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 Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 13 September 2016.

pravingordanTimesLive reports that a new business and government partnership to help young people get a job for a year will be announced within the next few weeks.  

sadtu90Cape Argus reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union in the Western Cape has called for a boycott of the provincial education department’s annual language and maths skills tests for pupils, saying children were being over-tested.  

newsTMG Digital/Sowetan reports that the bodies of two illegal miners were located underground at the disused Langlaagte mine in Johannesburg by a team of their fellow illegal miners.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BDLive reports that a new report has found that teachers in SA are getting worse and continue to fare poorly in proficiency in the key subjects of English and maths.  

southafricalogoBDLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Tuesday objected to the threats posed to about 10,000 public service jobs by the Border Management Authority Bill.  

nelsonmandelabayRNews reports that a SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu)-led picket laid siege to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro City Hall on Tuesday as the waste management workers demanded back-pay for overtime and bonuses.  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that a man posing as a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Education official has been fraudulently luring teachers and administration workers to pay as much as R7,000 for bogus employment.  

prasaNews24 the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) troubles mounted on Tuesday after the Western Cape High Court ordered it to pay the R7.3m it owes two companies for security services by the end of business on Tuesday.  

capetown thumb100 Traveller24 reports that annual salary negotiations may disrupt services to one of Cape Town's most visited attractions, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) has warned.  

nursing thumb medium90 93ANA reports that KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial hospital and clinic managers have been told to interview staff members who resign in a bid to learn why there has been an “exodus” of nurses.  

newsSABC News reports that the 57 miners who staged a sit-in underground at the Thusi Coal Mine in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, over salaries have resurfaced.  Apparently they were not paid salaries for three months.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that the roll-out of Nelson Mandela Bay’s long-awaited bus system has hit another snag, with the municipality now targeting April as its new launch date to finally have the buses on the road.  

protestNews24 reports that emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in Cape Town were due to march on Wednesday against targeted attacks on them while they are on duty.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has dropped two demands that were major stumbling blocks to a new wage agreement with the retail motor industry.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 13 September 2016

ambulanceThe Star writes that the torching of a fire truck in Katlehong continues a series of attacks on emergency personnel and their vehicles in parts of Ekurhuleni.  

pikitupThe Star reports that axed Pikitup boss Amanda Nair's troubles could get worse after the entity threatened to take legal action against her to recover excessive acting allowances paid to employees without due authorisation.  

gigaba2BDLive reports that, speaking to the portfolio committee on home affairs on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba sought to allay concerns about the Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill and its implications.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that according to human rights lawyers, there are little avenues available for mining communities to hold mining companies to account.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday said it supported employees who were striking at manganese and iron-ore producer Diro Resources’ operation, in Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that Wits researcher Gilad Isaacs maintains that, while a national minimum wage will not lead to massive economic growth in SA, it will dent the country’s soaring poverty rates.  

newsANA reports that two more bodies were recovered from the disused mine in Langlaagte on Tuesday by a group of illegal miners who entered the mine, despite pleas from Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to not send “untrained” people underground.  

ManpowerGroupBDLive reports that only a few of the South African employers who participated in the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey intend to employ more people in the fourth quarter of 2016.  

newsNetwerk24 reports that the strike by bus drivers of the integrated transport network Go George is over.  According to the George municipality, all of the drivers undertook to be back at work on Monday and all routes were served.  

sabcNews24 reports that the eight SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were fired - seven of whom were later reinstated - for their opposition to the broadcaster’s policy to censor coverage of protests will continue with their Constitutional Court application.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TMG Digital/Sowetan reports that panellists at a SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) investigation of the socioeconomic challenges faced by mining-affected communities said that the burning issues affecting people living in mining areas have been simmering for years and discontent was growing.  

concourtBDLive reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has changed certain sections of the Magistrates’ Court Act (MC Act) dealing with emoluments attachment orders (EAOs) — commonly known as garnishee orders — to bring them in line with the Constitution.  

petradiamondsBrendan Ryan reports that an invasion of more than one thousand illegal diamond miners – zama-zamas – in Kimberley in the Northern Cape is threatening the viability of London-listed Petra Diamonds (Petra) operations.  

southafricalogoInge Lamprecht writes that provident fund members have best of both worlds – saving for retirement in a tax shelter then being able to take 100% of savings as a cash lump sum on retirement.