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.

chickensCity Press reports that government departments and local poultry producers will meet in the next few weeks in a last-ditch bid to save the country’s chicken industry.  

psaBusinessLive reports that the disciplinary hearings for 11 public works officials alleged to be implicated in overspending on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home are expected to start at the end of this month.  

sapsEWN reports that Gauteng police have confirmed that a second officer has been killed in the province in just one week.  An officer was shot during a business robbery in Katlehong last week and later died in hospital.  

bladenzimandeSowetanLive reports that a matric pass in maths literacy carries so little weight that even a matriculant who passed with flying colours cannot get into artisan programmes at any of the 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

sibanyeBusinessLive reports that incompetent and malicious Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) officials who overstepped their authority in applying regulations could soon be hauled to court for damages in their personal capacity.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has thrown its weight behind protection service officers in Parliament who have approached the Labour Court to challenge the legislature’s decision to hire police officers as ‘bouncers’.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday successfully concluded negotiations for a one-year wage agreement with Geomechanics, ending a three-day strike at the drilling and mineral exploration company.  

eskomAccording to The Citizen, a report in Sunday World details how former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s personal assistant committed suicide after she was demoted from his office on his instruction.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 13 January to Sunday, 15 January 2017

kusasalethuEWN reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers (Amcu) says mineworkers staged a sit-in at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine because management had reneged on a promise to pay workers a bonus this month.  

effFin24 reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to impose a 50% tariff on all chicken importers to protect SA poultry farmers and their workers.  

zumaOn 11 January 2016, President Jacob Zuma signed into law a number of bills, including the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act (UIF) of 2016.  

solidariteitBedfordview News reports that former Edenvale Station Commander Robbie Roberts obtained the representation of trade union Solidarity after he was informed that he had been dismissed from the police in a letter dated 7 January.  

sapsDaily News reports that police officers from various stations around Durban were deployed to Lamontville Police Station on Wednesday morning when police and admin staff with grievances downed tools and did not report for duty.  

artisan2BusinessLive reports that three technical and vocational education and training (TVET) campuses will open in 2017 to absorb some of the hundreds of thousands matrics who failed to get university exemption.  

harmonyFin24 reports that about 1,600 miners that spent nearly 48 hours over 2km below the surface of Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine during an illegal sit-in returned to the surface late on Thursday night.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Groundup reports that Eastern Cape schools have started the year short of teachers, and there seems to be no imminent solution.  

labourcourtsTimesLive reports that Itunu Ubogu, who holds a senior position in the Gauteng health department, was accidentally overpaid for five years, but then a letter arrived demanding repayment of almost R800,000.  

healthcareeNCA reports that more than 200 newly qualified doctors and pharmacists are in limbo as they are unable to  find posts.  

kusasalethuFin24 reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers (Amcu), fears for the safety of over 1,000 mineworkers who have staged an underground sit-in at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine.  

protestNews24 reports that residents of Mkhulu in Bushbuckridge have threatened to burn down the newly-opened R300m traffic college, saying promises of jobs have gone unfulfilled.  

northwestprovinceTimesLive reports that North West premier Supra Mahumapelo’s office has denied that the provincial government would be cutting public servants salaries in 2017.  

easterncape thumb100 DispatchLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate corrupt recruitment processes in the Eastern Cape’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department.  

artisansBusinessLive reports that in its bid to increase "access to and success in" technical and vocational education and training (TVET)‚ the Department of Higher Education will open three new TVET campuses this year.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that the special advisor to Minister of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Ngoako Ramatlhodi has laid down the principles that govern conduct of officials.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament has expressed shock and dismay at reports that its protection officers are taking the institution to court.  

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age reports that some farmers are unlawfully deducting electricity, water and rentals to counter the minimum wage for farmworkers set by the government.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned by the pending jobs blood bath in the poultry industry, and was also alarmed by government's "deafening silence" on a matter of the utmost national concern.  

harmonyFin24 reports that about 1,700 miners refused to return to the surface of Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine on the West Rand on Wednesday, with the gold producer saying they had embarked on an illegal sit-in.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that Gauteng schools could face further teacher shortages this year, according to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).  But the province’s education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, said on Wednesday there were enough teachers to deal with the annual surge of new pupils.