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.

nhlsTimeslive reports that when National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) employees on 26 November 2015 noticed that money had been deposited into their accounts, they thought Christmas had come early.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 9 January 2018.

fsbMail & Guardian reports that the battle over the cancellation of thousands of “orphan” pension funds — believed to total more than R20-billion — by the Financial Services Board (FSB) will now be taken up by the Constitutional Court.  

strike thumb medium85 85Sowetan reports that patients were last week turned away from a clinic near Mokopane in Limpopo because nurses were on strike.  

pscNews24 reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi will provide the Public Service Commission (PSC) with "all the support and documents as they may require" in its investigation into allegations that she had expanded her private office with 40 staff members - including family members and friends.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called on its structures in the mines to confront management and employers whenever there were health and safety deviations or substandard working conditions.  

sapsCity Press reports that Constable Itumeleng Ntsileng from the police’s K9 Unit and two of his fellow officers have related how on 16 August 2012 at least one of their colleagues and others from the police’s special task force shot striking Marikana mine workers who had surrendered and were begging for their lives.  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the man who allegedly drove into and killed two Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officers was denied bail on Friday by the Alexandra Regional Court.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has issued a letter of demand to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) following a R5 billion bailout extended to Eskom.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that the City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and the Western Cape government have agreed to establish a dedicated enforcement unit to focus on the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that some of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been accused of assault and torture.  

handcuffsANA reports that six more people have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of killings on the Rustenburg platinum mining belt.  This brought the number of people arrested to nine, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula told journalists on Sunday.  

cosatuEWN reports that there were strong calls from the ANC's alliance partners for President Jacob Zuma to step down just moments before party president Cyril Ramaphosa was to address the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.  

sandf thumb medium90 89City Press reports that the military career of former Eskom boss-turned-Colonel Brian Molefe is over – for the present.  The defence force confirmed last week that his call-up period ended on 17 November 2017.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Timeslive reports that a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) school is planning to fire a teacher it recently employed after discovering that he allegedly sexually abused a young boy while at a previous school.  

picBusinessLive reports that Nehawu and the PSA are at loggerheads with their mother bodies over the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) decision to advance R5bn to Eskom.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that the suspected drunk driver who ploughed into two Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) officers at a roadblock says he had been on medication and had taken alcohol on the night of the incident.  

news shutterstockANA reports that Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant, announced on Thursday that the government had taken a decision to gradually regularise the activities of illegal miners on a merit basis.  

farming thumb medium80 84The Citizen reports that commercial farmers in the Western Cape have lost about R20 billion because of the drought in the province, according to Agri SA.  

faithmuthambiBusinessLive reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has launched an investigation into allegations that Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Faith Muthambi is running a bloated private office.  

fransbaleniMining Weekly reports that former leading mining trade unionist Frans Baleni said on Wednesday that, in the spirit of meaningful dialogue, the Mining Charter should be withdrawn and all key stakeholders must have a serious dialogue about the future of a sustainable mining industry in SA.  

minerBusiness Report writes that the out-of-court settlement for the silicosis and tuberculosis class action brought against six gold mining companies could be signed in the next six months.  

tshwane thumb100 ANA reports that a Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) officer, who walked in on a robbery in progress at a famous food outlet in the Lyttelton area in Pretoria, was shot dead and his service pistol stolen by the armed robbers before they fled.  

southafricalogoTimeslive reports that the National Treasury says it has suspended an official from its Pretoria office after he allegedly solicited a bribe from a member of the public.  

joburgcityTimeslive reports that according to the City of Johannesburg, it will soon be in-sourcing 4‚000 contract security workers.  Currently‚ the City outsources its security services through over 150 contracts with service providers.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that tens of thousands of commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still waiting for Metrorail to say when the train service, suspended since 8 January, will be restored.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that unions have called for the shutdown of gold and platinum producer Sibanye-Stillwater (S-S) following the death of two employees at its Kloof mine on the West Rand on Wednesday.  

picBusinessLive reports that Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO Dan Matjila was forced to apologise to public servants after they bemoaned the lack of consultation when the investment manager advanced R5bn to Eskom.  

protestANA reports that several police officers rushed to the scene on Monday as hundreds of angry ex-combatants gathered outside the department of military veterans (DMV) in Hatfield, Pretoria, threatening violence unless they received benefits from the government.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom’s chief generation officer, Matshela Koko‚ who is implicated in awarding contracts to a company linked to his stepdaughter‚ is facing a new disciplinary inquiry.