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.

gunNews24 reports that two tow truck drivers in Idas Valley in Stellenbosch have been killed in suspected revenge attacks.  

The New Age tells the story of Rowyn Kenneth Statt, born and bred in Benoni, who is the only white face in a sea of black zama zamas (illegal miners) working in a disused mine shaft on the East Rand.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Nine West will be leaving SA and Mango will follow suit as the House of Busby alters its portfolio to match domestic needs.  

labourcourtsNews24 reports that an application for the Cape Town Labour Court to review the decision to transfer two high-ranking police officers, Major-General Jeremy Vearey and Major-General Peter Jacobs, did not go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday.  

ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that the Gauteng chapter of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has joined the increasing number of the federation’s structures to endorse ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma as the party’s next president.  

kusasalethuMining Weekly reports that no employees reported for the day shift at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, on Thursday.  The producer said this was in retaliation to the suspension of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) branch leadership.  

Stats SABusiness Live reports that consumer inflation slowed in February, as food inflation moderated, but remained outside the Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range.  

boardroomtableTimesLive reports that extensive negotiations between the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) were held on Wednesday in Pretoria, prompting hopes the union's national strike might soon end.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

handcuffsANA reports that nine people, including driver’s licence officers, administration staff and a driving school owner, have been arrested at three different driver’s licence testing centres in North West for fraud and corruption.  

Netcare911eNCA reports that a light aircraft crash-landed on Oestermoed Farm in Hekpoort, northwest of Johannesburg, on Tuesday afternoon.  

comBusinessLive reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA has argued in its submission to the fees commission that free, quality higher education was not possible in the current, constrained economic climate.  

sabcNews24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) will be requesting an urgent meeting of Parliament's communications portfolio committee for a full briefing by Treasury on the status of the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) finances.  

irvinjimHeraldLive reports that Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called on members to support the formation of a new labour federation and workers’ party.  

easterncape thumb100 TMG Digital/DispatchLive report that during public hearings for comments on the amended Eastern Cape Traditional Leadership and Governance Bill, it emerged that traditional leaders in the province want more money and power.  

Road Accident FundBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is referring the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to the Public Protector (PP) and to Parliament, saying the fund could be "mismanaging" motorists’ personal information.  

CapeTownlogoEWN reports that Cape Town employers are to be asked to introduce flexible working hours and allow remote working as part of a strategy to reduce congestion on the city’s roads.  

graphdown thumb medium90 80BDLive reports that economists predicted on Monday that SA’s unusually high food price inflation was expected to drop to single digits for the first time in a year.  The downward trend is expected to continue despite another drought being forecast for later in 2017.  

gunThe Witness reports that deputy and acting principal of Laduma High School, Priscilla Mchunu, was gunned down in front of her Grade 12 pupils during lessons on Saturday and there are suspicions that her death had something to do with positions within the school.  

strike thumb medium85 85Huffington Post reports that more than 90 children were moved out of state-run facilities into NGOs on Friday because strikers blockaded the care centres.  On Tuesday, a six-month-old baby girl died and the Gauteng Department of Social Development has said the move may have been a factor in her death.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Tuesday said basic human rights still remained "a bridge too far for many fellow South Africans and likewise our continental African counterparts”.  

SANParksANA reports that South African National Parks (SANParks) on Tuesday said a Field Ranger had been killed in what appeared to be an accidental shooting.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 20 March and Tuesday, 21 March 2017

eskomCity Press reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa), one of SA’s largest strike actions is about to take place.  

nathinhlekoBusinessLive report that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is to appeal against the judgment by the High Court in Pretoria that invalidated and set aside Berning Ntlemeza’s appointment as head of the Hawks.  

sapsCity Press reports that suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega will head the list of 72 police officers identified for prosecution for their role in the killing of 34 striking mine workers in 2012 in Marikana.  

implatsheadgear smlSaturday Star reports that Georgina Jephson, a lawyer at Richard Spoor Attorneys, says that they are optimistic that an out-of-court settlement will be reached in the landmark silicosis class-action lawsuit involving 30 gold mining companies.  

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) intends to ask the Public Protector to investigate whether the Road Accident Fund (RAF) is guilty of violating the Protection of Personal Information Act.  

gunNews24 reports that a Cape Town metro police officer is in a critical but stable condition after being shot at eight times while in his vehicle, a City official said on Monday.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, writes about mining safety in South Africa and compares it to the different approach that prevails in Australia where safety procedures are simply not disregarded under any circumstances.