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.

GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) will not invest more in Eskom solely for the purposes of saving SA, but would require that the power producer meet its investment criteria in terms of the management of the entity and the provision of a return.  

eskomReuters reports that Eskom urgently needs more cash to stabilise its ballooning debt pile with the funds coming from either a rise in tariffs or new equity, new CE Andre de Ruyter told MPs on Tuesday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that after a train driver was stoned while on duty, the United National Transport Union (Untu) accused the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) of failing to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the criminal records of 94 community health workers and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), who were arrested at a night vigil outside the Free State Department of Health in 2014 have reportedly been cleared.  

ambulanceGroundUp reports that employees of Emergency Medical Services in Graaff-Reinet, who were on strike since last Tuesday, suspended their strike on Friday, even though according to the employees their grievances had not been resolved.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo has called on the SA mining industry to “change the gender narrative” and to engage in conversations about the lack of female representation in the industry.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that the SA Communication Union (Sacu) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have filed an urgent application in the Labour Court to compel Telkom to properly carry out consultations prior to embarking on retrenchments.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports a family business in Kempton Park that manufactures luxury Belgian chocolate, has been admonished by the labour department because it employs too many black women and was told to employ more black men.  

angloamerican fullBL Premium writes that Anglo American is rich with candidates to fill the CEO vacancy that will be left at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with the unexpected resignation of Chris Griffith.  

parliamentBL Premium reports that the cabinet has approved and sent to parliament draft legislation that will empower the employment & labour minister to intervene and set transformation targets in the workplace.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation rose at a faster pace in January, according to data released by Statistics SA on Tuesday.  Annual consumer price inflation (CPI) was 4.5% in January, up from 4.0% in December, buoyed, among other factors, by increases in fuel prices.  

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newsBusiness Report writes that the list of announced plans to retrench in 2020, both in the private and public sectors, has grown rapidly and an anticipated small uptick in the economy is unlikely to slow its trajectory.  

witsuniversityCity Press reports that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has controversially reinstated a professor who was previously accused of sexual harassment.  

EducorCape Argus reports that Educor, which owns Damelin, City Varsity, Intec College and Lyceum College, is planning to retrench more than 700 people from its workforce; almost half its permanent staff.  

OldMutualFin24 reports that axed Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo has claimed he would suffer further reputational harm if the financial services company appointed a new CEO while there was an ongoing court battle.  

NPAEWN reports that the lawyer representing a teacher who slapped a pupil last year has questioned why charges, which were previously withdrawn, have been reinstated.  

sapsNews24 reports that police are still on the hunt for a female security guard who allegedly stole R4m in cash from her employer, SBV Services, in July last year.  She has not reported for duty since the incident and her whereabouts are unknown.  

MboweniEWN reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has slammed a suggestion by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that a referendum should be held on the use of taxpayer’s money to bail out beleaguered state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  

Stats SAFin24 reports that the SA Statistics Council, an advisory body that endorses the releases of data by Statistics SA, has threatened to resign as a measure of last resort if the national statistical agency does not receive more funding and fill frozen posts.  

MondiBusinessLive reports that paper and packaging group Mondi has appointed its CFO as CEO with effect from April.  Andrew King replaces Peter Oswald, who took over the reins in May 2017.  

earningsThe Mercury reports that labour experts have warned that businesses may not legally arbitrarily dock workers’ wages for lost productivity during Eskom’s load shedding.  

chrisgriffithBL Premium reports that Anglo American will replace Chris Griffith, CEO of its platinum division, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), with an internal appointment, thereby ruling out a host of external candidates.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that three years after the official opening of the 200-bed Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, concern has been raised that the facility is not operating at capacity.  

ems joburgEWN reports that more than 20 commuters were injured on Monday morning after two taxis collided on the Golden Highway in Devland, south of Johannesburg.  

popcruCity Press reports that leaders of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) are refusing to account for members’ investments worth R200 million that vanished after having been channelled to a mysterious company with close links to union bosses.  

TswaingThe Star reports that the North West has vowed to rapidly deal with the failure of the Tswaing Local Municipality to pay their employees’ third party funds.  

medicaldoctorFinancial Mail writes that red flags about a local shortage of infectious disease specialists have raised fears that SA may struggle to cope with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) should there be an outbreak.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Business Times reports that two of SA's biggest private hospital groups, Mediclinic and Life Healthcare, are turning to India to recruit nurses for critical posts as they struggle to fill specialist nursing positions.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx reports that Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), called time on his seven year stint as chief of the firm, saying it had represented “the pinnacle” of his career.