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.

sibanyeReuters writes that illegal gold mining has plagued SA’s mining companies for decades, robbing the industry and state coffers of billions of rand through small-time pilfering as well as networks run by organised crime.  

sidumodlaminiIOL News reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has become the first big affiliate of Cosatu to come out in support of the federation’s embattled president, Sdumo Dlamini, saying if there were moves to oust him they were “absurd” and “illogical”.  

eskomANA reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has declined Eskom’s proposal to pay its former CEO Brian Molefe a R30 million pension pay-out and strongly criticised the board for leaving her in the dark about the matter. 

newsANA writes that Black Mountain Mining on Friday announced the establishment of a seven-year employee share ownership (ESOP) plan, the terms of which have been reached through consultation with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

ambulanceANA reports that two people died when Gauteng emergency medical services (EMS) paramedics came under fire while they were attending to a patient in Cullinan on Saturday evening.  

ORTamboEWN reports that OR Tambo International Airport has suspended 35 of the 56 information desk staff employed by the airport, pending disciplinary procedures.  

vavi1IOL News reports that the newly launched labour federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), has chosen its leadership at its founding congress.  Former Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi was elected as general secretary.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 21 April 2017

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 20 April 2017.

ambulanceCape Times reports that attacks on paramedics have prompted the Western Cape legislature’s standing committee on community development to hold public meetings in the areas which have been declared no-go zones and where emergency personnel have often come under attack.  

RTMCTimeLive reports that officials said on Friday that the bus strike in the week of the Easter holiday period contributed to an increase in road fatalities during that period.  

absalogo thumb100 News24 reports that hundreds of Cosatu members marched to Absa’s head office in Johannesburg on Thursday calling for the bank to repay bailout money paid to Bankorp by the Reserve Bank during apartheid.  

fsbFin24 writes that the Financial Services Board (FSB) is at the ready to provide support in respect of claims for billions of rands in outstanding benefits owing to former mineworkers in various pension and provident funds.  

newsEWN reports that a Bishop Lavis principal stabbed on his school grounds remains in a serious condition.  Bishops School of Skills principal Wayne Abrahams was stabbed in the head, neck and shoulder on Wednesday morning.  

UNTUNetwerk24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has warned the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) that time is running out to reach agreement on wage increases.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has dismissed President Jacob Zuma's apparent endorsement of his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as his preferred successor.  

earningsNetwerk24 reports that the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, recently approved an increase of R11.3-million in respect of the costs of a group of 31 Cuban engineers.  

strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that musical classic Sarafina has been hit by a payment dispute, with unpaid cast and crew refusing to perform.  

solidariteitNews24 reports that trade union Solidarity said on Thursday that there appeared to be double standards in South African society when it came to issues of racism and hate speech.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) interim board may soon withdraw a decision by previous nonexecutive directors to appeal against the Public Protector’s (PP’s) damning 2014 report.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Fin24 reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said on Thursday said that joining newly-appointed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on his investor roadshow to the US would have been an exercise in futility.  

popcruThe Citizen reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has warned axed Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza that his “arrogance would not win him his job back”.  

newsBusinessLive writes about the entrance on Friday onto the labour scene of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), the second-largest labour federation after the ANC-aligned Cosatu.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 20 April 2017

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 19 April 2017.

eskomTimesLive reports that National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim has berated Eskom for its parting payment of R30.1 million to former chief executive Brian Molefe.  

Rhodes UniversityANA reports that Rhodes University said on Wednesday it had received notification from the National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) of the union’s intention to embark on three days of protected industrial action over wages.  

handcuffsCaxton News Service writes that a man was arrested in Ekurhuleni on Monday after his alleged victim told the police that the suspect almost killed him following an argument over money.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a dispute against Evander Gold Mines (EGM), saying the company refused to implement both the voluntary separation package (VSP) and retrenchment agreements.  

sapseNCA reports that police in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are searching for a man who shot and killed a police officer in cold blood in Durban on Wednesday.  Captain Bheki Simelane was killed just metres from his house in Phoenix.