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.

sabcEWN reports that the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) splurged almost R80 million in pay for its directors and executives in 2017.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that a fatal incident at the Lethabo Power Station is expected to negatively affect the national power system as it has resulted in a unit being put out of service for three months.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the number of medical-scheme beneficiaries remained virtually unchanged for the past seven years.  

petrolpumpThe Citizen reports that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has confirmed the government is considering a maximum fixed price for unleaded petrol as a solution to the consecutive increases the country faced in recent months.  

npa thumb100 BL Premium reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), still leaderless after the Constitutional Court ruled Shaun Abrahams’ appointment invalid, is in the midst of a financial and staffing crisis that is compromising its ability to do its job.  

mboweniANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday it was disappointed by the appointment of former central bank governor Tito Mboweni as new finance minister, adding that it spelt doom for workers.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the Department of Correctional Service (DCS) said it was appalled by a video of a “plastered” officer found sleeping on duty with a misplaced firearm.  

eskomNews24 reports that energy expert Chris Yelland has described Wednesday's fatal explosion at the Eskom Lethabo power station in the Vaal as a failure on the part of the state utility.  One person was killed and another was critically injured in the blast.  

nursing thumb medium90 93EWN reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has welcomed a commitment by the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus that it will hire 50 more nurses and 90 additional staff.  

gunANA reports that a KwaZulu-Natal man, 53, handed himself over to police at the Pietermaritzburg police station on Wednesday for allegedly killing a mother and her daughter in the Tongaat area earlier in the week.  

earningsFinancial Mail writes that Woolworths’ shareholders might take comfort from knowing that none of the group’s executive directors or senior executives received performance bonuses for last year — one of the worst in the group’s history.  

sassaEWN reports that the Social Development Department on Wednesday agreed to suspend the South African Social Security Agency’s (Sassa's) biometric system following talks between Minister Susan Shabangu and the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu).  

prasaCity Press reports that arson attacks on trains have cost the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) R636-million in the last three and a half years.  

gavel thumb100 Dr Joanna Botha, who lecturers in the law faculty at Nelson Mandela University, writes that society is becoming increasingly polarised by racist speech, with fresh cases involving racial slurs occurring weekly.  

ictHamadziripi Tamukamoyo, who heads the Youth Development Institute of SA, writes that there is considerable global interest about the potential of the so-called fourth industrial revolution – undergirded by artificial intelligence – to propel economic and social progression.  

eskomANA reports that at least one worker died in an explosion at Eskom’s Lethabo power plant in Free State on Wednesday afternoon, while another worker has been seriously injured.  

postoffice thumb100 ANA reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) on Wednesday assured social grant beneficiaries that the strike involving some SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees was not having an impact on the grant payments for October, which were currently under way.  

newsANA reports that it has been a month since the Bank of Lisbon building in downtown Johannesburg caught alight and claimed the lives of three firefighters, but the cause of the fire remains a mystery.  

coalMining Weekly writes that SA should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production.  

bladenzimandeNews24 reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says that efforts must be intensified to find the culprits behind train attacks, following yet another arson attack at Cape Town train station on Tuesday.  

gunTimesLive reports that a security guard was airlifted to hospital after he was found shot at a cemetery near Pinetown on Tuesday.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has questioned the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) decision to pay generous staff bonuses in the 2017/2018 fiscal year.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that a high court judge has removed the provisional curator of medical scheme Samwumed, whom he found was incurring "exorbitant" but "unproductive" expenses that were not helping to solve the scheme’s problems.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that some Metrorail train services in cape Town resumed on Tuesday afternoon following a temporary suspension due to two earlier train fires.  

strike thumb medium85 85Reuters reports that Heineken South Africa said on Tuesday that workers contracted to a company that provided it with logistics services were on strike at its Sedibeng Brewery.  

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

protestThe Citizen reports that motorists were warned on Tuesday morning to stay off the R511, west of Pretoria leading to Hartbeestpoort, following a protest by a group of employees from RCL food company.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that firefighters arrived at Cape Town train station on Tuesday to battle yet another train-related blaze after thick, black smoke permeated the air above the station.  

artisan2Pretoria News reports that Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor regards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges as the new hope in South Africa.  

DenelReuters reports that state arms manufacturer Denel is holding talks with unions over voluntary severance packages, reduced working hours and salary cuts for some staff as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis.