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.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 13 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017.

sadtu90SowetanLive reports that on Friday thousands of SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members flooded the Durban central business district in a flow of red‚ protesting against the state of affairs in education in the province.  

ambulanceEWN reported on Sunday evening that two paramedic officials remained in critical condition in hospital following a fatal collision involving an ambulance and another vehicle in Centurion.  

pandorCity Press Business reports that a new research pilot plant for manufacturing materials used in batteries could ultimately lead to the creation of 1,600 jobs.  

numFin24 reports that over 150 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have resurfaced after staging an underground sit-in at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) that started on 10 October.  

phiyegaNews24 reports that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula indicated in a reply to a parliamentary question released on Friday that no retirement package had been approved for former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.  

MangoSolidarity confirmed on Sunday that the trade union’s members, who represent 95% of the pilots at Mango airline, will go on strike as from 05:00 on Monday morning as wage negotiations collapsed.  

PSCBCCity Press Business writes that the 2017 Treasury budget made provision for a 7% hike in government wages next year to R588.7 billion, followed by a 7.2% hike in 2019 to R631.1 billion.  

transnetlogo thumb100 City Press reports that Regiments Capital is suing the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund to recover lost fees and to possibly get reinstated as fund manager, after its three-year contract was cut short.  

gautengeNCA reports that the Gauteng Education Department said it was revisiting the appointment of security personnel at schools in the province.  This came after 87 pupils were allegedly sexually assaulted at a primary school in Soweto.  

sapsBusinessLive reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) may have made millionaires of at least three of its officers who have businesses that supply goods and services to it.  This was according to data supplied by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula in a written reply to Parliament.  

Road Accident FundThe New Age reports that the Road Accident Fund (RAF) said on Thursday that the latest allegations by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) were evidence that the union would rather preoccupy itself with maligning the fund rather than co-operating to create “conducive conditions”.  

panafricanReuters reported on Thursday that construction of Pan African Resources’ R1.7bn project in Mpumalanga to produce gold from mine dumps had been halted the past two days because of protests and assaults on its workers.  

gautengSowetan reports that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has removed the principal and management team of a Soweto primary school where 83 grade R learners were allegedly molested by a guard.  

gavel thumb100 In an informative and detailed report, BusinessLive writes that it has been 13 months since the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) handed down a landmark ruling on the illegality of certain practices in the administration of garnishee orders, but for many of the applicants in that case life is just as bleak.  

pscBusinessLive reports that government departments are paying a price for their tardiness in implementing arbitration awards in disputes with employees.  

picNews24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) is proposing draft legislation that will strengthen transparency and accountability at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  The PIC is responsible for investing the funds of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and other state entities.  

sapsNews24 reports that the parliamentary portfolio committee on police said last week that SA needed to have a new national police commissioner appointed as soon as possible to fix operational problems in the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

westerncape thumb medium80 80EWN reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) is concerned that the number of active police reservists in the Western Cape has declined by 84% since 2008.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament has taken the decision to dismiss suspended security head Zelda Holtzman with immediate effect after receiving a recommendations report.  

farming thumb medium80 84BusinessLive reports that the Bjatladi community in Limpopo is set to reap the benefits of its ownership of Zebediela Citrus Farm, which is under new management and has had an injection of capital.  

PSiRATimesLive reports that the Department of Education could find itself in hot water if it is found that a security guard accused of sexually assaulting 54 primary school learners in Soweto does not have the qualifications needed for the job.  

faithmuthambiBusinessLive reports that Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Faith Muthambi has served the top leadership of her department‚ including its director-general and chief financial officer, with notices of suspension.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Wednesday pledged solidarity with 91 mineworkers who were dismissed at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine in the Northern Cape five years ago following a wage strike and sit-in at the mine.  

absalogo thumb100 TimesLive reports that an Absa employee was found guilty on 359 charges of fraud after a Hawks investigation found that he transferred money from a client’s account to his brother’s account without the knowledge of the client.  

retirementFin24 reports that concerns that politicians view the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as a cash cow are looming large over discussions to establish an overarching pension fund for SA.  

implatsheadgear smlBusinessLive reports that the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) tripled the number of payouts it made to injured miners in the 2016-17 financial year compared to the year before  

sabcEWN reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) is threatening to strike at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to raise its concerns about the state of the public broadcaster.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that young job seekers in Tshwane filled three buses to capacity on Monday when the city launched a free bus ride project to transport unemployed youth from townships to town to look for work.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that opposition to Eskom’s shocking decision to remove interim chief executive Johnny Dladla intensified on Monday, with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Black Business Council (BBC) calling for his immediate reinstatement.