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.

ConCourtFin24 reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruled on Tuesday that an employer was not required to give an employee an opportunity to make representations before a precautionary suspension.  

angloamericanEngineering News reports that in 2018, Kumba Iron Ore generated hefty operational cash flow, paid a competent final cash dividend, pressed on with exploration in a new area and supported the creation of 2,600 new jobs in the local community.  

parliamentEngineering News reports that Cosatu marched to Parliament on Tuesday – the day before Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was due to deliver his maiden Budget – to call for job security and an end to retrenchments.  

south32Mining Weekly reports that Solidarity advised on Tuesday that it had received a retrenchment notice from South32’s Hillside aluminium smelter located in Richards Bay.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng human settlements MEC Uhuru Moiloa has been accused of "dumping" his staff at an "unsafe" Johannesburg inner city building while he occupies a cushy office in affluent Killarney.  

OakbayBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners of eight Gupta companies have approached the court to liquidate the controversial family’s Oakbay Investments.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that after meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, Cosatu remained unconvinced that unbundling Eskom was the only viable solution for the embattled state-owned power utility.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association for Mining and Construction Union (Amcu) has threatening to shut the country's gold, platinum and coal mines as a strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations heads into its fourth month.  

cosatuIndependent News reports that trade unions have called on government to absorb the employees of African Global Operations Group (previously known as Bosasa), after the company announced it would be going into voluntary liquidation as a result of FNB and Absa closing its banking accounts.  

newsANA reports that rescue and body retrieval operations were still under way on Monday afternoon at Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga.  

newsANA reports that three construction workers died after a wall collapsed at a building site in Isipingo, south of Durban, on Monday.  Paramedics arrived at the scene near Treasure Beach at about 5pm.  

protestANA reports that unemployed persons at Ikemeleng in Kroondal near Rustenburg marched to the Kroondal Mine on Monday, demanding jobs.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 18 February 2019.

CanegrowersSunday Tribune reports that the SA sugar industry is in crisis according to the South African Canegrowers Association.  But the government has a different perspective and would only confirm that it was aware of challenges the sector faced.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mail & Guardian writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is at loggerheads with other trade unions about its protracted wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines.  

CapeTownlogoTimesLIVE reports that residents of Manenberg, Cape Town, are currently unable to use their municipal swimming pool as a result of an attack on lifeguards at the weekend.  

newsANA reports that the Institute of Risk Management SA (IRMSA) has identified structurally high unemployment, growing income disparity and inequality, failure of governance in the public sector, fraud and corruption to be among some of the biggest risks for the country in 2019.  

sadtu90Cape Argus reports that Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, was due on Monday to address hundreds of SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members about concerns over violence in schools and placement of learners.  

eskomIndependent News reports that according to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), there were no likely industrial actions that would force them to involve the police and intelligence officers to protect Eskom facilities.  

newsCity Press reports that about 4,500 people have become the latest casualties of SA’s state capture tale after their controversial employer was forced to go into liquidation.  

uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) has vowed job cuts at mining company Sibanye-Stillwater "tooth and nail".  

ramaphosa2EWN reports that the leadership of Cosatu was due to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday morning to discuss the trade union federation's objections to governments plans to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that Mike Elliot, business rescue representative for the Gupta-owned Gloria mine, remains optimistic that there could still be survivors following a blast there and observed that “there is always hope”.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of two security guards who were shot dead in plain view of bystanders and motorists while sitting in their car in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, a week ago.  

publicprotectorTimesLIVE reports that a father in the Western Cape, who dodged paying child maintenance for years, has had more than R300,000 docked from his pension fund.  

nickhollandBusiness Times reports that according to Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland, consolidation cannot save SA's gold sector and job cuts are likely to continue.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 15 February 2019.

MantasheANA reports that mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday called for security at mines to be enhanced in order to effectively address illegal mining.  

ramaphosa2Engineering News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies.  

SamsaTimesLIVE reports that the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has launched a probe into the deadly fire that ravaged a Mozambican vessel in Durban’s port on Thursday.