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 Reuters reports that SA’s burgeoning call-services sector, which gets more than half its work from Britain, could attract larger inflows as the effect of Brexit weighs and UK companies seek savings by moving operations offshore.  

AlexanderForbesBusinessLive reports that another top Alexander Forbes executive has resigned, just eight days after CEO Andrew Darfoor was fired.  SA’s largest pension fund administrator said Naidene Ford-Hoon would leave her role as CFO and director on 31 December.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that government, business and labour are convening today for a two-day summit to focus on the unemployment crisis, amid criticism that this will be another talk shop.  

LibertyBusinessLive reports that Liberty, SA’s third-largest life insurer, has been talking to staff amid concern that its "organisational redesign" would result in hundreds of job losses.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92The Citizen reports that the recently announced Western Cape premier candidate for the Democratic Alliance (DA), Alan Winde, has vowed to continue to put pressure on the national government to hand over the authority for Metrorail to municipalities in the Western Cape so that they could effectively manage the daily operation of the region’s trains.  

groupfiveBusiness Report writes that the jobs bloodbath in SA’s beleaguered construction sector is continuing, with construction and engineering company Group Five reducing its headcount by about 1,000 people in the past year, including the retrenchment of 600 permanent employees.  

MantasheEWN reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has revealed that seven suspects linked to his department have been arrested on charges of corruption in a clean-up of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).  

effThe Citizen reports that the EFF has hit out at former Hot 91.9FM breakfast show host Sasha Martinengo, who was fired on Wednesday for referring to Julius Malema as ‘a monkey’ on live air.  

petrolpumpThe Citizen reports that the Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) says the latest surge in fuel prices will cost bus companies millions to stay on the road.  This was in response to the latest fuel price increase of 8.6% at midnight on Tuesday.  

protestEWN reports that activist group ‘Unite Behind’ is planning a mass protest in Cape Town on Thursday against Metrorail's poor services.  The organisation said it would also launch its #DelayRepay campaign.  

petrolpumpEWN reports that there are concerns from workers and the business sector that this week’s record fuel price hike could lead to job cuts and, in worst case scenarios, the forced closure of small enterprises.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the public enterprises ministry has confirmed that director-general Richard Seleke will be leaving the public service.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Timeslive reports that a soldier who shot dead his girlfriend while they were both deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has failed in his appeal against a 20-year sentence for murder.  

CapeTownlogoANA reports that dozens of firefighters were dispatched to Blackheath outside Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon to extinguish a blaze at a factory in Range Road.  

harmonyReuters reports that Harmony Gold said on Wednesday that it had signed a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa, effective from 1 July 2018.  

mildredoliphantBusiness Report writes that SA’s Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, will deliver an address during the opening and closure of the Jobs Summit at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand later this week.  

ProductivitySABusinessLive reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has stepped in to rescue Productivity SA once again, after the labour department agency failed to pay service providers for its turnaround solutions programme for more than seven months.  

hawksANA reports that two men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a warrant officer during a shootout in 2015, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said on Tuesday.  

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018.

petrolpumpThe Citizen reports that taxi commuters might have to dig even deeper into their pockets as another taxi fare increase is on the cards.  

newsBusiness Report writes that business activity in SA stagnated in September, with the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) hitting a 14-month low at 43.2 index points in September from 43.4 points in August.  

numThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) issued a statement on Monday advising that it had learned with shock of the death of a mineworker at Samancor’s operations near Steelpoort in Limpopo Province.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Gauteng radio station Hot 91.9FM has fired presenter Sasha Martinengo after he referred to EFF leader Julius Malema as a “monkey” on air.  

Golden ArrowEWN reports that the Golden Arrow Bus Service's Bronwen Dyke-Beyer has warned that the company might have to review fares if fuel prices continued to rise.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that a South African soldier fell to his death from a helicopter, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) advised on Tuesday.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said on Tuesday that the upcoming Jobs Summit would not do anything to reduce unemployment.  

southafricalogoeNCA reports that the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) will not be at the jobs summit to be held later this week.  

SARSThe Citizen reports that according to suspended SA Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointments, decisions, and conduct around the Sars judicial inquiry were in violation of the constitution and were thus unlawful and invalid.  

bladenzimandeANA reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday slammed a call by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to declare a state of emergency with regard to rail transport in the Western Cape.  

AlexanderForbesBusinessLive reports that just as Alexander Forbes announced the appointment of a new CEO with links to Sanlam and Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital (ARC), axed CEO Andrew Darfoor launched a challenge to his dismissal.