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.

ictFin24 reports that SA workers are among the world’s most bullish about the potential of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and, by international standards, have expressed high confidence and low anxiety about the disruptive technology.

News24 reports that Lyra Southern Africa, a prominent provider of employee mental health services and known for its women empowerment accolades, is facing backlash for its handling of sexual harassment complaints.

PanyazaLesufiTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi is adamant that thousands of expanded public works programme (EPWP) “green army” workers remain employed despite a letter sent to participants informing them that their contracts come to an end this week.

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Potchefstroom Herald reports that in a shocking expose, the Tlokwe City Council Fire Brigade Services Training Centre has been revealed to be embroiled in a widespread scandal involving alleged fraud.

angloamericanFin24 reports that there is said to be "tangible excitement" at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) as the process to demerge the company from the Anglo American group has kicked off.

metrobusNews24 reports that a Gauteng bus driver, with 15 years of experience, has been hailed a hero for driving 500m to get commuters to safety after a passenger was brazenly shot and killed in a suspected hit on Wednesday.

healthcareFinancial Mail reports that plundering by zama zama miners and dysfunctional governance in the North West’s Department of Health (NWDOH) have kept a fully functional 295-bed hospital standing idle.

SAFATimesLIVE reports that the disciplinary committee hearing against SA Football Association (Safa) technical director (TD) Walter Steenbok, which was to have sat from Tuesday, has been postponed to next month.

encaTimesLIVE reports that journalist JJ Tabane has cleared the air on speculation that he has been suspended by broadcasting channel eNCA after his ‘Power to Truth’ show was not aired this week.

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sandf thumb medium90 89BusinessLive reports that two tactical intelligence captains from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), which is part of the Southern Africa Regional Force (Samidrc) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were killed in a mortar attack on their logistics base at Sake late Tuesday afternoon.

handcuffsIOL News reports that three police officers have been arrested on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, over an incident in Moletjie, Ga-Chokwe, in Limpopo province.

sapsNews24 reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) has rubbished claims by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) that there is a crisis because not all police officers have been paid overtime for the extra hours they worked during the general elections.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Mpumalanga High Court sitting in Middleburg on Tuesday sentenced a 53-year-old man to life imprisonment for the murder of 14-year-old Bhekimuzi Ziko on a farm in Kamhlushwa, Nkomazi.

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that two men appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for the murder of City of Cape Town official Wendy Kloppers and the attempted murder of a second person, who were both shot in Kloppers’ car.

sahrc thumb medium90 90The Citizen reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Limpopo is conducting an inquiry into the impact of mining activities on human rights in communities.

Media24BusinessLive reports that Naspers executives have affirmed that its media division, which served as the cornerstone of the group’s global success, continues to be relevant.

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Stats SABusinessLive reports that trade, business services and mining were among the sectors that experienced significant declines in employment in the first quarter of 2024, collectively contributing to a decrease in jobs across various industries.

NaspersBusinessTech reports that former Naspers chief executive Bob van Dijk scored a massive R330 million pay cheque for the latest financial year – and will still get paid R2.2 million a month for the next six months.

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that according to retirement fund administrators, "critical" administrative moves – including President Cyril Ramaphosa signing the Pension Funds Amendment Bill (PFAB), and the resolution of tax issues – need to be resolved before the looming two-pot deadline.

earningsRenée Bonorchis writes that the four chief executives of Absa, FirstRand, Nedbank and Standard Bank were paid almost a quarter of a billion rand in combined total pay in 2023, averaging R55.3 million per CEO.  

labourcourtsBL Premium reports that a former accountant at the Jewellery Council of SA has been awarded R190,000 by the Labour Court.(LC) in a dispute with the council’s CEO over a R2.5m marketing campaign.

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summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related reports.

petrosaBusinessLive reports that the new CEO of state-owned oil and gas company PetroSA, Xolile Sizani, has wasted little time in restructuring the organisation in a leadership shake-up. But, only one woman made it to the group’s executive committee.

cosatuThe Citizen reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has stated its intention to exercise the right of workers to participate in protest action against retrenchments.

sarb thumb medium60 101BusinessLive reports that Standard Bank forecasts that the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) will cut its benchmark interest rate twice by the end of the year thanks to the outcome of last month’s elections.

newsThe Citizen reports that a game farm worker’s worst nightmare came true on Sunday when he was mauled to death by a lioness while fixing a fence and installing a gate.

ppcBusinessLive reports that cement giant PPC expects its turnaround plan to take about two years to bear fruit and has warned the process is likely to lead to job losses.