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.

bmfANA reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) said on Thursday it was pleased with the appointment of Nompumelelo Zikalala as managing director for diamond producer De Beers’s group-managed operations.  

chickensSunday Tribune writes that more than 30,000 much-needed jobs could be created if the government blocked chicken imports.  That is according to the SA Poultry Association (Sapa), which believes the scrapping of imports would end the crisis in the local chicken industry.  

MuggBeanThe Citizen reports that a Mugg & Bean franchise has fired three staff members, believed to be immigrants, for failing to provide documents for their employment.  

artisan2Engineering News reports that virtual reality (VR) has hitherto been primarily associated with the gaming industry, but as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand for new skill sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.  

ancNews24 reports that the ANC says it may not have an in-house sexual harassment policy just yet, but it has ensured that the public is protected from unwanted sexual advances at work through the Labour Relations Act.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 1 March 2019.

newsNews24 reports that an employee of the Gauteng Department of Health in the Tshwane district has been found dead in his office.  

sapsNews24 reports that an administration clerk for the police in Giyani has been arrested for allegedly demanding a bribe, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) in Polokwane said on Sunday.  

coalEWN reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) appointed at the Optimum and Koornfontein Gupta coal mines expect workers at the mines to receive salary payments by this week.  

uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s official opening of the Gamsberg Mine in the Northern Cape on Thursday.  

southafricalogoOMF reports that state-owned diamond miner Alexkor Limited, in Alexander Bay in in the Northern Cape, has denied reports that it was planning to retrench about 300 mineworkers.  

strike thumb medium85 85Independent On Saturday reports that a strike at the Magwaza Maphalala (Gale) Street mortuary in Durban has led to grieving families being unable to collect the bodies of their loved ones and has thrown funeral arrangements into disarray.  

saa thumb medium95 76Bloomberg reports that South African Airways (SAA) has laid fraud charges against a former pilot after finding out that he operated international flights with the wrong type of license.  

picThe Sunday Independent reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) commission of inquiry into impropriety is scheduled to continue on Monday and a labour federation has upped the ante.  

implatsBloomberg reports that as Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) outlook for metals turns bullish, the company plans to start building a new palladium mine that could begin producing as soon as 2024 .  

newsANA reports that job seekers have been warned about a recruitment scam falsely claiming jobs on offer for Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA).  

edconBusiness Times reports that Edcon, the owner of Edgars, has secured a deal with its landlords, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and banks that will inject R2.7bn into the business.  

minerCity Press reports that a total of 40 workers were killed in accidents in gold mines last year, according to statistics released by the Department of Mineral Resources on Friday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 28 February 2019.

protestANA reports that protesters have been causing chaos at the Witrand Psychiatric Hospital, demanding that the hospital CEO should step down, and management should refrain from harassing and intimidating staff.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday called off its national strike action at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Community Education and Training (CET) colleges.  

eskomANA reports that the special Cabinet committee on Eskom will hold more meetings with organised labour to discuss the contentious restructuring of the struggling power utility into three units.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that the suspended Sans Souci Girls' High School teacher and 16-year-old pupil from the school each appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday – a few courtrooms apart – after they had both laid assault charges against each other.  

MuggBeanThe Citizen reports that a wave of panic has engulfed the workforce of several Mugg & Bean restaurants, amid investigations into working conditions at the franchise chain and subsequent threats by bosses to lay employees off.  

fawuThe Citizen reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has called for clear policy from government to prevent imminent job losses in the sugar cane sector, caused mainly by the sugar tax and dumping of sugar from Brazil.  

newsThe Citizen reports that according to Witbank News, attempts to find remaining bodies at the Gloria mine have once again been temporarily halted.  

councilmedicalschemesBL Premium reports that the suspended head of investigations at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is facing new allegations that he facilitated the curatorship of a municipal workers medical scheme to further his own interests.  

newsMoneyweb reports that Ensolor, franchise operator of world-famous toy retailer Hamleys South Africa is in financial trouble and has been put into business rescue.  

avengMoneyweb reports that armed ‘community forums’ – widely referred to as the ‘construction mafia’ – are prevalent on virtually all construction sites in the country, and the situation is so bad that engineers prefer to leave SA rather than work under such conditions.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Bloomberg reports that the Labour Court has reserved its decision in respect of an interdict application to stop a secondary strike at several mining companies.