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.

gunNews24 reports that SANParks and the City of Cape Town are concerned about the spike in crime on hiking trails. On Thursday, SANParks rangers were held up at gunpoint on Lion's Head in Cape Town when they responded to a pre-dawn robbery complaint.

durbanGroundUp reports that hundreds of retrenched Presidential Employment Programme (PEP) workers attempted to storm the Durban City Hall in a protest on Wednesday.

GoldOneSowetanLive reports that at least 34 mineworkers who allegedly held 500 of their colleagues hostage underground at a Springs mine last week have been suspended.

Virgin ActiveFin24 reports that Virgin Active, which is 67% owned by Christo Wiese-backed Brait, is restructuring, which will affect a "small percentage" of jobs at its local head office in Claremont, Cape Town.

handshake thumb medium90 90BL Premium reports that on Thursday diamond producer De Beers signed a five-year wage deal with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) that has been hailed as bringing stability in the diamond sector.

hawksIOL News reports that the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) have issued a warning to women to be vigilant amid a “rapid increase of dating scam incidents” in Limpopo province.

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GoldOneGroundUp reports that the Springs mine where hundreds of miners were held underground last week is to hold an employee ballot to decide on union rights, according to chief executive Jonathan Hericourt.

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that the Pretoria High Court has ordered Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to immediately retract a government gazette notice that announced the appointment of an administrator for the University of SA (Unisa).

GodongwanaBL Premium reports that labour federations and opposition political parties dismissed the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) presented on Wednesday to parliament by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana as yet another indication the government wasfailing to steward the economy.

CapeTownlogoEWN reports that the City of Cape Town is concerned by the ongoing attacks on its staff members in the townships. According to the city, these attacks are standing in the way of delivering services to communities.

sapsTimesLIVE reports that police officers have in the past come under scrutiny for not being in the best shape to tackle SA’s criminals.

cosatuIOL News reports that Cosatu has welcomed the forthcoming African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) summit in Johannesburg, saying it will boost job creation in a country mired in a deep fiscal crisis.

councilmedicalschemesFin24 reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has lost its high court bid to interdict Netcare and Discovery Health from selling prepaid doctor consultation vouchers to South Africans who cannot afford medical aid.

TreasuryCity Press reports that ahead of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's tabling of his medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) in Parliament on Wednesday, trade unions and the business sector are at loggerheads over government spending.

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summaries of our selection of recent South African
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saruBusinessLive reports that Springbok players are expected to be smiling all the way to the bank after winning the Rugby World Cup in France due to the generous bonuses they agreed with SA Rugby.

PMBEJDThe Citizen reports that the household food basket for low-income consumers increased by R141.82 in just one month during October.

newsGroundUp reports that workers at the Matjhabeng Local Municipality were finally paid on Tuesday morning following a bitter strike over unpaid salaries.

durbanGroundUp reports that over 300 workers marched in the pouring rain from King Dinuzulu Park to the city hall in Durban’s city centre on Tuesday, demanding, among other things, to be insourced by the eThekwini municipality.

sapsIOL News reports that a police officer who allegedly shot dead a Joburg Metro Police (JMPD) officer outside a Braamfontein nightclub in June over a suspected love triangle, has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

MicrosoftEngineering News reports that information technology multinational Microsoft, at its 'AI: A New Era' event on 30 October, announced plans to certify 30-million people in Africa in artificial intelligence- (AI-) related skills by 2025, and it has partnered with the Presidential Youth Employment Service (YES) to upskill 300,000 South African youths.

ramaphosa2The Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has kept his promise and declared 15 December 2023 a public holiday to celebrate the Springboks victory.

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

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labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 27 October 2023.

psaBusinessLive reports that the Public Service Association (PSA) is seeking mandates from its members after the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) improved its wage offer to striking workers by throwing in a one-off sweetener.

newsThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has dismissed claims that its members are staging a sit-in at the Gold One Mine in Springs.

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

numsaTimesLIVE reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has condemned SA Steel Mills for failing to keep the workplace safe after several workers were injured in a workplace accident last week.

RTMCThe Citizen reports that the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has uncovered a troubling tale of greed at the Meyerton Driving Licence Testing Centre (DLTC).