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.

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Statistics SA advised on Wednesday that consumer inflation slid lower in October, reaching its lowest level in eight years.  

prasaGroundUp reports that three security companies have won a court application against the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) in which they argued that the early termination of their contracts, without the finalisation of an alternative contract, put passenger safety at risk.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has told striking unions at the cash-strapped national carrier South African Airways (SAA) that there is no money to meet their demand for an 8% across-the-board pay increase.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 19 November 2019.

gunThe Mercury reports that a senior advocate was shot during a freak accident at the Umzimkhulu regional court on Monday afternoon.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that according to the Hawks, a prominent Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) executive and his alleged accomplice have been arrested in connection with a conspiracy to kidnap and murder senior Popcru officials.  

protestPretoria News reports that on Tuesday morning Ga-Rankuwa Industrial Park security officers downed tools and shut down the offices of the company in charge of the industrial area over non-payment.  

numsaCarol Paton writes that it is already a widely held view that the strike at SAA is about more than the airline itself.  

pravingordanNews24Wire reports that striking unions at South African Airways (SAA) were meeting with Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan in Pretoria on Tuesday, as a strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association entered its fifth day.  

LesothoflagBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs has opened the application process for the new Lesotho exemption permit to replace the special permit it has been issuing to Basotho nationals.  

eskomBL Premium reports that Andre de Ruyter, CEO of packaging group Nampak, has been appointed Eskom CEO, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Monday.  

autopaxlogoTimesLIVE reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has expressed dismay at the death of a bus driver, who was shot dead on Sunday night.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 18 November 2019.

protestThe Citizen reports that the failure of a group of former combatants in liberation movements to secure a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to raise their plight has soured relations with the country’s highest office.  

CCMACity Press reports that TV actress Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa’s former domestic worker Mpho Koetsi has described her as an “evil and heartless boss” who was hard to work for.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Friday said that it had brought certainty to the platinum industry after signing a three-year wage deal with SA’s biggest platinum producers.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that Metrorail said on Monday that vandals had caused extensive damage to infrastructure at several places in Cape Town at the weekend.  

autopaxlogoThe Mercury reports that police are investigating a shooting incident that led to a long distance bus overturning on the R56 between Ixopo and Richmond on Sunday night.  The driver sustained a gunshot wound.  

arcelormittalSunday Independent reports that ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) has trained its eyes on its Newcastle operations in KwaZulu-Natal to improve the group’s structural cost position and service offering.  

popcruSunday Times reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) says it will approach the courts to seek an interdict if a problematic former prisons boss in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is reinstated.  

saa thumb medium95 76Eyewitness News and Reuters report that South African Airways (SAA) intends to reinstate six continental flights from Tuesday.  

marikanacommission thumb100 Independent News reports that family members the ten people who were killed prior to the 16 August 2012 shootings at Marikana near Rustenburg painted a grisly picture on Sunday of how they died, lamenting that they had been forgotten.  

prasaCape Times reports that there are growing fears of unprecedented chaos within the rail system following the “abrupt” termination of the contracts of 20 private security company by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

popcruSowetanLive reports that a staggering R100m meant to benefit members of the police and other public safety workers has disappeared from Popcru Group of Companies (PGC), the investment arm of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 15 November 2019.

protestMiningmx reports that according to Mike Fraser of South32, protests in Mpumalanga province were likely to remain a feature of the coal industry for the foreseeable future.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) education department officials at circuit and district level, along with management staff at a Pinetown school, will face the music after failing to sort out the issue of Grade 1 pupils being without a teacher since May.  

ramaphosaNews24 reports that the latest attempt to get President Cyril Ramaphosa to visit the community of Marikana has failed.  The attempt came via a commitment by trade union federation Cosatu three months ago.  

transnetlogo thumb100 City Press reports that eleven persons, among them three Transnet executives, are on the list of candidates being considered to replace the state-owned logistics company’s fired chief executive officer (CEO) Siyabonga Gama.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that mining consultancy SRK Consulting SA says that to ensure a level playing field across the mining sector, better general guidelines need to be developed to ensure the implementation of sustainable ‘social transitioning’ after mine closure.