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.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Minister of Correctional Services and a manager at a Western Cape prison were found liable on Tuesday for damages to a social worker who was sexually assaulted in the manager's office.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has defended the high salaries paid to SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executives even though the public broadcaster faces an uncertain future due to crippling financial challenges.  

earningsBL Premium reports that according to Old Mutual and shareholder activist Just Share, the vote by shareholders on executive remuneration should be binding to help narrow the income gap in SA and reduce inequity.  

MboweniBL Premium reports that the Treasury has for the first time categorically denied that it is actively considering the introduction of prescribed assets.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that the creation of a Tshwane automotive investment zone that would generate an initial 6,700 jobs, with the promise of more later, underlined SA’s attractiveness to foreign investors.  

numANA reports that no arrest has been made following the murder of a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West police said on Monday.  

prasaThe Star reports that thousands of security guards have been left unemployed after the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) terminated contracts with their companies across the country.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that the Gauteng transport department announced on Tuesday that in a bid to reduce road carnage, the province’s taxi drivers would be sent for advanced driving lessons.  

ems joburgTimesLIVE reports that three trucks were torched minutes apart on the N3 northbound in Gauteng on Sunday evening.  

UNTUNews24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has disputed the statistics and successes announced by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday regarding the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) war room.  

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has demanded answers from Nkonjeni Hospital's management in Mahlabathini and a contracted security company after a nurse was raped in the hospital's consulting rooms on Sunday.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that more than half of the 207 magistrates appointed by justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola are women, a move expected to improve female representation in the judiciary.  

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related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 4 November 2019.

DenelEWN reports that the family of a worker killed in an explosion at a Denel facility said they would await the outcome of two external probes into the tragedy.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that police are searching for two men who opened fire on a group of security guards in Verulam, north of Durban, on Sunday night.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng hospitals are in such bad condition that it will cost about R6bn to make them compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).  

fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, intervention by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) newly established war room has resulted in improved service on the tracks‚ but there was still much work to be done.  

protestSowetanLive reports that a coal supply company owned by Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza's brother-in-law is losing over R8m a day in revenue due to violent protests at its mine in Mpumalanga.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) this week outlined myriad procedures that businesses hiring local and foreign nationals should follow.  

TPTThe Citizen reports that Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) receives anonymous tip-offs averaging about 30 calls a month from victims desperate to get their money back after being scammed by criminals promising them jobs.  

Stats SACity Press reports that about 56% of the 7.6 million South Africans who were unemployed in the third quarter of the year do not have a matric qualification –and 34.1% only have a matric certificate.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, notes that the requirement for unions to run a secret ballot requiring majority support before declaring a strike recently became law.  

popcruThe Star reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called for the rejection of plans by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola for private donors to fund the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  

sasolCity Press reports that Sasol Mining has still to decide whether to reinstate close to 1,000 workers dismissed in 2009 for engaging in a wildcat strike, or appeal the Labour Court’s decision.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that parents at Kamalinee Primary in Isipingo vowed to shut the school on Monday if a senior educator, who has been accused of sleeping in her car, does not leave the premises.  

gavel thumb100 Independent on Saturday reports that the former head of Durban’s Glenwood High School, Trevor Kershaw, will spend the next three years under correctional supervision with a 10-year suspended prison sentence hanging over his head.  

ramaphosa2Engineering News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Tuesday, the department of trade and industry indicated on Friday.  

unisaNews24 reports that the University of SA (Unisa) has found that comments made by a senior lecturer on Twitter were offensive and contained racist undertones and it wants action to be taken against her.  

gautengNews24 reports that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned frustrated parents that should a district official be attacked during online school placement, the service would be withdrawn.  

earningsBusiness Times reports that public sector trade unions are planning to push back against the government's plans to curb wage increases for public servants, saying wasteful expenditure must be addressed first before curbs on compensation can be discussed.