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.

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that President Cyril Ramaphosa begins preparations for his investment summit later this month on a high after securing backing from some of the country’s biggest conglomerates to assist his jobs creation drive.  

newsTimesLive reports that a Port Elizabeth woman who allegedly referred to a colleague and his union representatives as “monkeys” has been suspended for using the racial slur at the offices of Workforce Staffing in Newton Park.  

prasaTimesLive reports that as the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) pushes to have Prasa's permit suspended‚ another Metrorail train accident has been reported.  

handcuffsTimesLive reports that ten people arrested in a connection with a cash-in-transit heist in the North West were due to appear in the Mahikeng Magistrate's Court on Monday‚ the Hawks indicated.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that it was agreed at last week’s Jobs Summit that the wage gap between the highest and lowest paid and between men and women should be disclosed in company financial statements.  

artisan2Sunday Times Business Times reports that according to Mvuyisi Macikama, CEO of the National Skills Fund (NSF), billions of rands earmarked by for the development of badly needed artisans have been blown by the government on university students instead.  

nursing thumb medium90 93BL PREMIUM writes that with the final implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI) fast approaching, the need for skilled nurses is in sharp focus and there is uncertainty on whether SA will be able to fill the gap in time.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 5 October 2018.

eskomEWN reports that Eskom has refuted claims by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) that it is planning to sell its core assists to avoid bankruptcy.  

cosatuEWN reports that labour federation Cosatu says that while it’s satisfied with many of the outcomes of the Jobs Summit, it's disappointed that the business sector couldn't commit to a freeze on job losses.  

handshake thumb medium90 90The Minerals Council SA (MCSA – previously called the Chamber of Mines) advised on Friday that Village Main Reef had concluded a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa.  

newsSunday Tribune reports that Bongiwe Mnikathi was upbeat when she was appointed municipal manager at Richmond Municipality, but, more than a year later, she now fears for her life.  

eskomThe Sunday Independent writes that plans to privatise Eskom emerged after senior executives met last week at a closed executive forum, “Eskom cannot save itself”.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the outcomes of the two-day jobs summit that ended on Friday were building blocks for the upcoming investment summit to be held in two weeks with the aim of raising R1.3-trillion in five years.  

parliamentNews24 reports that parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said in a statement on Saturday that an independent inquiry into the suicide of a parliamentary official would be instituted.  

prasaNews24 reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) announced on Sunday that its trains would continue to operate, despite a possible suspension by the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR).  

hospersaGroundUp reports that members of the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) have threatened a total shutdown of public health services if their demands are not met by the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of health within 14 days.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92City Press reports that according to the City of Cape Town, the possible suspension of the Passenger Railway Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) safety permit could result in a nationwide shutdown of Metrorail services.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that Tom Moyane has delivered the first blow to the presidency in his disciplinary inquiry‚ forcing proceedings to be postponed pending the outcome of a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) application on the legality of the hearing.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92The Citizen reports that Metrorail has put the number of commuters injured during a collision between two passenger trains at Van Riebeeck Park Station near Kempton Park on Thursday evening at more than 320.  

JobsSummitBusinessLive reports that a deal between the government, labour and business struck at the Jobs Summit on Thursday fell short of agreeing to a moratorium on job losses, but could see the creation of another 275,000 jobs a year.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 4 October 2018.

westerncapeCape Argus reports that no jobs will be lost at the Western Cape Legislature, although a draft enhancement project plan recommends that at least 38 permanent jobs should go.  

durbanDaily News reports that the eThekwini Municipality has warned its own staff members not to post pictures of themselves on social media platforms wearing their work uniforms, while job seekers have been urged to disregard any advertisements on such platforms advertised by third parties on behalf of the municipality.  

boardroomtableFinancial Mail reports that there is widespread cynicism about how much the presidential jobs summit this week will help SA’s unemployment crisis.  

eskomFin24 reports that Eskom announced on Thursday that it had placed its Senior General Manager of Assurance and Forensics, Molefi Nkhabu, on a precautionary suspension.  

Busa2Fin24 reports that the Jobs Summit, which kicked off on Thursday, is set to agree to a mechanism which will see businesses that employ more than 50 people reporting on pay ratios in their Annual Financial Statements.  

Mathunjwa2Mining Weekly reports that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa told the Joburg Indaba on Thursday that SA should transition from a constitutional democracy to a “social democracy” and implement more socialist policies to retain jobs in the mining sector.  

irrANA reports that the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) said on Thursday that the two-day jobs summit should address “job-destroying” policies such as the government’s plans to amend the constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation.  

education90The Citizen reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has dismissed media reports claiming that teachers were leaving the public education system in droves.