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.

picNews24Wire reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has argued for worker representation on the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), saying this would help keep looting in check and increase workers' trust.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) on Tuesday said it would vet minibus taxis before they would be allowed to operate on reopened Soweto routes.  

pandorBusinessLive reports that a task team has been established to advise the minister of higher education, science and technology on how to manage the threats and opportunities posed by the fourth industrial revolution.  

UIFEWN reports that with more users of the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) online filing system complaining about its failures, the fund has apologised, but has blamed the problems on consumers.  

saps thumb100 SowetanLive reports that each public school in Gauteng will be assigned with one police officer that the school can call on whenever there is a problem.  

ictReuters writes that a severe shortage of computer skills in SA has left the country’s major banks fighting over a limited pool of people with the skills they need to upgrade technology platforms and keep pace with changing customer demands and competition from new rivals.  

joburgcityTimesLIVE reports that two Soweto residents held Johannesburg city health officials hostage on Friday at the Protea South Clinic in Soweto, demanding to be treated.  

sabcThe Sunday Times reports that faced with an unenviable choice last month -- either cough up to service its eight-figure municipality account, or settle its salary bill – the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) took the high road and paid its staff.  

OldMutualBusinessLive reports that Old Mutual has fired its CEO, Peter Moyo, weeks after announcing his suspension over a conflict of interest.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 14 June 2019.

MathunjwaBloomberg writes that the leader of SA's biggest union in the platinum industry, which called the longest-ever platinum-mining strike and which self-identifies as "militant", the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) president Joseph Mathunjwa is sounding rather diplomatic.  

saa thumb medium95 76City Press reports that in response to queries submitted to the Department of Public Enterprises, spokesman Adrian Lackay, made clear there was no chance of the former CEO of SA Airways (SAA), Vuyani Jarana, coming back following his shock resignation.  

ramaphosa2News24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the high unemployment rate among the youth in SA as "a shame on our country's conscience".  

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that the City of Cape Town's safety and security department announced on Friday that the Gugulethu fire station had to be temporarily closed following an attack on firefighters on Thursday evening.  

FoskorNews24 reports that an employee who plummeted to his death from the sixth floor of Foskor's concentrator unit in Richards Bay was buried in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

sapsNews24 reports that several persons found guilty of killing police officers in the Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) between 2012 and 2017 have been handed hefty prison sentences for their crimes.  

ramaphosaBusinessLive reports that government has vowed to prioritise science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at schools to equip the youth with skills to meet technological advances.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that pilots at debt-ridden SA Airways (SAA) are threatening to go on strike over the national airline’s management and the appointment of interim CEO Zuks Ramasia.  

numsaBusinessLive writes that possible protracted wage talks in the automotive industry could hamper efforts to recover SA’s economy, which declined by R56bn in the first quarter of 2019.  

newsNews24 reports that a truck driver whose vehicle was petrol bombed in the Western Cape earlier this month has died of his injuries.  

Mathunjwa2EWN reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), it spent R3 million on its legal action against the Sibanye-Stillwater take-over of Lonmin.  

saa thumb medium95 76ANA reports that two unions at SA Airways (SAA) said on Friday that the airline had requested one week to deal with their demands of reinstating Vuyani Jarana as group chief executive and completely overhauling the board.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is demanding R17,000 a month per miner in the platinum sector, as wage talks with the biggest producers start, prompting an angry response from Sibanye-Stillwater.  

protestPretoria News reports that educational trips for school children and visits to the National Zoological Gardens of SA had to be rescheduled on Thursday as workers gathered at the entrance of the Zoo to picket over unfair treatment.  

RFAEWN reports that according to the Road Freight Association, more than 2,000 trucks have been damaged in the last 18 months as a result of protests over the alleged employment of foreign drivers.  

oliphant thumb medium90 106News24 reports that according to former labour minister Mildred Oliphant, parliament's benefits structure should be reviewed, as many former cabinet ministers have to consider forfeiting half of a loss-of-office gratuity if they are demoted.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx reports that, speaking last week, Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), said his company had done “a lot of work” with employees, especially at the firm’s Amandelbult facilities near Rustenburg, in an effort to avoid potential strike action later this year.  

StellenboschUniversityEngineering News reports that the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) will introduce a new BEng degree in Data Engineering from February 2020.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 13 June 2019.

rustenburgmunicipalityThe Citizen reports that the Rustenburg Local Municipality in the North West is said to have been gripped by fear and intimidation of whistleblowers and officials after the halting of payments amounting to more than R250 million to three contractors pending a forensic probe.