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.

sabcThe Citizen reports that fired SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng was paid R1.7 million by the public broadcaster while he was on suspension since January this year.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 19 June 2017.

fsbCity Press reports that the Financial Services Board (FSB) has placed Bophelo Benefit Services and the Bophelo Beneficiary Fund under curatorship after it was reported that R255m in mine worker pension money was missing from the fund.  

sapsCity Press reports that turmoil is brewing within the police’s crime intelligence unit, with operatives threatening to go on strike or disobey new acting head Major General Patrick Mokushane’s orders.  

SibanyeReuters reports that Sibanye Gold’s Cooke operations will remain shut until at least Thursday as the gold producer goes through an appeals process for workers fired for taking part in a wildcat strike.  

SaftuANA reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has welcomed the Competition Commission’s investigation into price fixing allegations against pharmaceutical companies.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, notes the concerns expressed by experts such as emerging markets analyst Mark Mobius of Franklin Templeton Investments as well as ratings agencies about the worrying state of South African labour relations.  

marikanacommission thumb100 City Press reports that retired Judge Ian Farlam has accused former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega of attacking him and other members of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.  

UNTUNews24 reports that according to the United National Transport Union (Untu), people caught vandalising transport infrastructure deserve to spend the rest of their lives in jail.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday said that, while it welcomed the amended Mining Charter gazetted on Thursday, the targets set by the government for black ownership of the country’s mineral wealth could have gone further.  

gautengNews24 reports that desperate families have turned to courts to secure autopsies for their loved ones so their bodies can be released for burial, amid a “go slow” strike by Gauteng forensic services assistants.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80Netwerk24 reports that at least 2,500 people are estimated to be without work as a result of the recent devastating fires in Knysna.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 17 June and Sunday, 18 June 2017.

MangaungeNCA reports that municipal workers in Bloemfontein, who have been on strike for a month, are due to go back to work on Monday.  The city’s longest-running strike affected everyone, from the city centre to the suburbs, while the closed offices meant the city lost an enormous amount of income.  

ancFin24 reports that the African National Congress (ANC) seeks an urgent meeting with Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane following the release on Thursday of the third iteration of the Mining Charter.  

Lynne BrowneNCA reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has come out fighting over the Brian Molefe resignation saga and says she has evidence that Molefe and Eskom lied about his claimed early retirement.  

strike thumb medium85 85Saturday Star reports that there are between 200 and 250 bodies affected by a backlog in mortuaries across Gauteng caused by a strike forensic pathologist assistants.  The worse affected are the Germiston, Diepkloof and Hillbrow mortuaries.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health violated the rights of oncology patients when it failed to provide relevant services in the province’s two major hospitals.  

SibanyeMining Weekly reports that Sibanye Gold on Thursday confirmed that 1,514 workers had been dismissed at its Cooke operations, near Westonaria, for not returning to work.  

meibcEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity, along with other unions, on Thursday declared a dispute with employers in the metals and engineering industries over stalled wage negotiations.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has signed an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs to avert an imminent strike over working hours at the department.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 15 June and Friday, 16 June 2017.

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eskomSowetanLive reports that a computer belonging to a suspended Eskom supervisor has been seized by police following revelations that the slain power utility's employee, Thembisile Yende, had lodged a complaint against him.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TimesLive reports that the defence force has deployed medical officers to perform autopsies as bereaved families clamour to retrieve the bodies of loved ones from strike-hit mortuaries in Gauteng.  

handshake thumb medium90 90The Citizen reports that the Department of Transport has confirmed that an agreement has been reached between taxi association Santaco and SA Taxi Finance Holdings and that Thursday’s strike has been called off.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The New Age reports that according to a 2016 survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council on the health of educators in public schools in SA, there has been an increase in the number of HIV infections among teachers in SA from 12.7% in 2004 to 15.3% in 2015.  

tshwane thumb100 ANA reports that the Tshwane municipality on Thursday suspended its Tshwane Bus Service after several buses were stoned when taxi drivers and operators embarked on a crippling protest across Gauteng.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that mining companies would need to top up their black ownership levels to 30% from 26% within 12 months from the time the new Mining Charter comes into effect, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) has expressed concern that virtually all of the anti-corruption task team's successful corruption cases have ended with plea bargains and reduced sentences.