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.

easterncape thumb100 City Press reports that the Eastern Cape government is embarking on a process that could see sex work being decriminalised in the province.  

newsThe Citizen writes that according to economist Mike Schűssler, if all the knock-on effects of the ongoing trucking sector violence were taken into account, the final costs to the country could run into billions of rands.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that a gang of men overpowered guards at Durban's St Augustine's Hospital before brazenly robbing staff and making off with televisions, cellphones and a microwave in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  

er24Cape Argus reports that a worker's first aid skills played a big role in helping save a colleague’s life on Tuesday.  

daANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) advised on Wednesday that irregular Gauteng hospital security contracts worth R650 million annually that were awarded in 2014 have been extended on a month by month basis for three years.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that a Cape Town doctor has spoken out about the burnout he suffered while working in a public hospital that treats 4,500 patients a month and handles as many as 80 acute trauma cases a day in one of the city’s notorious gang-infested areas.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a security guard who murdered his colleague in a cash-in-transit robbery has been jailed for life.  

minerMining Weekly reports that the Q(h)ubeka Trust has so far paid out R166-million to 1,626 qualifying beneficiaries and dependants since its inception in March 2016.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that Madoda Mxakwe, CEO of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), says his team inherited an organisation in financial ruin stemming from years of disregard for internal controls and governance processes.  

ancBusinessLive reports that the ANC top brass on Tuesday confirmed that controversial eThekwini metro leader Zandile Gumede had been officially ousted as mayor.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a truck was petrol-bombed by three men on the N1 in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 3 September 2019.

employment thumb100 Independent News reports that experts say that the recent torching and looting of trucks and intimidation of foreign truck drivers was a clear indication of the desperation and frustration of unemployed South Africans, a crisis that needed urgent government intervention.  

uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) on Tuesday demanded decisive action from President Cyril Ramaphosa to contain a wave of violence targeted in the main at mostly-African foreign small business owners.  

numThe Star reports that with labour organising ground shifting, rendering some unions almost obsolete, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has embarked on a process to re-align certain of its affiliates.  

tshwane thumb100 The Star reports that delays in the recruitment of senior managers to head the City of Tshwane’s in-house security unit has been blamed for stalling the process to insource 4,000 security guards.  

newsThe Star reported on Tuesday that public transport in Johannesburg and Tshwane seemed to be on the move again on Tuesday following the looting and violence that gripped both cities on Monday.  

DenelCape Argus reports that a year after the explosion that killed eight workers at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) in Somerset West, there is still no clarity on what happened.  

cosatuANA reports that on Monday trade union federation Cosatu in Gauteng said it had noted the meeting held between Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the Automobile Association (AA) over the e-tolls.  

SolidarityANA reports that on Monday Solidarity’s legal team gave yet another urgent instruction to the sheriff to proceed with the seizure of Brian Molefe’s property to pay outstanding legal costs of approximately another R200,000 owed to the trade in terms of a court order.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza on Monday held their first monthly meeting with the leaders of business, labour and communities to tackle the country’s employment crisis.  

newsBusinessLive reports that a truck drivers' association, on Monday became the second industry stakeholder to distance itself from the sporadic violent truck drivers’ strike.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on health has called for public submissions on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which contains the first concrete proposals for realising the government’s plans for achieving universal health coverage.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the biggest union in the platinum industry, has scored a major victory with the labour registrar deciding against its deregistration for not holding an elective conference.  

gavel thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that as the department of co-operative governance tries to iron out the kinks in its Community Work Programme, the flaws in the CWP will be under scrutiny at an impending court battle.  

newsFin24 reports that as traffic across the country was disrupted by truck blockades, unions and associations representing truck drivers distanced themselves from the strike, which has sought to cause disruption on SA roads this week.  

saa thumb medium95 76City Press reports that a last-minute intervention by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan put the brakes on a court application to place SAA under business rescue.  

sabcThe Sunday Times reports that three top executives at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have threatened to quit, claiming they face constant meddling and interference from members of the board.  

handcuffsDaily News reports that twenty people were arrested by police over the weekend in connection with the latest truck protests to hit KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

IDCBusiness Times reports that Peter Moyo's NMT Capital, the company at the centre of his conflicts with Old Mutual, is facing a claim of more than R150m from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).