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.

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has warned of load shedding this week amid sporadic industrial action by workers who staged pickets at its facilities across the country on Monday.  

pnpBusinessLive reports that despite its recent voluntary severance programme, Pick n Pay created almost 14,000 net new jobs over the past three years and intends creating 15,000 more in the next three years.  

gautrainFin24 reports that Gautrain said on Monday evening that it had taken legal steps to ensure that striking workers protested peacefully and had implemented additional safety measures following the first day of an indefinite wage strike.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 30 July 2018.

healthcareThe Citizen reports that the reported suicide of Dr Bongani Mayosi has prompted the SA Medical Association (Sama) to set up a support structure to address the underlying problems of a heavy workload and long hours that lead to doctors suffering from stress and depression.  

UNTUFin24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) vowed on Monday that Gautrain strike action would continue until the workers' demands were taken seriously.  

uctCape Argus reports that #FeesMustFall protests might have contributed to the death of University of Cape Town (UCT) health dean and world-class cardiology researcher Professor Bongani Mayosi, 51, who committed suicide on Friday.  

eskomReuters reports that Khulu Phasiwe, spokesperson for Eskom, said that workers at some of the power utility’s power stations downed tools on Monday morning after an impasse over wages, but supply had not been disrupted.  

gautrainEWN reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has denied allegations that its striking members were intimidating non-striking Gautrain bus drivers and preventing them from leaving the depots.  

samwu thumb medium80 78The Star reports that according to Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, leaders of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) were running away from members and not accounting for the use of its money.  

SANParksANA reports that Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Saturday that the murder of a Kruger National Park (KNP) game ranger by alleged rhino poachers showed the severity of the threat rangers faced on a daily basis.  

medicaldoctorThe Citizen reports that the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) application portal for doctors hoping to apply for community service positions next year is such a mess that hundreds of doctors are currently still unable to register and verify their details.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the drawn-out Eskom wage negotiations are set to continue this week after trade unions refused to budge on their demand for bonuses.  

gautrainEWN reports that Gautrain has accused its striking workers of preventing buses from exiting the depot, causing delays to services in Centurion, Sandton and Park Station.  

newsBusinessTech reports that according to the Direct Marketing Association of SA (DMASA), the current draft regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) could significantly harm jobs in direct marketing.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 27 July 2018.

cosatuCity Press reports that Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini will hang up his fighting gloves after 10 years in the ring, paving the way for the possible election for the first time of a woman as his successor.  

bladenzimandeNews24 reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Friday that Cape Town’s rail transport "situation" was the worst in the country.  

eskomSunday Times reports that Eskom chairman Jabu Mabuza said last week that it was unsustainable for the power utility to have to borrow money in order to repay the money it already owed funders and that it was working on a plan to restructure itself.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107News24 reports that in a blitz to clean up fraud and corruption at Ekurhuleni licensing departments, four more officials were arrested in Germiston on Friday, bringing the arrest tally to 13 in the last two weeks.  

coalEngineering News reports that the SA wind industry has called for a standardised metric to determine employment in the energy sector.  

eskomThe Sunday Independent reports that Eskom suffered huge losses and incurred irregular expenditure of billions of rand at the same time the power utility paid former bosses Brian Molefe and Matshela Koko millions of rand in salaries and bonuses.  

gautrainTimeslive reports that wage negotiations between the United National Transport Union (Untu) and Bombela, the Gautrain operating company, deadlocked over the weekend.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande "cleared his schedule" to visit Cape Town on Friday after the latest in a series of commuter train fires.  

artisan2BusinessLIve reports that the sentiment expressed by Gauteng infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo‚ speaking alongside Deputy Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela on Thursday, was that SA needed more artisans.  

picBusinessLive reports that several trade union and political groups launched bids on Thursday to influence the investigation into the affairs of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced on Wednesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 26 July 2018.

concourtIOL News reports that labour unions are celebrating a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgment on Thursday that ruled in their favour regarding the status of labour brokers in employment contracts.  

neneThe Star reports that public sector unions have welcomed the institution by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene of an independent investigation into the affairs of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  

GoldOneMining Weekly reports that an early morning rescue operation on Wednesday saw 644 miners, who were underground when a fire broke out at Gold One’s Modder East operations, brought to the surface.