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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 10 July 2019.

fikilembalulaDaily Maverick reports that efforts to clean up the rail system, especially the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and its Metrorail subdivision, will be one of the main focuses of the next 100 days for new Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.  

er24The Citizen reports that the town of Worcester was rocked by a gas tanker explosion early on Wednesday morning, with residents having reported feeling it kilometres away from the industrial area in which it took place.  

arcelormittalEngineering News reports ArcelorMittal SA’s (AMSA’s) share price on the JSE fell by 10.4% on Wednesday morning after it said it could possibly cut more than 2,000 jobs.  

parliamentSowetanLive reports that the Select Committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy has raised concerns about the budget allocated for safety and health in mines.  

nxesiNews24Wire reports that Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi told reporters in Parliament on Wednesday that the employment market had taken well to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) since it was signed into law.  

sabcEWN reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday announced that it had terminated the contract of Thato Sikwane, also known as DJ Fresh, with immediate effect.  

boardroomtableReuters reports that platinum producers kicked off talks with trade unions on Tuesday in what is expected to be a tough round of wage talks, as a rise in profits is likely to provoke higher wage demands.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that shocking footage of a 29-year-old protester being shot six times on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, allegedly by a private security guard, was shared on Twitter on Friday.  The video shows the shooting, which occurred last month.  

sabcEWN reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications wants Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to move with speed to resolve the liquidity crisis at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

nehawu80EWN reports that while some public sector unions are discouraging their members from taking up government’s tax exempted early retirement offer, others have warned of intimidation by managers.  

saiceBusiness Report writes that the SA Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice), one of the biggest voluntary professional organisations in the country with 12,000 members, indicated on Monday that it had lost 1.73% of its members to emigration in the past three years.  

NPABusinessLive reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) does not have enough money to pay all of its salaries this financial year and will have to slash staff by more than 550 if it is to remain within budget over the medium term.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a driver's licence examiner who took bribes for learner’s and driver’s licences in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, has been sentenced to a five-year jail term.  

DenelTimesLIVE reports that employees at state-owned arms manufacturer Denel learned on Tuesday that the company had paid their salaries, but not their pension contributions.  

YooKoo RideSunday Independent reports that while its established competitors in the e-hailing taxi business expect drivers to have their own cars or be employed by a vehicle owner, new player YooKoo Ride is empowering drivers who do not own cars.  

gunIndependent News reports that in recent weeks, taxi drivers and passengers on the route between Marabastad and Diepsloot have been robbed at gunpoint by criminals posing as passengers.  

CapeTownlogoSaturday Star reports that law enforcement officers in Cape Town can’t sport a beard, a funky moustache or a visible tattoo.  

DeBeersANA reports that diamond company De Beers said on Monday it had launched a three-year partnership with Women in Engineering (WomEng), consumer goods company Unilever and professional services firm EY to develop the next generation of highly skilled female engineers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 9 July 2019.

picBusiness Report writes that former Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO Dr Daniel Matjila has told of how the collapse of cement company Afrisam, "created serious tensions between the PIC and GEPF (Government Employees Pension Fund)."  

MathunjwaMiningmx writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) seems to have reached a plateau after its five-month strike in Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines effectively accomplished nothing beyond the impoverishment of its members.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that according to Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu, government has put measures in place to manage the public sector wage bill.  

picBusiness Report writes that former Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO Dan Matjila has indicated that he would welcome the representation of workers on the asset manager’s board just as long as processes were followed.  

nursing thumb medium90 93AfriForum said on Tuesday that the critical and increasing shortage of nursing staff in SA was a fatal weak point in putting the envisaged National Health Insurance (NHI) into practice.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says no action has been taken against officials who allegedly turned away a heavily pregnant woman who ended up giving birth outside a clinic in Pretoria.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that four armed robbers held up patients at Durban's Life Westville Hospital on Tuesday.  

sabcEWN reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is confident that its turnaround strategy will save the organisation.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that emergency services worked into the night on Monday to recover the bodies of three construction workers who died after a trench collapsed on them in Cape Town.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the government is forging ahead with plans to trim the unsustainable public sector wage bill, a stance likely to put it on a collision course with its labour allies.