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.

RailwaySafetyRegulatorTimesLive reports that a preliminary report by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has found that a breakdown in communication between a control officer and a driver led to the deadly train crash near Pretoria's Mountain View train station.  

sadtu90EWN reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has called on the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to intervene where there have been reports of overcrowding at schools.  

earningsJacques van Wyk, director and labour law specialist at Werksmans Attorneys, has written an informative article about the National Minimum Wage Act, which came into effect on 1 January 2019. 

education blackboard thumb medium80 92ANA reports that a teacher who allegedly separated black and white children in the Grade R class at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West has been suspended with immediate effect.  

newsBusinessTech writes that for years, poor governance and policy changes in SA have pushed skilled professionals into seeking greener pastures overseas.  

ancNews24 reports that the woman who has accused ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe of sexual harassment has denied that being unable to attend his hearing this week was proof that she had cold feet over her claims.  

newsIndependent News reports that Mr D Food has terminated the contract of one of its drivers who was caught on video masturbating openly just moments after handing over a delivery to a young woman.  

ancBusinessLive reports that ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said on Wednesday that the ANC’s election manifesto would provide solutions to solving unemployment, which the governing party had identified as the biggest problem facing South Africans.  

Tiger BrandsFinancial Mail reports that Tiger Brands’ 2018 financial year was a truly nightmarish one when the difficult economic conditions drove every performance measure sharply south.  

ramaphosaANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa told a crowd of African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) members on Wednesday that work experience should not be a requirement for young people when applying for employment.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato on Wednesday said the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU), which provides an additional 100 law enforcement officers to the existing security personnel in meeting Metrorail’s security challenges, has been a success story.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 9 January 2019.

bladenzimandeANA reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday that he was outraged after two trains collided earlier in the morning, leaving hundreds of people injured and three people dead.  He laid the blame on cable theft.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92SowetanLive reports that an eyewitness who missed Tuesday morning’s deadly train collision by a whisker said one of the trains experienced problems along the way and had stopped for 20 to 30 minutes on multiple occasions.  

effSABC News reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng says Transport MEC Ismail Vadi and Transport Minister Blade Nzimande must take responsibility for Tuesday’s fatal train collision in Pretoria.  

parliamentLandbouweekblad reports that the new National Minimum Wage Act (No. 9 of 2018) will have to be referred back to Parliament because it contains a far-reaching error.  

protestThe Citizen reports that the ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL’s) march against racism not only brought Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, to a standstill on Tuesday, but three surrounding townships were also on lockdown, with people barred from leaving.  

limpopo thumb100 SABC News reports that the contracts of community service pharmacists, intern-nurses and other professionals in the Limpopo Department of Health will not be renewed when they expire at the end of the month.  

handcuffsANA reports that Gauteng police said on Wednesday that they had taken in for questioning a group of six men suspected to be involved in illegal mining and gangsterism in the Ekurhuleni areas of Benoni, Springs and Actonville.  

Mathunjwa2ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) vowed on Tuesday to continue with its protected strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations until its demand of a R1,000 annual wage increment for the next three-year period was met.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater is going strong with its gold operations at the Kloof, Beatrix and Driefontein mines open for business.  

medicaldoctorThe Citizen reports that hundreds of graduates are sitting at home after the Department of Health (DOH) bungled their placement into public health facilities to do community service and internships.  

newsBusinessLive notes that the Spectator Index has ranked SA’s youth unemployment rate as the highest in the world.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLive reports that commuters have taken to Twitter to raise their concerns about travelling by train, following four crashes in Gauteng in as many months.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 8 January 2019.

limusaANA reports that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) on Monday rejected the appointment of Daniel du Toit as the group CE of state-owned arms manufacturer, Denel.  

strike thumb medium85 85Miningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater could not absorb the impact of a strike by the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) for a protracted period, according to Hurbey Geldenhuys, an analyst for Vunani Securities.  

protestSowetanLive reports that the small town of Bronkhorstspruit east of Pretoria was expected to come to a standstill on Tuesday.  Residents planned a shutdown to protest a security guard having been stripped down to his underwear and forced to walk 3km in the rain.  

mildredoliphantThe Star reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has issued regulations permitting the exemption of employers who are unable to pay the national minimum wage that was passed by the National Assembly last year.  

numSABC News reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has condemned the escalation of attacks on its members, allegedly by striking members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.