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.

labourcourtsANA reports that the Labour Court on Tuesday postponed the hearing of Brian Molefe’s challenge to his dismissal as Eskom CEO, pending the outcome of high court applications by the DA and the EFF for his re-appointment to be ruled invalid and set aside.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that the family of a Metrorail train driver who was gunned down at a Cape Town train station is still battling to get monthly compensation owed to them approved by the state, 12 months later.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that delegates at the ANC policy conference have revived the debate on the creation of a fully-fledged military veterans ministry‚ saying it should be established before the end of the current administration's five-year term in 2019.  

artisan2BusinessTech reports that there is a desperate demand for engineers in Australia, with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) offering higher than average starting salaries and job security for South Africans looking to make the move.  

anglogoldashantiANA reports that the Young Communist League (YCL) in the North West province has come out very strongly against AngloGold Ashanti's (AGA’s) chairperson, Sipho Pityana, over the impending loss of thousands of jobs, saying that the leader of ‘Save SA’ had failed to save jobs at the gold producer.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.

ancSowetanLive reports that President Jacob Zuma's supporters want ANC leaders to boycott future Cosatu events in retaliation for the federation's decision to ban the president from addressing its meetings.  

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) has applied for an urgent interdict against Andile Mngxitama and his organisation Black First Land First (BLF), which they accuse of intimidation being carried out to quash reports on state capture allegations.  

uasa thumb medium70 84News24 reports that representatives of the United Association of SA (Uasa) and the ATKV were due on Tuesday to continue talks in an attempt to resolve a strike by personnel at the Hartenbos resort.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80Business Report writes that the effect of the drought in the Western Cape could have a major impact on employment in the province’s fruit producing regions if conditions do not improve soon.  

mosebenzizwaneFin24 reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has defended the new Mining Charter and said on Monday that "business should do business" and leave governing and legislative decision-making to government.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed grave concern about the targeting and intimidation of journalists by the Black First Land First (BLF) group and the threats by the organisation to protest at the homes and places of worship of members of the media.  

citypowerBusinessLive reports that City Power MD Sicelo Xulu has been immediately released from his contractual duties by the City of Johannesburg entity’s board.  

medicaldoctorTMG Digital reports that poor working conditions are the main reason doctors leave the public sector, while the safety and security of their families is the chief factor that drives them out of the country.  

southafricalogoEWN reports that the Department of Home Affairs has urged the public not to visit its offices on Saturday (1 July) as they will be closed.  This is a result of ongoing discussions and negotiations between the department and labour unions over working hours.  

healthcareBusinessLive writes that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is resolutely sticking to the government’s ambitious goal of implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2025, despite the dramatic downturn in the economy since the policy was first flighted six years ago.  

implatsheadgear smlThe New Age reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it was unconvinced that data released by Statistics SA reporting mining job increases of 1.8% (or 8,000 jobs) was a true reflection as retrenchments remained a scourge in mining.  

MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that medical scheme members are likely to lose their tax credits to help pay for the first set of benefits to be rolled out under National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsolaedi said on Thursday.  

kznlogo thumb100 EWN reports that the Medical Rights Advocacy Network says that the increasing backlog of bodies piling up at KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) mortuaries is having an impact on the criminal justice system.  

saqaFin24 reports that changes to the legal framework and regulation of business rescue, particularly the registration of practitioners, will take effect as from 1 October 2017.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the Equality Court on Thursday found that Bongani Masuku, international relations spokesperson for labour federation Cosatu‚ was guilty of hate speech against the Jewish community.  

gautengThe Star reports that emotions boiled over at the Hillbrow mortuary on Thursday as frustrated bereaving families sought answers about the release of their loved ones' bodies.  

SibanyeMining Weekly reports that production at Sibanye’s Cooke operations, near Randfontein, will resume on 3 July 2017.  This will follow nearly a month-long unprotected strike by workers after they were prohibited from taking food underground.  

sabcNews24 reports that the body of senior radio producer Suna Venter, one of the so-called ‘SABC 8’ journalists, was discovered at her flat in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.  

medicaldoctorThe New Age reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has challenged any doctor who claims to be unemployed to come forward, in which case such a medic would immediately be placed.  

strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that the Western Cape Department of Health has advised that 123 bodies at Salt River and Tygerberg await post-mortem examinations after forensic pathologists “downed tools” at the two mortuaries.  

sapsTimesLive reports that the Acting National Commissioner of the SA Police Service (SAPS), Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba‚ has strongly condemned the recent armed attacks on police stations that led to the deaths of two constables and the wounding of a sergeant.  

eskomTimesLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who was in the Labour Court on Thursday to challenge his dismissal from the state-owned utility, asked the court to discontinue the proceedings.  

CCMAThe Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) issued a statement on Thursday to indicate that employees who have had awards issued in their favour but cannot afford the costs of enforcing or executing the awards (i.e. the sheriffs’ fees) can now approach the CCMA for assistance.  

comBusiness Report writes that the Chamber of Mines (COM) on Wednesday warned that between 50,000 and 100,000 jobs could be lost in the mining industry in the next few years if the 2017 Mining Charter were to be implemented in its current form.