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.

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that hospital staff and patients came under attack in two separate incidents in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that in a bid to tackle the culture of nonpayment to municipalities, a government department has proposed extending to all political office bearers and public servants a law that provides for docking of pay of councillors and staff indebted for rates and services.  

ConCourtIn a letter to the editor, Michael Bagraim, well-known labour lawyer and MP, notes that before disciplinary inquiries employers often ask whether they can suspend an employee on full pay pending the outcome.  

popcruCity Press reports that financial misappropriation and other allegations emerged in the run-up to last week’s national elective congress of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).  

transnetBusiness Times reports that government is proposing a major overhaul of rail operations as it pushes to migrate passengers and freight from road to rail over the next 30 years.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that a senior Treasury official said on Friday that there was no urgency for the government to conclude an agreement with public sector trade unions on a reduction in the wage bill before the February budget.  

artisan2BL Premium writes that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has agreed to provide R6.2m from its middle-income countries’ grant to fund an enterprise development pilot project in four technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in Ekurhuleni, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 8 November 2019.

ramaphosa2City Press reports that the SA Investment Conference (Saic), which took place over three days last week, has been described by several business delegates as a “resounding success”.  

publicprotectorNews24 reports that axed Public Protector SA COO, Basani Baloyi, claims that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, as well as CEO Vussy Mahlangu, acted unconstitutionally during investigations of certain complaints.  

prasaGroundUp reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has been ordered to reinstate Western Cape regional security manager Ernest Hendricks by no later than 20 November.  

nxesiSunday Independent reports that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has launched an investigation into Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi over allegations of maladministration, abuse of power, irregular appointments, nepotism and irregular procurement procedures during his tenure at the public works department.  

NPANews24 reports that Nomgcobo Jiba has given up on her attempts to get her job as Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions back.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a Heidelberg teacher was rushed to a local hospital after a Grade 4 pupil allegedly threw his pencil case at her.  The teacher was struck in the face but was discharged from hospital on the same day after receiving medical attention.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that Judge Owen Rogers will rule this week on whether a case between Oak Valley and its workers will be heard in the Labour Court or the Equality Court.  

newsNews24 reports that the report into the investigation into allegations that a female Bishops Diocesan College teacher had a relationship with a number of male pupils should be available within the next few days.  

prasaFin24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has denied reports that Eskom came close to cutting power to some of its rail routes due to unpaid bills.  

eskomFin24 reports that a former finance executive at Eskom, Bernard Moraka, and his alleged accomplice Victor Tshabalala appeared last week before the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Palm Ridge, Johannesburg, for allegedly defrauding the power utility of R34-million.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity has criticised the recent decision by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) to guarantee private hospital care to all its members, saying it was an admission of the state’s failure to run an effective public healthcare system.  

exxaroMining Weekly reports that diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Friday launched its Khetha Ukuphepha safety campaign across all its business units and operations, as part of its journey towards zero harm.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 7 November 2019.

ambulanceNews24 reports that a City of Tshwane emergency service crew was robbed when they responded to an apparent medical emergency in Block GG, Soshanguve, just after 02:00 on Wednesday.  

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) will not appeal the Equality Court judgment in its case against the EFF and its leader Julius Malema, but will use interdicts and criminal recourse to protect journalists.  

DisChemFin24 reports that while pharmacy group Dis-Chem saw its revenue grow by 13% to R11.8bn in the six months to end-August, its profit declined by a large margin due to costs related to a months-long strike that started at the end of 2018.  

newsEngineering News reports that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has started a process of reorganising its support staff as part of the reorganisation of its operating model.  

pscBusinessLive reports that according to the Public Service Commission (PSC), performance management within government was not working and managers were too scared of trade unions to manage.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom’s two largest unions have put their political differences aside in order to oppose the unbundling of the embattled state-owned power utility.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 6 November 2019.

prasaCape Times reports that three private security companies have threatened to take the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to court after their contracts were terminated, allegedly without notice.  

publicprotectorNews24 reports that the former chief operating officer (COO) at the Office of the Public Protector SA (PP), Basani Baloyi, will be challenging her dismissal in court on the basis that it was “completely unlawful”.