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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 17 January 2019.

SaftuMining Weekly reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Wednesday declared its support for the striking mineworkers employed at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, as well as those who plan to undertake a secondary strike at the miner’s South African platinum operations, which is due to start next week.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has so far weathered the strike that commenced at its local gold mines on 21 November 2018 fairly well.  

sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the North West is demanding answers from the provincial department on why a teacher, who allegedly captured and shared a controversial image taken at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the province, was suspended.  

newsWell-known economist Mike Schüssler writes that South Africa attracts far less fixed investment as a percentage of GDP than any other emerging market.  

northwestprovinceTimesLIVE reports that North West education MEC Sello Lehari did not on Thursday release a preliminary report into the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke saga as had been expected.  

goldfieldsANA reports that Angelo Agrizzi, the former marketing co-coordinator of Bosasa Facilities Management, on Wednesday spilled the beans about the inner workings and political links of the controversial company.  

MantasheDavid McKay writes that the government put a spanner in the works on Thursday after it said its African Exploration & Mining Finance Corporation (AEMFC) was participating in a consortium that would effectively nationalise Optimum Coal Mine.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s labour committee on Wednesday resolved to introduce an amendment bill to correct an error in the national minimum wage law that possibly leaves workers vulnerable to employers who intend to circumvent regulations.  

ceppwawuBusinessLive reports that the state-capture inquiry heard on Wednesday that facilities management company Bosasa gave a former union boss grocery parcels amounting to R15‚000 a month for him pressuring petrochemical giant Sasol to give the company a contract.  

protestBusinessLive reports that there were more municipal protests in 2018 than any other year since 2005, but analysts are worried that there could be another spike this election year.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday suspended the process of verifying union membership at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

AlexanderForbesBusinessLive reports that two more executives have resigned at Alexander Forbes (AF), bringing the number of those who have left since the unceremonious axing of CEO Andrew Darfoor in September to seven.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive writes that state-owned freight and rail company Transnet has lost about R1.3bn through dodgy dealings and malfeasance and is in the process of recovering that money through lawsuits against former officials such as Siyabonga Gama and Brian Molefe.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that according to the SA Poultry Association (Sapa), if the right support measures were put in place by the government, including curbing cheap chicken imports, the sector could immediately create 30,000 new jobs.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 16 January 2019.

amcu thumb medium80 81David McKay writes that the strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines, due to be extended to its platinum group metal mines in Rustenburg in a secondary strike, feels like an important moment for both the company, and the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu).  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament’s labour portfolio committee has agreed to fix a technical glitch affecting the new National Minimum Wage Act by way of an amendment bill, while at the same time stressing that the new legislation was in full force and effect.  

Sibanye StillwaterMoneyweb reports that Sibanye-Stillwater will have to wait longer for the conclusion of its long overdue all-share takeover of Lonmin following an eleventh hour appeal filed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) against the Competition Tribunal’s approval of the transaction.  

bladenzimandeTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Transport has a backlog of 324,000 driving licence cards that have yet been printed following delays caused by a labour dispute.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom’s proposal of a tariff increase of 15% for three years has been met with harsh criticism, with Cosatu warning the state-owned power utility that this could very well be its the death knell.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Independent News reports that Elana Barkhuizen, the suspended teacher at the centre of the racism row that hit North West’s Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke last week, is determined to clear her name with the help of trade union Solidarity.  

AlexanderForbesBusiness Report writes that the mass exodus of senior management at Alexander Forbes is heating up with the group expected on Wednesday to announce the departure of Tony Powis, chief executive of corporate and employee benefits.  

joburgcitySowetanLive reports that the head of the City of Johannesburg's anti-corruption unit, General Shadrack Sibiya, allegedly accepted iPhones, VIP tickets and Louis Vuitton bags in a jobs-for-pals scandal.  

earningsMoneyweb writes that shareholders at an unprecedented number of JSE Top 40 companies have, in the past year, voted against executive remuneration policies and/or their implementation.  

gautrainANA reports that labour federation Cosatu in Gauteng said on Tuesday that it was dismayed by the news that the provincial department of transport would be subsidizing Gautrain operating expenses with R1.6-billion this year.  

newsMining Weekly reports that consortium Project Halo on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire Optimum Coal Mine, Koornfontein Mine, and Optimum Coal Terminal in Mpumalanga.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday said it was concerned by the remarks made by the parliamentary portfolio committee on home affairs about the use of cellphones by front desk staff during working hours.  

saceNews24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the decision by the SA Council for Educators (SACE) to make it a requirement for teachers applying for registration to produce a valid police clearance certificate.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 15 January 2019.