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.

Stats SANews24 reports that some field workers who were part of Census 2022 say they are suffering because they have not been paid.

DenelFin24 reports that the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ordered state-owned arms manufacturer Denel to pay R13.2 million in outstanding salaries to 42 un-unionised current and former employees.

ambulanceNews24 reports that paramedics were held hostage in Mpumalanga on Sunday while the ambulance they were using was stripped of its engine, gearbox, battery and tyres.

strike thumb medium85 85BusinessLive reports that the strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, which has cost workers more than R1bn and deprived the company of the chance to take advantage of the boom in prices, will enter its tenth week on Wednesday after the latest attempt at talks failed.

joburgcitySowetanLive reports that the City of Joburg has ordered 130 employees whose contracts terminated to return cellphones and laptops issued by the City.

gunThe Witness reports that two security guards were shot dead while guarding employees who were repairing an electricity fault on Amanzimtoti Road, KwaMashu, in Durban on Monday morning.

fikilembalulaGroundUp reports that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has promised that Cape Town’s Central railway line will be functional by December.

sapsNews24 reports that General Shadrack Sibiya, the former Gauteng Hawks head who was dismissed in 2015, has won his appeal bid to be reinstated.

miner thumb medium90 104Moneyweb reports that Covid-19 claimed the lives of 749 miners over the last two years, with 74 more losing their lives in work-related fatalities in 2021.

CCMABusiness Insider SA reports that the CCMA has ruled that under the right circumstances someone who refused a Covid-19 vaccine could be fairly retrenched without being paid any severance.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

De RuyterNews24Wire reports that according to Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, the state-owned power utility does not anticipate any unlawful strikes or disruptions at its operations in the course of current wage negotiations with unions.

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium reports that revenue collection at the country’s ports of entry and in various offices internally is set to be disrupted when the two largest unions at the SA Revenue Service (Sars) down tools next week in support of their demand for higher wages.

petminMiningmx reports that according to Petmin subsidiary Tendele Coal, 1,500 employees will lose their jobs unless Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe approves a mining licence and environmental management permit for the firm’s Somkhele anthracite mine.

UbankBL Premium reports that the regulator of financial services, the Prudential Authority (PA), has announced that Ubank has been placed under curatorship for failing to maintain adequate capital levels, as required by the Banks Act.

eskomBL Premium reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) are demanding above-inflation wage hikes at state-owned power utility Eskom.

petrolpumpBusinessLive writes that things are looking unbelievably bleak for SA motorists as June is set to usher in a petrol price hike of huge proportions.

strike thumb medium85 85Fin24 reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) says it will reintroduce provisions to make balloting before and during a strike secret.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 13 May 2022.

SaftuSunday Times reports that deep divisions between general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and two senior colleagues forced the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) to call in a mediator to sort out their squabbles, but the effort failed.

DenelBL Premium reports that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel is in a rush against time to accelerate its restructuring, dispose of its noncore assets and find an equity partner in the hope that this will bring the company back from the brink of collapse.

westerncape thumb medium80 80News24 reports that the Western Cape community safety department has confirmed that two of the four officials suspended for their involvement in sexual misconduct during former MEC Albert Fritz's term of office were dismissed - with immediate effect.

miners2City Press reports that despite the theme of mining for a just energy transition at last week’s African Mining Indaba, and the just transition concept being the brainchild of workers, workers’ concerns on the transition were largely muted at the indaba.

newsTimesLive reports that deputy president David Mabuza announced on Saturday that hundreds of military veterans would receive their long-awaited pension payouts.

education90TimesLive writes that SA is increasingly becoming an economy driven by the tertiary sector, but pupils’ poor performance in critical subjects is hindering them from entering the job market.

newsThe Star reports that there is a shortage of veterinarians and para-veterinary professionals in SA. Internationally, the norm is to have between 200 and 400 vets per million of the country’s population and SA has around 60 to 70 vets per million, according to the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA).

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that cable theft and vandalism caused power outages that led to widespread disruptions to the rail network in the Western Cape on Thursday morning.

earningsAnn Crotty writes that in about 18 to 24 months’ time, the brouhaha over executive pay could get extremely testy because that’s when we’ll start to see the first signs of the value of long-term incentives (LTIs) awarded to executives during the early days of Covid. She calls it the ‘Covid bonus’.

news shutterstockIn our Friday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

bladenzimandeTimesLive reports that higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande has appointed a forensic company to conduct a full-scale investigation into the financial affairs of the National Skills Fund (NSF).