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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 18 February 2019.

CanegrowersSunday Tribune reports that the SA sugar industry is in crisis according to the South African Canegrowers Association.  But the government has a different perspective and would only confirm that it was aware of challenges the sector faced.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mail & Guardian writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is at loggerheads with other trade unions about its protracted wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines.  

CapeTownlogoTimesLIVE reports that residents of Manenberg, Cape Town, are currently unable to use their municipal swimming pool as a result of an attack on lifeguards at the weekend.  

newsANA reports that the Institute of Risk Management SA (IRMSA) has identified structurally high unemployment, growing income disparity and inequality, failure of governance in the public sector, fraud and corruption to be among some of the biggest risks for the country in 2019.  

sadtu90Cape Argus reports that Enver Surty, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, was due on Monday to address hundreds of SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members about concerns over violence in schools and placement of learners.  

eskomIndependent News reports that according to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), there were no likely industrial actions that would force them to involve the police and intelligence officers to protect Eskom facilities.  

newsCity Press reports that about 4,500 people have become the latest casualties of SA’s state capture tale after their controversial employer was forced to go into liquidation.  

uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) has vowed job cuts at mining company Sibanye-Stillwater "tooth and nail".  

ramaphosa2EWN reports that the leadership of Cosatu was due to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday morning to discuss the trade union federation's objections to governments plans to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that Mike Elliot, business rescue representative for the Gupta-owned Gloria mine, remains optimistic that there could still be survivors following a blast there and observed that “there is always hope”.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of two security guards who were shot dead in plain view of bystanders and motorists while sitting in their car in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, a week ago.  

publicprotectorTimesLIVE reports that a father in the Western Cape, who dodged paying child maintenance for years, has had more than R300,000 docked from his pension fund.  

nickhollandBusiness Times reports that according to Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland, consolidation cannot save SA's gold sector and job cuts are likely to continue.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 15 February 2019.

MantasheANA reports that mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday called for security at mines to be enhanced in order to effectively address illegal mining.  

ramaphosa2Engineering News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Thursday that there had been insufficient consultation with labour on government’s plan to unbundle Eskom into three separate companies.  

SamsaTimesLIVE reports that the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has launched a probe into the deadly fire that ravaged a Mozambican vessel in Durban’s port on Thursday.  

Solidarity2Solidarity on Friday launched a skills bank on its website where engineers and technicians can register so their skills can be re-recruited to help alleviate the crisis at Eskom.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Saturday Star reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has accused the City of Johannesburg of a witch-hunt to “destabilise” the union and embarrass its leadership.  

nehawu80The Sunday Independent reports that there is no end in sight in the standoff between the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) at vocational colleges across the country.  

southafricalogoPretoria News reports that SA’s 1.3 million public servants will not be receiving performance bonuses from April 2021 and will get reduced incentives for doing their jobs well from this year.  

SamsaNews24 reports that ten crew members were rescued after their fishing vessel sunk off the west of the Western Cape near Saldahna Bay.  

eskomCity Press reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa faces blowback over his government’s plans to fix state-owned power utility Eskom.  

ancCity Press reports that the ANC has closed its sexual harassment case against spokesperson Pule Mabe after the party’s grievance panel ruled last Monday that the complainant’s version was not supported by evidence.  

newsBusiness Times reports that the jobs of more than 1,000 people may be on the line as Coca-Cola Beverages SA embarks on restructuring due to the effects of the sugar tax imposed on sugary drinks from April last year.  

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium writes that it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has scored a tragic own goal with its three-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that despite being overstaffed with as many as 27,500 employees, the government does not want retrenchments to be imposed on Eskom as part of the efforts to turn the bankrupt power utility around.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 14 February 2019.

numSowetanLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that the government should retain the current structure of Eskom and simply change its management to rescue the company from total collapse.