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.

MantasheBusinessLive reports about Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s opposition to the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains gaining World Heritage Site status because the area is home to at least 500 tons of easily accessible gold.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that further delays are on the cards in the disciplinary inquiry against suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane, which was meant to resume on Tuesday.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that Cosatu expressed the hope on Monday that “the robber barons, swindlers and their enablers” of state capture would be exposed and sent to jail at the conclusion of the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.  

amcu thumb medium80 81In a letter to the Business Day editor, Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Michael Bagraim writes that the threat by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to bring the platinum mining sector to its knees must be taken seriously.  

CCMABusinessLive writes that Eskom’s decision to lodge a dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has cornered trade unions after months of wage negotiations that have not yielded results.  

newsThe Citizen reports that Mzwanele Manyi’s Afro Worldview, formerly known as ANN7, had its last broadcast on Monday night.  Employees were told to not come back to work and were promised their July salaries.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 20 August 2018.

cosatuCity Press reports that Cosatu has warned that job cuts in the public sector would lead to a skills exit, leaving departments with no option but to rehire those who left to work as consultants.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Matlosana region in the North West said on Monday that members would be marching to Harmony Gold in Vaal Reefs, Orkney, on Tuesday to raise concerns around safety.  

newsDaily News reports that the body of a man washed up on a pier in Richards Bay on Saturday prompted speculation that it could be that of the missing KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board employee who went missing after the boat he was in capsized.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessTech reports that South African Airways (SAA) has launched an app ‘to promote communication between management and its employees’.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that a deputy principal at Margate Middle School is being investigated for allegedly using a dead teacher’s qualifications to land senior education posts.  

tshwane thumb100 Sowetan reports that the City of Tshwane has launched an investigation into the status of the qualifications of its emergency services boss Previn Govender, in the latest of scandals involving the hiring of top officials in the capital.  

sapsTimeslive reports that police on Monday indicated that they had received over half a million applications to fill vacant positions across the country.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the government has proposed a five-year extension of the employment tax incentive to promote employment, particularly of young workers.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that according to Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, the labour federation is at risk of divisions because of external political issues — including the fate of the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the ANC.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the former head of legal and compliance at Eskom Suzanne Daniels plans to tell the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) that she was dismissed for blowing the whistle on state capture when she challenges her removal on Wednesday.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that following protracted wage negotiations‚ the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the SA Local Government Association (Salga) have finally agreed to a 7% salary increase for municipal workers.  

newsThe Citizen reports that with the Afro Worldview news channel’s contract with MultiChoice coming to an end on Monday, its owner, Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi, took to Twitter, asking South Africans to pray for his employees whose future was uncertain.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that a number of labour laws are set to come under scrutiny at Cosatu’s national congress in September, with the union federation pushing for amendments to some sections of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 17 August 2018.

sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner General Kehla Sitole has been asked to brief Parliament on security measures at police stations and to protect officers.  

DlodloMail & Guardian reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says the government will restructure the civil service despite objections from Cosatu.  

fawuEWN reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has signed an agreement with Blue Ocean Mussels' Velddrif plant after employees went on strike over wage increases.  

concourtCity Press reports that workers placed by labour broker Adcorp at a factory in Springs first saw their pay double and benefits such as medical aid and a provident fund being provided for the first time, only days later to receive retrenchment letters.  

nickhollandBusiness Times reports that last week’s announcement that Gold Fields would be restructuring its South Deep operation has led to the government and investors alike baying for blood and the obvious target is CEO of 10 years, Nick Holland.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that wage negotiations in the gold mining sector will resume on Tuesday when the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) is expected to make a final salary increase offer to the four trade unions involved.  

sapsEWN reports that the Western Cape Community Safety Department has offered a R100,000 reward for information that would result in the arrest and conviction of two cop killers.  

psaFin24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has called for the appointment of a new Public Investment Corporation (PIC) board, saying it should include labour representatives.  

Mathunjwa2Reuters reports that the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday that his members were ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum (Implats) carried out plans to cut up to 13,400 jobs.