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.

newsNews24 writes that the fate of approximately 22 alleged copper thieves trapped underground hangs in the balance as rescue efforts are allegedly being hampered by disgruntled unpaid mineworkers.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Monday announced a national strike set to affect “all the technical and vocational education and training and community education (TVET) and training colleges” across South Africa.  

FronemanBusiness Times writes that according to Neal Froneman, CEO of gold and platinum miner Sibanye-Stillwater, the outcome of its three-month standoff with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at its three gold mines will have significant consequences for the local mining industry.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 8 February 2019.

pravingordanFin24 reports that Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan will meet with Eskom's board as a priority to map a way forward for the entity, following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the power utility would be unbundled.  

MotsoalediEWN reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he is disappointed and highly distressed that some interns and doctors who started work last month have still not received their January salaries.  

councilmedicalschemesANA reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has suspended its general manager of compliance and investigations, Stephen Mmatli, “following tip-offs related to his conduct in the affairs of the regulator”.  

ramaphosa2The Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied that splitting Eskom up into three state-owned entities was about “privatising” the struggling power utility.  

gautengNews24 reports that according to the Gauteng Department of Health, it will on Monday pay the last batch of medical interns who failed to receive their January salaries on time.  

DUTNews24 reports that the naked body of a Durban University of Technology *DUT) employee was found in his room in a campus residence on Sunday morning.  

sapsNews24 reports that a police officer was shot and killed in the early hours of Friday, allegedly by his colleague, in an apparent accidental shooting.  

coalANA reports that a number of people who claimed to be workers of the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga said on Friday they had not been paid their salaries for four months.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that while there was an overwhelming interest in the post of SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner, fewer than 10 candidates will be interviewed for the post.  

farming thumb medium80 84The Mercury writes that experts predict that advances in science and technology will keep farmers and agriculture professionals on their toes.  

miners2Miningmx writes that when a mine disaster strikes, sending in rescue teams can be fraught with danger.  One solution that the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) has been working on is the development of a drone to check whether or not it is safe to send humans to the scene.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday indicated that the Labour Court had rejected its second application to stop the ongoing wage strike which the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) commenced upon at its gold operations in November 2018.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa promised in his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday that the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will soon be submitted to parliament.  

headgearANA reports that mining analyst Rene Hochreiter said on Thursday that the government needed to do more to attract new investment into the industry, adding that attention needed to be given to the high expense and low productivity of labour.  

parliamentKaryn Maughan writes that the suicide of parliamentary official Lennox Garane and the investigation into what led to it has become a rallying point for civil society and former parliamentary staff, who believe it highlights how parliament’s administration remains almost entirely unaccountable for its conduct.  

coalFinancial Mail reports that the destitute workers of Optimum Coal last received a pay cheque in October, and it’s thanks to charity workers and other community members, who recently formed a nonprofit organisation called Feed the Miner, that they are able to get by.  

daANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that, despite promises that all interns and community service doctors at Gauteng hospitals would be paid their January salaries by that day at the latest, some doctors had been told that this would not happen.  

newsANA reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Thursday the search and rescue operation for more than 20 people trapped underground at the Koornfontein Gloria coal mine in Mpumalanga was being delayed by lack of ventilation inside the shaft.  

ujThe Star reports that two former University of Johannesburg (UJ) executives have launched a court battle to have a summary judgment that ordered them to pay back the R14 million rescinded.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that police confirmed on Wednesday that the Sans Souci Girls' High teacher who was filmed slapping a learner in a heated altercation has opened a case of assault against the pupil.  

eskomReuters reports that several dozen Eskom employees picketed at the state-owned power utility’s headquarters on Wednesday protesting against potential job cuts and a proposal to split up the ailing company.  

protestThe Star reports that a new mother was among a large number of patients who were barred from either entering or leaving Leratong Hospital on the West Rand due to a strike over staff shortages and alleged nepotism.  

newsNews24 reports that one man, believed to be an illegal miner, has died after an explosion at the shuttered Gloria Coal Mine in Mpumalanga.  

cosatuFin24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu is gearing up for a national strike on Wednesday, 13 February, with protests planned in all nine provinces over the coming weeks.  

employment thumb100 Cape Argus reports that jobs search engine Adzuna has found that Cape Town is now the city in SA with the most job opportunities, with 14,023 jobs advertised on the site in January 2018.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 6 February 2019.