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This 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. The postings for the current month are below, while those from previous months can be accessed in the Archives section.

Last Update -Wednesday 17 September 2014, 06:57

MTN SA’s new boss sees no way round managerial job cuts

mtnBusiness Day reports that MTN SA’s new CEO Ahmad Farroukh says that the cellphone operator’s cost-cutting programme, including retrenching hundreds of managers, is needed for it to return to its previous growth rates.  

Union wants probe into R500m state pension investment in Independent News

psaTerry Bell reports that, concerned at news that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) may have invested up to R500m of state pension money in the purchase of Independent News Media (INMSA), the nearly 250,000-strong PSA (formerly the Public Servants’ Association) has asked the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) to investigate the deal.  

Royal Bafokeng Platinum mineworkers get new homes

rbplat thumb medium90 71The first of 422 houses in the Waterfall Hills Estate in the North West was handed over on Tuesday as part of Royal Bafokeng Platinum's (RBPlat’s) housing strategy to promote home ownership.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Monday, 15 September 2014.

Lonmin asked to share lessons from Marikana deaths

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Platinum producer Lonmin was asked by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Monday to submit a report on what lessons had been learnt from the events surrounding the 2012 Marikana massacre.  

State worker at panel hearing rejects e-tolls

Some government workers were against the e-tolling system, a public hearing of the panel set up by Gauteng’s premier into the tolls heard on Monday.  

Fall in UIF claims in first half of year is good news in respect of job losses

southafricalogoBusiness Day reports that the number of claimants for unemployment insurance benefits fell in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier, which suggests the economy is not shedding as many jobs as previously thought.  

Lonmin failed to 'think outside the box' when dealing with the deadly Marikana strike

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mail & Guardian reports that Lonmin’s former head of human capital, Barnard Mokwena, on Monday admitted at the Farlam inquiry that the strike which resulted in the deaths of 34 miners at Marikana on 16 August 2012 called for negotiation mechanisms outside of the existing norms.  

Black youths lag in acquiring skills

Business Day reports that white, coloured and Indian youth have overtaken their black African counterparts in acquiring skills in the past 20 years, despite a number of government policies aimed at advancing blacks.  

SABC disappointed at Cosatu’s call for a boycott of Generations

sabcKaizer Kganyago, spokesperson for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), said on Monday that the broadcaster was disappointed with Cosatu's call for a week’s boycott of soapie Generations.  

Sactwu wage deal averts clothing strike

sactwuBusiness Day reports that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) has resolved the clothing industry wage dispute with employers, averting a possible national strike of 80,000 workers.  

Vavi urges actors wanting to replace axed ‘Generations 16’ not to ‘cross the picket line’

vavi1Actors thinking of replacing the 16 cast members who were fired from local SABC soapie Generations should not consider it, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Monday.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Monday, 15 September 2014

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Friday, 12 September 2014.

Solidarity to begin talks on Monday with MTN over plan to lay off managers

solidariteit thumb medium100 77Cape Times reports that MTN and trade union Solidarity will begin talks today about the company’s plans to retrench hundreds of managers.  The cellphone network has agreed to delay the job cuts until the end of November.  

Minimum wage ‘does not kill farm jobs’, says academic

farming thumb medium80 84Business Day reports that Associate Professor Ruth Hall of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape has told MPs that, contrary to popular belief, it was macroeconomic and trade policies, rather than the introduction of a minimum wage, that have been the main cause of the fall in employment in the farming sector.  

Questions raised over R257m spent on security at Gauteng hospitals

gautengEWN reports that questions have been raised by the Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom about the R257 million spent on security at Gauteng's hospitals over the past financial year.  

More jobs but fewer skills among blacks

The rate of employment creation has increased since 1994 with black people benefiting the most, the Presidency said on Monday.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Tuesday, 16 September 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Tuesday, 16 September 2014.

Earth to Vavi: There are more important labour issues than Generations

vavi1Mail & Guardian’s Verashni Pillay asks why Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is spending his precious political capital on a boycott of soapie Generations, calling on the viewing public to stop watching the SABC show for a week to pledge support for the highly-paid actors who have been axed.  

Lonmin executive says he was wrong about Amcu being behind Marikana strike

marikanacommission thumb100 Business Day reports that former Lonmin head of human resources Barnard Mokwena on Monday admitted he was wrong to have said that trade union Amcu was behind the 2012 wildcat strike at Marikana, but added that he had believed this to be so at the time.  

Lonmin executive defends comment about 'faceless' strikers

marikanacommission thumb100 A senior Lonmin executive had to defend calling Marikana strikers "faceless", at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Monday.  

Review of National Youth Policy to focus on unskilled and unemployed coloured and black youth

The review of the National Youth Policy will focus on unskilled and unemployed coloured and black youth, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela said on Monday.  

NUM denies being dislodged by Amcu at Sibanye’s Beatrix mine

sibanyeThe New Age reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has come out guns blazing against claims that it had been dislodged by rival Amcu at Sibanye Gold’s Beatrix gold mine in Free State.  

Radebe subpoenaed by Solidarity to appear in Equality Court in race case

solidariteit thumb medium100 77Trade union Solidarity reported on Monday that it has subpoenaed Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe to appear in the Equality Court in Pretoria on 25 and 26 September for alleged racial discrimination during his tenure as Minister of Justice.  

Taxi strike leaves Nyanga commuters stranded and short of options

eNCA reports that a taxi strike has once again left Nyanga residents in Cape Town stranded and passengers are reluctant to use Golden Arrow buses for fear they'll be attacked.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Monday, 15 September 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Monday, 15 September 2014.

AngloGold Ashanti pulls plug on demerger announced last week

anglogoldashantiFin24 reports that bullion producer AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has pulled the plug on its plan to spin off its global operations into a new London-listed company and seek a $2.1bn rights issue after meeting resistance from shareholders, it said on Monday.  

Talks ‘wouldn’t have ended strike’, says Lonmin HR executive

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Day reports that Lonmin human resources executive Bernard Mokwena said on Friday at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry he doubted that talking to striking rock-drill operators (RDOs) would have ended the wildcat strike at the mine in August 2012 that eventually led to the deaths of 44 people.  

Crisis of relevance for trade unions?

Business Times writes that as union membership drops, trade unions are fighting each other, which is expected to lead to a jump in strike activity as unions seek to prove their relevance.  

Delft commuters stranded on Monday due to taxi strike

EWN reports that some hundreds of Delft commuters were left stranded on Monday morning, apparently due to a taxi strike in the area.  

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