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.

employment thumb100 News24 reports that according to Najwah Allie-Edries, head of National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, South Africans must realise that in the current economic climate it takes blood, sweat and tears to create jobs.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that axed Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama wants the Labour Court to order that the 13 members of the power utility’s board are in contempt of court.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 23 October 2018.

newsThe Citizen reports that commentators expect an unpopular medium-term budget, low on spending and heavy on savings, ahead of its delivery on Wednesday by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.  

mboweniThe Citizen reports that trade unions could put their political differences aside to fight a common enemy, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, whom they called a lackey of capitalists after he vowed to reduce the public service wage bill through retrenchments.  

effSowetan reports that a junior member at the EFF office in North West claims that she lost her job for speaking out about her alleged assault by the party’s chief whip in the provincial legislature.  

SaftuEWN reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it will stand up against new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni if he moves to sheds jobs in the civil service.  

MangaungThe Citizen reports that workers at Centlec, the electricity supplier for the Mangaung Metro Municipality, Bloemfontein, downed tools on Monday.  

nursing thumb medium90 93SowetanLive reports that an examination boycott at a Gauteng nursing college has resulted in the temporary closure of the institution by the provincial health department.  

MathunjwaANA reports that construction workers employed at two Lonmin shafts in Marikana want Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa to intervene in their wage dispute.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioner for the Gupta’s embattled Shiva mine has submitted an urgent application to the competition tribunal seeking the removal of two other practitioners whom he claims were unlawfully appointed.  

cosatuANA reports that Cosatu said on Monday that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni needed to present a clear plan on how the government would "pull the economy from the doldrums" and create a new labour-intensive growth path.  

strike thumb medium85 85SABC News reports that a strike by National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members at St Thomas School for the Deaf in the Eastern Cape has affected the first day of exams.  

numsaANA reports that members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) at Scaw Metals in Germiston went on strike on Monday after one of the company’s shareholders allegedly physically assaulted a worker.  

sapsTimesLive reports that police have confirmed that two men who were captured on video brutally killing two security guards in Soweto have been killed during a shootout in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) deputy director-general for national water resources infrastructure, Zandile Makhathini, has been fired because of a lack of “trust and confidence”.  

transnetBusinessLive reports that according to a lawyer for Transnet, axed CEO Siyabonga Gama would be "trespassing" if he reported for work on Tuesday and the company would be within its rights to then call law enforcement agencies.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 22 October 2018.

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that Transnet on Monday confirmed that Siyabonga Gama had been fired as the freight rail operator's chief executive officer and said it was in line with a government drive to turn around State-owned entities.  

sapsSABC News reports that, as the number of police officers killed in the line of duty continues to decline, the police ministry says the fight against police killings in the country is winnable.  

mycitiCape Argus reports that MyCiTi bus drivers were due to gather in front of the Cape Town Civic Centre on Monday morning to continue their strike.  The drivers have vowed to continue to strike until their grievances were addressed.  

employment thumb100 ANA reports that a Department of Labour (DOL) initiative which dates back to World War II is helping create jobs for handicapped people who have borne the brunt of SA’s unemployment scourge.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that teachers are fuming that their December holiday will be cut by half, from six to three weeks, but they will have to accept the Basic Education Department’s (DBE’s) decision.  

numsaEWN reports that employers’ organisation the Plastic Converters of SA (PCSA) has accused National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members of burning down a factory in Ladybrand in the Free State.  

graduate thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that the Nelson Mandela University’s (NMU’s) launch of an advanced diploma in technical and vocational teaching is a direct response to and addresses the vision expressed in three national policy statements.  

SARSMail & Guardian reports that the National Transport Movement (NTM) union is in financial distress and has not paid the SA Revenue Service (Sars) or its employees’ provident fund contributions for months.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90City Press reports that trade union Solidarity has launched a high court application to force the Department of Labour (DOL) to comply with the 2017/18 equality report published by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).  

SaftuCity Press writes that the one-and-a-half-year-old SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has already run into many of the organisational problems hobbling its larger rival Cosatu.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Mining Forum of SA (MFSA) on Friday upped the ante on its call for the resignation of Thabo Mokoena as the director-general (DG) of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).  

auditorgeneralBusinessLive reports that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the auditor-general’s (AG’s) office to perform its work in some municipalities as staff members have had to face situations such as a hostage incident and threats from municipal officials.