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.

Mathunjwa2David McKay writes that the most important question ahead of platinum industry wage talks due to kick off this month is whether the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has the stomach for another strike?  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 16 May 2019.

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) has condemned the harassment of journalists at the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday where eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede appeared on corruption charges.  

protestNews24 reports that calm was restored at the Durban container terminal after protesting truck drivers blockaded roads overnight, causing traffic congestion on Wednesday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85Daily News reports that parts of Zululand, northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), can expect further delays in restoration of the water supply as municipal water and sanitation workers continue their strike over salaries, which began on Monday.  

naptosa thumb medium70 99Daily News reports that unpaid teachers at a private school in Morningside, Durban, were on Tuesday told to leave by the owner after they had staged a sit-in in the staff room on Monday.  

gavel thumb100 Pretoria News reports that former leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), who are facing a charge of murder and two of attempted murder following attacks on Amcu management in 2017, were warned on Wednesday that if they intimidated witnesses, their bail would be revoked.  

DisChemBusinessLive reports that according to Dis-Chem Pharmacies, a strike by employees that lasted nearly five months shaved up to R76.4m off its profits in the year to end-February.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 15 May 2019.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Reuters reports that Lonmin would delay or reduce the number of jobs it had planned to cut as soaring palladium prices have boosted revenue, its chief executive said, ahead of a takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the first task in kick-starting SA's economy was to reconfigure the cabinet.  

sabcThe Citizen reports that three people were transported to hospital after suffering effects of chemical inhalation following a diesel spillage at the SA African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) Radio Park building in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that two former security guards who stole R2.8 million in a month by pocketing money they were sent to collect from various businesses will be spending the next nine years in prison.  

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that the mammoth task facing President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa was laid bare on Tuesday with first quarter unemployment data reaching a near two year high as the ailing construction industry shed 146,000 jobs.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that retired Judge Nkola Motata’s gravy train – which paid out nearly R14 million between 2007 and 2016 while he was on special leave – is set to continue while the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) drags its heels on the matter of his impeachment.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that two former SA Revenue Service (Sars) customs auditors will spend three years in jail for attempting to solicit a bribe from a prominent KwaZulu-Natal businessman "to make his tax problems disappear".  

fawuThe Star reports that the troubles facing the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) have deepened, with labour relations registrar Lehlohonolo Molefe demanding that it must account for millions of rand in subscription income and unsecured and interest-free loans.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107The Star reports that a senior officer from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) was electrocuted to death whilst executing his duties in Estera, Germiston, on Tuesday.  

durbanANA reports that eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and councillor Mondli Mthembu are alleged to have orchestrated a march to Durban City Hall last month that called for the removal of the city manager because he would not sign off on a payment for an illegal tender.  

legalaidsaThe Citizen reports that Legal Aid SA (LASA) has been accused of using intimidation tactics to discourage workers, including lawyers and support staff, from taking part in Wednesday’s planned demonstrations.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 14 May 2019.

necsa1Engineering News reports that Phumzile Tshelane, CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has been dismissed from his post and removed from the state-owned organisation’s board.  

handcuffsDaily News reports that three persons who allegedly pretended to be employees from the Department of Health and who conducted a raid at a supermarket on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast have been charged with fraud.  

durbanThe Citizen reports that the mayor of the eThekwini Metro, Zandile Gumede, appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday morning on charges that included fraud, corruption and racketeering.  

handcuffsDaily News reports that a 23-year-old Durban woman, who works as a call centre agent, was arrested for fraud in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.  The woman apparently accompanied a foreigner who was applying for a passport to the Pietermaritzburg home affairs offices “a while ago”.  

Tiso BlackstarThe Citizen reports that media conglomerate Tiso Blackstar has announced that its tabloid Sunday World publication will be closing down.  

newsEWN reports that security been heightened on a stretch of the N1 in the De Doorns area in the Western Cape.  Three trucks have been targeted by criminals since Sunday.  

protestSABC News reports that former employees of Lily Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga, have threatened to go underground to retrieve a container in which three people were trapped and killed after the mine caved in three years ago as a result of a crown pillar collapse.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that SA’s unemployment rate increased to 27.6% in the first quarter of 2019, Stats SA announced on Tuesday.  The jobless rate at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018 was 27.1%, meaning the rate increased by half a percentage point.  

newsThe Star reports that the dead bodies of two men, suspected to be illegal miners, were found on Monday morning at the sides of two roads in Ekurhuleni in the vicinity of an abandoned mine shaft where illegal mining is known to take place.