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 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.  

newsEWN reports that the state is facing claims amounting to more than R1 billion arising out of the Marikana massacre four years ago when 34 miners lost their lives after police opened fire on protesting strikers near Lonmin’s Rustenburg mine.  

ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that support for ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Jacob Zuma as the president of the party is gaining momentum within the ANC-aligned trade union movement, with Cosatu in Limpopo and in Free State joining the fray.  

fawuFarmer's Weekly reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) recently called on government to focus on the crisis facing SA’s poultry industry, rather than on transformation.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Labour’s commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive bridge collapse along the M1, which was scheduled to resume at the end of the month, has been postponed again.  

capetowncityThe New Age reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Tuesday blamed Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille for the deadly Hout Bay Fire.  

sapsTMG Digital/TimesLive reports that police have arrested four people in connection with the massacre of 14 illegal Basotho miners on Gauteng’s East Rand earlier in March.  The bodies were found after separate shootings around illegal mine shafts in the Benoni area last week.  

petrosaANA reports that it was suggested in Parliament on Tuesday that the entire PetroSA board should be axed in the light of R17.3 million in bonuses having been paid out to executives, despite the state-owned oil company have suffered a R14.5 billion rand impairment in the 2014/15 financial year.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that seven police officers were expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on Monday to face fraud and corruption charges for allegedly submitting fraudulent travel claims.  

newsNews24 reports that four children at a facility for troubled boys have allegedly killed a supervisor there, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.  

angloamerican fullBusinessLive reports that Anglo American has delivered on its promise and pared back the scope for its mining executives to be excessively rewarded as a consequence of surging commodity prices and favourable exchange-rate movements.