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.

DenelBusinessLive reports that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has indicated that it is unable to pay its employees their full salaries this month.  

earningsMail & Guardian reports that over 360 employers, employing over 42,000 workers, have applied to be exempt from the R20 an hour national minimum wage (NMW).  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 24 June 2019.

newsThe Sunday Times reports that a race and gender row is rocking the legal fraternity because of a “one size fits all” policy that dictates how many white and black men and women can sit on new provincial watchdog bodies.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The Citizen reports that the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union has accused the government of Gauteng of poor planning in light of several overcrowding incidences highlighted on social media last week.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that more than 200 employees at Lanxess Chrome mine in Rustenburg have staged an underground sit-in to protest against the sexual harassment and victimisation of a female worker.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that two Limpopo traffic officers were robbed on Friday afternoon after pulling over a car for speeding.  

SAOUThe Citizen reports that members of the Afrikaans teachers union the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU), which has just over 37,000 members, are asking serious questions about its CEO’s astronomic annual salary of more than R3.6 million.  

SANParksANA reports that the Kruger National Park (KNP) has resolved labour disputes that resulted in some workers failing to report for duty at the weekend.  

sapsNews24 reports that according to Minister of Police Bheki Cele, South Africa is 60,000 police officials short of achieving United Nations standards.  

MultiChoiceEWN reports that some of the unions representing workers at MultiChoice have indicated that they strongly opposed the pay-TV operator's plans to cut more than 2,000 jobs.  

sapsEWN reports that according to Police Minister Bheki Cele, criminals who killed police officers should be tried for treason.  He made the comments after visiting the family of a slain police officer in Soweto on Sunday.  

hawksTimesLIVE reports that acting Mpumalanga Hawks head Brig Obed Ngwenya on Sunday welcomed the arrest of four traffic officials and two police officers on Friday for allegedly soliciting bribes from motorists.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 21 June 2019.

OldMutualBusiness Times reports that the wrangling between Old Mutual and sacked boss Peter Moyo will not derail the process to appoint a new CEO, the life insurer has indicated.  

ConCourtCity Press reports that former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe, who received an irregular pension benefit amounting to R30 million, is heading to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in a bid to keep the money.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday tabled a demand for a 15% salary increase at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

groupfiveBusiness Times reports that construction company Group Five's workforce would probably be halved to 3,000 in its bid to survive, the company's business rescue team said last week.  

MultiChoiceBusinessLive reports that up to 2,194 MultiChoice employees are in danger of losing their jobs as the pay-TV operator plans a restructuring of its customer service model.  

newsBusinessLive reports that state-owned Alexkor and its community-based joint venture are laying off 238 people as the diamond mining company’s financial crisis deepens.  

SAHPRATimesLIVE reports that the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said on Friday that there was no radiation exposure at Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Engineering News reports that while the Gibela factory in Gauteng has started to steadily produce new, made-in-South Africa trains for the Metrorail system, it might take some time before these trains all start carrying passengers.  

busaFin24 reports that while President Cyril Ramaphosa said at the start of his State of the National Address (Sona) on Thursday that the present was the time for implementation, no real implementation plans followed in the rest of the speech.  

gunNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has welcomed the arrest of three suspects linked to the murder of a police officer in Soweto on Thursday.  

numBloomberg writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which dominated organised labour across SA’s platinum belt until the massacre at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in 2012, is plotting a comeback.  

sapsNews24 reports that no fewer than 1,000 new police recruits - of the 5,000 currently receiving training - will be deployed to the Western Cape.  

news shutterstockIn our morning roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared
Thursday, 20 June 2019.

DenelEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has submitted a memorandum containing possible solutions it believes will help defence group Denel overcome the challenges it faces.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BL Premium writes that the scene for tough wage talks in the platinum sector has been set now that the dominant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has demanded a minimum wage of R17,000, just as the troubled industry begins to find its feet again.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined an extensive and ambitious programme for the next five years that promised both expansive public spending as well as a commitment to prudent management of public finances.