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.

artisan2Engineering News reports that three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP).

MantasheFin24 reports that Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed antipathy to BHP's proposed takeover of Anglo American, as his previous experience with the global mining giant had been negative.

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graduate thumb100 TshisaLIVE reports that reality TV star and businessman Musa Mseleku says that he too almost fell victim to bogus institutions.  This after it became known veteran actor Sello Maake kaNcube and Skeem Saam actress Elizabeth Serunye had been awarded bogus honorary doctorates from Trinity International Bible University.

labourcourtsIOL News reports that a Gauteng woman who was fired for smoking cannabis after work for medical reasons took her fight to the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) and emerged victorious.

randwaterTimesLIVE reports that two of the three men arrested for the murder of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala and his bodyguard Sifiso Shange can be seen in short videos taken before and during the assassination.

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity has lashed out at the proposal of steel and engineering sector bosses to base wage increases on minimum rates of pay and not on actual wages, saying this would disadvantage skilled and experienced artisans.

sapsNews24 reports that Western Cape police have arrested two more suspects following the shooting of a Cape Town police officer on Monday.

earningsBL Premium reports that Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie’s total remuneration for the 2024 financial year rose to R65m, cementing his place as one of the industry’s top paid bosses.

protestGroundUp reports that the situation outside the Port Elizabeth TVET College in Gqeberha remained tense on Wednesday. Lectures and other academic activities at most of its campuses have been suspended since March because of ongoing protests by students over unpaid National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) allowances, among other issues.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Mail & Guardian reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga says her department has started recruiting people to fill the 31,000 teacher shortage in the country.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Musina Regional Court has sentenced a former clearing agent and a former SA Revenue Services (SARS) customs officer at the Beitbridge border post to 15 years’ imprisonment each after finding them guilty of fraud, forgery and corruption.

newsThe Citizen reports that since January 2023, nearly 50 cases of corruption have been documented across various departments of health in all provinces, except for the North West.

tshwane thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that AfriForum advised on Wednesday that three former Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) officers appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of corruption and extortion.

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gunTimesLIVE reports that the City of Cape Town has pointed the finger at alleged extortionists after two armed security guards escorting city staff carrying out repairs to a sewer pipe in Philippi, Cape Town, were shot dead on Tuesday.

sassaTimesLIVE reports that two suspects who allegedly tried to bribe a SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) official to register elderly people for social grants outside the normal procedure were arrested in Roodepoort on Wednesday after the whistle was blown on them.

earningsFin24 writes that Old Mutual's Remchannel unit reports that average wage increases are beating the consumer price index (CPI), though they are not necessarily keeping pace with a sharp rise in essentials, such as food.

postoffice thumb100 Fin24 reports that the SA Post Office (SAPO) has temporarily suspended retrenchments after its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) launched an urgent application for assistance from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS).

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo was arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday for allegedly submitting a falsely certified copy of his matric certificate to secure his appointment as deputy director of communications.

prasaGroundUp reports that workers commuting between Tongaat and Durban have been struggling with high transport costs since the connecting northern rail line stopped operating four years ago.

implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that workers representatives have called for tighter legislation, through the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), to govern employee share ownership schemes (Esops) in SA mining companies.

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a court interpreter allegedly solicited a R30,000 bribe from the sister of an accused, claiming she would use it to “buy sweets” for the magistrate who would grant the accused bail in return.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a former municipal clerk, Ntombozuko Mgoqi, has been convicted on charges of fraud and theft and sentenced in the Peddie Regional Court in the Eastern Cape.

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated on Tuesday that SA's employee share ownership schemes (Esops) had come a long way since their early days of empowerment 20 years ago, with more than a half a million workers now participants.

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that full operation of the Metrorail Central Line, which services Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town, has been delayed by another month, to May, according to Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga.

newsTimesLIVE reports that nearly half of SA adults are struggling to afford food and electricity, highlighting the pressing financial challenges consumers are facing, with fewer jobs in the formal economy and a small number of low-earners in the informal sector.

vavi1SowetanLive reports that trade unionist Zwelinzima Vavi says he feels cheated after he learnt that the honorary doctorate he cherished for six years was conferred by an unregistered institution.

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
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sapsIOL News reports that a police training instructor has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on a charge that he allegedly raped a female police trainee.