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.

news shutterstockIn our morning roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared since
Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

earningsNews24 reports that speaking at a May Day rally held in Mbombela on Wednesday, Deputy President David Mabuza said the ANC believed the national minimum wage (NMW) was not a living wage but a significant milestone towards it.  

LosiEWN reports that Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Zingiswa Losi has appealed to the government to revoke licenses of mining companies that are not safety compliant.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday officially handed over a 50% shareholding held by mining company Exxaro in the Arnot coal mine, in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, to former Arnot Coal employees.  

cosatuNews24 reports that speaking on Wednesday in Durban, where the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) hosted its national Workers Day rally, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa thanked the labour federation for its hand in the formulation of a national minimum wage.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Transnet has decided not to extend the contract of acting CEO Tau Morwe, the state-owned logistics company announced on Wednesday.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and a number of his mayoral committee members celebrated Workers Day by welcoming 939 security guards into the council's ranks.  

sabcTimesLIVE reports that Craig van Rooyen, a technology operations specialist with previous experience at Telkom and Vodacom, has been appointed as the new acting chief operations officer (COO) at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has warned that the SA mining industry must carry out skills development to prepare itself and its employees for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).  

Sibanye StillwaterEWN reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater insists that 1,800 miners who were reportedly stuck underground were never trapped but only kept in a shaft for safety reasons.  

ramaphosaBusinessLive reports that with a week to go before the country’s 8 May general election, President Cyril Ramaphosa took advantage of Cosatu’s main May Day rally in KwaZulu-Natal to woo voters.  

south32BusinessLive reports that retrenchments at South32’s Hillside smelter will be avoided as an estimated 400 employees have opted for voluntary separation and early retirement packages.  

protestDaily News reports that staff employed by Durban Solid Waste (DSW) overturned bins and strew litter on the streets of Durban as they made their way to the city hall on Tuesday morning.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater indicated on Wednesday that it had safely returned 1,800 miners to surface at its Thembelani platinum mine after the shaft was closed due to an accident.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for greater attention to be given to the reskilling of Eskom workers “so that they can be absorbed” into clean-energy technology work opportunities.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that Harmony Gold indicated on Tuesday that a fall-of-ground incident at its Doornkop mine, near Johannesburg, had claimed the life of an employee.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has safety returned 1,500 miners to surface at its Thembelani platinum mine after the shaft was closed due to an accident.  

Sibanye StillwaterBloomberg reports that about 1,800 workers were trapped underground at a Sibanye-Stillwater platinum mine after an incident in the shaft, the precious metals producer said on Tuesday afternoon.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said on Monday that it was mulling over strike action at the Department of Justice over concerns about non-compliance with occupational health and safety (OHS) standards at some of the buildings occupied by the department.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 29 April 2019.

saceSowetan reports that classroom brawls have led the South African Council of Educators (Sace) to launch a teachers’ rights responsibilities and safety programme.  

sasolGroundUp reports that twenty-two former mine workers are claiming more than R80 million in damages from Sasol Coal after they contracted serious lung and other diseases as a result of years of inhaling coal dust while working in the company’s underground coal mines.  

picThe Citizen reports that labour unions that received large stakes in Iqbal Survé-linked Ayo Technology Solutions through a discounted Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) consortium deal tried to influence the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to invest in another company connected to him.  

parliamentThe Star reports that a parliamentary committee has raised its concerns about the long delay in the ongoing disciplinary action taken against the institution’s secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana.  

durbanBusinessLive reports that striking eThekwini municipal water and sanitation department employees have vowed to intensify their protest amid concerns that services could be disrupted on general election day.  

MangaungNews24 reports that prison awaits convicted former Mangaung Local Municipality general manager, Lehlohonolo Nakedi, after reaching the end of the road with a ruling by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) that he should commence serving his 10 year sentence for fraud and corruption.  

coalCity Press reports that the fate of the Optimum Coal Mine has, once again, been caught up in a tale of intrigue after Eskom and an alleged Gupta front company combined forces to scupper a funding plan for the mine.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80News24 reports that the Western Cape Government has declared a formal dispute with Minister of Police Bheki Cele, accusing him of ignoring the provinces policing needs. 

angloamericanThe Citizen writes that three years ago Kumba Iron Ore CEO Themba Mkhwanazi laid down a “sacred covenant code”, declaring that not a single person would lose their life by accident or mine-related illness while working in the mine.  

presidencyEWN reports that according to the Presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa was of the view that qualities such as honesty, independence and accountability were lacking in former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi.