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.

newsSunday Times reports that up until the weekend before last, Kleinzee in the Namaqualand was just a quiet dorp northwest of nowhere. Then, in just a few hours, the town’s population almost doubled.

healthcareMoneyweb reports that members and beneficiaries of the most popular plans offered by Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) will see sharp cuts to their medical savings accounts (MSAs) from 2024.

transnet thumb100 BL Premium reports that a fight for the heart and soul of Transnet is brewing, with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) boss Siza Mzimela reliably understood to be reluctant to fall on her sword amid pressure from the board to resign.

effDaily Maverick reports that a much-anticipated protest organised by the EFF in Cape Town took place on Monday, but it did not live up to expectations.

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

pnpFin24 reports that Sean Summers, the former CEO of Pick n Pay, is raring to go and ready for "battle" as he returns after a hiatus of 16 years in order to restore the retailer's fortunes.

ICASATimesLIVE reports that the strike by National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) entered its fourth day on Monday when members presented a memorandum of demands to management.

Bheki CeleEWN reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele has once again encouraged police officers to defend themselves when encountering violent criminals.

newsWeekend Argus reports that the shortage of engineers in SA has had a huge impact on the construction sector and infrastructure development. This is according to the chief executive of the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), Webster Mfebe.

transnetlogo thumb100 The Citizen reports that the abrupt resignation of Transnet CEO Portia Derby may pave the way for a comprehensive strategy to revitalise the floundering state-owned utility.

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that cracks have started to show between the DA-led coalition government and ActionSA in Tshwane as a municipal strike continues to cause havoc across the capital city.

transnetlogo thumb100 Sunday Times reports that the Transnet board announced on Friday that Group CEO Portia would be stepping down from her role at the end of this month and also that group CFO Nonkululeko Dlamini had resigned, effective from last Friday.

angiemotshekgaTimesLIVE reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has acknowledged that the education system is experiencing severe challenges including infrastructure backlogs, overcrowding and a shortage of educational resources.

earningsBL Premium reports that Woolworths CEO Roy Bagattini, an outspoken proponent of a “living wage” for store employees, earned R122.4m in the 2023 financial year, more than three times what he earned in the previous year.

labourcourtsSunday Times reports that the economic downturn and resulting job losses, coupled with the fraught state of labour relations evident in frequent strikes, have made the role of the Labour Court (LC) even more important.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 29 September 2023.

eskomIOL reports that the search for a new Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) is still ongoing after its former CEO Andre de Ruyter left the utility earlier this year.

reavayaEWN reports that commuters in the City of Johannesburg can breathe a sigh of relief as Rea Vaya buses are now back in service.

postoffice thumb100 Moneyweb reports that the SA Post Office’s (Sapo’s) joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) are concerned about the entity’s liabilities, which reportedly totalled R12.5 billion at the end of July.  They say the liabilities raise questions about the viability of the business rescue process.

protestNews24 reports that the ANC in the Western Cape has withdrawn from participating in the EFF-led protest in Cape Town on Monday over the impoundment of taxis.

transnetlogo thumb100 Moneyweb reports that Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby has surrendered to pressure from several quarters and resigned from the embattled ports and rail state-owned group. She will leave at the end of October.

sanavyNews24 reports that in a bid to prevent more deaths at sea, the Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has called on the government to stop cutting the navy budget.

effEWN reported on Thursday afternoon that some Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters who were protesting over the City of Tshwane’s wage dispute had completely blocked the entrance to the municipality’s offices in the CBD.

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

Stats SABL Premium reports that the number of South Africans with jobs rose 0.4% quarter on quarter in the three months to end-June, driven mainly by an increase in part-time jobs.

coalBloomberg reports that Glencore and Seriti Resources are in talks to cut hundreds of jobs as their ability to export coal is stymied by inefficiencies at the state-run freight company.

earningsBL Premium reports that take-home pay improved for a second consecutive month in August, an indication that some industries have become progressively more resistant to the effects of load-shedding, with companies reducing their energy dependence on Eskom.

sanavyNews24 reports that in an emotional memorial held at the Wynberg Military Indoor Sports Centre on Wednesday, hundreds of family members, colleagues, and friends gathered to pay tribute to Lieutenant-Commander Gillian Elizabeth Hector, 33, Master Warrant Officer William Masela Mathipa, 48, and Warrant Officer Class One Mmokwapa Lucas Mojela, 43, who died at sea last week.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that cellphone records and some witness statements are still outstanding in the case of eight Presidential Protection Services officers who allegedly assaulted motorists on the N1 highway in Gauteng in July.

gautengNews24 reports that it took eight years for the Gauteng government to investigate a fraud case against a provincial health official.