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.

Mining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday said it would not back down from its wage dispute with Petra Diamonds until its demands were met.  

healthcareFin24 reports that Bonitas Medical Fund has announced a weighted increase of 8.7% in contribution costs for next year, while Discovery has announced one of 7.9%.  

BLFSABC News reports that illegal miners around Kimberley in the Northern Cape will continue mining without interruptions from the police and mining houses, while awaiting their mining permits.  

GEPFWarren Thompson of Moneyweb spoke last week to Abel Sithole, principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), following allegations that the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) was going to oust its CEO, Dr Dan Matjila.  

southafricalogoHuffPost reports that when Home Affairs boss Mkuseli Apleni was suspended this week, he became the 216th director-general (DG) axed, shifted or suspended since President Jacob Zuma took office in 2009.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that Hlaudi Motsoeneng is appealing against a labour court ruling ordering that he, former head of news Simon Tebele and the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) be held liable jointly and severally for the costs of the so-called SABC 8 court applications.  

cosatuThe Star reports that labour federation Cosatu and the SA Communist Party believe that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba must be stripped of all unilateral powers that allow him to appoint board members of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), with immediate effect.  

encaThe Star reports that news organisation eNCA could be flouting labour laws following revelations that its freelance anchors were working without written contracts.  

numSABC News reports that the National Union of Mineworker (NUM) has vowed to proceed with its strike action at the Ekapa Mining Joint Venture operations in Kimberley.  

ancEWN reports that the African National Congress (ANC) is gravely concerned about the latest deaths in the mining industry and it has called on the sector to prioritise safety at all levels.  

ShopriteTimesLive reports that seven Shoprite cashiers who were arrested after allegedly accepting tips from customers appeared in court in Cape Town on Wednesday charged with theft.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that in a notice on 14 September, Ekapa Minerals (EM) abandoned part of its interdict against so-called ‘zama zama’ miners in Kimberley, calling into question the validity of the entire interdict.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that South African schools continue to struggle to fill thousands of vacancies for teachers, a trend which threatens to further scupper government’s efforts to improve educational outcomes.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a total of 53 people were arrested in Nyanga during a minibus taxi strike on Monday that saw roads being barricaded, buses set alight and commuters injured.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Statistics SA announced on Wednesday that the consumer price index (CPI) rose 4.8% in August from a year earlier.  

OakbayThe New Age reports that mineworkers from the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein collieries, along with members of the Hendrina community in Mpumalanga, on Tuesday marched to their local banks over the closure of Oakbay-linked accounts.  

handcuffsThe Star reports that an alleged fake doctor jumped out of the window of her “surgery” and fled as police conducted a raid at her premises in Soweto on Tuesday morning.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that a written reply to a question in the Western Cape provincial legislature on Tuesday revealed that police were investigating 32 cases of murder either on Metrorail trains or railway stations in the past two financial years.  

CCMABusinessLive reports that just over a year into his term as director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Cameron Morajane has been accused by some subordinates of creating a hostile work environment.  

implatsNews24 reports that two miners died when a rock fell on their heads while drilling in shaft 12 of Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine on Tuesday morning, the mine said.  The two men, aged 31 and 34, died at the scene.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that a member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu) was shot dead at Impala Platinum and another wounded at Lonmin in Marikana near Rustenburg on Tuesday, the union said.  

gavel thumb100 SABC News reports that the murder case of slain Eskom employee Thembisile Yende has been postponed to 15 November for further investigations.  

SolidarityBusiness Report writes that Solidarity has won an appeal made to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) about SA Airways (SAA) excluding white males from their cadet programme.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Vuyo Mafata, commissioner of the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund, maintains that the fund is "turning the corner and service delivery has improved immensely".  

petradiamondsMiningmx reports that production at Petra Diamonds’ Finsch mine and its Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture in the Northern Cape has been interrupted by labour disruptions that might be related to wage negotiations.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, will be challenging his suspension by Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, his lawyer said on Monday.  

protestBusinessLive reports that mineworkers employed by Gupta-owned mines in Mpumalanga and the North West were due on Tuesday morning to march on banks in various towns to protest the closure of company bank accounts.  

hpcsaBusinessLive reports that a rise in bogus health practitioners has forced the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and medical schemes to strengthen their forensics units to curb fraud.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that the review of the National Certificate Vocational (NCV), which could result in the qualification being overhauled, is due to be completed by the end of 2017, after a process starting in 2010.  

implatsheadgear smlBusinessLive reports that according to the mine health and safety inspectorate’s 2016-17 annual report tabled in Parliament on Monday, there has been no improvement in mine fatality rates from 2014 to 2016.