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.

farming thumb medium80 84Cape Times reports that the eviction of poor farmworkers in the Western Cape has reached a tipping point, the ANC has said, following three families having been evicted from the Simondium Guest Lodge in Franschhoek at the weekend.  

graduate thumb100 ANA reports that members of the public have until the close of business on Tuesday to submit their views on a draft bill seeking to root out fake qualifications and impose stricter penalties on people lying about their academic qualifications.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) said on Monday it would be meeting with the management of ITB Plastics and Isithebe Consulting Solutions (ICS) in a bid to resolve a four-week old strike.  

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that the former secretary of a leading public sector union has appeared in court to face charges of sexual assault and harassment after he allegedly made inappropriate advances on a female subordinate.  

telkom thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Telkom will meet labour unions to discuss the possibility of job cuts should the network operator fail to persuade regulators to back down on proposed changes to call termination rates.  

protestANA reports that trade unions at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital marched on Monday over alleged corruption, which they said had crippled healthcare services at the hospital.  

handcuffsANA reports that a 22-year-old man has been arrested in Pinetown, near Durban, in connection with the murder of at least two police officers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

newsNews24 reports that two men believed to have been mining illegally were killed in Kleinsee in the Northern Cape on Monday.  Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said three men "were busy with mining" when the hole they were in collapsed on them.  

pikitupThe Citizen reports that according to a statement released by Pikitup on Monday morning, waste collection services in certain areas in Johannesburg would be adversely affected due to mounting protest action.  

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that plans have been put in place for the protection of firefighters following a violent attack on 14 crew members in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, this past weekend.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 24 August 2018.

joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg has announced that it has decided not to renew a contract which provided privately-sponsored pointsmen at traffic hotspots.  

sapsNews24 reports that police have initiated a the 72-hour Activation Plan to track down the killers of two police officers who were killed in separate incidents in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng, respectively, on Friday afternoon.  

implatsheadgear smlCity Press reports that the looming mass retrenchments at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg mines are already causing panic among businesses in the local community.  

concourtCity Press reports that an astonishing 80% of labour broker workers were on contracts with a duration of more than three months when the contentious “deeming” provision in the Labour Relations Act came into force in 2015.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BusinessLive reports that Communication Workers Union (CWU) general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said on Friday that workers in the communications sector faced widespread retrenchments as a result of state capture  

parliamentSaturday Citizen reports that the ANC has come under sharp criticism from its ally the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for excluding all gender and gay and lesbian rights protection clauses from the Traditional Courts Bill.  

FronemanBloomberg reports that the struggling gold mining sector would be forced to close more mine shafts if labour unions’ wage demands were implemented, according to the top producer of the precious metal.  

cosatuDiamond Fields Advertiser reports that delegates to Cosatu’s upcoming national congress in September are expected to decide on whether to add more affiliates to the federation’s more than a dozen trade unions.  

sasolANA reports that a total of 83% of Solidarity members at Sasol in Secunda in Mpumalanga have voted in favour of a strike to protest the exclusion of white employees from the company’s employee share ownership plan.  

npaCity Press reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has submitted a report to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) that contains recommendations for prosecution related to the mine accident that killed three workers at Lily mine in Mpumalanga in 2016.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom’s intention to cut 7,000 jobs through natural attrition will bring it perilously in contact with a live wire as affiliated trade unions threaten to short-circuit its operations with running strike action.  

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

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that suspended Tshwane manager Moeketsi Mosola is alleged to have misrepresented the truth in his claim about the verification of the qualification of a senior manager with the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  

newsThe Citizen reports that the owner of Afro Worldview, formerly ANN7, which was recently discontinued by Multichoice, says the channel is not dead.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday that the US and SA platinum group metals (PGM) and gold producer did not expect to be fined by the SA regulators for safety violations because it did not believe it had been negligent.  

gavel thumb100 Cape Times reports that disgraced audiologist and speech therapist Wandile Theophilus Mashego has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of 259 counts of medical aid fraud.  

numThe Citizen reports that despite being the only union to pull out of the gold mining wage talks with the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is hopeful about eventually reaching “an amicable agreement” with the MCSA.  

eskomReuters reports that a senior manager at cash-strapped Eskom said on Thursday that it expected to have 7,000 fewer staff members in five years’ time.  

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that the man accused of beating a car guard to death has been granted bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.  Philani Milton Mkhulisa made his second appearance in court Wednesday and was granted bail of R2,000.