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.

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu, which has supported the ANC during elections since 1994, has thrown its weight behind the governing party’s manifesto.

education thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) inspectorate in Limpopo has closed down seven mobile classrooms at Tshikundamalema Secondary School in Masisi, due to non-compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

NelsonMandelaUniversitySABC News reports that workers affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) at Nelson Mandela University have embarked on a full-blown no-work, no-pay strike at the university in Gqeberha.

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see summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that recently appeared.

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater is to retrench 852 full time employees and contractors at its South African platinum group metals (PGM) mines, it announced on Friday.

g4sSunday World reports that an internal observation report has revealed that seven G4S officials, who were facing a probe, have jumped ship, and five more are on suspension, with one official having been dismissed.

iecNews24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially proclaimed 29 May as the general election date. The proclamation was published in a gazette on Friday morning.

gautengBL Premium reports that the Gauteng Department of Health (DOH) has assured healthcare professionals that it is not scrapping overtime payments for doctors in their entirety but simply reviewing its policy to ensure it sticks within its budget.

goldfieldsBusiness Times reports that gold producer Gold Fields is implementing the recommendations of a consultancy firm that found widespread workplace bullying at the company last year.

ujNews24 reports that the University of Johannesburg (UJ) failed to properly account for a large payment of R12.8 million in 2017 to one of its former vice-chancellors, as well as other incentives and benefits that were made.

PretoriaUniversityNews24 reports that the University of Pretoria (UP) is seeking a court order to restrict striking employees from disrupting teaching and learning at the institution.

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

GodongwanaTimesLIVE reports that the government will spend R251bn in the coming financial year to cover public sector wage increases.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92IOL News reports that Gauteng MEC for Education, Matome Chiloane has expressed “deep concern” after a teacher at Thoko Thaba Secondary School in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, was allegedly found in possession of drugs on the school premises.

presidencyBL Premium reports that young jobseekers are the big winners in the 2024 national budget, in which an extra R7.4bn has been added to the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) Programme in 2024/25.

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107SowetanLive reports that at least 250 workers within the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have criminal records, while some others still have to appear in courts for crimes they allegedly committed.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the National Treasury has made good on Health Minister Joe Phaahla’s promise that the government would find the money to hire more doctors, but the sector will remain under pressure as the health budget will shrink in real terms over the next three years.

presidencyTimesLIVE reports that the Presidency on Wednesday announced the suspension with full pay of Vukani Mde, spokesperson for Deputy President Paul Mashatile. This amid allegations of sexual harassment.

SANParksNews24 reports that a Kruger National Park employee was attacked by a hyena while sleeping at the Berg-en-Dal staff living quarters on Wednesday morning.

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In our Thursday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related reports.

gunIOL News reports that the City of Cape Town has condemned the attack on a security guard and a K9 patrol dog at a construction site along Duinefontein Road and Govan Mbeki Road in Philippi on Tuesday.

implatsheadgear smlReuters reports that SA’s mines are cutting thousands of jobs and paying much less tax, so muddying the domestic economic outlook months away from the 29 May national and provincial elections.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a Cape Town woman, who was employed by Nedbank, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fraud after pocketing R5.3 million from the bank nine years ago.

handcuffsNews24 reports that eight suspected zama zamas (illegal miners) have been arrested in connection with a shootout with Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officers who were responding to a report about armed men in Germiston.

newsNews24 reports that a music teacher from the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, has been suspended after a case of sexual grooming was laid against him by a music student he started tutoring five years ago.

Stats SAThe Citizen writes that SA’s unemployment rate ticked higher in the last quarter of 2023 to 32.1% after half of South African industries recorded job losses.

durbanTimesLIVE reports that an eThekwini municipality employee who was caught last week damaging newly-upgraded cables that link servers and feeds to security CCTV cameras was arrested on Tuesday.

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

angloamerican fullFin24 reports that Kumba Iron Ore was forced to slow its production during the last quarter of 2023 to reduce a growing stockpile prompted by railway woes.

PretoriaUniversityNews24 reports that striking University of Pretoria (UP) employees were accused of blocking students from entering the main campus on Tuesday morning for a second day in a row.