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.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the man accused of murdering Metrorail train driver Piet Botha on the Netreg station platform in Bishop Lavis appeared in court on Thursday for a second time.  

newsReuters writes that poultry producer Astral has to cut jobs, it said on Wednesday, under pressure from high feed prices due to drought and from an oversupplied domestic market.  

pscBDLive reports that a proposal by the Public Service Commission (PSC) could see the appointment of directors-general (DGs) taken out of the hands of government ministers.  

zumaTimesLive reports that President Jacob Zuma has urged learners to study towards obtaining skills rather than obtaining a degree that could see them struggling to find employment.  

labourcourtsIOL News reports that Solidarity said on Thursday that it was dismayed that its Labour Court case against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) did not go ahead earlier and accused the broadcaster of delaying tactics.  

sasboBusiness Report writes that thousands of employees at major South African banks are at risk of losing their jobs after failing the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (Fais) regulatory examination.  

sapsNetwerk24 reports that the police intervened last week in Welkom just in time to prevent 300 zama-zamas (illegal miners) from throwing an alleged murderer down a disused mine shaft.  

sabcTMG Digital reports that the Labour Court hearing dealing with the dismissals of four SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists was postponed on Thursday because the public broadcaster was not prepared.  

mildredoliphantThe Citizen reports that, addressing farmworkers in De Doorns outside Cape Town, Labour Minister Oliphant said on Wednesday that it was important for farmworkers to know their rights to reduce the chances of being exploited and abused.  

cosatuIOL News reports that Cosatu has condemned the political killings of at least 12 ANC members in the lead up to the local government elections on 3 August.  

gavel thumb100 TMG Digital/Sowetan report that five of the six men who stoned a police officer before setting him alight were convicted by the North West High Court on Wednesday.  

labourcourtsNews24 reports that Wednesday’s High Court interdict against the SABC's policy to not show footage of violent protests will be used in Thursday's Labour Court case in which four of the employees that were fired by the broadcaster will be challenging their dismissal.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 20 July 2016

PacsaBusinessTech reports that the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) says that the monthly minimum wage should be set at R8,000 to provide a basic level of dignity for all South Africans.  

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solidariteitIOL News reports that trade union Solidarity has high hopes that its Labour Court case against the SABC on Thursday will be successful following the broadcaster losing a legal battle in the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday.  

concourtBDLive reports that seven fired SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists have approached the Constitutional Court to declare their axing "unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid".  They are joined by an eighth, suspended SABC staffer Vuyo Mvoko, who had not been informed by Tuesday whether his contract had been cancelled.  

angloamerican fullBDLive reports that Kumba Iron Ore responded to the slump in international commodity prices by halving production at its Sishen mine and cutting about 31% of Sishen’s workforce.  

jicminingBDLive reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) has given Oakbay subsidiary JIC Mining Services three months to open a local bank account or risk losing its business.  

harmonyANA reports that Harmony Gold on Tuesday announced that a worker had died after what was believed to be a material handling accident at the gold producer’s Joel mine in the Free State.  

graphdownBusinessTech reports that, with SA’s high unemployment rate ranked as the worst in the world, among the worst to be hit so far this year were domestic workers as households cut spending costs amid rising food price inflation, fuel and electricity price hikes, and job uncertainty.  

sabcBDLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) capitulated in court on Wednesday and agreed to withdraw its decision not to broadcast footage of the destruction of public property during violent protest action.  

statssaAccording to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released by Statistics SA on Wednesday, consumer inflation accelerated to 6.3% year-on-year in June, up from 6.1% in May 2016.  

gavel thumb100 The Witness reports that two former employees were found guilty yesterday of strangling Verulam businessman Govindaraju Chinnian to death in a storage container on 3 May and then dumping heavy bags of cement on his body.  

nelsonmandelabayNews24 reports that Nelson Mandela Metro residents on Tuesday suggested that prostitutes should be given a "work station" so as to avoid naked prostitutes ‘putting their bits on display’ around St George's Strand.  

newsTMG Digital reports that the fund set up to assist the "brave South African journalists who lost their jobs for standing up for media freedom" stood at almost R280,000 on Wednesday morning.  

tacEWN reports that the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has challenged government to better train community healthcare workers and create permanent jobs for them.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that an enormous accumulated surplus of R99 billion is lying unused in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

labourcourtsANA reports that Solidarity and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media, and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) are each set to square off against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in the Labour Court over dismissals of their members.  

tebaThe New Age writes that fund managers are being blamed for the tardy payout of pension benefits to retired workers and their relatives, leading to an unclaimed pension pot of R20bn.