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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 12 September 2018.

tshwane thumb100 ANA reports that Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga and a contingent of senior Tshwane emergency services officials on Wednesday ordered the immediate evacuation of the Department of Correctional Services’ head office Poyntons Building for “serious breaches” of fire and emergency evacuation regulations.  

popcruTimeslive reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), which represents the majority of SA’s police officers, has described tackling crime in the country as an “impossible burden".  

tshwane thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Tshwane’s city manager, Moeketsi Mosola, has not been suspended by the metro’s council pending an investigation into procurement irregularities.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that a former state official entrusted with land claims and redistribution has been sent to prison for 10 years for stealing a farm and livestock that had been awarded to a labour tenant family.  

vavi1The Star reports that according to Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), the deaths last week of three firefighters at the Bank of Lisbon Building in central Johannesburg could have been avoided.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107SABC News reports that according to the Ekurhuleni metro municipality, the suspension of 48 female firefighters has had no impact on the rendering of emergency services to communities.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that South African employers have conservative hiring intentions, across all industries nationally, for the fourth quarter, the ManPowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) has found.  

newsTimeslive reports that a man was killed when a sandbank collapsed on him at a construction area in Chatsworth‚ south of Durban, on Tuesday.  

sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole said on Tuesday as he and Police Minister Bheki Cele presented the crime statistics for 2017/18 that the police service has a deficit of 62,000 officers.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that according to proposed resolutions to be discussed at Cosatu’s national congress next week, the labour federation will support the ANC in the 2019 national election.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the criminal case of a man accused of setting alight a domestic worker has been transferred to the Durban Regional Court.  Dustin Govender, 28, accused of attempted murder, made a brief appearance in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.  

auditorgeneralBusinessLive reports that Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu has, once again, had to issue a disclaimer on the financial statements of the Compensation Fund, which provides compensation for workers injured or made ill at work.  

gautengEWN reports that the Gauteng government says it is doing everything possible to ensure there is no impact on service delivery in the province after nine government buildings were vacated over compliance issues.  

numsaNews24 reports that the Western Cape wing of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will be writing to the Department of Labour to be part of the formal inquiry into the deadly blast that took place at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) in the Western Cape last week.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday warned gold miners Sibanye-Stillwater, Harmony Gold and Village Main Reef of an imminent strike, should they fail to meet the demands of mineworkers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 11 September 2018.

numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called for the nationalisation of the recently closed Afro Worldview “for the sake of employees”.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Sowetan reports that Ekurhuleni has put 48 female firefighters on suspension after they protested about their working conditions and the payment of shift allowances.  

newsDaily Dispatch reports that traditional healers in the Eastern Cape have requested the Department of Health to create a document that would serve as an equivalent to a sick note for their patients.  

gunThe Citizen reports that a Protea Glen police officer was shot and wounded in the early hours of Monday morning in Soweto.  

joburgcitySABC News reports that Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) will host a memorial service on Wednesday for three firefighters who died battling a blaze at the Bank of Lisbon building.  

gautengTimeslive reports that the Gauteng government has removed its workers from a total of nine buildings which it says do not meet with basic Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) compliance.  

effTimeslive reports that the EFF is adamant that is it not responsible for the closure of the Smokehouse and Grill restaurant and the consequent loss of 29 jobs.  

Solidarity2SowetanLive reports that in an open letter to the two CEOs of Sasol‚ Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell‚ Solidarity accused the company’s management of ignoring white workers in a staff benefit share scheme.  

cosatuSowetanLive reports that Cosatu is pushing for the establishment of a state-owned bank, in a move aimed at ensuring that poor people can access finances.  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti’s new CEO, Kelvin Dushnisky, clearly sees an upside in the company’s share price, snapping up 50,000 of its American depositary receipts for R5.86m.  

MICT SetaBusinessLive reports that the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in connection with the allocation of discretionary grant funding.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) has admitted to blowing hundreds of thousands of rands of its members’ contributions to pay for an empty building for a year.  

picBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says details surrounding the commission that will examine governance issues at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will be announced shortly.