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.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Reuters reports that platinum producer Lonmin plans to cut spending on social and labour projects and freeze "non-critical recruitment", part of an array of measures to save cash.  

MotsoalediOn Monday, the departments of health and transport signed a pledge with the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) to encourage taxi drivers to prioritise their own health and that of their passengers.  

nersaBusiness Report writes that the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) has approved Eskom’s application for a two-year incentive pricing package for Silicon Smelter’s plants in Polokwane and eMalahleni.  

samwu thumb medium80 78SowetanLive reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has come out guns blazing against Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane’s threat to cut water supply to 30 municipalities‚ describing it an “evil” plan.  

news shutterstockBusinessLive reports that the final version of the Financial Sector Code has been gazetted with a crucial omission, namely a mandatory scorecard for retirement funds that would have seen more black principal officers and trustees appointed.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that the future of platinum producer is in the balance as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) probes allegations that it has violated its mining licence.  

newsTimesLive reports that an annual survey of top SA executives and managers has revealed an "alarming" dip in confidence and outlook‚ with a record 78% of people surveyed indicating they would consider opportunities abroad.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the rift between the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and three disgruntled regional managers, whom it wanted to shift to other provinces, has deepened.  

robdaviesEngineering News writes that the structure of the SA economy does not allow for the creation of large numbers of jobs, nor can it support a large number of new jobs at appropriate skills levels, the ‘State of Manufacturing 2017’ report has indicated.  

SARSFin24 reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) is in the process of seeking a declaratory order from the North Gauteng High Court on whether bonuses of R3m awarded to members of the executive committee (Exco) in August 2016 should be regarded as irregular expenditure or not.  

southafricalogoGroundUp reports that attempts to fix the bottleneck of claims to the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund are finally showing results.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that power utility Eskom has noted with "great concern" reports that suspended group executive Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing has collapsed.  

parliamentHistory was made in Parliament on Tuesday when a private member's bill was passed for the first time in the National Assembly.  The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, proposed by ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley, aims to give fathers the opportunity to take paternity leave.  

Solidarity2Fin24 reports that a court will hear why the circumstances surrounding former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s early retirement pension pay-out and his subsequent reappointment as Eskom CEO, to remedy the situation, was unlawful.  

psaFin24 reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba might face court action from the Public Servants Association (PSA) if he does not agree to the union’s demands to have better representation on the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  

farming thumb medium80 84Cape Argus reports that, while the bulk of Capetonians are making efforts to save water, some farmworkers in the Boland region have a “hunger for clean water”.  This is just one of the issues that came out of the fourth Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers’ Union (CSAAWU) congress.  

satawu thumb medium90 101The Citizen reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has official announced its support for Cyril Ramaphosa to become African National Congress (ANC) president at the party’s elective national conference in December.  

southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that the scene is set for acrimonious public sector wage negotiations after the public service unions at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) said on Moday that they were readying themselves for a bitter fight with the government.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that on Friday five men, two of them armed with handguns, entered a full carriage on a Metrorail Cape Town-bound train and began to rob passengers.  

minerCity Press reports that the number of fatalities at mines across the country has increased by at least 12% this year so far.  Last year, there were 68 fatalities across the mining sector, while 77 men and women have died in 2017 so far.  

gautengThe Star writes that the trend of the Gauteng government paying suspended employees to stay at home doing nothing is getting worse, with R75.7m blown in the past seven years on salaries of officials placed on precautionary suspension.  

eskomBizNews writes that the analysts at top rated money manager Allan Gray join the financial dots better than most and chief investment officer Andrew Lapping did so again during a recent roadshow.  

gavel thumb100 DispatchLive reports that seven months after being convicted on three counts of fraud, Senqu local municipality municipal manager, Mxolisi Yawa, is still serving in his position.  

boardroomtableBusinessLive reports that public sector unions have condemned the government’s "lax and indifferent" approach to wage negotiations after it failed to present workers with a wage offer, almost three months into the talks.  

gautengNews24 reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has terminated the contract of a private security company "with immediate effect" after its employees staged a protest at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital on Monday.  

newsTimesLive reports that independent aviation companies Airlink and Safair have inked a merger deal in order to pool their costs.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 27 November 2017.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the Mining Forum of SA (MFSA) has called on Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to suspend or cancel Lonmin's operations after the platinum producer failed to comply with social and labour plans (SLPs).  

necsa1The Citizen reports that the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) shut down a radio isotope cancer treatment production line at the Pelindaba nuclear plant 10 days ago because of safety concerns.  

salgaBusinessLive reports that broke municipalities are dipping into their infrastructure grant funds to pay salaries, a concern for the SA Local Government Association (Salga) and the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).