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.

JMPDThe Star reports that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has a new acting executive director of public safety following the appointment of its police chief David Tembe.  

LibertyBusinessLive reports that retrenchments accounted for the biggest share of monthly income claims paid out by Liberty in the 2018 financial year.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that Lonmin plans to cut 4,100 workers at mines that have run out of profitable ore and are being closed.  

WeatherServiceTimesLIVE reports that the SA Weather Service (Saws) must approach the courts within 30 days to have the "unlawful" appointment of a manager with insufficient credentials set aside and take appropriate disciplinary action against suspended CEO Jerry Lengoasa for “his improper conduct” in the matter.  

ChoppiesFin24 reports that following a meeting on Monday, the board of grocery retailer Choppies has suspended its CEO Ramachandran Ottapathu with effect from Wednesday, 22 May.  

fawuBusinessLive reports that the bruising battle for control of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) could spur rival unions to eat into its 126,000-strong membership in the farming, fast food, beverage, fishing, wholesale and retail, and hospitality sectors.  

newsNews24 reports that four people died following a gas leak on Tuesday at a Cape Town plastic recycling company in Birch Road, Beaconvale, Parow.  

labourcourtsNews24 reports that a Cape Town Labour Court judge has died after he was bitten by a black mamba while on holiday in Zambia.  

UIFBusinessLive reports about frustration at the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF's) new uFiling website, which is still not working properly since its re-launch on 1 April.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that police are on the hunt for suspects who shot and killed two eThekwini metro police officers and stole their firearms on Monday night.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 20 May 2019.

YESANA reports that the PG Group on Monday said it was adding a further 120 young graduates to its workforce in a bid to create job opportunities across all its business divisions in collaboration with the Youth Employment Service (YES).  

ifpTMG Digital reports that the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has joined the chorus of those calling for embattled eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to step down pending charges against her relating to the R208m Durban Solid Waste tender scandal.  

newsSABC News reported on Sunday that over 100 mineworkers at China Precious Metal Company (CAPM) in Orkney near Klerksdorp in the North West remained underground in a sit-in, demanding a 15 % wage increase.  

IntercapeTimesLIVE reports that the 32 year-old driver of an Intercape bus that overturned in the Free State - killing at least eight people and injuring 45 - was found hanging near the crash scene early on Monday in an apparent suicide. 

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the High Court in Pretoria on Monday withdrew charges against six of the eight former leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) accused of plotting hits against miners and trade union leaders.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that Durban residents are angry that refuse has still not been collected from their properties after a strike by municipal workers in the last two weeks.  

legalaidsaSunday Independent reports that lawyers working at the offices of Legal Aid SA in central Johannesburg say being at work poses a threat to their well-being because they fear being attacked by disgruntled clients who have lost their cases.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Fin24 reports that Dennis George, the dismissed general secretary of the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), has responded to his axing by saying that the organisation could still benefit by taking up shares in IT company AYO Technology Solutions.  

angloamerican fullBusinessLive reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) laid off about half of the underground workforce at its Mototolo mine after an unprotected strike over changes to conditions of service.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 17 May 2019.

chrisgriffithSunday Times Business Times writes that Chris Griffith, CEO of the world's largest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), says he's not losing any sleep about coming wage talks.  

gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that Judge Dennis Davis on Friday dismissed an appeal by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which wanted the Competition Tribunal’s approval for a merger between Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin to be set aside.  

newsSowetan reported on Friday that an attempt by former Lily Mine workers to go underground in a quest to find their missing colleagues had been thwarted.  

SANParksSaturday Citizen reports that, amid racism allegations, the management of the Kruger National Park (KNP) insisted that managing executive Glenn Phillips was not on suspension but was ‘only on leave’  

ancCity Press reports that the woman who accused ANC head of presidency Zizi Kodwa of raping her at a private function in April last year has withdrawn her complaint against him.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85BusinessLive reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Friday fired Dennis George, the longest-serving leader of a SA trade union body, after more than 20 years at the helm of the organisation.  

durbanSunday Tribune writes that the hit song ‘A Shabby Little Hut’ by The Bats with the lyrics “a shabby little hut by the dock, down by the sea” was a major hit in the swinging 1960s.  

gautrainEngineering News reports that Gautrain has introduced various changes to its train schedule from this month to provide a “more convenient and comfortable service” to passengers.  

sabcNews24 reports that the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC’s) Radio Park has been handed back to the broadcaster after it was cleared and declared safe for occupation.