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.

boardroomtableTerry Bell reports that the government hopes by the end of this coming week to reach an agreement with the three major labour federations on details for a comprehensive social security package.  

publicprotectorSowetanLive reports that swindled apartheid-era Venda municipality employees have yet to get justice because the state fears processing their pension claims would trigger a flurry of demands among former homeland workers.  

tshwane thumb100 The New Age reports that the future of thousands of contract workers working for the Tshwane municipality is at stake with the threat of job losses looming.  

natu thumb medium80 91SABC News reports that the National Teachers Union (Natu) intends taking the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Education to the Durban High Court for what it terms its 'unprocedural' process of post creation and distribution of surplus teachers.  

ABInBevBusinessLive reports that, ten weeks after its merger with SABMiller, Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev) sent out a voluntary severance offer to more than 1,000 management employees in SA.  

graduate thumb100 SowetanLive reports that Victory Training College and the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies in Johannesburg have been dubbed bogus operators by the Department of Higher Education (DHET).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 20 January to Sunday, 22 January 2017

gunNews24 reports that a man believed to be an illegal miner was found dead on the N12 near the Putfontein off-ramp in Benoni on Friday afternoon.  

DiamondCorpSABC News reported on Friday that 40 mineworkers who had been staging a sit-in underground at the Lace Diamond Mine outside Kroonstad in the Free State had abandoned their protest action.  

VantageGoldfieldsSowetanLive reports the family of one of the three workers whose bodies remain trapped at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine in Barbeton say they never received the money they were promised last year.  

anglogoldashantiANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday said that it would meet with AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) to deliberate on the gold producer’s possible decision to lay off more than 800 workers at its SA operations.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that the Minerals Resources Minister said on Thursday the number of miners killed in mines last year fell 5% to a record low of 73 from 77 the prior year.  At the same time trade unions called for an end to rivalry among themselves so that they could work together to eradicate deaths and injuries.  

MotsoalediTimesLive reports that doctors are furious with Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi for blaming them for being without jobs and saying doctors “can't claim to be unemployed”.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity on Thursday said that the number of mining fatalities recorded in 2016 had shown no significant improvement compared with those of 2015.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that City of Tshwane workers have lodged a formal complaint against the acting energy director claiming he called them ka**rs and baboons, the ANC in Tshwane said on Thursday.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was not "at war" with Sibanye Gold or AngloGold Ashanti, despite the differences that have been aired in court and comments.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA writes that all sectors in South Africa needed to pull in the same direction if the country was to attract investment which could break the back of unemployment.  

kznuniversityRebecca Davis reports that for the past two years, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has been meeting with South African institutes of higher learning to hear what they are doing in terms of gender transformation.  

medicaldoctorTimesLive reports that according to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, final year medical students marry in November to ensure they are not sent to far-flung posts in rural areas or other provinces.  

anglogoldashantiMining Weekly reports that gold producer AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) on Thursday said that, while it was in talks with certain stakeholders, including unions and authorities to address challenges facing its local operations, “job cuts will always be a last resort”.  

newsTimesLive reports that a Limpopo game lodge worker has died after he was attacked by lions that escaped from a neighbouring reserve.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

tshwane thumb100 Huffington Post reports that the acting director of energy and electricity in the City of Tshwane has been accused of calling black people baboons and refusing for them to speak their mother tongue.  

kznlogo thumb100 The Mercury reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube warned councillors during their induction on Tuesday of the punitive measures they would face should they fail to support the government’s “Back to Basics” campaign.  

solidariteitMaroela Media reports that Solidarity on Wednesday achieved a “huge” settlement on behalf of one of its members in the SA Police Service (SAPS) following him having been overlooked for promotion repeatedly as a result of affirmative action.  

joburgcityTimesLive reports that the executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg‚ Herman Mashaba‚ has received a report on employees working at the Joburg Theatre without proper documentation.  

chickensColumnist Bronwyn Nortje writes that South African chicken producers would like you to believe that imports are threatening their business and costing jobs, but this is a classic red herring.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that the number of people killed on South African mines in 2016 fell 5% year-on-year to 73, with large gold and platinum mines the largest contributors, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.  

gunANA reports that a security guard was killed and robbed of his gun near Durban’s Sibaya Casino, police said on Wednesday.  He was found dead on Tuesday evening when his colleague came to relieve him at a construction site near the casino.