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.

sabcThe Sunday Independent reports that unions have warned the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) not to use the skills audit process as a means to retrench workers after the public broadcaster abandoned its plans to invoke Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.  

effEWN reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has pledged to pass legislation that would make all public representatives and civil servants forfeit their pension funds and savings if they were found guilty of corruption.  

prasaDaily News reports that a shortage of trains has left commuters from KwaDukuza, north of Durban, in the lurch.  They faced a similar struggle in October when train services to Durban were cancelled because of maintenance problems.  

southafricalogoSunday Tribune reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Correctional Services Commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele last week approached the Durban High Court in a bid to have his suspension lifted.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that dozens of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members on Saturday joined the EFF for its manifesto launch in Soshanguve.  

implatsBusinessLive reports that improved prices for the metals Impala Platinum (Implats) produces has given it flexibility in how it pursues its restructuring, a process to which the board has an unswerving commitment according to CEO Nico Muller.  

nersaBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has demanded that the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) that were signed with the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) be set aside on the grounds that the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) authorised the agreements without proper public consultation.  

unisaNews24 reports that a senior University of South Africa (Unisa) staffer has had his suspension lifted after a group of his colleagues protested outside the institution's main campus in Pretoria on Friday.  

sapsNews24 reports that nine people were killed, including two police officers, in a cash-in-transit heist in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on Friday night.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been ordered by the Gauteng High Court to pay R990,000 in damages to its former sports commentator Pieter van den Berg, who was falsely accused of racism.  

CCMAIn an interview with Chris Barron, the director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Cameron Morajane, says that a lack of consultation with the statutory body has led to flawed minimum wage legislation, which will hinder its implementation.  

picBusiness Times reports that under the weight of scrutiny for alleged wrongdoing and impropriety, the entire board of the Public Investment Corp (PIC), Africa's largest pension manager, sent out a letter of resignation late on Friday.  

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Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has filed another application at the Labour Court for an interdict preventing the union’s members from continuing with a wage strike at the gold operations.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to investigate allegations of impropriety against its acting chief executive officer, Matshepo More, and two non-executive directors.  

newsVolksblad reports that on Tuesday the bailiff in Frankfort, Philip Maseko, took possession of the R5-million house that the bankrupt Mafube municipality had acquired for the use of the mayor Jabulani Sigasa.  

sabcEWN reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced it would not be going ahead with plans to retrench employees.  

AlexanderForbesBloomberg reports that that Thabo Mashaba, chief empowerment and transformation officer at Alexander Forbes Group, has resigned, taking the number of top managers that have left SA’s largest retirement benefits administrator in recent months to eight.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Tshwane metro has been accused of ignoring a Pretoria High Court decision ordering it to pay post-retirement medical aid contributions in respect of its retired employees.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87News24 reports that the SA Medical Association (SAMA) “took drastic steps” after it became aware of a communique circulating in some of the hospitals and provincial offices of the Gauteng health department regarding non-payment of newly appointed doctors.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that another SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) official in Limpopo has been killed in the aftermath of the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, the union indicated on Thursday.  

MineralsCouncilSABusiness Report writes that the Minerals Council SA (previously known as the Chamber of Mines) has warned that the industry could lose 150,000 jobs if the National Electricity Regulator of SA (Nersa) grants power utility Eskom the 15% tariff hike for each of the next three years it has applied for.  

cosatuReuters reports that labour federation Cosatu announced on Wednesday it would stage a nationwide strike on 13 February over large-scale layoffs at ailing state-owned firms and at private companies.  

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

cosatuTheto Mahlakoana writes that trade union federation Cosatu should hang its head in shame at its neglect of the late renowned veteran unionist Cedric Gina.  

sabcIndependent News reports that a trade union has vowed to take steps against the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should employees be negatively affected because of the public broadcaster’s late salary payments.  

newsANA reports that former Bosasa chief financial officer Andries van Tonder on Tuesday described Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson as manipulative and someone who used people for his own ends.  

joburgcityANA reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday he had met the head of the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) the previous day to bring a number of serious criminal matters in the city to his attention.  

employment thumb100 SABC News reports that a new study conducted by the University of South Africa (Unisa) reveals that being unemployed for a long of period time lessens the chance of finding work because of job scarcity.  

gautengANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) indicated on Wednesday that payment of salaries to junior doctors doing their internships and community service in Gauteng hospitals will be delayed for a month due to inefficiency at the provincial health department.