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.

labourcourtsFin24 reports that the Johannesburg Labour Court ruled on Thursday that Infinity Media Networks, which ran the Afro Worldview news channel (previously known as ANN7), must reinstate employees because they were not properly dismissed.  

easterncape thumb100 Daily Dispatch reports that striking Eastern Cape taxi bosses‚ who caused a fear-driven mass stay-away and economic stoppages across the province on Wednesday‚ were given a dressing down by provincial ANC chair Oscar Mabuyane.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that wage negotiations between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Sibanye-Stillwater reached a deadlock once again on Thursday.  

ancBusinessLive reports that if the African National Congress (ANC) drops the ball on the call for a reconfigured alliance, trade union federation Cosatu will exit the partnership.  

concourtThe Star writes that workplace substance abuse policies are set for a major shakeup following the Constitutional Court’s (ConCourt’s) landmark ruling decriminalising use of dagga in private spaces.  

newsSowetanLive reports that former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana is not yet out of the woods as police have now confirmed that they are still investigating the case of assault opened by his domestic worker.  

angiemotshekgaThe Star reports that following the killing of a teacher by a learner in North West, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said this week that she would be calling a symposium to discuss violence in schools.  

ancBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu has thrown its weight behind the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, with its congress resolving to vote and campaign for the party.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that investment analysts said on Tuesday that the Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF’s) plan to move some of its investments offshore was warranted.  

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba suspended an employee of the city for racism after he referred “in an insulting manner to a so-called ‘black mentality’”.  

ramaphosa2Engineering News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday paid tribute to SA’s massive defence industry for creating much needed jobs and bringing in foreign currency.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that labour minister Mildred Oliphant said in Wednesday that trade unions were negotiating for conditions that were less favourable for workers than what was contained in the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the cabinet has approved the third version of the Mining Charter and has agreed to ask parliament to withdraw changes to a key mining law, paving the way to improve regulatory certainty for investors.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that Metrorail’s train service running between Pretoria and Johannesburg was disrupted on Wednesday due to overhead catenary wires being cut and stolen at Irene from both the up and down lines.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that the two teenagers who assaulted a 61-year-old man behind the wheel of a moving bus say they carried out the attack because they had been left behind at a previous bus stop.  

neneEWN reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has revealed that more than half the country’s municipal managers and chief financial officers (CFOs) do not have the minimum competency levels to do their jobs.  

CapeTownlogoANA reports that four firefighters were injured after a gas cylinder exploded in a container at an education building in Belhar in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  

Stats SAReuters reports that SA’s headline consumer inflation slowed unexpectedly in August, data from Statistics SA showed on Wednesday.  

sasolFin24 reports that Solidarity and Sasol were unable to reach an agreement at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Wednesday, the union said in a statement.  

transnetlogo thumb100 The Citizen reports that ousted Transnet director Seth Radebe’s bid to be reinstated and have the current Transnet Board dissolved has been dismissed by the High Court in Pretoria.  

NomvulaMokonyaneBusinessLive writes that the looming retrenchments at the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have set communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane and the board of the public broadcaster on a collision course.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 18 September 2018.

newsSowetanLive reports that illegal miners – better known as zama -zamas – had to blast open a rock that had crushed their colleagues to death in a disused mine shaft near Angelo informal settlement in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that, for the first time in its history, Cosatu will now have a female president after Zingiswa Losi was nominated unopposed.  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) was the first major gold producer to sign a three-year wage agreement with three unions, staving off the potential strike looming over three other gold producers.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater’s all-share bid for world number three platinum miner Lonmin cleared an important hurdle on Monday.  The Competition Commission (CC) recommended the transaction with conditions, particularly on job losses and procurement deals.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that the fatal stabbing of a teacher by a pupil in North West has sparked all-too-familiar fears for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) teachers.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that the debt accumulated by Cosatu affiliates in unpaid subscriptions accounted for 41% of the federation’s expected total income in 2017 at over R45m.  

LibertyBusiness Report writes that discontent is brewing at listed financial services company Liberty Holdings, with employees raising fears that their jobs could be on the line if the group implements its “revised organisational design” announced in July.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that officials of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services were expected to return to work on Tuesday as the Poyntons Building had been given the green light to resume occupation.