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.

ABInBevBusiness Times reports that SABMiller’s new owner, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is recruiting again after a higher than expected number of former SABMiller managers took voluntary separation packages and left in January.  

vavi1ANA reports that the Department of Labour on Friday officially registered the new trade union federation under the name South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

kusasalethuANA reports that the unprotected strike at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville came to an end on Friday.  This followed discussions between senior management of Harmony and the senior leadership of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

strike thumb medium85 85Netwerk24 reports that a nationwide strike by about 6,000 social workers and care givers had been on the go for 10 days on Thursday, with no end in sight notwithstanding an interdict against the strikers.  

sabcANA reports that Solidarity and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) have asked the Labour Court to include former COO of the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as a respondent in their cost order case related to their challenge of the sacking of eight employees.  

gavel thumb100 Bogus pharmacist Miyelani Carol Maswanganyi (43) appeared in the Hlanganani Magistrate Court in Limpopo on Wednesday for operating a pharmacy without a licence.  This was a direct contravention of sec 22a (1) of Act 101 of 1965 relating to medicines and related substances.  

Godfrey OliphantANA reports that Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory.  

chickensANA reports that the open animosity between chicken importers and chicken producers intensified on Thursday as each blamed the other for the crisis facing the poultry industry in SA.  

ancylThe Daily Vox reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) was joined by hundreds of protesters on Thursday in a march ending at the new Ballito Junction Regional Mall in demand for jobs for the youth.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that employees at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, have again on Friday not reported for work, owing to ongoing industrial action.  

protestThe Witness reports that several Msunduzi TVET students allegedly sustained rubber bullet injuries when the police fired at them while they picketed outside the college’s central offices on Wednesday.  

sapsHeraldLive reports that all five lifts at the Mount Road police station in Port Elizabeth have been shut down after a lift plummeted four storeys there on Wednesday afternoon.  

BusinessTech reports that new employment data shows that South African workers are some of the most hard-working in world, with discretionary effort levels double that of the global average.  

Zimbabwe flagBusinessLive reports that lobby groups representing Zimbabweans holding special permits said on Wednesday they were still waiting for clarity from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on the status of their permits.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 23 March 2017

chickensFin24 reports that Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana warned in Parliament on Wednesday that poultry producers, especially those in KwaZulu-Natal, were on the brink of closing shop.  

cosatuCape Argus reports that “racist behaviour currently experienced in the Western Cape” is the latest grievance trade union federation Cosatu has appealed to SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate.  

newsIOL News reports that an Eastern Cape community is calling for de-scheduling of cannabis as a way of exercising total control of the lucrative “green gold” industry.  

healthcareTMG Digital/The Time reports that a new urine-based test being used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB)‚ which is similar to those used to determine pregnancy‚ could save thousands of lives in SA.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that after three months of scraping by on reserves, waste management sub-contractors responsible for waste removal in Pretoria downed tools on Monday.  

gunNews24 reports that two tow truck drivers in Idas Valley in Stellenbosch have been killed in suspected revenge attacks.  

The New Age tells the story of Rowyn Kenneth Statt, born and bred in Benoni, who is the only white face in a sea of black zama zamas (illegal miners) working in a disused mine shaft on the East Rand.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Nine West will be leaving SA and Mango will follow suit as the House of Busby alters its portfolio to match domestic needs.  

labourcourtsNews24 reports that an application for the Cape Town Labour Court to review the decision to transfer two high-ranking police officers, Major-General Jeremy Vearey and Major-General Peter Jacobs, did not go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday.  

ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that the Gauteng chapter of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has joined the increasing number of the federation’s structures to endorse ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma as the party’s next president.  

kusasalethuMining Weekly reports that no employees reported for the day shift at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday.  The producer said this was in retaliation to the suspension of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) branch leadership.  

Stats SABusiness Live reports that consumer inflation slowed in February, as food inflation moderated, but remained outside the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range.  

boardroomtableTimesLive reports that extensive negotiations between the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) were held on Wednesday in Pretoria, prompting hopes the union's national strike might soon end.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 22 March 2017