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.

healthcareSowetanLive reports that over 37,000 posts in the public health sector have not been filled, with Limpopo topping the list.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive writes that modernisation of mines can save lives, but SA’s deep, steep and narrow ore bodies do not lend themselves to the desired change.  

gautengEngineering News reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura is planning during July to engage all municipalities across Gauteng in an effort to gain more support for the province’s Tshepo one-million programme.  

jeffradebeMining Weekly reports that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has urged business to support government in ensuring that SA’s energy transition was a “just” one for labour, especially those operating in the coal-mining sector.  

MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there are at least 15 oncology machines worth R40m each waiting to be used at public hospitals — but he is still looking for specialists to operate them.  

absalogo thumb100 Bloomberg reports that Barclays Africa has largely completed the restructuring of its SA retail and business banking unit’s executive team and has filled most of the newly created positions.  

southafricalogoTimeslive reports that the inquiry into the Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse, set up by the Department of Labour, is scheduled to resume on Monday with testimony from the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 29 June 2018.

satawu thumb medium90 101ANA reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Friday made a submission to oppose an application by Putco Bus to be exempted from paying its workers the wage increase signed in May after a lengthy drivers’ strike.  

earningsANA reports that the minimum wage for workers in the hospitality sector went up by 6% with effect from 1 July.  

handshake thumb medium90 90ANA reports that Sibanye-Stillwater said on Friday it had reached a significant safety milestone with relevant stakeholders committing themselves to a joint pledge and a plan of action to address health and safety issues at the miner’s operations.  

gautrainTimeslive reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), its members working at the Gautrain on Friday fought back with “the only weapon they have in their possession - the right to strike”.  

joburgcityNews24 and EWN report that the City of Johannesburg has completed the insourcing of the first 1,600 of over 4,000 contract security workers and their official duties commenced on Sunday, 1 July.  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater said last week that it would "vigorously defend" itself against a possible lawsuit in the United States over deaths of mineworkers at its operations in SA.  

newsCity Press reports that the new owners of the Lily and Barbrook mines have accused the chairperson of the creditors committee of making “baseless” allegations about their deal to take over the businesses.  

gavel thumb100 City Press writes that employers continue to ignore the 20-year-old Employment Equity Act (EEA), while companies taken to court for noncompliance have received minimal fines – ranging from R20,000 to R500,000.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that trade unions at Eskom said on Thursday they would consult their members on whether to accept or reject the power utility’s renewed wage increase offer of 6.2% for 2018.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Afro Voice, the newspaper formerly known as The New Age, is set to close at the end of June, after its re-branding failed.  

Sibanye StillwaterReuters reports that a US law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Sibanye-Stillwater on behalf of shareholders to recover losses suffered after a spate of deaths at its mines triggered a sharp fall in its share price.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 28 June 2018.

newsTimeslive reports that South African businesses were lashed on Thursday for overlooking black and female candidates in training and promotions.  

BankservAfricaFin24 reports that take-home pay levels in SA declined dramatically in May and are expected to remain under pressure until July, when adjustments to public sector wages are taken into account.  

earningsMiningmx reports that executive pay was a controversial issue at the AGM of Pallinghurst Resources, with 29.64% of shareholders voting against the adoption of the proposed remuneration policy.  

numFinancial Mail writes that one of SA’s oldest trade unions, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), is in its death throes.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the family of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende on Thursday expressed dismay after learning that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had provisionally withdrawn the case against her alleged killer.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that a commission chaired by Judge Robert Nugent was told on Wednesday that a climate of fear, intimidation and harassment, accompanied by purges, characterised the SA Revenue Service (SARS) restructuring process under Tom Moyane.  

Sibanye StillwaterAccording to Johann Steyn, an analyst at Citi, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) could intervene at Sibanye-Stillwater, ordering it to change the mining method at its gold mining operations.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that according to trade unions at Eskom, the industrial action which workers participated in two weeks ago cost the power utility R50bn rand in damages, whereas their wage proposal in comparison would cost only R1.2bn.  

kznlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has ordered the Nongoma local municipality to immediately stop the payment of a salary to an IFP councillor who is serving a six-year jail term for stock theft.  

northwestprovinceBusinessLive reports that, on the condition that the required resources be provided, rebuilding the strike-hit department of health in North West will take about 18 months.