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.

patricemotsepeMining Weekly reports that on Thursday African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged the SA mining industry to take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent SA’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted.  

sabcIOL News reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is facing the wrath of the unions after it said on Thursday it would have to retrench staff because of a cash crunch.  

nehawu80eNCA reports that members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) declared a total shutdown of the Department of Social Development offices in Johannesburg on Friday morning, burning tyres in the process.  

farming thumb medium80 84Cape Argus reports that the Western Cape standing committee on economic opportunities, agriculture and tourism has been told that thousands of jobs would have to be shed in the agriculture industry in the province if the devastating water crisis continued.  

gunCaxton News Service reports that police have launched a massive manhunt after a security guard was found murdered on Wednesday night at Morokolotsi Atchaar factory along the R36 road in Limpopo.  

irvinjimANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called for a national shutdown to protest against moves by Eskom to close several coal-fired power stations.  

Stats SATMG Digital reports that Statistics SA has revealed that of the 11.2 million South African children aged between seven and 17‚ a shocking 577,000 were involved in child labour activities in 2015.  

dipuopetersTimesLive reports that according to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, there was nothing wrong with axed Prasa boss Collins Letsoalo's 350% salary hike because he should not be paid less than those who reported to him.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday delivered memoranda at the Arnot, Komati and Duvha power stations, setting out its grievances over Eskom’s decommissioning plan.  

jeffradebeFin24 reports that Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe advised on Thursday of government’s projection that South Africa would receive private sector investment of R956m in the near future.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday that its members at the Road Accident Fund (RAF) were striking for higher wages and to protest the agency’s "shambolic management".  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.

VantageGoldfieldsNews24 reports that a lawyer representing the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has told an inquiry there was still hope of recovering the container with the bodies of the three Lily Mine workers and getting the mine operational again.  

nehawu80News24 reports that, according to a union official, members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) are not on strike and have no immediate plans to do so.  

strike thumb medium85 85TMG Digital reports that a three-week strike costing R2 million a day for a cash-strapped company has had dire consequences for workers, namely mass dismissal.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107TMG Digital/The Times reports that the final resting place for five-year old Richard Thole will be the disused mine shaft in Boksburg he fell into three weeks ago.  

parliamentANA reports that government has been served with summonses of claims of over R1.1-billion in compensation from the victims of the Marikana massacre, which claimed the lives of 34 people on 16 April 2012, and ten others in the preceding week.  

pikitupThe Citizen reports that the sanitation and rubbish removal agency for the City of Johannesburg, Pikitup, has finally appointed a new boss after almost six months without a head.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) warned on Wednesday of a looming wage strike at the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

eskomEWN reports that Eskom is planning to meet with trade unions this week to discuss the planned phasing out of five coal power stations in Mpumalanga.  

McBrideANA reports that police watchdog head Robert McBride told MPs on Wednesday that his team will meet an April deadline to submit all dockets relating criminal behaviour during the 2016 Marikana massacre to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  

joburgcityeNCA reports that the Johannesburg Social Movement is set to protest around the city's metro centre on Thursday, and metro police are expecting violent clashes.  

suninternationalPretoria News reports that, despite massive disruptions to construction on Tuesday, all systems remain on track for the grand opening on 1 April of Sun International’s Time Square Casino and Hotel at Menlyn Maine.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that union federation Cosatu will picket outside Parliament on Thursday between 13:00 and 14:00 over the current debacle around welfare grants.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 15 March 2017

prasaEngineering News reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) does not believe the newly appointed interim board of the state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) will be able to save the entity.  

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that it was said in a debate on farm murders on Tuesday in the National Assembly that it was more dangerous in SA to be a farmer than a police officer.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a group of more than twenty illegal miners in the Free State were given long prison sentences in the Virginia Circuit Court on Tuesday.  

joburgcityTMG Digital reports that two City of Johannesburg housing officials along with two accomplices have been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption linked to a syndicate involving land and RDP houses.  

uctGroundUp reports that only one university in the Western Cape has brought all workers onto its payroll, despite all four universities beginning debates on “insourcing” in 2015, one of the rallying cries during the #FeesMustFall protests.