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.

platinumbarBloomberg writes that when the world’s biggest platinum miners sit down to hammer out a wage deal with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) this week, they will hold two potentially winning cards in reserve, namely the cash and metal stockpiles to endure a strike.  

SteinhoffBusiness Report writes that former Steinhoff International chief executive Markus Jooste has filed opposing papers at the Western Cape High Court against the retailer’s R850 million claim against him.  

SARSFin24 reports that new SA Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has been accused of corruption in the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the board of which he chairs.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that Old Mutual is ready to discredit axed CEO Peter Moyo’s court papers to defend its board and chair Trevor Manuel.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a security guard who was shot in the chest at Folweni High School, south of Durban, last month died on Saturday.  He was the second person to be killed in Folweni in a month.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 5 July 2019.

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLIVE reports that a farm manager in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) was hospitalised with burns on Saturday after "violent thugs" invaded a farm, set it alight and allegedly threw him into the flames.  

MboweniTimesLIVE reports that Finance minister Tito Mboweni has declined to give the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) a much-needed government guarantee in order for the public broadcaster to stay on air.  

CCMAMail & Guardian reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has received 1,073 national minimum wage (NMW) referrals for the first half of this year, thereby pushing its overall caseload to over 100,000 complaints.  

sapsIndependent News reports that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has come under fire from MPs for spending the bulk of its R315 million budget on paying salaries instead of running its operations.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede is expected back at work on Tuesday, but the ANC provincial leadership must still decide on its next step after it forced her to take a 30-day leave of absence.  

MangoFin24 reports that in a statement on Friday, the Black Management Forum (BMF) condemned the appointment of Nico Bezuidenhout as CEO of state-owned low-cost airline Mango, which is a subsidiary of SA Airways (SAA).  

DenelFin24 reports that Denel wants the SA government to give it a R2.8bn financial boost, a spokesperson for the state-owned arms manufacturer confirmed on Friday.  

healthcareTrade union Solidarity expressed its concern on Friday about the precarious state of health care in the public sector and argued that the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI), as confirmed by newly appointed Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, would only bring “large-scale and far-reaching disaster”.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu in Gauteng says President Cyril Ramaphosa should call finance minister Tito Mboweni to order after a social media spat with Gauteng premier David Makhura over the scrapping of e-tolls.  

DemawusaNews24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has called on police to leave no stone unturned in finding those behind the assassination of Bongani Cola, deputy chairperson of the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa).  

edconBusinessLive reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has responded to suggestions that it invested in Edcon because of political pressure by saying that it was in the national interest to contribute to the turnaround of the struggling retailer.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 4 July 2019.

sabcTimesLIVE reports that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has told Parliament that she was prepared to quit her job rather than give the cash-strapped SA broadcasting Corporation (SABC) a loan guarantee while it does not have a solid turnaround strategy.  

sapsANA reports that national police commissioner General Khehla John Sitole has expressed shock at the cold-blooded murder of a Gauteng crime intelligence police officer and vowed to track down the killers.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that a paramedic driving an ambulance was attacked by a passenger as they transported an injured motorist to hospital in the North West.  

PhumelelaBusiness Report writes that Phumelela Gaming and Leisure has confirmed that it is in the process of retrenching at least 500 workers and closing some of its Betting World and Tab stores because of the dismal state of the economy.  

IIA SAIndependent News reports that a report by the Institute for Internal Auditors SA (IIA SA), which was released in May, revealed that one out of five internal auditors feared for their lives, and those of their families, in the event of them exposing questionable activities in their investigations.  

saicaThe Star reports that the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has launched an investigation into six board members of Royal Bafokeng Platinum following a complaint about their alleged unethical conduct.  

SAOUThe Citizen reports that Afrikaans teachers’ union the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (Saou) is facing another investigation, with its secretary-general’s R3.6 million salary among a flurry of alleged irregularities subject to a labour registrar’s probe.  

gautrainbus thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Gautrain operator Bombela advised on Wednesday that it would be taking disciplinary steps against a bus driver who was shown on social media using his cellphone while driving.  

MediClinicBL Premium reports that Mediclinic International’s disappointing offshore ventures have resulted in the private hospital group shedding more than 70% of its value in the past three years, but its senior executives have continued to get generous bonuses.  

BlyvoorGoldMining Weekly reports that the reemergence of illegal mining in the Carletonville area on the West Rand has prompted Blyvoor Gold to write an urgent open letter to Gauteng's provincial commissioner of police, Lieutenant-General E Mawela.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that a passenger made the hasty decision to take over the driving of a taxi after the driver was allegedly pepper-sprayed by a Joburg metro cop.  

coalMining Weekly reports that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre has initiated a project to model the socioeconomic risks and opportunities associated with SA’s transition from a coal-dominant electricity industry to one that is increasingly based on renewable energy.