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.

gautengTimes Select reports that for more than a year Gauteng health department employees working at the provincial head office in Johannesburg have only been working for two weeks in a month while still earning full salaries.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a provincial traffic officer has been bust for an alleged bribery scam after threatening to arrest motorists for “offences” in the Free State unless they paid him via e-wallet.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE writes that Cape Town's Metrorail passengers have had a rough ride for the past two years, but with the redeployment on Wednesday of 100 Rail Enforcement Unit officers, it might get a little smoother.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that a fraudster who helped himself to nearly R5m meant for disadvantaged young people has failed to persuade appeal court judges to trim his 20-year prison sentence.  

councilmedicalschemesBL Premium reports that the regulator of the R160bn medical schemes industry has suspended five senior officials pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged corruption and unethical conduct, and will subject all its executives to lifestyle audits.  

Stats SABusiness Report writes that Statistics SA (Stats SA) reported on Wednesday that consumer price inflation increased from 4% year-on-year in July to 4.3% year-on-year in August.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is trying to recover more than half a billion rand for the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) lost largely due to irregularly awarded contracts by former directors of the broke public broadcaster.  

MantasheMiningmx reports that the Department of Minerals and Energy (DMRE) will be increasing safety audits at mines across the country during the fourth quarter in order to avoid an increase in the year-end accident and fatality rate.  

gunNews24 reports that two security guards were shot and injured in an attack on their unmarked vehicle in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday morning.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
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Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

saa thumb medium95 76Reuters reports that according to South African Airways (SAA), a government cash injection of R5.5 billion approved for the 2019/20 financial year is expected at the end of the month.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92The Citizen and News24Wire report that Metrorail train services in Vereeniging have been disrupted after a train derailed on Wednesday morning.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that the much-awaited national elective congress of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was set to begin in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that according to Metrobus, it had resolved to take the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers’ Union (Demawusa) to the Labour Court for its strike to be interdicted.  

sabcThe Star reports that a security risk assessment conducted by the police’s crime intelligence unit has recommended that executives at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) who have committed to cleaning up the public broadcaster be given bodyguards.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu has submitted a formal response to the National Treasury’s economic reform paper, saying that it will increase conflict in the labour market and should be submitted to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) for discussion, urgently.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that Old Mutual chair Trevor Manuel has apologised unreservedly for his criticism of a judgment that reinstated Peter Moyo as CEO at the insurance company.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that there has been scant improvement in the financial management of the Compensation Fund with the auditor-general having to issue a disclaimer on the 2018/19 financial statements because of a lack of sufficient evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion.  

gunNews24 reports that a security guard was shot dead during a business robbery in Randridge Mall in Randburg on Tuesday.  

petrolpumpNews24Wire reports that an attack on a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia means that a predicted drop in the petrol price for October will be lower than anticipated, the Automobile Association (AA) pointed out on Wednesday.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a "recruiter" who sold three young men to a Cape Town businessman and tavern owner has been fined R10,000 or two years in prison, suspended for five years.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that Statistics SA reported on Wednesday that the consumer price inflation (CPI) rate rose by 4.3% year-on-year in August, compared to 4% in July.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 17 September 2019.

gavel thumb100 Sowetan reports that South Africans opened their hearts and pockets to the family of slain Springs car guard Vusi Mgiqwa, donating more than R50,000 to counter an offer made by his alleged killer.  

sabcFin24 reports that the chairperson of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has indicated that there was a fightback against the public broadcaster’s new leadership, who were working to clean up the maladministration and corruption they had inherited.  

gautengEngineering News reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura has appointed the Commission of Inquiry into Minibus Taxi-Type Service Violence, Fatalities and Instability in Gauteng.  

prasaThe Star reports that some 27% of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at railway stations managed by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) do not work.  

metrobusEWN reports that Metrobus suspended all its services in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning as the strike by its drivers entered a second day.  

cloverBusiness Report writes that a total of 657 existing jobs will be on the line at Clover Industries in the next two years if the R4.8 billion merger between the dairy company and Israel-based Milco is approved by the Competition Tribunal.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that the Eastern Cape health department has called for police to prioritise the investigation of crimes committed against ambulance crews.