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.

eskomANA reports that the final Cabinet meeting of 2019 mandated Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to negotiate with Andre de Ruyter to take up his duties as the new Eskom CEO earlier than the set date.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Pretoria High Court has dismissed former public protector COO Basani Baloyi’s urgent challenge to her firing, which she argued was driven by ulterior and politically motivated purposes.  

GEPFFinancial Mail reports that the country’s largest investor in the bonds of SA’s beleaguered state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has drawn a line in the sand and is slowly withdrawing support for basket cases such as Eskom.  

headgear thumb medium80 122Allan Seccombe writes that for a mining company to deal with four deaths and the difficult, dangerous recovery of those bodies is one thing, but to deal with an unfounded, racist diatribe from a union about those rescue efforts adds a nasty and unnecessary element.  

numFin24 reports that incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter can expect a rocky start to his tenure as boss of the troubled state-owned power utility, as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) plans to demonstrate and hand him a memorandum on his first day in the office.  

medicaldoctorEWN reports that over 150 community service doctors and other health professionals in Limpopo will be without a job come the end of December.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24Wire reports that train commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still without rail services as continued fears over cable theft, safety and subsequent repairs have hindered Metrorail's services.  

coalMoneyweb reports that Koornfontein coal miners have been without pay for nearly two years, after the catastrophic involvement of the Guptas brought the company to its knees.  

UIFIn a letter to the editor of Business Day, Michael Bagraim, MP and Democratic Alliance (DA) employment and labour spokesperson, writes that he has had numerous, countrywide complaints about the Department of Employment and Labour’s website and U-filing.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation slowed in November, hitting the lowest level since December 2010, Statistics SA indicated on Wednesday.  

RichardsBayMineralsBusinessLive reports that Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine, which was forced to close down two weeks ago due to violent attacks on workers, will resume production on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 11 December 2019.

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu may be facing the first major battle in his new deployment to the national Cabinet as public sector unions intend to fight his plan to freeze civil servants’ wages.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that trade union federation Cosatu does not believe that the rolling electricity blackouts that have hit the country are manageable and has called the situation a crisis.  

kznlogo thumb100 EWN reports that talks were set to resume on Wednesday morning between the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the Public and Allied Workers Union of SA (Pawusa) over the impasse at Durban’s Gale Street mortuary.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary at trade union Solidarity, writes that at last year’s Mining Charter III negotiations, trade unions campaigned for employee representation on company boards.  

auditorgeneralThe Mercury reports that the acting chief financial officer (CFO) of the Mooi Mpofana Municipality in Mooi River has been placed on special leave following an allegation that she had tried to bribe a staff member from the Office of the Auditor-General (A-G).  

newsBusinessLive reports that rampant fraud remains a challenge for SA life insurers, which detected 3,708 fraudulent and dishonest claims to the value of R1.06bn in 2018.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that Lieutenant General Thabiso Mokhosi, Chief of the South African Army, died on Tuesday in a Pretoria hospital following a short illness.  

ManpowerGroupBusiness Report writes that the latest survey by the Manpower Group of hiring intentions for the first quarter of 2020 does not provide any relief for job seekers.  It shows employers looking to add to their staff to be at their weakest level in five years.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that Comair, the operator of and British Airways in SA, has appointed Wrenelle Stander as group CEO, with immediate effect.  

headgear thumb medium80 122BusinessLive reports that most of SA’s underground mines suspended work for a second shift on Tuesday due to uncertainty about electricity supply from Eskom.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that manufacturing production declined for a fifth consecutive month in October, figures from Stats SA revealed on Tuesday.  

newsBusinessTech reports that data compiled by Oxford University researchers at Our World in Data shows that South African employees work some of the longest hours in the world – but other data published by the group shows that we’re not very productive.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 10 December 2019.

SANParksThe Lowvelder reports that four Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers are back at work after they were arrested on poaching-related charges earlier this year.  

uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that according to the United Association of SA (Uasa), rolling blackouts by state-owned electricity utility Eskom were hurting small businesses the most, as many could not afford fuel-powered generators for alternative sources of energy.  

sapsNews24 reports that five police officials were among eight suspects who appeared before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on corruption charges on Monday.  

ramaphosa2The Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has allayed fears that the government is planning to privatise state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and has given the assurance that the state’s ownership would continue.  

sadtu90Independent News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has reacted angrily to comments attributed to former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba that the Cosatu affiliate was protecting unqualified and incompetent teachers.