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.

busaBusiness Report writes that Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has a new CEO in the form of Tanya Cohen, who replaces Jerry Vilakazi.  

protestBusinessLive reports that vocational training students have vowed to shut down the country’s 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

implatsANA reports that a mineworker died at one of Impala Platinum’s operations in Rustenburg as a result of a fall of rock on Wednesday morning, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) advised.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that the revenue management department’s executive director and acting chief financial officer were on Wednesday allegedly briefly held hostage in their Tshwane municipal finance offices by 50 protesting employees.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

protestThe New Age reports that the situation was calm in Botleng township and the neighbouring areas of Delmas on Tuesday following a violent protest on Monday morning.  

eskomANA reports that Cosatu said on Tuesday that national government had a duty to intervene and help municipalities owing billions of rands to Eskom.  

randwaterSABC News reported on Tuesday that workers at the Rand Water sanitation plant in Sebokeng in the Vaal had stopped working, alleginging that management had shortchanged them.  

protestThe Citizen reports that the SA Further Education and Training Student Association (Safetsa) intends to shut down the 265 campuses of all 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges country-wide by Thursday morning.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that, after an Oxfam report revealed that three South Africa’s billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom 50% of the country’s population, Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla expressed the view in an interview that inequality would continue to worsen in SA.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation moved further outside the SA Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range in December 2016.  

hospersaANA reports that the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) on Tuesday said it wanted the government to pay for the treatment of ambulance staff who have been subjected to attacks on them while responding to calls.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that union federation Cosatu has welcomed the signing of the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act into law, saying it would benefit thousands of jobless workers and mothers going on maternity leave.  

saqaBusinessLive reports that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has directed the SA Qualifications Authority (Saqa) and the quality councils to clean up their act in a bid to overhaul the vocational college sector, which has been beset by myriad problems including policy incoherence.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that a hike in the safeguard duty on bone-in chicken imports from the EU appears to be a likely outcome of a high-level meeting between the government, business and labour on Tuesday.  

sarb thumb medium60 101ANA reports that Cosatu on Tuesday called on government to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb).  

graduate thumb100 The New Age reports that, as unsuspecting students continue to fall prey to bogus colleges, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has embarked on a week-long inspection campaign aimed at enforcing compliance and clamping down on unregistered colleges.  

DiamondCorpMining Review reports that DiamondCorp has announced it is looking to raise £1 million as part of a plan to assist with its 74% owned Lace diamond mine that has been placed under business rescue.  

ancylThe New Age reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in North West has called upon relevant authorities in the education sector to apply strict vetting systems before employing teachers.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the City of Tshwane says that claims that the Democratic Alliance (DA) administration planned to fire general workers who are part of the ‘Vat Alles’ programme are untrue.  

sadtu90The New Age reports that teachers affiliated to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) have threatened to embark on a protest against the provincial education department next week to press for the delivery of stationery and better working conditions.  

imfBusinessLive reports that SA’s inadequate labour market skills mix has been flagged by the IMF as being out of step with the demands of the country’s economy.  

natu thumb medium80 91Daily News reports that thousands of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Grade R teachers who claimed they were being short-changed by the education department had their salaries bumped up by R500 a month on Sunday night in a last-ditch effort to prevent them walking out of classrooms.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Engineering News reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of SA’s vital parastatals.  

sadtu90ANA reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Monday warned that job cuts at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal would affect the quality of teaching and learning.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 16 January 2017

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 13 January 2017.

ramatlhodiANA reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi on Friday issued a second stern reminder to public servants to comply with the Public Service Code of Conduct.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) took on President Jacob Zuma on Friday, calling him "insincere" for denying the existence of a tradition in the ANC that saw the party’s deputy president succeed its president.  

joburgcityANA reports that Joburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba has questioned whether the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) was fighting to keep corrupt officials in their jobs, or if it was going to work with the City in its efforts aimed at rooting out corruption.