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.

Solidarity2Timeslive reports that trade union Solidarity has launched an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria that seeks to end an alleged secret project by the SA Police Service (SAPS) that benefits former members of the ANC’s armed wing, Mkhonto weSizwe, through re-ranking and promotions.  

hawksTimeslive reports that 33 alleged illegal miners were arrested in Limpopo on Friday at the rehabilitated Ellerton mine outside Giyani.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that public sector wage talks, in which considerable progress had been made prior to the tabling of the budget, have begun to falter as unions say they may need to rethink their positions.  

prasaCity Press reports that a group of 700 former workers dismissed by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) five years ago have accused the agency’s former CEO, Lucky Montana, of being the brains behind the burning of train coaches.  

farming thumb medium80 84Reuters reports that the severe drought afflicting the Western Cape is expected to cut agricultural output by 20% this year, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports to Europe.  

ancwlNews24 reports that ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) has said that capacity building programmes for unemployed women on how to produce sanitary pads and run a business to supply government-issued sanitary pads should be offered to primary and high school pupils.  

mosebenzizwaneCity Press reports that the labour court on Friday reinstated Mpumalanga regional manager in the Department of Mineral Resources, Aubrey Tshivhandekano, who had been fired by former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane last month.  

SteinhoffEWN reports that the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) says that former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste should go to jail for a long time for his underhanded dealings.  

nelsonmandelabayCity Press Business reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality is under pressure to ensure the region’s taps do not run dry as half of the businesses in the area say their operations will be severely hindered, and some are even predicting closure due to the continuing drought.  

sapsNews24 reports that a police constable has died, and his colleague is recovering in hospital, after they were attacked while on duty in Pretoria late on Friday night.  

ZululandUniversityNews24 reports that University of Zululand (UniZulu) staff have been instructed to return to work on Monday, following violent student protest action on Thursday.  

DUTNews24 reports that wage negotiations between Durban University of Technology (DUT) management and striking staff were unable to reach a conclusion on Friday, despite hopes that they would finalise their talks by the weekend.  

Lynne BrownThe Citizen reports that there was widespread applause from trade union federations, civil society and opposition parties after “complicit” former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown resigned as an MP on Thursday.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Treasury is to convene a panel of independent experts to investigate the potential for an expansion or review of the basket of goods zero-rated for VAT.  

protestBusinessLive reports that community health workers have taken their grievances to Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa.  

uctBusinessLive reports that amid a fresh dispute on transformation at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the institution’s Black Academic Caucus (BAC) is seeking legal advice over the appointment of Lis Lange as deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning.  

cosatuNews24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu has rejected the proposed one percentage point hike in Value Added Tax (VAT) that was announced by former finance minister Malusi Gigaba last week.  

newsGroundUp reports that Reverend Alan Storey of the Central Methodist Mission, together with members of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work, on Thursday hoisted a banner over the church steeple in Greenmarket Square in Cape Town in support of the decriminalisation of sex work.  

sapsThe Citizen reports that the family of Tinus Gouws, who had been a pilot in the air wing of the SA Police Service (SAPS) before his death, has won a long court battle for his promotion from warrant officer to captain.  

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Thursday, 1 March 2018.

implatsBloomberg reports that Impala Platinum cut 1,400 jobs at its Rustenburg operations, narrowed its loss and closed shafts as the producer of platinum-group metals (PGM) seeks further cost reductions to boost cash flow by as much as R1bn in the next two years.  

cosatuEWN reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has threatened to mobilise workers for a nationwide strike if Parliament fails to reject the proposed increase in the value-added tax (VAT).  

mantasheBusinessLive reports that in his first public comments on the Mining Charter, new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday he would like the document outlining obligations on companies to transform to be finalised in three months.  

nydaANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Thursday accused top executives of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) of corruption.  

eskomTimeslive reports that disgraced Eskom executive Sean Maritz has submitted his resignation with immediate effect.  The state-owned power utility's spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed that Maritz‚ who was on suspension as Head of Information Technology‚ submitted his resignation earlier on Thursday.  

numANA reports that Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources heard on Wednesday that there was no reason to place Optimum Coal Mine into business rescue other than the financing woes of Tegeta Exploration and the now fugitive Gupta family.  

daAnn Crotty writes that strangely the Democratic Alliance (DA) appears to be the loudest opponent to what has been described as possibly the most regressive national budget since 1994.  

protestANA reports that the Municipal and Allied Trade Union of SA (Matusa) on Thursday condemned the police for brutally shooting at workers who had gone on strike because the Zululand District Municipality had failed to pay wages on the due date.  

minerFinancial Mail reports that it is estimated that 88 miners died in accidents on SA’s mines last year, which was an unhappy regression for the industry because fatalities had fallen from 615 in 1993, to 200 in 2007, to 73 in 2016.  

TegetaBusinessLive reports that one of the issues facing new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe will be whether to approve the sale of the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration & Resources to little-known Swiss clothing company Charles King for R3bn.