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.

implatsheadgear smlThe Citizen reports that according to the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM), at least 76 mineworkers have been killed and 2,156 miners sustained serious injuries since the beginning of this year.  

protestThe Star reports that the National Taxi Association (NTA) plans to go on strike on Wednesday and has warned commuters to make alternative plans on that day.  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) West Cluster were expected to march to Sibanye-Stillwater in Westonaria at noon on Monday to demand that the precious metals producer reverse plans to cut jobs.  

sabcEWN reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) is trying to resume its strike over salaries at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) after it was forced to abandon the action last week.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Daily News reports that the body of a soldier who was allegedly shot and killed by her boyfriend while on a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was handed over to her family at Air Force Base Waterkloof on Saturday.  

UguIOL News reports that the KwaZulu-Natal government has stepped in to resolve a stand-off between the Ugu District Municipality and disgruntled workers who were allegedly sabotaging the water supply to some South Coast towns.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for an investigation into rising fatalities in the mining industry after two mineworkers died last week at AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA’s) Mponeng mine.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 3 November to Sunday, 5 November 2017.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Miningmx reports that a pilot study commissioned last year by platinum producer Lonmin acknowledged that sexual harassment of female employees at the company’s facilities, near Rustenburg, was “common and pervasive”.  

popcruSunday Independent reports that the unambiguous message given by the Police, Prisons and Civil Rights Union (Popcru) to the SA Communist Party (SACP) on Saturday was that the party must purge the capture of the ANC and Luthuli House by the Guptas or be on its own politically.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that Mpumalanga’s Lily Mine will remain closed for now, contrary to reports of a R319 million cash injection from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).  

amcu thumb medium80 81City Press reports that two former Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members claim the union is running a well-managed project to kill rivals and rule the North West platinum belt.  

ManufacturingCircleeNCA reports that the manufacturing sector says it remains a job-creating engine in the economy, with the Manufacturing Circle to launch its Map to a Million plan soon, which will outline a plan to create one-million direct jobs over a 10-year period.  

UguThe Independent on Saturday reports that disgruntled members of the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been holding KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast residents to ransom, cutting water supplies from Hibberdene to Port Edward.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that a trainee marine pilot fell into rough seas and drowned while trying to board a sailing vessel last week.  

sapsThe Citizen reports that a man in his 30s sustained fatal injuries when he was attacked by two dogs at about 8am on Friday at an address along Muir Avenue in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that union rivalry came to the fore again last week when SA’s labour unions reacted differently to the R20 an hour national minimum wage (NMW) approved by cabinet.  

handcuffsEWN reports that a former 34-year-old female employee at the Department of Home Affairs has been arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Anti-Corruption Unit for issuing allegedly fraudulent permits.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that on Thursday a 45 year-old man accused of first raping, and then forcing his domestic worker to perform sex acts with his dog abandoned his bail application in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court.  

employment thumb100 Business Times writes that SA’s jobs market is entering a new era in which it could absorb less labour than in the past - even if growth returns to the economy.  

farming thumb medium80 84Fin24 reports that the combined agricultural job cuts for the past three quarters of 2017 reached 109,000, of which about 84% were in the Western Cape.  

popcruNews24 reports that Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) president Zizamele Cebekhulu said on Saturday that if the proposal for a reconfigured alliance was not accepted by the ANC, they were going to rebel.  

er24TimesLive reports that a 38-year-old man sustained multiple injuries‚ including suspected back injuries‚ when he fell through a roof of a building and plummeted more than 10 metres to the ground in an industrial area in Vanderbijlpark on Thursday afternoon.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that private investigator Paul O' Sullivan has asked anyone with information on the recent killings in and around Marikana on the platinum belt to come forward.  

anglogoldashantiEWN reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has confirmed that all mineworkers who were trapped underground at the gold producer’s Mponeng operation near Carletonville on the West Rand have been brought to the surface.  

newsTimesLive reports that the Estate Agency Affairs Board revealed on Thursday that about 50,000 estate agents could be operating illegally in SA.  

earningsReuters reports that the Department of Labour said on Thursday that Cabinet had approved draft legislation to introduce a national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 per hour from May next year.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has completed a restructuring process at its Cooke gold and uranium shafts on the West Rand, cutting a total of 6,976 from its workforce including 1,350 employees who took voluntary separation packages.  

sabcEWN reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) staff affiliated to the Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) insist that their strike is legal and say that they’re prepared to fight their case in court.  

Solidarity2News24 reports that the Constitutional Court was on Thursday expected to hear a case brought by trade union Solidarity and the SA Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners' Association (Saripa) challenging the constitutionality of BEE and affirmative action.