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.

nxesiFin24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated on Wednesday evening at his new Cabinet announcement that the labour department would be expanded to focus on employment.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107News24 reports that a businessman, two former Ekurhuleni city council officials and their two companies have been convicted of corruption, money laundering and defrauding the municipality of R21.8m in 2007.  

harmonyNews24 reports that a Harmony Gold employee was killed in an accident at the company's Phakisa operation in Odendaalsrus, Free State, the company said on Thursday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 30 May 2019.

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that former national traffic officer Rodney Dakalo Ramusia, aged 29, has been sentenced to six years in jail for corruption by the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has cautioned against job losses as a result of the appointment of a reduced Cabinet, saying that these measures must not lead to budget cuts in terms of the existing programmes.  

nxesiBusiness Insider SA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that unemployment was such a critical issue that he was renaming the Department of Labour as the Department of Employment and Labour.  

goldbarsGroundUp reports that lawyers for thousands of gold miners afflicted by silicosis or tuberculosis lined up beside five mining groups this week to ask the Gauteng High Court to approve a R5 billion settlement agreement.  

nehawu80ANA reports on a strike by members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) planned for Thursday at health risk management services provider Medscheme.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on Wednesday honoured soldiers who had died during worldwide United Nations peacekeeping operations since 2003.  

cosatuFin24 reports that according to Cosatu, the willingness of President Cyril Ramaphosa to consult labour and other key stakeholders in the appointment of his Cabinet has been a "breath of fresh air."  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE reports that yet another train carriage was engulfed in flames at Cape Town station, this time after lunch on Wednesday.  

satawu thumb medium90 101TimesLIVE reports that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has interdicted a strike which had been set to start at 6am on Thursday at the country's ports.  

picBloomberg reports that Ivan Fredericks, general manager of the Public Servants Association, and Mugwena Maluleke, general secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union, are set to be appointed to the interim board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as early as this week.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that the labour issues at its Mototolo platinum mine in Limpopo have been resolved.  

psaTimesLIVE reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) wants the Department of Labour to urgently investigate unhealthy and hazardous conditions at a building occupied by the state attorney in the Johannesburg CBD where staff are greeted by raw sewage.  

SanefThe Citizen reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) announced on Wednesday that progress was being made in its legal case in the Equality Court initiated to protect journalists against harassment and abuse.  

gun“There is at least one new body here every day,” said John Barnard, a resident from the West Village in Krugersdorp.  He was telling Krugersdorp News of the ongoing war between the illegal miners (zama zamas) in West Village.  

RobertsonWineryGroundUp reports that workers are frustrated with negotiations over wages and labour conditions at Robertson Winery and a strike is on the table.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that more than 80 workers at the Breëriviervallei Bottling Company in Worcester are set to down tools next Wednesday.  The workers are asking for an 18% wage hike among other demands.  

SamsaFin24 reports that thousands of South African seafarers who faced being axed from the International Maritime Organisation’s "white list", can breathe easy again after the organisation agreed to shelve changes to the list for the next two years.  

ancNews24 reports that one of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s key lieutenants, Zizi Kodwa, spent parts of Monday evening telling the ANC’s integrity committee why he deserved to serve in the National Assembly.  

chickensBL Premium reports that Astral Foods, SA’s largest poultry producer, on Tuesday flagged how collapsing municipalities were hurting business and the economy.   

HulaminBusinessLive reports that Hulamin Extrusions, a division of aluminium group Hulamin Ltd, on Tuesday sent out retrenchment notifications to a number of its workforce.  

Tongaat HulettBusinessLive reports that sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has announced that the director responsible for overseeing its corporate governance has left the board.  

satawu thumb medium90 101BusinessLive reports that activity at SA’s busiest ports could grind to a halt with a planned protest by members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Thursday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 28 May 2019.

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that following a case in which a domestic worker died at her employer’s home during the course of her employment and her daughter could not claim compensation due to the fact that domestic workers are not considered employees under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), the Pretoria High Court last week found that the exclusion of domestic workers under the Act was unconstitutional.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that Lonmin investors have backed the platinum producer’s takeover by Sibanye Gold, bringing to an end a company that was once part of a business empire synonymous with British capitalism in Africa.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that the mother of an eight year-old boy who was allegedly punched in the face by his teacher in Gingindlovu in northern KwaZulu-Natal wants justice for her son.