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.

artisan2TimesLive reports that the Heher commission of inquiry has proposed that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges should be fee-free.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has admitted that her department paid out R30m worth of bonuses to its employees, despite the department having been found wanting in the management of its financial books.  

Zimbabwe flagThe Department of Home Affairs has extended to 31 January 2018 the deadline for submission of supporting documents and biometrics for Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) holders who have completed their online applications.  

fikilembalulaEWN reports that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on Cape Town police to "make an example" out of the suspects who robbed an ambulance, an act which might be directly to blame for a child's death.  

SaftuANA reports that Mac Chavalala, president of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), said on Saturday that the claim that South Africa was becoming a kleptocracy – a country ruled by thieves – was no exaggeration and has now been proven.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Metrorail in the Western Cape is fighting back as it tries to curb crime affecting its infrastructure services.  At least seven people have been arrested for various offences, including possession of stolen goods.  

kusasalethuReuters reports that Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine west of Johannesburg has been hit by a wildcat strike triggered by the sacking of six leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) for their role in a violent stoppage earlier this year.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Department of Home Affairs director-general Mkhuseli Apleni has advised that the department’s Saturday-shift legal dispute with trade unions has not yet been resolved.  

sabcSunday World reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has filed a court application to force the SABC pension fund to pay him R8-million in pension benefits (plus interest).  

Netcare911TimesLive reports that a man had to be rescued on Saturday after his arm was caught in a conveyor belt at a compost farm in Centurion.  

gautengTimesLive reports that the future of thousands of bus commuters hangs in the balance because the Gauteng department of roads and transport wants to dump a number of bus contracts onto municipalities.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 10 November to Sunday, 12 November 2017.

GEPFNetwerk24 reports that Solidarity says it will take the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) to court if it does not comply with the trade union’s request for information about certain of the fund’s investments and investment plans.  

CCMABusiness Report writes that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) wants to team up with the agriculture sector and has embarked on the Director’s National User Forum on Agriculture programme.  

gunEWN reports that Gauteng police have appealed for any information that could lead to the arrest of a man who shot and killed two employees at a hardware store in Soweto last week.  

ambulanceEWN reports that Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and City of Cape Town Safety and Security Mayco Member JP Smith briefed the media on Friday on an Emergency Medical Services Safety Plan.  

sabcEWN reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) has turned to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to help resolve a salary dispute at the SA  Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

Solidarity2Mining Weekly reports that on Friday, Solidarity members and other Lonmin employees demanded, in a manifesto, that the recognition of Solidarity and other representative trade unions be reinstated immediately.  

newsANA reports that the Gibela rail consortium has distanced itself from the flyers and Facebook posts currently circulating about the recruitment of people for a significant number of technical positions.  

sabcCity Press reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) last week had to scramble to explain a whopping R877,000 bonus paid to its acting group chief executive officer (CEO) Nomsa Philiso.  

numANA reports that a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) youth leader's house has been burnt down in Orange Farm, in the Vaal area south of Johannesburg, allegedly by members of the opposition Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that the head of eThekwini municipality’s revenue protection services was recently placed on suspension following an investigation linked to alleged kickbacks on a tender.  

boardroomtableCity Press reports that government last week remained tight-lipped on its negotiation position despite having delayed the public service wage talks by more than three weeks.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed that the member who was shot and killed by her boyfriend while on service in the east of the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) will receive a full military funeral on Saturday.  

mpumaThe New Age reports that scores of motorists watched in disbelief when an on-duty senior traffic officer attached to the Thembisile Hani local municipality was issued with a R500 traffic fine by his provincial counterpart on the notorious Moloto Road in Phola Park near KwaMhanga on Thursday morning.  

PSiRAGroundUp reports that according to independent sources, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) has fined Metrorail R3-million for employing security staff who are not registered under the PSiRA Act.  PSiRA regulates the private security industry.  

numReuters reports that a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman said on Friday that the union’s strike over wages in the coal sector will commence on 19 November.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Reuters reports that workers employed by Lonmin’s community shareholder Bapo Ba Mogale have been protesting as they have not been fully paid, causing minor disruption at two of the platinum producer’s shafts.  

PretoriaUniversityTimesLive reports that a Servest employee working at the University of Pretoria was killed when he was pulled into a chipper machine at the university’s LC De Villiers campus on Monday.  

StefanuttiBusiness Report writes that construction group Stefanutti Stocks reduced its employee headcount in the past two years from about 13,000 to 10,000 people as the number of its construction projects shrank.