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.

ANN7ANA reports that journalists at former Gupta-owned ANN7 news channel and The New Age newspaper were on Tuesday considering a go-slow because they had not been paid.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that according to Statistics SA's latest Quarterly Employment Statistics survey (QES survey), South Africa added some 81,000 non-agricultural jobs between September and December 2017.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Tuesday it was disappointed that Parliament and the government would not be ready to implement the long-delayed national minimum wage (NMW) by 1 May.  

ancylANA reports that the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Greater KwaDukuza region in KwaZulu-Natal province said on Tuesday it supported a protracted strike at tolling company Intertoll.  

ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that on Tuesday President Cyril Ramaphosa officially launched the Youth Employment Service (YES), an initiative that aims to see more than one million young South Africans being offered paid work experience over the next three years.  

robdaviesFin24 reports that Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has warned that recently announced US tariffs on steel and aluminium products could present a risk to local jobs.  

sriEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Monday released its Labour Market Index (LMI) for the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q4 2017).  The LMI, which forms part of the SA Labour Market Report compiled in collaboration with ETM Macro Advisors, is an indicator of job and wage security in the SA labour market.  

parliamentEWN reports that the Labour Ministry is unsure about when the new National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be implemented.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant confirmed on Monday evening that it would not be possible to implement the new national minimum wage legislation on the envisaged date of 1 May because the parliamentary process will not be completed by then.  

saqaBusinessLive reports that the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on Monday launched a digital certificate of evaluation as a pilot to benefit holders of qualifications obtained in other countries.  

DeBeersANA reports that a female employee was crushed to death after she fell onto a conveyer belt at De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo.  

SaftuEWN reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR), a Chinese rail company, has requested the government to give it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, to continue to supply new locomotives to Transnet.  

newsThe Star reports that the legal stand-off between sex workers operating in Primrose, Germiston, and the community policing forum (CPF) is far from over.  

RTMCTimeslive reports that four employees of a private vehicle testing station were due on Monday to appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court for allegedly fraudulently issuing vehicle roadworthy certificates.  

SteinhoffMoneyweb writes that Steinhoff’s proposal to pay five current and former (non-executive) directors sizeable once-off payments in lieu of the “additional work undertaken during the period since the accounting irregularities were identified in December 2017” is outrageous.  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday it was deeply concerned that another worker had died at a Sibanye-Stillwater operation.  The fatality apparently occurred at the company’s Khuseleka operation in Rustenburg last Friday.  

sidumodlaminiMamokgethi Molopyane refers to a City Press article on Sunday that contained the allegation that Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini’ accepted a payment for apparently helping to facilitate a meeting that resulted in President Jacob Zuma retaining Senzeni Zokwana in his DAFF cabinet post after the 2016 local government elections.  

SACAAEWN reports that the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) has launched an urgent investigation into an alleged lapse in training of security personnel tasked with X-ray screening of passengers and baggage for weapons and explosives.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane suspended platinum producer Lonmin’s operating licence for three days last year.  

fsbSunday Times reports that retirement fund administrators were warned by the Financial Services Board (FSB) that they would be in breach of new regulations if they hosted pension fund trustees at the annual Cape Town International Jazz festival this past weekend.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 23 March 2018.

earningsBusinessLive reports that strong opposition has been expressed in Parliament to the abolition of sectoral wage determinations once the national minimum wage (NMW) bill becomes law.  

newsNews24 reports that Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thomson on Sunday labelled the death of a waste picker, who was killed after being caught in a trash compactor vehicle, as a tragedy.  

southafricalogoSABC News reports that Department of Home Affairs (DHA) clients queuing outside the offices in Tzaneen in Limpopo have urged Minister Malusi Gigaba to intervene to make sure that the offices were opened on Saturdays.  

mildredoliphantNews24 reports that Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant is due on Monday to update the media on the progress made regarding the National Minimum Wage (NMW) bill.  She is expected to outline what the parliamentary process will entail and the way forward.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that after it wrote to the Ministry of Transport to ask what was being done to help improve the situation of Metrorail in Cape Town, Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said that stabilising Metrorail was a priority.  

unisaeNCA reports that the University of SA (Unisa) on Friday said it had taken note of and was gravely concerned about allegations of sexual harassment and possibly rape against one of its employees at its Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE).  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday expressed concern that workers at the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines had not yet been paid for March.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) acting CEO Nomsa Philiso is planning to meet unions to discuss proposed changes at the public broadcaster’s news division that have upset many staff members.  

minerCity Press reports that the long-awaited settlement for former gold mine workers with lung diseases will apparently be between R70,000 and R500,000 per person.