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.

CapeTownlogoANA reports that the City of Cape Town has rewarded 24 of its Women at Work Programme participants with permanent positions in its road maintenance division.  They come from across the city metropole and are now part of Transport for Cape Town’s permanent staff.  The women will assist road depots with the repair and maintenance of road and storm water infrastructure.

ShopriteBloomberg reports that Shoprite Holdings doubled CEO Whitey Basson’s pay last fiscal year to R100.1 million, thanks to a bonus for beating a profit-growth target.  His remuneration included R49.7 million in basic pay for the 12 months through June, in line with the previous year, and a R50 million one-time performance-related bonus.  Trading profit growth of 15% beat an internal target of 11%.

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 30 September 2016.

sabcIOL News writes that Hlaudi Motsoeneng could be fired by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) by the end of this week after a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications.  The committee took strong exception on Friday to the SABC board's defiance of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment and wants answers on the rehiring of Motsoeneng in a different position.  The SABC board and its executive management will be meeting MPs on Wednesday over the reappointment of Motsoeneng.

mosebenzizwaneSunday Independent writes that it has become abundantly clear that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will not be paying the monetary windfall he promised the disaster victims at Lily Mine on 5 February.  Nothing has been paid so far as the minister seems to have dumped the hot potato in the lap of Lily Mine.  But, this can only happen after Lily receives the R200 million it seeks to restart operations at the mine.

tshwane thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it will oppose plans by the City of Tshwane to terminate workers’ contracts.  The union claimed Democratic Alliance (DA) mayors had received directives from the party’s federal executive to trim administrative staff and that these “anti-worker” plans “will leave thousands of workers out of jobs‚ with the City of Tshwane alone retrenching over 900 workers."  Samwu will be monitoring all municipalities‚ and particularly those governed by the DA.

gavel thumb100 Cape Times reports that in a David and Goliath-like legal battle, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has repealed the eviction proceedings against a Citrusdal farmworker after finding the eviction notices by his employers, Mgro Properties, were invalid.  The SCA upheld Abraham Snyers’ leave to appeal, with costs, after a Land Claims Court (LCC) judgment had confirmed the validity of the eviction notices.  The SCA also dismissed the applications to evict Snyer’s wife.

sabcNews24 reports that former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng wrote on Sunday in an open letter hitting out at his detractors some politicians have "not bothered to read or understand" court rulings against him and have undermined these through "legally suspect interpretation".  Motsoeneng said "fair-minded observers" would know that no court had ruled that he was "not appointable as COO or unqualified for senior executive positions at the SABC".  He added that the campaign to unlawful remove him from his current job “will be vigorously resisted and challenged in court if need be."

mtnTechCentral reports that MTN South Africa has named Adcorp subsidiary Rightsource as the preferred partner to manage its outsourced “hybrid” call centres.  The outsourcing had earlier raised the ire of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which in August had sought an urgent court interdict to stop it from going ahead.  The union later withdrew the action after MTN agreed to a formal consultation with it on the matter.

sapsBDLive reports that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (Ipid’s) ability to keep the police in check, and the watchdog’s independence, are being stifled because of a staff shortage and a lack of investigating capacity, auditor-general Kimi Makwetu has warned.  The warning comes at a time when cases of alleged police misconduct reported to the watchdog have soared.

sidumodlaminiCosatu president Sdumo Dlamini seems set on a collision course with the majority of the labour federation’s member unions over the issue of who should succeed President Jacob Zuma.  Dlamini has thus far projected himself as a nonpartisan player, though there is an expectation that he will steer Cosatu towards supporting Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.  But, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign within Cosatu seems to be at an advanced stage and Dlamini will have the almost insurmountable task of convincing the federation's biggest unions otherwise.

tshwane thumb100 BDLive reports that Tshwane Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor Solly Msimanga is wielding the axe in the metro and will soon decide on how to purge a bloated staff complement in a bid to slash the municipality’s R6bn salary bill.  The city spends 33% of its operating budget on employee costs.  Msimanga had allayed fears of a wide-ranging purge after taking office, but this latest move suggests he is targeting ANC deployees in the city.

handcuffsCape Times reports that a 27-year-old Kleinvlei man was due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning following his arrest last week for the murder of a metro police officer in February.  Ben Koopman was gunned down while on duty.  Two people were spotted fleeing from the scene with his service pistol and a police radio.

cosatuCape Times reports that SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) general secretary André Kriel issued a statement on Sunday, “with the permission of the Cosatu president”, condemning the destruction of university property and calling for an immediate return to classes no later than Monday.  

anglogoldashantiDavid McKay writes that, in an interesting illustration of how the increasing number of safety audits on SA’s mines by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was getting out of hand, .AngloGold Ashanti CEO, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, has compared them to a freeway accident where the authorities had resolved to check the brakes of every car on the freeway instead of just the cars involved in the accident.

handshake thumb medium90 90TMG Digital reports that more than 100 SA Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) strikers at the Table Mountain cableway will be back at work on Monday after a pay deal ended their wage stoppage.  The deal gives staff pay increases of between 8% and 13.5%‚ with lower income earners receiving the largest increase.

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLive reports that tens of thousands of seasonal farmworkers, whose jobs are already on the line because of a crippling drought, are now facing another employment threat in that farmers, who claim they cannot any longer afford the prescribed minimum wages, are choosing to hire cheaper foreign workers.  In 2013 the minimum prescribed wages for farmworkers rose by 52%.

RTMCTimesLive reports that Steve Msiza, president of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), is accusing Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) bosses of trying to hound him into quitting his job as the corporation's chief of security by bringing a string of "flimsy charges", including testifying for a colleague in a disciplinary hearing and not applying for sick leave.

satawu thumb medium90 101BDLive writes that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is on the road to recovery and looking to expand after a tumultuous four years in which it suffered two splits, but the union now also faces competition from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) which has broadened its recruiting scope to organise members across sectors.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 30 September to Sunday, 2 October 2016

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that dozens of members of the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) embarked on a protest outside Airways Park in Kempton Park on Friday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reported on Friday that negotiations were still underway between striking Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) workers and management.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

labourcourtsTwelve singers who were dismissed from or stopped working with the Cape Town Opera (CTO) last month because of a feud over contracts filed a statement of opposition with the Labour Court on Wednesday in response to the company's initial claim against them.  

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that initial public response to the City of Cape Town council's plans to address traffic congestion through a new traffic demand management strategy has largely been positive.  

cosatuDavid McKay writes that one interesting development to come out of the latest illegal mining disaster in which miners (‘zama-zamas’) were killed at Langlaaate has been the suggestion by Cosatu that the government decriminalise the activity.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90Sungula Nkabinde reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing on the underlying socio-economic challenges of mining-affected communities heard more evidence of Social and Labour Plans (SLPs) that have failed to benefit the people for which they are supposedly intended.  

PoultryAssociationPretoria News reports that that the SA poultry industry is set to lose thousands of jobs by the end of the year, brought on mainly by an oversupply of chicken imports flooding the market.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that according to Cosatu, directors of companies involved in cartel conduct should be prosecuted because fines imposed on the companies did not deter antitrust behaviour.  

healthcareSowetan reports that a facility in Limpopo that provides treatment for extreme cases of drug resistant Tuberculosis (TB) has been temporarily shut down after the provincial health department suspended over 30 nurses working there.