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.

retirementBusinessLive reports that the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) will investigate the role of all key individuals, including the compliance officer, after a Johannesburg financial adviser was arrested last week over fraud charges.  

uasa thumb medium70 84In a letter to Business Day, the United Association of SA (Uasa) indicated that it was pleased with the reappointment of Lesetja Kganyago as governor of the SA Reserve Bank (Sarb).  

nxesiBusinessLive reports that the Department of Employment & Labour (DEL) will not use a “hammer” to deal with employers who do not adhere to labour legislation, including national minimum wage (NMW) offenders. 

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 12 July 2019.

sabcCity Press reports that last week was another tumultuous week for the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), with the communications and finance ministries apparently blowing hot and cold when it came to assisting with a R1.3 billion loan guarantee that the public broadcaster desperately needs to stay on air.  

DenelEngineering News reports that following a further breakdown in trust between the management of Denel and labour after last week’s announcement that the company had not paid over retirement fund contributions, a special labour forum was held on Thursday to discuss the crisis.  

picANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Friday welcomed the appointment of Ivan Fredericks to the interim board of directors of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  

panafricanMining Weekly reports that Pan African Resources’ Barberton Mines has lost a number of production days as a result of protest action, which the miner said was unrelated to normal industrial action.  

cwu thumb medium90 95SABC News reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) plans to cut a third of its staff are an effort to destroy the public broadcaster.  

sapsNews24 reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed on Sunday that five officers had been arrested in special operations that had commenced three days previously in crime-ridden areas of Cape Town.  

gunNews24 reports that a female police constable was shot dead following the funeral of a colleague in Dobsonville, Soweto, on Saturday.  

nxesiThe Sunday Independent reports that Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi is eyeing the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the Compensation Fund (CF) to help create and sustain jobs.  

transnetlogo thumb100 The Mercury reports that all operations employees at the Ngqura Container Terminal have been ordered by the Labour Court in Port Elizabeth to increase performance levels at the port.  

sabcThe Sunday Times reports that the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) turnaround plan includes cutting staff by up to 33% and closing down five offices.  

SolidarityANA reports that trade union Solidarity condemned the adoption of the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) plan by the Cabinet last week and said that government clearly wanted to achieve an ideological victory even if it was at the expense of South African’s lives.  

MantasheBusiness Report writes that SA’s mining industry is focusing on a total of 60 mineral resources projects between 2018 and 2020, with an investment estimated value of R110 billion and a projected creation of 32,000 jobs.  

SteinhoffBL Premium reports that it was announced this week by Steinhoff that CFO Philip Dieperink would be stepping down after the 2019 AGM, which is to be held on 31 August.  He is not only retiring as CFO, he will also be stepping down from the management board.  

protestSowetanLive reports that residents of Phosa and Ogies in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, stopped operations at one of Glencore's mines after accusing it of reneging on a promise to offer them employment opportunities.  

DeutscheBankBusinessLive reports that German investment bank Deutsche Bank could become the latest bank to add to SA’s unemployment woes with plans to lay off employees.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that police officer Ruben Dumisani Tshabalala was killed while on the trail of a "rapist" north of Pretoria.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that employers in SA’s automotive industry have offered workers nearly three-quarters less than the pay increases they are demanding.  

corruptionwatchEngineering News reports that the tenth edition of the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) Africa has revealed that the police service is considered the most corrupt institution.  

SolidarityANA reports that trade union Solidarity on Thursday said that it regretted the retrenchment crisis at ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) and warned that if key players in the steel industry did not intervene urgently, those retrenchments might be the first of many to follow.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that Transnet has suspended several employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in an illegal industrial action that has had a negative impact on port operations.  

pravingordanEngineering News reports that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says a draft White Paper outlining government’s approach to the unbundling of state-owned power utility Eskom, as well as how its “unsustainable” debt burden will be managed, is being prepared and should be finalised within weeks.  

newsHeraldLive reports that two state nurses who went missing six months ago have been found at a sangoma training camp in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that according to Old Mutual, former CEO Peter Moyo is not a whistle-blower and he is creating a false narrative about his departure from the company.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that police in the Eastern Cape have denied that there was a directive from police minister Bheki Cele that police stations must be closed at night.  

platinumbarBusiness Report writes that the first week of long-anticipated wage negotiations between platinum mining companies and the respective unions have begun with mining companies to respond to tabled demands next week.  

sadtu90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) wants security guards at schools to be provided with metal detectors and panic buttons.