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.

VantageGoldfieldsSABC News reports that the families of three workers whose bodies remain trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga, said it was difficult for them to partake in Heritage Day activities as they have yet to receive closure.  

nursing thumb medium90 93EWN reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday said that SA had a deficit of to 400,000 nurses and would not be able to meet the demand once the National Health Insurance (NHI) came into effect.  

newsSABC News reports that Johannesburg commuters should expect a return to their regular commuting patterns as the Metrobus strike has been suspended.  

boardroomtableANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Monday it was meeting employers in the motor retail and components sector through the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to try and break a deadlock in negotiations regarding wages and other benefits.  

healthcareANA reports that public hearings on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will start towards the end of October, Parliament announced on Sunday.  

OldMutualBusinessLive reports that the legal team of former Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo says it is confident it will prove that all of the directors at Old Mutual are in contempt of court over their handling of his dismissal.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the government controlled Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) received a qualified audit opinion from auditor-general Kimi Makwetu for the 2018/2019 financial year, a regression from the unqualified opinions of previous years.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that according to Statistics SA data released on Monday, business liquidations and insolvencies continued to rise, underscoring an economy that is struggling to grow and facing business confidence at record lows.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the interpretation of a law requiring a secret ballot before unions embark on a strike is set to take centre stage in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday in a case to prevent a shutdown of the banking sector.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 20 September 2019.

saa thumb medium95 76Sunday Independent reports that a merger of SA Airways (SAA) with Mango and SA Express was still on the cards, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu advised last week.  He said the cabinet was discussing it.  

sabcNews24 reports that according to the Sunday Times, former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has responded to a civil claim lodged by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to recover R21m from him by telling the public broadcaster it owes him R16m.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that according to the City of Johannesburg, emergency management services (EMS) will not be affected by the suspension of 230 firefighters who had embarked on an illegal strike.  

amcu thumb medium80 81City Press reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has vowed to fight to take over mines that were planning to close their operations because of nonprofitability.  

er24News24 reports that ten people were killed and 14 others were injured on Saturday morning after a construction vehicle lost control and overturned several times on the Ou Kaapse Weg in Steenberg, Cape Town.  

Mathunjwa2Fin24 reports that Joseph Mathunjwa was on Friday re-elected to lead the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), thereby extending his time at the helm of the union he founded in 1998.  

joburgcityEWN reports that Metrobus on Sunday reassured Johannesburg commuters that its services would be up and running on Monday after a week of suspended operations.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a former Pietermaritzburg security guard was imprisoned for 15 years on Friday for the murder of his colleague.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the deputy principal of a Cape Town school accused of molesting several Grade 7 pupils has handed in his resignation after being informed on Friday that disciplinary action would be taken against him.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that a year after the chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) promised to set aside women-and-children-only train carriages on Cape Town's Metrorail, the project appears to have been abandoned.  

cloverFin24 reports that dairy group Clover has confirmed to the Competition Tribunal that it was planning to cut 277 jobs ahead of a R4.8bn takeover deal.  

joburgcityEWN reported on Friday morning that more than 230 Johannesburg firefighters have been suspended, putting further strain on already overstretched resources.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that on Thursday the public fight between the Old Mutual board and axed CEO Peter Moyo claimed its first casualty, Pinky Moholi.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 19 September 2019.

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) elective congress heard on Thursday that threats of a total shutdown of SA’s mining industry and other sectors could have pushed the labour registrar to ditch his plans to deregister the union.  

protestPretoria News reports that four hundred Transpharm workers have marched to the National Department of Health to demand it should intervene in deadlocked wage negotiations.  

CapeTownlogoEWN reports that Cape Town firefighters who embark on a go-slow over a pay dispute could be in breach of contract, the City of Cape Town has indicated in response to threats by municipal workers.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Sowetan reports that Joseph Mathunjwa is set to retain his position as president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that an ongoing strike by drivers at Metrobus could result in loses of millions of rand the company indicated on Thursday.  

denosa thumb medium60 92TimesLIVE reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) in Ekurhuleni has threatened to withdraw its members from Pholosong Hospital in Tsakane after a nurse was attacked by a patient on Wednesday.