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.

gautengANA reports that three firefighters have been confirmed dead and 13 staff members were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a 23-story building which houses two government departments in Joburg’s CBD.  

DenelNews24 reports that a community meeting on Tuesday night where Rheinmetall Denel Munition officials were expected to answer questions from Macassar residents about what happened at their depot on Monday fell flat after those who were due to attend cancelled at the last minute.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that the SA Private Practitioners Forum (PPF), SA’s largest umbrella body for doctors in private practice, says the recent measures suggesting the government should consider regulating where they worked could drive scarce skills overseas.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Herald reports that almost 3‚000 teachers in the Eastern Cape are teaching subjects for which they are not qualified‚ with Nelson Mandela Bay schools hosting more than 250 of them.  

newsMiningmx writes that the June victory that saw thousands of zama-zamas (artisanal and illegal miners) in Kimberley acquire a mining right shifted the debate on artisanal mining in SA.  

fawuANA reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has welcomed a pronouncement from health minister Aaron Motsoaledi that SA’s deadly listeriosis outbreak was now over and it was safe to consume ready-to-eat processed meat.  

meibcEngineering News reports that parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted in favour of the extension of the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in 2017 to nonparties.  

United NationsReuters reports that two South African peacekeepers were wounded in a rebel ambush near the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, their UN mission said on Tuesday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that approximately 100 people were injured on Tuesday after a collision between two Metrorail passenger trains at the Eloff extension in Selby, south of Johannesburg.  

sasolBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity’s members have timed their industrial action at Sasol to coincide with a planned maintenance shutdown at the petrochemical firm’s Secunda and Sasolburg plants.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that according to the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), the government should consider regulating where private sector doctors and specialists work, in order to distribute their services more evenly across the country.  

DenelANA reports that eight people have been confirmed dead following a huge explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions depot in Somerset West near Cape Town.  

uasa thumb medium70 84Timeslive reports that according to well-known economist Mike Schűssler, the world’s biggest unemployment crisis is right here in South Africa.  

ancANA reports that the African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday it had “noted with concern the strike called by Solidarity against the employee share scheme targeting black employees at Sasol.”  

Busa2Financial Mail writes that organised business is hopeful that "ground-breaking" labour law amendments, which include the national minimum wage (NMW) bill passed recently by parliament, will usher in a period of labour stability.  

sapsANA reports that Free State police on Monday warned community members of Bohlokong, Bethlehem, and nearby places to be aware of a job scam by a man pretending to be a police officer.  

southafricalogoTimeslive reports that the Public Sector Network (PSN) has appealed to public servants “frustrated” by corrupt practices in the sector to step forward to share their experiences so the “whole truth comes out”.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that the eThekwini Municipality’s new acting head of audit, risk and assurance services is allegedly not suitably qualified for the position.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that at a time when SA’s hospitals are faced with critical staff shortages which impact on the health-care system, some intern and community service doctors remain unemployed.  

marikanacommission thumb100 SABC News reports that ex-mine workers from the Pondoland area of the Eastern Cape, who fled Marikana during the infamous massacre, say they are struggling to make ends meet.  

publicprotectorANA reports that the Public Protector (PP) has agreed to investigate struggling Metrorail in the Western Cape, where the service has been hit with multiple problems that have seen the numbers of commuters drop by nearly half.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has again urged SA Revenue Service (Sars) boss Tom Moyane to respond to the gross misconduct claims against him, as the former commissioner’s lawyers confirm he will take his battle with the president to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

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labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 31 August 2018.

hawksThe Citizen reports that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (DPCI, or Hawks) anti-corruption task team unit head, Zinhle Mnonopi, was suspended on Thursday afternoon.  

UNTUNews24 reports that three safety-related rail incidents in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have prompted the United National Transport Union (Untu) to question how the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) was issued with a safety permit.  

sapsNews24 reports that wreaths were laid on Sunday as the Department of Police held its annual commemoration day at its memorial site at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the notorious hacker who goes by the Twitter name Paladin has struck again - this time targeting the websites of the Department of Labour and SA Express.  

protestFourways Review reports that Lanseria International Airport issued a statement on Friday indicating that the airport’s management and other businesses in the area had received news of planned protest action on Monday, 3 September.  

transnetlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the Financial Services Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Board) has completed a preliminary investigation and is now conducting a full inspection of Regiments Capital and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund.  

pikitupEWN reports that Pikitup has warned there might be more problems with rubbish collection around Johannesburg and Soweto this week.