.  

sapsTimesLive reports that police in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, shot dead a policeman who had allegedly attempted to rob a number of people of their cellphones in the early hours of Tuesday.  

newsTimesLive profiles four SA companies that announced significant losses in 2018.  Two are still fighting to stay in business and save jobs, while the other two have surrendered.  

prasaANA reports that Collins Letsoalo, former acting chief of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said on Monday that his dismissal was due to "a web of corruption and looters" he had unearthed at the agency and not over an alleged massive salary increase.  

ambulanceSowetanLive reports that a trade union representing about 7,000 paramedics has encouraged its members to carry guns for protection while on duty.  

southafricalogoSaturday Star reports that the Department of Labour has emphasised that individuals who found themselves without work in the coming year could still secure claims from their Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contributions.  

retirementBusinessLive reports that the new CEO of Alexander Forbes, SA’s biggest pension funds administrator, says the industry can do more to lower fees and improve the lives of many struggling South Africans.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that three men, including an eThekwini municipal official, who allegedly defrauded the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) by creating ghost employees, were arrested by the Hawks last week.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 14 December 2018.

nehawu80The Witness reports that members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) intensified their calls on Thursday for Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to be axed.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that army doctors have been brought in to assist with autopsies following a stalemate between the KZN Department of Health and pathology staff as a mortuary go-slow entered its sixth week.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has questioned the agreement signed between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Sibanye-Stillwater, which comes as the company seeks to end a strike by Amcu members at its local gold operations.  

sacpNews24 reports that the SA Communist Party (SACP) on Saturday slammed recent incidents of journalists being threatened, declaring these a sign of prejudice in South Africa.  

SARSSunday Independent reports that while retired judge Robert Nugent’s interim report was damning on axed SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane, he was even more merciless in the final version of his report into the affairs of the tax collection agency from April 2014 to March 2018.  

sapsNews24 reports that a police officer was killed after an alleged drunken driver failed to stop at a road block and drove into the police officer.  

ComairANA reports that airline Comair said on Friday that it was working around the clock to find a speedy resolution to the wage dispute with the National Union of Metalworkers Union of SA (Numsa).  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that amid an ongoing strike at its local gold operations, Sibanye-Stillwater said on Friday that it would be extending a special cash advance of up to 50% of basic pay to employees in the bargaining unit, if they required it.  

edconANA reports that according to the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), the crisis facing retail giant Edcon Holdings shows that the presidential Jobs Summit that was meant to cushion SA’s rising unemployment was a sham.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday provisionally approved the R5bn settlement reached between mining companies and workers suffering from silicosis and other occupational lung diseases.  

prasaNews24Wire reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) will be carrying out maintenance at Metrorail's Bosman station in Pretoria, completely closing it to the public for at least 40 days.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said on Friday that the union's members at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations would remain on strike.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that a numbering error in the National Minimum Wage Act has bungled a clause that protects workers from employers who intend to circumvent the new law.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 13 December 2018.