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.

numSABC News reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at the Moab Khotsong operations of Harmony Gold in Orkney, North West, have threatened to down tools if mine management does not heed the workers’ demands for better wages and working conditions.  

protestSABC News reports that employees at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto have been embarking on early morning and lunch hour protests since Monday.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) financial situation is becoming more dire by the day.  The SABC board told the National Assembly’s communications committee on Tuesday that it was unable to meet some of the corporation’s monthly financial obligations.  

sriANA reports that according to a research report released by Solidarity on Tuesday, health practitioners in SA are very sceptical about government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) plan, with many considering emigrating if the ambitious project is implemented.  

parliamentANA reports that the National Minimum Wage Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday and will now go to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law.  

tshwane thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that City of Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga will recommend to council that city manager Moeketsi Mosola be suspended following allegations of tender irregularities.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that annual consumer price inflation increased to 5.1% in July, up from 4.6% in June, Statistics SA announced on Wednesday.  This was the highest rate since September 2017.  

goldbarsMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday declared a wage dispute with the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) in the gold mining wage negotiations.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom could be hit with yet another labour crisis, with even more employees demanding wage rises and bonus payments amid its financial difficulties.  

Sharks BoardNews24 reports that the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has confirmed that a decomposed body found floating off a beach in Richards Bay on Saturday is that of their missing employee, Siyabonga Gabela.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 21 August 2018.

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that Department of Energy deputy director-general Tseliso Maqubela told MPs on Tuesday that deregulation of the fuel price would lead to 50‚000 job losses and would not necessarily result in lower prices.  

numsaSABC News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has threatened to embark on mass mobilisation if students arrested during the FeesMustFall protests are not unconditionally released and the charges against them dropped.  

southafricalogoANA reports that a Department of Correctional Services (DCS) official is nursing wounds after being stabbed twice by an inmate who was attempting to escape at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.  

sasolFin24 reports that Sasol says it won’t change the prerequisites for inclusion in its new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) share scheme, which have been rejected by trade union Solidarity for excluding white employees.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Timeslive reports that firefighters responded to yet another train fire in Cape Town on Tuesday morning.  

protestTimeslive reports that a group of National Lotteries Commission (NLC) employees protested on Monday over wages outside their offices in Pretoria.  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive writes that Kelvin Dushnisky will be leading a very different AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) to the company that Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan headed as CEO.  

MantasheBusinessLive reports about Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s opposition to the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains gaining World Heritage Site status because the area is home to at least 500 tons of easily accessible gold.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that further delays are on the cards in the disciplinary inquiry against suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane, which was meant to resume on Tuesday.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that Cosatu expressed the hope on Monday that “the robber barons, swindlers and their enablers” of state capture would be exposed and sent to jail at the conclusion of the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.  

amcu thumb medium80 81In a letter to the Business Day editor, Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Michael Bagraim writes that the threat by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to bring the platinum mining sector to its knees must be taken seriously.  

CCMABusinessLive writes that Eskom’s decision to lodge a dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has cornered trade unions after months of wage negotiations that have not yielded results.  

newsThe Citizen reports that Mzwanele Manyi’s Afro Worldview, formerly known as ANN7, had its last broadcast on Monday night.  Employees were told to not come back to work and were promised their July salaries.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 20 August 2018.

cosatuCity Press reports that Cosatu has warned that job cuts in the public sector would lead to a skills exit, leaving departments with no option but to rehire those who left to work as consultants.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Matlosana region in the North West said on Monday that members would be marching to Harmony Gold in Vaal Reefs, Orkney, on Tuesday to raise concerns around safety.  

newsDaily News reports that the body of a man washed up on a pier in Richards Bay on Saturday prompted speculation that it could be that of the missing KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board employee who went missing after the boat he was in capsized.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessTech reports that South African Airways (SAA) has launched an app ‘to promote communication between management and its employees’.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that a deputy principal at Margate Middle School is being investigated for allegedly using a dead teacher’s qualifications to land senior education posts.