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.

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that it was said in a debate on farm murders on Tuesday in the National Assembly that it was more dangerous in SA to be a farmer than a police officer.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a group of more than twenty illegal miners in the Free State were given long prison sentences in the Virginia Circuit Court on Tuesday.  

joburgcityTMG Digital reports that two City of Johannesburg housing officials along with two accomplices have been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption linked to a syndicate involving land and RDP houses.  

uctGroundUp reports that only one university in the Western Cape has brought all workers onto its payroll, despite all four universities beginning debates on “insourcing” in 2015, one of the rallying cries during the #FeesMustFall protests.  

newsEWN reports that the state is facing claims amounting to more than R1 billion arising out of the Marikana massacre four years ago when 34 miners lost their lives after police opened fire on protesting strikers near Lonmin’s Rustenburg mine.  

ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that support for ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Jacob Zuma as the president of the party is gaining momentum within the ANC-aligned trade union movement, with Cosatu in Limpopo and in Free State joining the fray.  

fawuFarmer's Weekly reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) recently called on government to focus on the crisis facing SA’s poultry industry, rather than on transformation.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Labour’s commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive bridge collapse along the M1, which was scheduled to resume at the end of the month, has been postponed again.  

capetowncityThe New Age reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Tuesday blamed Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille for the deadly Hout Bay Fire.  

sapsTMG Digital/TimesLive reports that police have arrested four people in connection with the massacre of 14 illegal Basotho miners on Gauteng’s East Rand earlier in March.  The bodies were found after separate shootings around illegal mine shafts in the Benoni area last week.  

petrosaANA reports that it was suggested in Parliament on Tuesday that the entire PetroSA board should be axed in the light of R17.3 million in bonuses having been paid out to executives, despite the state-owned oil company have suffered a R14.5 billion rand impairment in the 2014/15 financial year.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that seven police officers were expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on Monday to face fraud and corruption charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent travel claims.  

newsNews24 reports that four children at a facility for troubled boys have allegedly killed a supervisor there, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.  

angloamerican fullBusinessLive reports that Anglo American has delivered on its promise and pared back the scope for its mining executives to be excessively rewarded as a consequence of surging commodity prices and favourable exchange-rate movements.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the new disclosure framework of the Public Administration Management Act has resulted in an unprecedented increase in compliance with the stipulation that public servants declare their business interests.  

farming thumb medium80 84EWN reports that a farm manager has been hospitalised after he was injured during an apparent fight with workers from a farm outside Paarl over wages.  

numBusinessLive reports that Pan African Resources (PAR) will spend R54m laying off nearly 1,000 employees from its Evander Gold mine.  This comes after members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) gave the union’s "blessing" to agree to a plan, to save the mine.  

prasaTimesLive reports that the appointment of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA's (Prasa’s) interim board has been met with relief, with the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) saying the announcement was what it had hoped for.  

eskomThe Citizen reports that talks aimed at mitigating potential job losses between Eskom, government and unions are continuing, according to the power utility.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 13 March 2017

nehawu80ANA reports that National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members employed by the Department of Social Development (DSD) on Monday went on a full-blown strike across the country after negotiations over working conditions collapsed.  

sapsANA reports that Eastern Cape police management warned police officers on Sunday to ensure they did not get involved in criminal activity after another police constable was arrested for robbery in Uitenhage on Saturday.  

panafricanMining Weekly reports that Pan African Resources (PAR) is on track to bring its Evander shafts back into operation, 30% leaner in terms of its workforce and within the company’s 55-day safety-linked mining suspension timeline.  

southafricalogoNetwerk24 reports that government has not fulfilled its promise made nearly two years ago to build 12 new technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges because of delays with the tender process.  

eskomFin24 reports that rival unions are reaching out to each other to unite against Eskom’s decision to close five coal power stations within five years.  

newsThe Citizen reports that several construction workers have allegedly been killed and one badly injured in less than five months during the R2.2bn expansion of Fourways Mall, according to sources close to the situation.  

witsuniversityCity Press writes about Deliwe Mzobe, one of 1,500 workers set to benefit from a decision taken by Wits University to do away with private suppliers following a relentless campaign, initiated in 2015, by #FeesMustFall and #OutsourcingMustFall protesters.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Times reports that almost five years since the tragic events at Marikana that saw 34 mineworkers lose their lives in a strike over wages, Lonmin finds its future on the edge once more.  

vavi1City Press reports that the new trade union federation, spearheaded by leaders expelled from labour federation Cosatu, last week released lists of its signed-up members as well as potential future affiliates.