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 Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that the Minerals Resources Minister said on Thursday the number of miners killed in mines last year fell 5% to a record low of 73 from 77 the prior year.  At the same time trade unions called for an end to rivalry among themselves so that they could work together to eradicate deaths and injuries.  

MotsoalediTimesLive reports that doctors are furious with Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi for blaming them for being without jobs and saying doctors “can't claim to be unemployed”.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity on Thursday said that the number of mining fatalities recorded in 2016 had shown no significant improvement compared with those of 2015.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that City of Tshwane workers have lodged a formal complaint against the acting energy director claiming he called them ka**rs and baboons, the ANC in Tshwane said on Thursday.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was not "at war" with Sibanye Gold or AngloGold Ashanti, despite the differences that have been aired in court and comments.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA writes that all sectors in South Africa needed to pull in the same direction if the country was to attract investment which could break the back of unemployment.  

kznuniversityRebecca Davis reports that for the past two years, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has been meeting with South African institutes of higher learning to hear what they are doing in terms of gender transformation.  

medicaldoctorTimesLive reports that according to Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, final year medical students marry in November to ensure they are not sent to far-flung posts in rural areas or other provinces.  

anglogoldashantiMining Weekly reports that gold producer AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) on Thursday said that, while it was in talks with certain stakeholders, including unions and authorities to address challenges facing its local operations, “job cuts will always be a last resort”.  

newsTimesLive reports that a Limpopo game lodge worker has died after he was attacked by lions that escaped from a neighbouring reserve.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

tshwane thumb100 Huffington Post reports that the acting director of energy and electricity in the City of Tshwane has been accused of calling black people baboons and refusing for them to speak their mother tongue.  

kznlogo thumb100 The Mercury reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube warned councillors during their induction on Tuesday of the punitive measures they would face should they fail to support the government’s “Back to Basics” campaign.  

solidariteitMaroela Media reports that Solidarity on Wednesday achieved a “huge” settlement on behalf of one of its members in the SA Police Service (SAPS) following him having been overlooked for promotion repeatedly as a result of affirmative action.  

joburgcityTimesLive reports that the executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg‚ Herman Mashaba‚ has received a report on employees working at the Joburg Theatre without proper documentation.  

chickensColumnist Bronwyn Nortje writes that South African chicken producers would like you to believe that imports are threatening their business and costing jobs, but this is a classic red herring.  

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that the number of people killed on South African mines in 2016 fell 5% year-on-year to 73, with large gold and platinum mines the largest contributors, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.  

gunANA reports that a security guard was killed and robbed of his gun near Durban’s Sibaya Casino, police said on Wednesday.  He was found dead on Tuesday evening when his colleague came to relieve him at a construction site near the casino.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age reports that, as the first anniversary of the disaster at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine approaches, families of the dead mine workers are still struggling to make ends meet.  

ujThe Star reports that a University of Johannesburg (UJ) manager accused of sexually harassing a colleague nonstop for several years was allowed to resign a day before an internal inquiry into his conduct was set to start.  

sadtu90Daily News reports that unions Sadtu and Nehawu on Tuesday lambasted the retrenchment of contract support staff and lecturers at at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal, as “counter-productive”.  

busaBusiness Report writes that Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has a new CEO in the form of Tanya Cohen, who replaces Jerry Vilakazi.  

protestBusinessLive reports that vocational training students have vowed to shut down the country’s 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

implatsANA reports that a mineworker died at one of Impala Platinum’s operations in Rustenburg as a result of a fall of rock on Wednesday morning, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) advised.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that the revenue management department’s executive director and acting chief financial officer were on Wednesday allegedly briefly held hostage in their Tshwane municipal finance offices by 50 protesting employees.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

protestThe New Age reports that the situation was calm in Botleng township and the neighbouring areas of Delmas on Tuesday following a violent protest on Monday morning.  

eskomANA reports that Cosatu said on Tuesday that national government had a duty to intervene and help municipalities owing billions of rands to Eskom.  

randwaterSABC News reported on Tuesday that workers at the Rand Water sanitation plant in Sebokeng in the Vaal had stopped working, alleginging that management had shortchanged them.