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.

ancANA reports that the African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday it had “noted with concern the strike called by Solidarity against the employee share scheme targeting black employees at Sasol.”  

Busa2Financial Mail writes that organised business is hopeful that "ground-breaking" labour law amendments, which include the national minimum wage (NMW) bill passed recently by parliament, will usher in a period of labour stability.  

sapsANA reports that Free State police on Monday warned community members of Bohlokong, Bethlehem, and nearby places to be aware of a job scam by a man pretending to be a police officer.  

southafricalogoTimeslive reports that the Public Sector Network (PSN) has appealed to public servants “frustrated” by corrupt practices in the sector to step forward to share their experiences so the “whole truth comes out”.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that the eThekwini Municipality’s new acting head of audit, risk and assurance services is allegedly not suitably qualified for the position.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that at a time when SA’s hospitals are faced with critical staff shortages which impact on the health-care system, some intern and community service doctors remain unemployed.  

marikanacommission thumb100 SABC News reports that ex-mine workers from the Pondoland area of the Eastern Cape, who fled Marikana during the infamous massacre, say they are struggling to make ends meet.  

publicprotectorANA reports that the Public Protector (PP) has agreed to investigate struggling Metrorail in the Western Cape, where the service has been hit with multiple problems that have seen the numbers of commuters drop by nearly half.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has again urged SA Revenue Service (Sars) boss Tom Moyane to respond to the gross misconduct claims against him, as the former commissioner’s lawyers confirm he will take his battle with the president to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 31 August 2018.

hawksThe Citizen reports that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (DPCI, or Hawks) anti-corruption task team unit head, Zinhle Mnonopi, was suspended on Thursday afternoon.  

UNTUNews24 reports that three safety-related rail incidents in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have prompted the United National Transport Union (Untu) to question how the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) was issued with a safety permit.  

sapsNews24 reports that wreaths were laid on Sunday as the Department of Police held its annual commemoration day at its memorial site at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the notorious hacker who goes by the Twitter name Paladin has struck again - this time targeting the websites of the Department of Labour and SA Express.  

protestFourways Review reports that Lanseria International Airport issued a statement on Friday indicating that the airport’s management and other businesses in the area had received news of planned protest action on Monday, 3 September.  

transnetlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the Financial Services Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Board) has completed a preliminary investigation and is now conducting a full inspection of Regiments Capital and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund.  

pikitupEWN reports that Pikitup has warned there might be more problems with rubbish collection around Johannesburg and Soweto this week.  

sasolTrade union Solidarity announced on Saturday that its members at Sasol would on Monday begin a programme of strike action because of the exclusion of whites from the company’s new staff share scheme.  

nedlacThe National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) announced on Friday that the Jobs Summit to be held on 4 and 5 October 2018 will focus on collaborative and high-impact interventions to drive job creation, job retention and economic growth.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that ITB Plastics, a division of Novus Holdings, has urged its workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to return to the negotiation table, put an end to the strike, and cease all destructive activity.  

pscSowetanLive reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) says it is concerned about the 10% vacancy rate in various provincial and national departments even while there is high youth unemployment in the country.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that unions have put the blame squarely on Eskom for the protracted wage dispute that saw the parties signing an agreement on Thursday.  

harmonyANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Free State region has served Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mines with 48-hours’ notice of a strike.  

goldbarsReuters reports that three trade unions indicated on Wednesday that they had declared a dispute with two of the four gold producers involved in the current wage talks covering the gold mining sectors and would be referring the matter to the CCMA.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that a three-year wage agreement signed between Eskom and recognised unions will cost R3.9bn in total, but there is no clear indication of how Eskom will pay for the increases.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Timeslive reports that former Westville Girls’ High School teacher Danielle de Bruyn‚ who resigned on Monday amid allegations that she used the k-word while teaching an English class‚ has broken her silence.  

pikitupTimeslive reports that garbage collection problems are set to continue in parts of Johannesburg after protesters on Thursday set a depot alight.  

prasaTimeslive reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) confirmed on Thursday that it had been granted a one-year safety permit to operate the country’s trains.  

SteinhoffANA reports that MPs heard on Wednesday that the billions of rand in losses suffered by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) following the collapse of the Steinhoff share price was likely permanent.  

fawuNews24 reports that following Wednesday's violent attacks and looting that targeted spaza shops in White City, Soweto, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) condemned attacks on foreign nationals operating small businesses.