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
Tuesday, 9 April 2019.

gunDaily News reports that an alleged route dispute between mini-bus and bus associations in the Newlands West area in Durban claimed the life of a bus driver on Monday night.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that although teacher unions don’t condone the shocking figures of absenteeism among their members, they say there are a number of contributing factors that lead to absences.  

ShopriteSowetanLive reports that at least 36 Shoprite Checkers workers in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, have been fired after they protested against the dismissal of four of their colleagues for "accepting tips from customers".  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday its first-quarter gold production in SA would fall by nearly two-thirds because of a protracted wage strike.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Mpumalanga community safety, security and liaison MEC Pat Ngomane on Monday said a life sentence imposed on a man who shot dead an on-duty traffic officer would serve as a deterrent to those who intimidated and assaulted traffic officers.  

Solidarity2Pretoria News reports that trade union Solidarity says that comments by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa that Dutch navigator Jan van Riebeeck killed Solomon Mahlangu is a disappointing electioneering rhetoric keeping the country torn asunder.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MEC for education, Mthandeni Dlungwana, was scheduled to visit a primary school in Durban on Tuesday morning following allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation levelled against the principal.  

angiemotshekgaANA reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday said the trend of teacher absenteeism from classrooms across the country was marginally growing and remained a cause for concern.  

Netcare911News24 reports that a Durban bus driver was killed after being shot in the chest on Monday night in what paramedics have described as "an ambush".  

rustenburgmunicipalityThe Citizen reports that outgoing Rustenburg Local Municipality manager Nqobile Sithole says she quit her job because she had to defend herself against continuous sexist attacks which affected her ability to do her work.  

sapsNews24 reports that a parliamentary reply has revealed that thirty-two members of the police's top management have criminal records, but the police have declined to reveal their identities as disclosure would constitute an unreasonable violation of the privacy.  

harmonyFin24 reports that a 38-year-old mineworker died on Monday at Harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine, outside Johannesburg.  

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports that Sibanye-Stillwater will be asking the Labour Court to declare a protracted wage strike at its gold mines unprotected after claiming a major victory in a union membership verification process.  

equalopportunitySunday Independent reports that the gender equality gap in the workplace still prevails because most organisations are not promoting a culture of equality, according to a new report produced by global management consulting and services firm Accenture.  

ancCity Press reports that Pule Mabe’s sexual harassment accuser is set to get R50,000 in back pay after the ANC settled with her before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that a top official in the State Security Agency (SSA) is facing a range of sexual harassment allegations laid by a group of women in the agency calling themselves the ‘Women of SSA’.  

LotusFMSunday Tribune reports that Lotus FM boss Alvin Pillay returned to the helm as station manager on Wednesday.  SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu confirmed that Pillay had been reinstated following his suspension in December.  

SARSMail & Guardian reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) has yet to count the cost of the national wage strike that hit the tax agency the week before last.  

pandorTimesLIVE reports that Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor announced on Saturday that a new college campus that will eventually accommodate up to 10,000 students is to be built in Cape Town.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that a suspect is under police guard in hospital after an assault on a police officer in Sunnyside in Pretoria on Friday.  The suspect was shot in the leg.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 5 April 2019.

Sibanye StillwaterSunday Times Business Times reports that, with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s local gold mines strike is in its fifth month, Shadwick Bessit, executive vice-president at Sibanye, indicated that the dispute was now not about wage increases but about a return to work settlement.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that Solidarity on Friday expressed its concern about the current shortage of nursing staff and the detrimental results of this critical shortage for South African health care.  

britishamericantobaccoBL Premium reports that the SA arm of cigarette maker British American Tobacco (BAT-SA) says it will be adding to the tally of local job losses as illicit tobacco traders continue to gain market share at its expense.  

SA ExpressBusinessLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has expressed its disquiet over reports of impending job cuts at SA Express, claiming that labour has not been consulted.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Friday that an implementation protocol to restore infrastructure at the polluted Vaal River system had been signed with a wastewater specialist company.  

hawksBusinessLive reports that the Hawks arrested three of their own in Pretoria on Friday for their alleged involvement in crimes related to corruption‚ extortion‚ intimidation and defeating the ends of justice.  

bladenzimandeFin24 reports that according to Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande, his department’s production team was "working overtime" to clear a backlog of close to 200,000 driving licence cards.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that the families of three miners, who were buried underground when a Mpumalanga mine collapsed in 2016, laid culpable homicide charges against Vantage Goldfields SA (VGSA) directors last week.