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.

joburgcityTimesLive reports that the executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg‚ Herman Mashaba‚ has received a report on employees working at the Joburg Theatre without proper documentation.  

chickensColumnist Bronwyn Nortje writes that South African chicken producers would like you to believe that imports are threatening their business and costing jobs, but this is a classic red herring.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that the number of people killed on South African mines in 2016 fell 5% year-on-year to 73, with large gold and platinum mines the largest contributors, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.  

gunANA reports that a security guard was killed and robbed of his gun near Durban’s Sibaya Casino, police said on Wednesday.  He was found dead on Tuesday evening when his colleague came to relieve him at a construction site near the casino.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age reports that, as the first anniversary of the disaster at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine approaches, families of the dead mine workers are still struggling to make ends meet.  

ujThe Star reports that a University of Johannesburg (UJ) manager accused of sexually harassing a colleague nonstop for several years was allowed to resign a day before an internal inquiry into his conduct was set to start.  

sadtu90Daily News reports that unions Sadtu and Nehawu on Tuesday lambasted the retrenchment of contract support staff and lecturers at at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal, as “counter-productive”.  

busaBusiness Report writes that Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has a new CEO in the form of Tanya Cohen, who replaces Jerry Vilakazi.  

protestBusinessLive reports that vocational training students have vowed to shut down the country’s 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

implatsANA reports that a mineworker died at one of Impala Platinum’s operations in Rustenburg as a result of a fall of rock on Wednesday morning, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) advised.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that the revenue management department’s executive director and acting chief financial officer were on Wednesday allegedly briefly held hostage in their Tshwane municipal finance offices by 50 protesting employees.  

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protestThe New Age reports that the situation was calm in Botleng township and the neighbouring areas of Delmas on Tuesday following a violent protest on Monday morning.  

eskomANA reports that Cosatu said on Tuesday that national government had a duty to intervene and help municipalities owing billions of rands to Eskom.  

randwaterSABC News reported on Tuesday that workers at the Rand Water sanitation plant in Sebokeng in the Vaal had stopped working, alleginging that management had shortchanged them.  

protestThe Citizen reports that the SA Further Education and Training Student Association (Safetsa) intends to shut down the 265 campuses of all 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges country-wide by Thursday morning.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that, after an Oxfam report revealed that three South Africa’s billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom 50% of the country’s population, Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla expressed the view in an interview that inequality would continue to worsen in SA.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation moved further outside the SA Reserve Bank’s 3%-6% target range in December 2016.  

hospersaANA reports that the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) on Tuesday said it wanted the government to pay for the treatment of ambulance staff who have been subjected to attacks on them while responding to calls.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that union federation Cosatu has welcomed the signing of the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act into law, saying it would benefit thousands of jobless workers and mothers going on maternity leave.  

saqaBusinessLive reports that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has directed the SA Qualifications Authority (Saqa) and the quality councils to clean up their act in a bid to overhaul the vocational college sector, which has been beset by myriad problems including policy incoherence.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that a hike in the safeguard duty on bone-in chicken imports from the EU appears to be a likely outcome of a high-level meeting between the government, business and labour on Tuesday.  

sarb thumb medium60 101ANA reports that Cosatu on Tuesday called on government to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb).  

graduate thumb100 The New Age reports that, as unsuspecting students continue to fall prey to bogus colleges, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has embarked on a week-long inspection campaign aimed at enforcing compliance and clamping down on unregistered colleges.  

DiamondCorpMining Review reports that DiamondCorp has announced it is looking to raise £1 million as part of a plan to assist with its 74% owned Lace diamond mine that has been placed under business rescue.  

ancylThe New Age reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in North West has called upon relevant authorities in the education sector to apply strict vetting systems before employing teachers.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the City of Tshwane says that claims that the Democratic Alliance (DA) administration planned to fire general workers who are part of the ‘Vat Alles’ programme are untrue.  

sadtu90The New Age reports that teachers affiliated to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) have threatened to embark on a protest against the provincial education department next week to press for the delivery of stationery and better working conditions.  

imfBusinessLive reports that SA’s inadequate labour market skills mix has been flagged by the IMF as being out of step with the demands of the country’s economy.  

natu thumb medium80 91Daily News reports that thousands of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Grade R teachers who claimed they were being short-changed by the education department had their salaries bumped up by R500 a month on Sunday night in a last-ditch effort to prevent them walking out of classrooms.