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.

AbsaBusiness Report writes that the Absa group has refuted reports that the restructuring in its SA retail and business banking unit will lead to job losses in the future.  

protestMiningmx reports that community protests in Mpumalanga could have cost SA’s thermal coal miners, including Anglo American, Glencore and South32, up to hundreds of millions of rands per month in revenue.  

retirementBusinessLive reports that if an employer chooses to provide retirement benefits for its employees through an umbrella fund it should have certain statutory duties, a leading pension lawyer has suggested.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Zweli Mkhize has approached the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to ask for a 12-month extension in which to enact an amendment to legislation dealing with municipalities.  

picBusinessLive reports that the inquiry into governance issues at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has heard that the corporation’s board allowed its former CEO, Dan Matjila, to run investigations into leaked information that implicated him in order to target whistle-blowers.  

saa thumb medium95 76News24 reports on the arrest of a senior SA Airways (SAA) pilot, who had been asked to resign earlier this year after it was found that he had flown commercial airplanes for more than 20 years with a fake licence.  

retirementBusiness Times reports that armed with a new mandate to be more "proactive, pre-emptive and intrusive", the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) is going to clamp down on corruption in the pension fund industry that is denying employees a dignified retirement.  

ancIndependent News reports that the ANC has indicated that it would push for immediate criminal prosecution of employees who were implicated in allegations of rape and sexual assault.  

retirementBusiness Times reports that amendments to the Pension Funds Act have just come into force, aimed at helping investors ensure they retire with enough money, but many funds have failed to meet the deadline to enact the changes.  

newsThe Sunday Independent reports that the future is uncertain for Bosasa workers as the embattled company weighs its liquidation options after allegations of bribery and tender corruption surfaced at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.  

picFinancial Mail reports that the beleaguered Public Investment Corp (PIC) will have to explain the inner workings of its relationship with the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), the PIC’s major client, specifically over the grant of a R5bn bridging loan from the PIC to Eskom.  

irrDaily News writes that SA minibus taxis are not safe, are often overloaded and their drivers are not trustworthy.  This was the result of research undertaken by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), detailed in a 24-page report compiled by Gareth van Onselen, head of politics and governance at the organisation.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that Minerals Council SA chief economist Henk Langenhoven warned on Thursday that the higher-than-inflation tariff increases granted to state-owned Eskom by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) will have a major impact on the mining industry’s cost structure.  

tshwane thumb100 Saturday Citizen reports that the Tshwane metropolitan council says it is “coping with incoming calls” after staff abandoned its call centre two weeks ago because of an allegedly “out-of-control” insect infestation.  

daSunday Tribune reports that of the four major political parties, only the Democratic Alliance (DA) has a sexual harassment policy.  

newsSunday Tribune reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Regional Court President Eric Nzimande’s provisional suspension was confirmed during a sitting of a National Council of Provinces (NCOP) committee.  

AmazonBusiness Times reports that Jeff Bezos's Amazon.com is on the hunt for talent in SA as it prepares to open its first African data centres in Cape Town.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that a senior eThekwini official who is being investigated for tender rigging, fraud and corruption has returned to work.  

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said in a statement on Sunday that it rejected the tariff increase that the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) has granted Eskom.  

FortHareCity Press reports that the audit and risk committee (ARC) of the University of Fort Hare has recommended the suspension of the vice-chancellor (VC), professor Sakhela Buhlungu.  

JMPDNews24 reports that three people accused of trying to sell "fake" jobs at the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) have been arrested.  

ancNews24 reports that the ANC has invited the public to make an input as the party rushes to finalise its internal sexual harassment policy amid sex scandals that have rocked the organisation.  

citypowerBusinessLive reports that Johannesburg's City Power has dismissed another of its employees for alleged misconduct related to work done with contractor Setheo Engineering.  

Sibanye StillwaterBloomberg reports that Sibanye-Stillwater says a double-digit electricity price increase undermines the viability of SA’s gold industry.  The power regulator on Thursday approved an effective 13.8% hike in tariffs by state-owned power utility Eskom.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 7 March 2019.

joburgcitySowetanLive report that an East Rand commuter, who has already had two written warnings in under a week, fears losing her job because of being late for work due to the peak-hour gridlock caused by the closure of parts of the M2 highway.  

gavel thumb100 Sowetan reports that nurses, doctors and other workers at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp have been interdicted from disrupting operations at the facility, which had been shut down for the past three days.  

Golden ArrowCape Times reports that Golden Arrow Bus Service in Cape Town has offered a R50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the three men who robbed passengers at gunpoint on a bus travelling from Claremont to Mitchells Plain.  

joburgcityThe Star reports that an executive director pocketed over R1.3 million in a suspected double salary payment scandal from the City of Johannesburg and the City of Tshwane for four months following an alleged “fraudulent and improper” appointment.  

SanefNews24 reports that the EFF and its top leadership has come under fire after veteran journalist Karima Brown was verbally abused and received threatening messages after her cellphone number was published on Twitter.