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.

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that two senior Transnet officials, implicated in the dodgy procurement of 1,064 diesel and electric locomotives, have officially been suspended, with embattled CEO Siyabonga Gama expected to follow soon.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that cop killer Mzwandile Majosi has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing off-duty Constable Lentswe Mogorosi to death, the Hawks said on Thursday.  

gautengNews24 reports that the names of the three firefighters who lost their lives on Wednesday in a blaze at a building in Johannesburg have been released by Public Safety MMC Michael Sun.  

DenelNews24Wire reports that emergency agencies and government authorities are working with Rheinmetall Denel Munition to identify the cause of a deadly blast that claimed the lives of eight people, the company said on Wednesday.  

pikitupNews24 reports that five suspects accused of dousing a Pikitup general manager with petrol and threatening to set him alight have been arrested.  A Gauteng police spokesperson confirmed on Thursday that the suspects would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court "in due course".  

cosatuBloomberg reports that Cosatu sees no need to change the constitution to make it easier to expropriate land without compensation — and thinks the poor need the protection offered by the constitution as it stands.  

benchmarksThe Citizen reports that independent nongovernmental organisation the Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) on Wednesday called on Anglo American Platinum Corporation (Amplats) to develop a comprehensive accounting model that fully disclosed all benefits to employees and local communities.  

gautengTimeslive reports that a government employee who was “in the room” where a fatal fire broke out in downtown Johannesburg on Wednesday will be interviewed‚ Gauteng Premier David Makhura indicated.  

healthcareSowetanLive reports that a group of 27 white health and administration staff at the Eastern Cape's premier psychiatric hospital, Fort England in Grahamstown, have alleged they are victims of racial discrimination, abuse and hate speech.  

DenelANA reports that munitions company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) on Wednesday pledged to provide “continuous support” to families, employees and community members affected by the explosion at its factory in Macassar‚ Western Cape‚ which left at least eight people dead.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the legal representative for a police captain accused of racially abusing black police officials and using the k-word told the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday that a witness was not present when the commissioner of oaths signed her statement.  

pikitupBusinessLive reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says interruptions to the city’s refuse removal services over the past two weeks have been "politically motivated".  

ictEngineering News reports that telecoms company Telkom and the universities of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg (UJ) and Fort Hare on Wednesday launched SA4IR, a national response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  

sasolReuters reports that about a hundred workers from trade union Solidarity staged a brief protest outside Sasol’s chemicals plant in Sasolburg on Wednesday over a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour has called for a speedy investigation of the deadly blast on Monday at a Denel plant in the Western Cape.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Timeslive reports that acting transport minister Thulas Nxesi wants the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to speed up their investigation into a train crash that injured more than 100 people on Tuesday morning.  

boardroomtableMining Weekly reports that gold producers AngloGold Ashanti and Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday continued talks with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity and Uasa regarding wage increases and conditions of employment.  

gautengANA reports that three firefighters have been confirmed dead and 13 staff members were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a 23-story building which houses two government departments in Joburg’s CBD.  

DenelNews24 reports that a community meeting on Tuesday night where Rheinmetall Denel Munition officials were expected to answer questions from Macassar residents about what happened at their depot on Monday fell flat after those who were due to attend cancelled at the last minute.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that the SA Private Practitioners Forum (PPF), SA’s largest umbrella body for doctors in private practice, says the recent measures suggesting the government should consider regulating where they worked could drive scarce skills overseas.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Herald reports that almost 3‚000 teachers in the Eastern Cape are teaching subjects for which they are not qualified‚ with Nelson Mandela Bay schools hosting more than 250 of them.  

newsMiningmx writes that the June victory that saw thousands of zama-zamas (artisanal and illegal miners) in Kimberley acquire a mining right shifted the debate on artisanal mining in SA.  

fawuANA reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has welcomed a pronouncement from health minister Aaron Motsoaledi that SA’s deadly listeriosis outbreak was now over and it was safe to consume ready-to-eat processed meat.  

meibcEngineering News reports that parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted in favour of the extension of the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in 2017 to nonparties.  

United NationsReuters reports that two South African peacekeepers were wounded in a rebel ambush near the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, their UN mission said on Tuesday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that approximately 100 people were injured on Tuesday after a collision between two Metrorail passenger trains at the Eloff extension in Selby, south of Johannesburg.  

sasolBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity’s members have timed their industrial action at Sasol to coincide with a planned maintenance shutdown at the petrochemical firm’s Secunda and Sasolburg plants.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that according to the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), the government should consider regulating where private sector doctors and specialists work, in order to distribute their services more evenly across the country.  

DenelANA reports that eight people have been confirmed dead following a huge explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions depot in Somerset West near Cape Town.  

uasa thumb medium70 84Timeslive reports that according to well-known economist Mike Schűssler, the world’s biggest unemployment crisis is right here in South Africa.