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.

JMPDANA reports that a driver was arrested after he allegedly knocked over a Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer with his car on Friday.  

auroraBusinessLive reports that former Aurora employees are at last getting their payday from former president Jacob Zuma’s nephew‚ Khulubuse Zuma‚ Nelson Mandela’s grandson‚ Zondwa Mandela‚ and others.  

MondiBusinessLive reports that packaging and paper group Mondi said on Friday it would be ceasing production from one of its uncoated fine paper machines at Merebank, Durban.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 3 August 2018.

gautrainNews24 reports that with last week’s limited rail routes and frustrated commuters, the Gautrain and the United National Transport Union (Untu) have agreed to head to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to try to resolve the strike.  

healthcareCity Press reports that the tragic suicide of leading cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, who battled depression for two years, has resulted in new concern and discussion around the mental health of medical practitioners.  

goldbarsNetwerk24 reports that the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) tabled new wage offers in negotiations on Wednesday and Thursday with the four unions representing members in the sector.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom workers have until Wednesday to accept or reject a new wage offer that includes one-off cash payments of R10,000.  

uctNews24 reports that members of the University of Cape Town's (UCT’s) black academic caucus have called for an in-depth inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of Professor Bongani Mayosi.  

santacoNews24 reports that Western Cape taxi drivers are expected to go on strike on Monday in a dispute over a conference that was supposed to have been held to resolve a leadership dispute in respect of the provincial arm of the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco).  

MantasheANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday again called on Impala Platinum (Implats) to come to the table to discuss an approach of trying to save massive job cuts at its operations.  

wsuniversity thumb100 City Press reports that the future of the law faculty at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) looks bleak, with the institution having failed to attract highly qualified law experts.  

nehawu80News24 reports that National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members at the University of Fort Hare have agreed to end their protracted strike, despite not all their demands not having been met.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that the Western Cape government is offering a R100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever is burning trains in Cape Town.  

VantageGoldfieldsMail & Guardian reports that plans to revive Lily Mine have finally been cleared after a liquidation application brought against its sister mine, Barbrook, was withdrawn on Thursday.  

ProductivitySABusinessLive reports that the government’s jobs-saving programme‚ led by the Department of Labour’s Productivity SA‚ has been suspended as a result of funding shortages.  

eskomANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Friday that it would be taking the latest wage offer made by power utility Eskom to its members for ratification.  

UNTUBusinessLive reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has threatened to intensify its Gautrain wage strike, which saw more than 300 Gautrain employees taking industrial action this week.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 2 August 2018.

Solidarity2In a statement on Thursday, trade union Solidarity announced that it had accepted Eskom’s offer of a wage increase of 7.5% for this year, a 7% increase for years two and three with a guaranteed increase equal to the CPI on housing, as well as a once-off cash payment of R5,000 after taxes.  

MantasheReuters reports that Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has urged platinum producer Impala Platinum to reconsider its plans to slash its workforce by a third over two years, calling the firm’s actions “careless”.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane is preparing to go to court as he continues his bid to halt processes to uncover actions that led to the destruction of the tax agency under his watch.  

FortHareSABC News reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is engaging with stakeholders at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape to find a solution to the eight week-long strike over wages.  

prasaBusinessLive reports that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has issued the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) with a temporary safety permit to allow trains to continue operating.  

SA ExpressANA reports that the National Transport Movement (NTM) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of Siza Mzimela as acting chief executive of beleaguered airline, SA Express (SAX).  

sriANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that the ruling ANC showed its true colours when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the party was in support of changing the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.  

joburgcityANA reports that Mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday announced that the City of Johannesburg had created "109 000 new jobs in the first two quarters of 2018 and reduced the expanded unemployment rate from 32.3% to 30.8%".  

seifsaFin24 reports that the loss of 105,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector in the second quarter of 2018 highlighted subdued domestic demand for industry, and uncertainty over global growth.  

npa thumb100 BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has dropped his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s legal battle to protect controversial prosecutions heavyweights Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi  

uberBusinessLive reports that Uber is partnering with security and insurance company Chubb to cover its South African drivers in case of death or injury.