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.

coalCity Press reports that the predicted loss of about 100,000 jobs in the coal sector over the next decade due to the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy has raised the spectre of ghost towns and destroyed communities, particularly in Mpumalanga.  

goldfieldsCity Press reports that more than 1,500 mine workers at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine on the West Rand could spend the festive season with no work after talks between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the mine deadlocked.  

OakbayCity Press reports that the winding down of Gupta family company VR Laser was halted last week when former employees petitioned the business rescue practitioners to stop a R29 million payment to the Bank of Baroda.  

newsCity Press reports that a potentially game-changing amendment to labour law, followed by a precedent-setting Constitutional Court case, have still not delivered the goods for labour broker workers.  

DenelFin24 reports that Denel has terminated the employment of its former Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) Odwa Mhlwana with immediate effect.  

sapsNews24 reported on Friday that another police officer had been shot dead, this time in Ladanna outside Polokwane.  Constable Petrus Gerhardus de Lange, 30, was on duty on Thursday night when he was accosted by unknown men in two vehicles.  

protestNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has committed to "continued interactions" with organised labour, facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), as it forges ahead with its plans to retrench employees.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a security guard deployed to protect the Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg was one of seven people arrested in the early hours of Sunday for allegedly stealing electricity infrastructure.  

auditorgeneralEWN reports that the Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, has briefed Parliament on death threats and intimidation faced by his auditors in various municipalities.  

samwu thumb medium80 78News24 reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has slammed salary increases for municipal managers, saying that ordinary municipal workers were given "peanuts" in comparison.  

goldfieldsBloomberg reports that Gold Fields has lowered its 2018 output forecasts after workers at its South Deep mine embarked on a strike protesting the producer’s plans to cut jobs as part of a restructuring, the company indicated in a statement on Friday.  

mycitiNews24 reports that the City of Cape said on Wednesday that MyCiTi buses would be escorted by metro police and other city law enforcement officers to prevent further attacks.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107News24 reports that four people were injured on Thursday afternoon following an explosion at a chemical factory in Main Rain Reef Road in Boksburg.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 8 November 2018.

DiscoveryBusiness Report writes that Discovery's senior managers are set for a major windfall after the group’s remuneration committee (Remco) approved R336.6 million bonus payments for the directors and management incentives.  

newsMyBroadband reports that staff at the Business Connexion Group (BCX) have received an email from the company’s CEO, Jonas Bogoshi, informing them that the information and communications technology company has started a “section 189 process”.  

hawksNews24 reports that two former Mpumalanga Hawks officers, who were convicted of fraud, forgery and uttering in connection with the submission of false travel and subsistence claims worth R850, have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment.  

samwu thumb medium80 78News24 reports that residents of the West Rand should brace themselves for a lack of service delivery if the financial situation at the West Rand District Municipality in Randfontein is not resolved.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLive reports that former Gauteng police commissioner Deliwe de Lange and four other people implicated in a tender fraud relating to the supply of police blue lights were granted bail by the Joburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.  

Solidarity2SowetanLive reports that documents in the possession of Solidarity show that many of the more than 600 officers said to have fought the apartheid state were at the time actually still in nappies or playing on primary school fields.  

sapsCape Times reports that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has launched a probe after a Hout Bay police officer shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself at the police station.  

mycitiCape Times reports that the City of Cape Town has turned to the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) to intervene in a dispute between striking MyCiTi employees and their employers.  

joburgcityANA reports that two months have passed since the fire at the Bank of Lisbon building claimed the lives of three firefighters and the cause of the blaze is still not known.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Volvo Trucks has embarked on a new programme in SA to develop unemployed commercial vehicle drivers through the newly-established Volvo Group Driver Learnership programme.  

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium writes that Sibanye-Stillwater is the last of four gold producers represented by the Minerals Council SA still in talks with unions around wages, with no end in sight.  

psaBusinessLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed a call by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) to carefully consider the process of consolidation with other schemes for public servants.  

DenelReuters reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has voiced its opposition to the government selling a stake in struggling state-owned arms manufacturer Denel.  

ambulanceGroundUp reports that Eastern Cape emergency medical services (EMS) workers embarked on a strike on Monday demanding outstanding overtime pay.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 7 November 2018.

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen reports that Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has suspended the province’s chief director of communications Phuti Seloba.