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.

sapsEWN reports that members of parliament's police portfolio committee were left gobsmacked after it was revealed that the police service still has illiterate members.  

SteinhoffBusiness Report writes that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) lost about R20bn from the collapse of global retailer Steinhoff’s share price after the group admitted accounting irregularities.  

ANN7SowetanLive reports that fears of job losses have gripped ANN7 employees after pay-tv company MultiChoice announced its decision to cut ties with the Gupta-linked 24-hour news channel.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that platinum producer Lonmin said on Tuesday that it had increased the salary of its chief executive, Ben Magara, for the first time since October 2013.  

eskomANA reports that Eskom's head of generation, Matshela Koko, on Wednesday confirmed that he had been suspended from the state-owned power utility.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed that it has appointed former journalist Chris Maroleng as its chief operating officer (COO) with effect from 1 February.  

joburgcityTimeslive writes that, leaning on a crutch with his knee bandaged‚ Terrence Mhindurwa, and also Lance Mangoro, on Thursday returned to the site where their colleagues‚ Johannesburg metro police officers Winnie Mokgolo and Sophie Ngoasheng‚ were killed earlier this week.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that the former Reiger Park school principal allegedly caught on video having sex with a pupil has been described by someone who knows him as a “notorious womaniser” who allegedly abused his power to gain sexual favours from female pupils.  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe wants to appeal against a damning court ruling that he must pay back the lump sum of over R10.3m of a R30.1 million pension he received. 

witsuniversityGroundUp reports that the week-long workers’ strike at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has been suspended after management and the workers’ unions reached an agreement on Wednesday afternoon.  

PSCBCBusinessLive reports that seemingly in a quest to avoid a strike on the eve of the 2019 general election, the government has tabled a draft wage agreement with several proposals favourable to labour unions.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour has conceded that it erred when it changed the wording of the definition of "worker" in the National Minimum Wage Bill.  

newsTimeslive reports that the driver of a Toyota Hilux which ploughed into two Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers at a manned roadblock – killing them instantly - had at least three empty bottles of spirits in his vehicle.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 30 January 2018.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92ANA reports that Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday that all implicated teachers and officials involved in the Reiger Park High School sex scandal have been removed from the school and an investigation has begun against the principal.  

witsuniversityGroundUp reports that negotiations between University of Witwatersrand (Wits) management and workers’ unions ended in a stalemate on Monday.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has managed to pay creditors and employees over the past two months, but still needs to find a long-term solution to its liquidity crunch, the company’s executives said on Tuesday.  

sapsNews24 reports that three alleged illegal miners, known as zama zamas, were shot dead and 14 others were arrested following a shootout with police in Boksburg on Monday morning.  

DUTNews24 reports that striking Durban University of Technology (DUT) staff members who belong to various unions were met with rubber bullets on Monday when they attempted to disrupt registration processes on campus.  

solplaatjieuniversitySABC News reports that members of the National Health Education & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have downed tools at Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley.  

joburgcityTimeslive reports that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba announced on Monday that an employee was dismissed after allegedly being involved in a scam which swindled residents of Cosmo City.  

satawu thumb medium90 101Engineering News reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) and four other unions in the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) on Monday said they would take employers' wage offers to their members for consideration.  

unisaThe Mercury reports that students at the University of SA (Unisa) “locked in” staff members at the Durban campus on Monday afternoon demanding that they should work for “24 hours” to register the waiting students.  

newsTimeslive reports that two Johannesburg metro police officers were killed on Monday night when a suspected drunk driver slammed into the roadblock they were operating.  

DisChemSowetanLive reports that the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) has reached an agreement with Dis-Chem after its members downed tools for non-payment of bonuses.  

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that the firefighter who died battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain on Sunday has been identified as 33-year-old Candice Kruger.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the narrow definition of workers as "employees" used in the National Minimum Wage Bill was not agreed on when the policy was drafted at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 29 January 2018.

gideonduplessisSolidarity’s general secretary, Gideon du Plessis, writes about the call made by Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter in a New Year’s message for “collaborative leadership among interested parties” to “make mining matter” in 2018.  

SamsaThe Herald reports that police and the SA Maritime Safety Authority are investigating the death of a deputy sheriff of the court‚ who plunged at least 8m into the ocean while climbing a steep ladder to execute a warrant of arrest on Liberian vessel the Blue Marlin I.