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.

ANN7BusinessLive reports that the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign on Monday made an impassioned plea to whomever acquires the now-cancelled ANN7 licence to retain non-management staff.  

goldbarsMining Weekly reports that Roger Baxter, CEO of the Chamber of Mines of SA, said on Monday that, despite SA no longer being a significant producer of gold on a global scale, gold mining remained a key part of the SA economy.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday laid criminal charges against former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane over the R30-million pension awarded to Molefe when he left the state-owned power utility.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday strongly condemned the decision of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to afford Eskom a loan of R5 billion to cover its operational costs for this month.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Metrorail management in the Western Cape cannot say when the central line is expected to reopen after having been suspended for four weeks.  No tickets are being sold for the central line this month.  

newsSABC News reports that, speaking on Monday during a commemorative event to mark two years since the Lily Mine disaster, Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said the mine was likely to be re-opened before the end of 2018.  

WorkingOnFireTimeslive reports that a wildfire raging across the mountains outside of Franschhoek has claimed the life of a firefighter in the Western Cape.  

DUTTimeslive reports that the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has turned to the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in a last ditch bid to resolve the month-long impasse with unions over wage increases.  

psaBusinessLive reports that after strenuous denials regarding an Eskom bail-out by the finance minister last year, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) have agreed to extend a R5bn bridging loan to cash-strapped Eskom.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that former broadcasting boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyer wants more time to be set aside for an arbitration hearing over his dismissal from the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

earningsBusinessLive reports that with the maturation of the listed South African property sector that began with just a few companies in the early 2000s, remuneration structures are now being challenged.  

miner thumb medium90 104ANA reports that the 2018 Mining Indaba kicked off in Cape Town on Monday with issues of health and safety in the mining industry firmly in the minds of delegates.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that packaging manufacturer Nampak’s remuneration policy was taken to task by shareholders at the group’s annual meeting last Thursday, with shareholders blocking windfall payments to two company’s executives.  

mosebenzizwaneANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that government had completed its inquiry into the Lily Mine tragedy and that the report would be handed over to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) in the next few weeks.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Metrorail commuters in Cape Town who travel on the notorious central line have been left in the lurch for a fourth week.  

newsEWN reports that the families of the three miners trapped at Lily Mine were expected to gather in Barberton on Monday for a remembrance ceremony.  

bmwEngineering News reports that BMW Group SA (BMW SA) on Friday cut the ribbon on a new, R73m training academy at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that a Johannesburg man who pretended to be an employee of Johannesburg Water has been arrested for allegedly scamming and soliciting bribes from residents for water services.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that Hlaudi Motsoeneng was due to challenge his dismissal from the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on Monday.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom said on Friday that its executives and senior managers would be subjected to independent lifestyle and conflict of interest audits as part of the power utility’s efforts to root out corruption.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 2 January 2017.

Sibanye StillwaterSABC News reported on Sunday evening that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) had confirmed that operations would remain suspended at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix Gold mine in the northern Free State.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday called for an infrastructure audit to be conducted on all mines in a bid to prevent underground accidents.  

handcuffsCity Press reports that for more than a month Joseph Mona (36) complained to the authorities that his employer had severely abused him.  

protestANA reports that he Department of Military Veterans on Friday said it was deeply concerned after receiving information that there were some military veterans planning to undertake “an illegal march” to its offices in Pretoria this week.  

hawksANA reports that acting national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Lt-Gen Yolisa Matakata, has expressed concern about the alarming rate at which public officials are continually being found to be in conflict with the law.  

amcu thumb medium80 81SABC News reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the 72 striking workers at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena mine will continue with their action until their demands are met.  

effEWN reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party says it has successfully tabled a motion in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council, pushing for the city to insource all its contract workers.  

eskomNews24 reports that the team of Eskom workers who rescued 955 miners from Sibanye Gold’s Beatrix mine, who were trapped for more than 24 hours below ground last week, were led by a dynamic group of women.  

nedlacCity Press reports that unions have warned that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill has backtracked from last year’s agreement between unions and businesses in numerous small ways that water down the watershed new intervention in the labour market.