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.

genderequality thumb medium95 87City Press writes that the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is under siege – by its own chairperson Lulama Nare, who has been described by staff as “a human wrecking ball”.  

graduate thumb100 City Press reports that Gauteng’s Lesedi local municipality has been advised to consider reclaiming money paid to a chief financial officer (CFO) and former municipal manager because he allegedly misrepresented his qualifications.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that two paramedics were robbed in Seawinds, near Muizenberg, on Sunday morning, making it the 56th such attack in the Cape Town area this year.  

handcuffsGroundUp reports that 17 employees of the Fort Napier mortuary in Pietermaritzburg were arrested on Monday afternoon.  They have been on a go-slow since November demanding better working conditions, wage increases and backpay.  

mycitiNews24 reports that a bus driver sustained serious burn wounds while a passenger was also injured after a MyCiTi bus was petrol bombed in Woodstock on Monday night.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 10 December 2018.

transnetlogo thumb100 News24Wire reports that a Transnet goods train derailed between Tygerberg and Bellville railway stations in Cape Town on Monday, severely delaying commuter services.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that the Pretoria High Court is expected to hand down judgment on Tuesday in axed SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane's bid to get his job back.  

healthcareThe Star writes that truck drivers spend long strenuous hours on the road to the detriment of their health, which could account for the high accident numbers they are involved in.  For this reason, the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) has a mobile clinic at the Mooi River toll plaza.  

newsThe Star reports that following thousands of complaints by motorists being unable to get new driving licence cards, the Department of Transport has finally admitted to the problem.  It has advised that employees have agreed to resume their duties pending the finalisation of a dispute at the bargaining council.  

auroraMail & Guardian reports that the Aurora gold mines, looted by former president Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma and his partners, are heading for liquidation again.  

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that close to 2,000 construction jobs, over a period of five to 10 years, could be created for communities in the Northern Cape should the wholly black-owned firm Emvelo proceed to the next five planned stages of its 1,000 megawatt solar power station project.  

DAWNBusiness Report writes that the financially troubled Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) retrenched and terminated the employment of more than 700 employees and labour-broker staff across the group in the six months to September.  

sabcEWN reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) says that, while it understands the decision by four SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members to resign, this had left the organisation in a difficult position.  

ZululandUniversityMail & Guardian reports that the murder of University of Zululand (UniZulu) professor Gregory Kamwendo was at first thought to be due to his uncovering of a syndicate at the institution issuing fraudulent PhD degrees.  

npaMail & Guardian reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced over the weekend that it would be prosecuting former Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman for alleged sexual assault.  

earningsThe Citizen writes that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s freeze on the salaries of executive, parliamentary and provincial office-bearer is a welcome announcement.  

healthcareANA reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday announced that more than 5,300 health worker posts – clinical professionals and support staff needed throughout the country – were to be filled.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 7 December 2018.

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that twelve officials arrested in a pre-festive season anti-corruption crackdown on fraud related to vehicle and drivers licenses were due to appear in court in two provinces for bail applications on Monday.  

LotusFMCity Press writes that the culture of toxic masculinity that has infected Lotus FM over the past two decades is finally being exposed and dealt with.  At noon on Friday, Alvin Pillay, station manager at Lotus FM, left his office at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) Durban headquarters. 

nehawu80The Witness reports that members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) went on a rampage on Thursday as they called for two KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MECs to be fired.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo went the extra mile on Saturday so that the funeral of a Chatsworth mother and son could go ahead as planned.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has suspended alleged perpetrators who were identified in the report of its commission of inquiry into sexual harassment.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Engineering News reports that speaking at a Transport Forum event in Pretoria last week, Professor Stephan Krygsman of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics) said SA had a “completely dysfunctional" passenger rail system.  

coalMiningmx reports that Optimum Coal Mine’s creditors have objected to a proposed sale of the mine to an unknown entity, Halo Projects, which they claim is a shelf company.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the national minimum wage (NMW) will come into effect from 1 January 2019.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet will not see a salary increase after he rejected a recommendation that there should be a 4% increase in respect of all public office bearers.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the slow pace at which the government is moving on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has drawn the ire of labour federation Cosatu.  

DisChemBusinessLive reports that the Labour Court in Johannesburg has made an unprecedented ruling barring Dis-Chem workers from picketing and protesting.