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.

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Tuesday responded to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) announcement of secondary strike action.  

JMPDTimesLive reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer was arrested on Monday after he allegedly took a R10 bribe from a taxi driver in Soweto.  

earningsClaire Bisseker writes that the new national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 an hour came into effect on 1 January and, though it’s too early to tell how well the exemption process is working, there are already allegations from business of bad faith.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that a warrant officer in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was due to appear in the Thaba Tshwane military court on Tuesday following his arrest for alleged involvement in a cash-for-jobs scam.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that as hearings into Eskom’s proposed tariff increase kicked off on Monday, the ferroalloy industry warned it would not survive a double-digit increase in electricity prices.  

bmfFin24 reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) will first meet with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel before considering legal action over its concerns that a white male, Daniel du Toit, was recently appointed group CEO.  

Solidarity2News24 reports that Solidarity is expected to announce legal action on Tuesday to have what it described as the "unlawful suspension" of Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen lifted.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Monday confirmed it would be embarking on secondary strike action at Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum operations in SA from 22 January.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 14 January 2019.

bladenzimandeANA reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday condemned the blocking of the N3 highway in Van Reenen and Tugela Plaza by protesting truck drivers.  

northwestprovinceTimesLIVE reports that the North West education department on Monday clarified that armed security was not permitted on any of its school premises.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Report writes that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), was due on Monday to address a mass meeting of members in the ninth week of a wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations in SA.  

strike thumb medium85 85In December, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant issued guidelines on balloting for strikes in line with recent amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

newsMining Weekly reports that an ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape.  

parliamentEngineering News reports that Hlomani Chauke, chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, called on Monday on the Department of Home Affairs (DoH) to consider an outright ban on cell phone usage by front line staff during working hours at all branches.  

saceSowetanLive reports that all teachers registering from the first time with the SA Council of Educators (Sace) will have to produce police clearance certificates.  This policy was implemented from the first of this month.  

DenelCity Press reports that Denel looked at almost 100 corporate executives in its bid to fill the position of CEO, preferably with a black person.  

robdaviesFin24 reports that a new incentive for the global business services sector will create employment opportunities for youth in SA, according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.  

ancHilton Tarrant writes that the ANC is once again eyeing the notion of prescribed assets, in terms of which money managers will be forced to invest a portion of their funds in state-mandated areas and/or companies.  

nursing thumb medium90 93News24 reports that the Gauteng Department of Health plans to fast track the filling of community service nurses' vacancies.  

AlexanderForbesBusinessLive writes that the exodus of Alexander Forbes (AF) executive management in the past few months is unsettling but the market is unlikely to judge the company harshly, say analysts.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) has placed its executive director Madoda Vilakazi on precautionary suspension pending an investigation into his leadership at the organisation.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 11 January 2019.

eskomTimesLive reports that despite putting at least ten senior executives under the axe in a bid to trim employees and minimise its bloated top management, Eskom has appointed eight executives and senior managers to a new operations team.  

ancEWN reports that according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the R1.2 trillion that the ANC plans to raise in new investments for the next year will be used to assist creating 275,000 additional jobs.  

daANA reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Friday promised the youth jobs in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg – but only if they voted for his party and it won the elections in May.  

JMPDNews24 reports that four people were arrested on Friday for participating in an alleged fake Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) jobs scam in Tembisa, east of the city.  

ancCity Press reports that in return for the votes of citizens in the upcoming general elections, the African National Congress (ANC) has promised to create some 1.3 million jobs over the next five years.  

CRGCity Press reports that Central Rand Gold (CRG) is at loggerheads with its employees for allegedly failing to pay over pension deductions.  The controversial mining company based in Roodepoort employs almost 130 people.  

SAOUNews24 reports that the SA Teachers Union (SAOU) is demanding that the Schweizer-Reneke Primary School teacher at the centre of an alleged racism row should be reinstated immediately as labour laws were ignored in the heat of the moment.