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.

handcuffsThe New Age writes that the law is taking its course in two separate cases where illegal miners (zama zamas) were allegedly involved in violence which resulted in deaths.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the prosecution in Eskom’s disciplinary process against Matshela Koko was forced to close its case prematurely on Saturday after a number of witnesses declined to testify against the suspended former acting CEO.  

newsANA reports that a Limpopo game farmer faces a charge of culpable homicide after a worker on a neighbouring farm accidentally shot himself with his darting gun at a farm near Lephalale.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that the National Minimum Wage Bill was tabled in Parliament last week to set up a 10-member national minimum wage commission that will review the national minimum wage (NMW) yearly and make recommendations to the labour minister.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that almost 300 medical students will sit their final-year exams this week, not knowing where they will be doing their internships in 2018.  

protestEWN reports that a protest was taking place on Monday morning at the entrance of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, apparently by group of private security guards.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107TimesLive reports that security guards gathered in Germiston on Monday morning‚ prior to their march to the offices of the City of Ekurhuleni to demand that they be considered for employment in new contracts to be signed by the metro.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Saturday that the strike by some 900 workers at Whirlpool appliances manufacturing facilities was over.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that according to union federation Cosatu, the government’s delay in presenting a wage offer to public servants is a recipe for an unnecessary strike.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 24 November to Sunday, 26 November 2017.

parliamentHuffPost reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on mineral resources has called for the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to play a role in the class action lawsuit by 30,000 former mine workers against 82 gold mines.  

auditorgeneralCity Press reports that corrupt officials may soon find themselves personally liable for losses incurred by the state if Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has his way.  

VantageGoldfieldsMail & Guardian reports that creditors have applied to the court to liquidate Vantage Goldfields-owned Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.  

ManufacturingCircleEngineering News reports that the Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how SA could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107ANA reports that the City of Ekurhuleni said on Sunday that its disaster and emergency management services (DEMS) were experiencing an increase in attacks on staff, including damage to emergency vehicles and fire station centers.  

northwestprovinceANA reports that the North West health department has officially suspended, with immediate effect, five officials who allegedly defrauded the Klerksdorp/Tshepong hospital complex of more than R1.2m from May to November this year.  

SaftuFin24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) said on Sunday it was angered at the latest decisions by global ratings agencies.  

cosatuBusiness Report that labour federation Cosatu has taken offence at the words ‘Black Friday’, claiming that it originates from the time when slaves were sold on a Friday.  

susanshabangu thumb medium80 113City Press reports that Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, said on Saturday that schools, which were meant to be safe havens for children, were now high risk areas for them to be sexually abused by teachers and caretakers.  

medicaldoctorSABC News reports that a number of cardiac specialists have expressed concern about the dire shortage of specialists and resources to treat patients with heart-related illnesses at public hospitals.  

newsFin24 reports that according to Lesiba Mothata, chief economist at Alexander Forbes Investments, South African jobs will be lost as a direct result of Friday night's downgrade of SA's long-term local currency debt to junk status by S&P Global Ratings.  

medicaldoctoreNCA reports that frustrated student doctors are using social media, under the hashtag #UnemployedDoctors, to complain about their uncertain futures.  

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will be conducting a door-to-door campaign in Olifantshoek, Postmasburg, Danielskuil, Lime Acres and Kathu in the Northern Cape from Monday, 27 November.  

artisan2Fin24 reports that a lack of development of employees beyond schooling was one of the weaknesses that dragged down SA’s competitiveness in the IMD World Talent Ranking report for 2017.  

comMiningmx reports that the High Court has postponed a hearing into the revised Mining Charter, which had been set for 13 and 14 December, deciding instead that the scale and complexity of the matter required a three day inquiry.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports on a shootout at the Bonteheuwel-Netreg station on Thursday that saw a 31-year-old Metrorail Protection Service (MPS) official rushed to Groote Schuur Hospital.  

joburgcityTimesLive reports that operations have resumed at the Klipspruit West Clinic after it was closed due to security threats to patients and staff.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that a former public works official was due appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of fraud‚ corruption and money laundering.  

popcruIOL News reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Thursday reacted to the appointment of General Khehla John Sitole as the new national police commissioner.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has warned of an all-out strike if the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government does not “step up in fixing the mess” at the provincial health department.