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.

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that miners at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine in Mpumalanga have been forced to live on handouts after the cash-strapped company, struggling to secure funds from investors, failed to pay salaries.  

sasolBusiness Report writes that petrochemical giant Sasol has outsourced part of its information technology (IT) functions internationally.  

satawu thumb medium90 101Fin24 reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) announced today that the strike at traffic incidents management company Teti Traffic was over.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Business Report writes that a group of Transnet pensioners scored a significant victory when the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed the bulk of Transnet’s exceptions to their multibillion-rand claim against the company and two of its retirement funds.  

strike thumb medium85 85The New Age reports that Gauteng taxi operators will embark on a go-slow today (Monday) and have threatened a full-blown industry-wide strike if police officers continue to impound their vehicles.  

newsIn a broader review of the political week ahead, BDLive also identifies labour issues that are scheduled to arise.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) will meet Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday to discuss the future of South African Airways (SAA).  

newsNews24 reports that a drunk driver slammed into a Johannesburg metro police officer on the N1 on Saturday night, killing him, a spokesperson said on Sunday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 21 May and Sunday, 22 May 2016

southafricalogoBDLive reports that new legislation providing for the merger of statutes that provide compensation for occupational diseases could be tabled in Parliament before the end of 2016.  

sarb thumb medium60 101Business Report writes that the weak rand and the drought have boosted food costs and threaten to keep inflation outside the SA Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) 3% to 6% target range for an extended period.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Netwerk24 reports that Metrorail is making gradual progress in the repair of installation at Cape Town stations and train carriages that were burnt out in April.  

ancANA reports that the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament on Friday called for the introduction of a once-off debt forgiveness programme for retrenched workers.  

uctWeekend Argus reports that staff at the University of Cape Town (UCT), both academic and non-academic, could face retrenchment if the institution’s savings target of R120 million to attain sustainability is not achieved.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that the long-awaited Department of Basic Education’s (DBE’s) so called ‘jobs-for-cash’ report was released late on Friday, revealing the flawed process to appoint educators in some provinces.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that two hundred student nurses in the Free State say they are still unemployed despite the provincial Department of Health’s promises to give them jobs.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that it was still open to wage talks with power utility Eskom after rejecting a 5% pay rise.  

implatsMining Weekly reported on Friday that the body of Tanki Samuel Lepitikoe, one of the two Impala Platinum (Implats) employees who went missing in a fall-of-ground incident on 17 May 2016, has been found and brought to surface.  

sabcSABC News reports that the national broadcaster and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) have concluded their salary increment and substantive negotiations for the current financial year.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Weekend Post reports that just days after the unveiling of Nelson Mandela Bay’s specialist crime-fighting metro police force, it is beset by infighting, training glitches and questions over combat-readiness.  

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

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

houseANA reports that a case in which houses in Marikana were illegally occupied was postponed in the North West High Court on Thursday to allow the occupants to file their heads of argument.  

protestDaily News reports that disgruntled outsourced workers have vowed “to stand their ground” against “greedy fat cats” at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in uMlazi.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that according to business rescue practitioner Rob Deverbux, there is a reasonable prospect of the cash-strapped Lily Gold Mine in Mpumalanga being rescued given that the conditions of the business rescue plan are met and there is a market for the company to continue.  

boardroomtableBloomberg reports that on Thursday both Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), who are preparing for new wage talks, said they don’t expect any major output interruptions.  

vavi1The Star reports that the new labour federation in the making will be embarking on mass recruitment and job campaigns in order to attract members among the 76% of South African workers who are not organised in unions.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that five employees of a business in KwaZulu-Natal who fell into the habit of producing fraudulent doctor’s notes have been caught out.  

southafricalogoHeraldLive reports that Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel said on Thursday that at least 200 municipal officials have been arrested for fraud and corruption over the past year.  

employment thumb100 SowetanLive writes about Sello Mokate‚ 30‚ who graduated with a B-tech in Chemical Engineering two years ago‚ but who has landed up selling naartjies at the traffic lights.