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.

newsNews24 reports that a sick man and his wife who arrived at Port Elizabeth's Livingstone Hospital casualty division in the early hours of Thursday morning were received by a man drinking a quart of beer.  

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) indicated in a statement on Tuesday that it had met with the management of airline operator Comair on Saturday in an attempt to resolve the issue of salary discrepancies.  

nursing thumb medium90 93News24 reports that the Far East Rand Hospital in Springs, Gauteng, has laid criminal charges against a nurse who performed an illegal abortion on Friday while off duty.  

Sibanye StillwaterEWN reports that while thousands of workers have returned to their posts at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, production is expected to take a while to pick up.  

WescoalFin24 reports that Wescoal indicated on Tuesday that production at the Vanggatfontein Mine in Mpumalanga would be suspended for a period of between six to eight weeks.  

sabcThe Star reports that fired SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operations officer Chris Maroleng has vowed to fight back and challenge his dismissal by the public broadcaster.  

northwestuniversityANA reports that the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme at North West University (NWU) has finally received full accreditation.  

navyThe Star reports that SA’s first and only female officer able to navigate a submarine, Lieutenant Gillian Malouw, is determined to progress in the combat branch to inspire others.  

MboweniBloomberg reports that labour federation Cosatu wants Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to practice what he preaches and retire, not because he’s too old, but because that they just don’t like him.  

HSFThe Citizen reports that according to legal researcher Lee-Anne Germanos of the Helen Suzman Foundation, major employers are failing to police sexual harassment at work because they apply a flawed understanding of its very nature.  

free stateThe Citizen reports that the Free State Provincial Government has warned members of the public not to fall victim to a social media scammer, who is promising people jobs in the provincial government in exchange for money and other favours.  

newsANA reports that Thohoyandou police in Limpopo are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a female municipal worker was run over by a municipal truck on Friday morning.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has terminated the contract of Chief Operating Officer (COO) Chris Maroleng with immediate effect.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

newsFin24 reports that amended policyholder protection rules for the group insurance industry came into effect in October last year, in the interests of keeping policyholders better informed.  

RailwaySafetyRegulatorBL Premium reports that statistics compiled by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) show that the state of passenger rail infrastructure has deteriorated drastically over the past 12 months.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that some employers are not waiting for the elusive National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to improve the health of their workers, absenteeism levels and productivity.  

nupsawSunday Independent reports that about 500 community healthcare workers who are contractual employees of the Gauteng Department of Health (DoH) blocked Johannesburg city streets, demanding that the health MEC should address them and accept a memorandum of their demands.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the fire that damaged 12 train carriages at Cape Town station on Sunday.  

southafricalogoSowetanLive reports that the SA Correctional Services Workers Union (Sacoswu) has called on government to do more in order to stop attacks on prison warders across the country.  

healthcareSowetan reports that the first open heart surgery to be performed in Limpopo in 23 years signifies that a drive by the provincial health department to hire more specialists is paying off.  

bladenzimandeNews24 reports that transport minister Blade Nzimande has blamed the recent burning of two Metrorail trains at Cape Town Station on a relentless force determined to reverse gains that the ANC government has made.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News reports that the two SA National Defence Force (SANDF) pilots injured on Thursday in a helicopter crash near the R101, close to the Zwartkop Golf Estate, are making a speedy recovery. 

Sibanye StillwaterThe Sunday Independent writes that Sibanye-Stillwater’s SA gold operations, battered by a five-month strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members, might have to lay off nearly 7,000 workers in a restructuring.  

coalMail & Guardian writes that about 60,000 jobs could be lost in the coal sector if SA takes its goal of cutting down on carbon emissions seriously.  

ComairANA reports that airline Comair indicated over the weekend that its operations were set to continue after talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) again deadlocked on Saturday.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx writes that Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, might be hoping that a peace pact that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) signed ahead of the return to work of its members at the firm’s gold mines – where a five-month strike was recently ended – will be carried over (at least in spirit) when his company sits down to wage talks in the platinum group metal (PGM) sector from next month.  

Mathunjwa2City Press reports that despite settling on similar terms to rival unions at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) Joseph Mathunjwa has insisted that their protracted wage strike was more about combating legacy than counting costs.  

pfaSowetan reports that the Free State’s Kopanong local municipality has failed to pay an estimated R58m in pension fund contributions collected from municipal workers over the past six years to the workers’ pension fund.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that ten months after he was fired from his job, Ngwelezana Hospital’s head of surgery returned to work last week, but there was no place for him.