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.

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Times reports on the wage strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members at Sibanye-Stillwater’s SA gold operations, which commenced on 21 November 2018.  

mycitiNews24 reports that the City of Cape Town’s outsourced bus service contractors have moved to replace the MyCiTi workers who have been on an unprotected strike since October.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 6 December 2018.

sapsEWN reports that national police management and trade unions have struck a deal that will see 28,000 police officers promoted.  They have agreed to a promotions strategy that will be implemented over the next three years.  

jeffradebeThe Citizen reports that energy minister Jeff Radebe appeared before the Equality Court on Thursday in respect of a racial discrimination case brought by trade union Solidarity.  

DisChemGroundUp reports that four men were arrested when 200 workers demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the Dis-Chem store in Canal Walk, Cape Town.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that the ongoing violent strike in the plastic sector has claimed its first fatality, after a security guard succumbed to burn wounds on Tuesday.  

ambulanceCape Argus writes trauma experienced by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel attacked while on the job, is an indication of larger socio-economic challenges facing SA, according to Deputy Minister of Health Mathume Phaahla.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that seven female Anglo American employees made it onto the Women in Mining’s annual 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday proclaim the effective date for the recently approved national minimum wage (NMW).  

parliamentTimesLive reports that the horseracing industry has been told by MPs to clean up its act when it comes to the living conditions of grooms employed at facilities in the sector.  

newsSowetanLive reports that following the tragic death of a rigger at FNB Stadium, another person got injured at the same venue on Monday.  

ZululandUniversityNews24 reports that a former lecturer at the University of Zululand (UniZulu) appeared in court on Tuesday for his alleged part in the murder of prominent academic Professor Gregory Kamwendo.  

sabcFin24 reports that the Save Our SABC Coalition has warned newly appointed Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams that she might have acted unlawfully by "meddling" in the affairs of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

ancylTimesLive reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is pushing ahead with its demand for the eThekwini municipality to allocate R1bn for youth development.  

GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is continuing to seek ways to diversify its returns in the wake of scandals surrounding Steinhoff, which has exposed the fund’s dependency on the local market.  

nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that MPs were assured on Wednesday that virtually all of SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that the Essential Services Committee has determined that school managers and support staff are not essential services, effectively upholding their right to strike.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 5 December 2018.

amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that in the latest broadside fired in the violent, two-week-long strike over wage increases, Sibanye-Stillwater’s executive head of human resources, Themba Nkosi, posted an open letter to Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa, accusing him of making “disingenuous and dishonest” statements.  

newsThe Mercury reports that motorists who have still not received their driving licence cards and whose temporary licences have expired might have to reapply for another temporary driving licence.  

saceNews24 reports that a Cape Town teacher who was struck from the roll of educators after inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a pupil has been dismissed following his suspicious return to the classroom.  

healthcareSowetanLive reports that frustrations over a shortage of stretchers and an overflowing resuscitation room put the lives of staff at a Gauteng hospital at risk.  

newsANA reports that a group of activists walking from Marikana near Rustenburg in the North West to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to hand over a list of demands to President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived on Tuesday evening.  

gavel thumb100 Daily News reports that striking staff from the Fort Napier Medico-Legal Mortuary in Pietermaritzburg could be arrested if they do not return to work on Wednesday.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has written an open letter to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa amid an ongoing strike at the miner’s gold operations.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that arguments were heard on Tuesday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the bid by fired SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane’s to get his job back.  

pandorTimesLive reports that only 24% of applications received by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2019 academic year were from pupils planning to enrol at TVET colleges, with the balance of 76% being for universities.  

DisChemTimesLive writes that Dis-Chem pharmacies were due to be hit by protest action on Wednesday, with striking workers around the country planning to air their grievances.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that Limpopo's health MEC, Phopho Ramathuba, has welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted a nurse at a clinic in Vaalwater after the nurse refused to act contrary to departmental policies.