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.

nxesiBusinessLive reports that employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi said this week his department would review its policy regarding the composition and costs of overseas delegations with a view to containing and cutting costs of future delegations.  

Central Rand GoldCity Press reports that the majority union at the troubled Central Rand Gold SA has applied for the mining company which is already under liquidation, to be put under business rescue instead.  

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

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that the City of Tshwane is determined to bring criminal charges against the striking bus drivers responsible for the gridlock in the city centre on Monday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a male teacher accused of sexually harassing female pupils at Grosvenor Girls High School in Durban has been suspended.  

Stats SATimesLIVE reports that according to the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics SA on Tuesday, there are 49,000 fewer people employed in domestic environments, while the beleaguered mining sector is among the industries to have shed thousands of jobs.  

nehawu80ANA reports that health workers in Limpopo are gearing up for a day of labour action on Wednesday when they will down tools and march to government offices to raise a number of grievances.  

tshwane thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Tshwane traffic remained congested on Tuesday due to the continued municipal workers' strike.  The strike started on Thursday, but after negotiations between the union and council reached a deadlock, the strike intensified on Monday morning.  

SolidarityFin24 reports that trade union Solidarity announced on Monday that it would serve state-owned arms manufacturer Denel with court papers on Wednesday and announce further legal action thereafter.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Statistics SA indicated on Monday in its 2019 midyear population estimates that there are about 58.78-million people living in SA today.  

Stats SAReuters reports that SA’s second quarter unemployment rate rose to 29.0%, its highest level in more than a decade, from 27.6% in the first quarter.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that a man was killed while another three managed to escape when the water pipe they were fixing burst and caused the trench in which they were working to fill up, with one of the workers stuck inside.  

minerBusiness Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called on the government to turn up the heat on Harmony Gold where seven mineworkers have died at the company’s SA operations so far this year.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom board chair Jabu Mabuza will take up the role of acting CEO of the troubled state-owned entity for the next three months, public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan advised on Monday.  

tshwane thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has vowed to intensify its crippling industrial action in Tshwane, which saw the entire CBD gridlocked on Monday, should the employer not table a revised wage offer by Tuesday.  

goldbarsBL Premium reports that six of SA’s biggest gold mining companies could be liable to pay victims of silicosis more than the R5bn specified in a settlement approved by the High Court in Johannesburg.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 29 July 2019.

nehawu80Bloomberg News reports that Dubai’s DSA Investments is considering forming a venture with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to bid for coal assets that Glencore was pressured into selling to a company controlled by the politically-connected Gupta family in 2015.  

coega thumb100 Fin24 reports that a total of R2.6bn new investments have been signed at the Coega Special Economic Zone, with expectations that they would create more than 2,000 jobs.  

saa thumb medium95 76TimesLIVE reports that an application for the business rescue of South African Airways (SAA) is to be brought by the Solidarity Network, as part of a tax protest campaign that the civic organisation is launching.  

CapeTownlogoTimesLIVE reports that three injured firefighters were taken to hospital for treatment after responding to a fire that gutted dozens of shacks overnight in Masiphumelele, Cape Town.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TimesLIVE reports that buses caused havoc in the Pretoria CBD on Monday morning as some City of Tshwane employees went on strike demanding 18% salary increases.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has expressed concern about reported investigations by the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, into SA Revenue Service (Sars) human resources processes and the appointment of new Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter.  

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is slowly expanding their footprint in South Africa and Cape Town is going to be home to an AWS infrastructure that should be operational by early 2020.  

newsThe Mercury reports that the results of a recent global research study found that SA has the highest rate of employees who are open to leaving and actively planning to leave their current employment.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that telecoms company Telkom paid group chief executive Sipho Maseko 14.7% less pay in the year ended March 2019 compared to a year earlier, as fewer shares were vested to him in the year under review.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 26 July 2019.

southafricalogoCity Press reports that the stern warning of National Treasury’s director-general, Dondo Mogajane is that SA’s finances are in serious trouble, and the best way to plug the gaping hole in the fiscus may be for all state employees to take a 10% cut in salaries and wages.  

protestGroundUp reports that the turnout was low for Friday’s one day strike and countrywide protests called by the United National Transport Union (Untu) and its umbrella organisation, the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa).  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) advised last week that about 500 occupational health and safety (OHS) inspectors were to be hired.