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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 26 November 2014, 11:53

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Wednesday, 26 November 2014

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

Promoting equity at SA’s universities

graduate thumb100 Business Day reports that the Department of Higher Education is looking to produce 400 black and women academics a year, starting with 200 by the end of next year, according to chief director for monitoring and evaluation Feizal Toefy.  

Solidarity’s Akademia now a community university

solidariteit thumb medium100 77Netwerk24 reports that Solidarity on Tuesday unveiled Akademia as a new Afrikaans private community university founded by the trade union.  

Brian Dames rakes in R23m from Eskom, while FF Plus wants add-ons paid back

earningsFormer CEO Brian Dames reportedly notched up a salary of R22.775 million in his last year at Eskom.  This included over R5 million for “ending” his services, a R1.9 million “refund” and another R1.928 million long term incentive payment.  

Sadtu welcomes investigation into KZN education department’s money-spend

kznlogo thumb100 The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Tuesday welcomed a decision last Friday by KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni to establish a committee to investigate how and where the department spends its money.  

Domestic workers’ statutory minimum wages adjusted from 1 December

oliphant thumb medium90 106Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has upwardly adjusted the statutory minimum wage rates applicable to domestic workers, her office indicated on Tuesday.  

Post Office strike suspended by CWU

cwu thumb medium90 95The strike at the SA Post Office (Sapo) has been suspended, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced on Tuesday.  

Morass around former mineworkers’ unclaimed retirement fund monies

miner thumb medium90 104Business Day reports about difficulties relating to tracing and processing the unpaid claims of former mineworkers who were members of various mining industry funds.  At least a third of the R15bn heap of unclaimed benefits in about 5,000 funds that fall under the Financial Services Board (FSB) are believed to belongs to ex-members of mining industry retirement funds.  

Policeman’s colleagues complain about WhatsApp status that ‘You can only trust a dead white man’

saps thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the police are taking disciplinary steps against a black police sergeant from the dog unit in Pretoria for having indicated on his WhatsApp status “Never Trust the White Man, the only Time you Trust Him is when he is Dead”.  

Portfolio committee on labour to consult steel-, mineworkers on minimum wage

parliamentEngineering News reports that the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour will interact this week with steel- and mineworkers on the national minimum wage during the second leg of its public hearing process.  

Senior ANN7 journalist, alleged to have been recruiting union members, fired

ann7Graeme Hosken reports that Asanda Magaqa, a senior political reporter and host of ANN7’s now defunct media monitoring show, Between the Lines, was fired yesterday.  According to an ANN7 insider, Magaqa was accused of recruiting staff to join the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

Bestmed applies for urgent interdict against removal of trustees by CMS

councilmedicalschemesMoneyweb reports that Bestmed Medical Scheme has applied for an urgent interdict against the decision by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to remove nine of the scheme’s twelve trustees from the fund’s board.  

Operations at Post Office improving as strikers increasingly return to work

postoffice thumb100 Operations at the SA Post Office (Sapo) were improving as the number of employees returning to work increases, the entity said on Monday.  

OECD review finds that job training programmes fail to make a mark

trainingCity Press reports that the findings of a review by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), commissioned by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), indicate that SA’s job training programmes are weak, undesirable and do not respond to labour market needs.  

Families take over from the Marikana dead at Lonmin operations

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Forty-one family members of some of the miners killed during a wildcat strike at a Lonmin mine in August 2012 have now been employed by the company, City Press reported on Sunday.  

SA growth revs up after record platinum strike

Bloomberg News reports that the economy grew 1.4% in the third quarter, after platinum mines restarted production following a five-month strike in the first half of the year.  

Agricultural colleges in Limpopo reopen doors

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age writes that nearly 20 years after the advent of democracy in SA, Limpopo province has reintroduced formal agricultural qualifications and reopened its two agricultural colleges.  

CWU might still resume postal strike in new year

cwu thumb medium90 95Business Day writes that, while three months of stoppages at the SA Post Office (Sapo) officially ended yesterday, they may resume in the new year.  

Numsa’s United Front march in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday a flop

numsaSowetan reports that a march organised by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) as part of its United Front yesterday turned out to be such a flop that the union’s Christine Olivier abandoned it.  

To contain soaring costs, Eskom asks staff to consider quitting

eskom thumb100 Business Day reports that, in a bid to improve its financial performance and contain spiralling operational costs, Eskom last month asked its 46,000 staff to volunteer for a separation programme.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the World Wide Web on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Monday, 24 November 2014.

Hopes rise for Christmas mail as Post Office strikers return to work

postoffice thumb100 Business Day writes that the three-month strike at the South African Post Office (Sapo) appears to be over and management is hopeful mail delivery will have returned to normal in time for Christmas.  

ANC to urge tripartite alliance to push for Cosatu unity

mantasheThe ANC's national executive committee (NEC) has decided to seek input from its alliance partners to help resolve the turmoil in labour federation Cosatu, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.  

Qualifications fraud a ‘growing problem’ in Africa: SAQA

saqaFraudulent qualifications were a problem on the African continent, the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA), which is holding a two-day seminar in Pretoria on qualifications fraud on the continent, indicated on Monday.  

Strike halts services in Mpumalanga’s eMakhazeni municipality

samwu thumb medium80 78SABC News reports that a municipal strike has halted services in Mpumalanga's eMakhazeni Municipality (Belfast, Dullstroom, Machadodorp and Waterval Boven), with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) demanding the dismissal of senior municipal managers, whom they accuse of incompetence and of victimising workers.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Monday, 24 November 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the World Wide Web on Monday, 24 November 2014.

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Monday, 24 November 2014

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Friday, 21 November 2014.

New job seekers swamping Durban

durbanSunday Tribune writes that between 3,000 and 4,000 people arrive in Durban every week in search of jobs and homes, and the city is struggling to cope.  

Eskom admits Solidarity’s claim that another coal-storage silo is cracked

eskom thumb100 BDLive reports that power utility Eskom has admitted that another one of its coal-storage silos at Majuba power station is cracked and has been taken out of use and barricaded for safety reasons.  

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