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.

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed in effect the National Minimum Wage Bill.  It is expected to benefit about 6-million workers that currently earn below R3,700 a month when it comes into force on 1 January 2019.  

mycitiTimesLive reports that a MyCiTi bus driver was forced to flee for his life after three “passengers” boarded, threw petrol inside and set the vehicle alight in Cape Town.  

zumaIOL News reports that according to constitutional law experts, former president Jacob Zuma’s affidavit to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) will have little weight against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to fire Tom Moyane as SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that a minibus taxi was torched on Wednesday in an apparent conflict between taxi associations and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in Marikana, North West.  

buffalocitymetroGroundUp reports that hundreds of workers from the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality marched outside the City Hall in East London on Wednesday, calling for the permanent employment of temporary workers and an improvement in their working conditions.  

easterncape thumb100 GroundUp reports that the National Treasury is to probe allegations of nepotism and “jobs for sale” at the Amahlathi Local Municipality, following weeks of protests in Stutterheim.  

panafricanMiningmx reports that Pan African Resources will be meeting with shareholders who voted against the company’s executive remuneration policy and against a standard resolution to issue shares without having to seek prior shareholder approval.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater’s all-share takeover bid for platinum producer Lonmin won critical yet highly conditional approval from the Competition Tribunal on Wednesday.  

Netcare911News24 reports that a man died after a concrete pump house collapsed and fell on him in La Lucia, Durban, on Wednesday.  Netcare 911 said it responded to reports of a structural collapse on Lady Ellen Crescent in La Lucia.  

hpcsaNews24 reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) intensified its picket outside the offices of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) in Pretoria on Wednesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018.

Sibanye StillwaterEWN reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has confirmed that its members will go on strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines on Wednesday night.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has turned to technology for a solution to increased corruption within Gauteng’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

sapsTimesLive reports that the Hawks are investigating the murder of 40-year-old Mitchells Plain detective, Vuyani Fani, who was shot outside his Cape Town home while he was unarmed and off-duty.  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that bodies are piling up at state-run mortuaries around KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) with the spread across the province of a go-slow by health department staff over non-paid wages and “hazardous” working conditions.  

durbanDaily News reports that the eThekwini Municipality launched its festive season plan last Thursday and announced the purchase of 12 new jet skis to be used in rescues.  

amcu thumb medium80 81David McKay writes that the timing of a strike called by the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s West Rand gold operations is curious, coming less than a month before the summer holiday season kicks in.  

prasaThe Citizen reports that the State on Tuesday failed to convince the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court that the 14 Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) guards, arrested for allegedly trying to rob the agency’s headquarters in the city, should be denied bail.  

mycitiNews24 reports that the City of Cape Town's civic centre was locked down on Wednesday morning after striking MyCiTi bus employees protested on the ground floor of the building.  

cosatuTimesLive reports that in response to what it called a "neo-liberal offensive" targeting workers, Cosatu will march on the KwaZulu-Natal premier's office in the provincial capital on Thursday.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that that Statistics SA announced on Wednesday that annual consumer price inflation had come in at 5.1% for October, 0.2 percentage points higher than the 4.9% for September.  

protestBusinessLive writes that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) finding that it is unconstitutional to require notice to be given to a municipality before a gathering of more than 15 people can be held has raised questions about how local authorities can plan for protests.  

zumaBusinessLive reports that former president Jacob Zuma has backed up axed SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane’s legal challenge in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) against his dismissal, which followed the recommendations of a commission of inquiry.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended a 4% pay raise for public office bearers, including the president, ministers, members of the judiciary, mayors and traditional leaders, among others.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the fallout over financial irregularities at the country’s social dialogue forum, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), has deepened, with its executive director Madoda Vilakazi and three other officials facing disciplinary action.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 20 November 2018.

ConCourtEWN reports that lawyers representing the state said that, while they were disappointed with the Constitutional Court’s (ConCourt’s) judgment regarding peaceful protests, they would abide by its decision.  

newsNews24 reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng says his court battles are far from over.  

hpcsaEWN reports that workers at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in Pretoria abandoned their posts on Tuesday morning over concerns about job security.  

goldbarsMiningmx writes that the medium-term feasibility of SA’s remaining deep level gold mines has been thrown into doubt by cost headwinds.  These include the latest three-year wage agreements and the possibility Eskom could hike electricity costs by 15% a year.