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.

saqaBusinessLive reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has proposed naming and shaming fraudsters who claim fake qualifications in an online public register administered by the SA Qualifications Authority (Saqa).  

ManufacturingCircleBusinessLive reports that as the manufacturing sector bleeds jobs, factory owners are worried about its future.  This comes as employment statistics released on Tuesday showed that the sector lost 55,000 jobs year-on-year in the second quarter.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that hundreds of millions of rand meant for beneficiaries of the Employment Creation Fund (ECF) have not been disbursed, allegedly because of a dispute between the Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

implatsBusinessLive reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) is cutting its future production to 520,000oz of platinum and slashing the number of its mines to six from 11, with 13,000 jobs to go within two years.  

UNTUFin24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has appealed to commuters to boycott the Gautrain and support its "friendly employees" as the strike entered the fourth day on Thursday.  

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Solidarity2EWN reports that trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that Eskom and the police should act swiftly against striking Eskom workers who were purposefully sabotaging the running of power stations.  

DeBeersBusinessLive reports that De Beers is closing its Voorspoed mine after failing to find a suitable buyer for the 700,000-carats-a-year operation, but the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has stepped in to try and find a buyer before the end of August.  

SANParksThe Citizen writes that it used to be creatures with teeth and poisonous plants that SANParks rangers had to watch out for, but now their most dangerous foes are human predators armed with rifles and a shopping list for environmental contraband.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane has lost all the objections he lodged against the disciplinary inquiry he is facing.  

eskomThe Star reports that electricity users should brace for indeterminate load shedding as wage negotiations between Eskom and its protesting employees hit a brick wall.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Timeslive reports that police arrested a suspect who attempted to torch a train on Tuesday at Cape Town station.  

gautrainFin24 reports that as the indefinite Gautrain strike continued into a third day on Wednesday, management expanded the limited operations and opened the Rosebank station where bus routes will also be operated during peak periods.  

ImatuThe Citizen reports that the arbitrator in the wage dispute in the municipal sector issued his arbitration award on Tuesday and ruled in favour of the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu).  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that according to SA National Defence Force (SANDF) chief General Solly Shoke, restoring the North West to some normality was a "mission accomplished" and the military would be pulling out of the province with immediate effect.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that Cape Town Metrorail staffers managed to stop an attempted arson attack in its tracks on Tuesday.  

newsBusinessTech reports that the recent slowdown in migration to the UK from the EU, together with new relaxed visa measures, are expected to create opportunities for non-EU nationals to live and work in the UK.  

handcuffsDaily News reports that the KwaZulu-Natal Tactical Response Team (TRT), the K9 Unit and Nsuze police officers swooped on the residence of a Montebello Hospital male nurse on Monday and found two AK47 automatic assault rifles.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom has agreed to meet with unions on Friday, 3 August to discuss the issue of bonus payments for employees.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that after taking inflation into account, the average South African salary declined by 2.4% in June from the same month in 2017.  

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uctThe Citizen reports that University of Cape Town (UCT) cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, who committed suicide on Friday, tried twice in the period since 2016 to resign, but was not released by the institution.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Metrorail’s passenger numbers have dropped drastically over the past 18 months due to arson attacks and general criminality affecting trains.  

eskomReuters reports that power utility Eskom said on Tuesday that one of the coal-fired units at its Arnot power station was not working.  It, however, denied claims by two union sources that five of the units were down because of low coal supplies and wage protests.  

santacoANA reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) on Tuesday said taxi fares for local and long distance operations would increase on Wednesday, with a further review due in June 2019.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate worsened to 27.2% in the second quarter, from 26.7% in the first quarter, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday in its quarterly labour force survey.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that a disagreement between two female deputy principals at a Gauteng school escalated into a bloody altercation when one allegedly assaulted the other using office equipment.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government has called on retired public servants and their beneficiaries to apply for unclaimed and unpaid pension benefits, which amount to more than R1.6bn.  

parliamentTimeslive reports that Hendri Terblanche‚ who successful petitioned Parliament to allow men to get more days off to take care of their newborns‚ now wants the roles reversed for adult children and their elderly parents.  

gautrainMoneyweb reports that striking United National Transport Union (Untu) members are adamant that the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which operates the Gautrain, should open its books and show, among other things, the bonuses paid to executives over the last few years.