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.

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that a case of culpable homicide has been opened after an employee died at a farm in Petrus Steyn in the Free State when a tractor drove over him.  

Solidarity2News24 reports that Solidarity announced on Thursday that a deputy police commissioner in the Western Cape would be returning return to her post and would be reimbursed retrospectively after a fight of almost a year over her dismissal.  

MantasheMiningmx writes that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has asserted that a decision by the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) to seek a judicial review of the Mining Charter was a pretext for cutting jobs.  

SARSBusinessLive reports the that executive for remuneration and benefits at the SA Revenue Service (SARS), Takalani Musekwa, said on Thursday that giving in to the demand for a 11.4% salary increase by employees would bankrupt the tax agency.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 28 March 2019.

newsTimesLIVE reports that a waitress from popular Soweto hang-out spot, Moja Café, has told how she was forced to strip naked while she was searched by one of her female managers on suspicion that she had stolen from the establishment.  

nupsawGroundUp reports that about 200 community health workers marched to the Western Cape Health Department in Cape Town on Tuesday.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in KwaZulu-Natal has urged chemical manufacturer Foskor to meet the demands of workers who have been on strike for more than a week.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday urged the government to hold the mining industry accountable for its safety failures, after a worker died at Modikwa Platinum Mine in Limpopo due to a fall of ground.  

earningsGroundUp reports that top executives in at least 24 government-funded agencies were paid more than R3 million in the 2017/18 financial year, namely more than the salary allocated to Jacob Zuma in what was his final year as state president.  

sabcSowetan reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been ordered to provide backpay to two senior employees in Limpopo for 10 months after they were overlooked for a post in 2017.  

SARSANA reports that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) closed several of its branches on Thursday after employees went on strike across the country to press for higher wages.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has condemned the killing of a young nurse outside a local clinic north of Durban on Wednesday.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was “deeply concerned” that its members and contractors at Koornfontein Colliery, in Mpumalanga, have not received their salaries since November 2018.  

prasaNews24 reports that a year after the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) in the Western Cape took on more security resources to stem the tide of criminality on commuter trains, their data shows tangible progress.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that despite short-term insurer Santam reporting a much stronger performance than the previous year, CEO Lize Lambrechts saw her total remuneration halve in 2018 as a result of the nonpayment of a cash bonuses.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that according to Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) was determined to undermine attempts to improve schools in the province.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that the N3 freeway near Mooi River was closed on Thursday morning following another round of protests by truck drivers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 27 March 2019.

FronemanMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman has three words for the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) ahead of platinum wage talks later this year, namely “We’re not intimidated.”  

handcuffsNews24 reports that four officials have been arrested at a vehicle testing station in Musina, Limpopo on allegations that they fraudulently issued roadworthy certificates for vehicles that they never physically tested.  

SARSFin24 reports that union members at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) will down tools on Thursday, as no wage agreement has been reached between unions and the agency.  

CCMAIn a letter to the editor of Business Day, Michael Bagraim, Democratic Alliance MP and well-known labour analyst, writes that employees can now lodge complaints about the nonpayment of the national minimum wage directly with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that Lonmin shareholders have snubbed a report that details the remuneration paid to executive and non-executive directors for the financial year ended 30 September 2018.  

bladenzimandeCape Argus reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has lambasted the City of Cape Town’s attempt to take over the passenger rail service from Metrorail.  

FronemanBloomberg reports that according to Sibanye Gold, its Driefontein mine, once part of Africa’s biggest gold-mining operation, is nearing the end of its life and the company won’t deepen it because of tight economic conditions.  

exxaroMiningmx reports that Exxaro Resources will continue with the termination of about 750 workers’ contracts employed through Group Five Construction despite an instruction from the firm’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) that employees should hold their positions.  

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has called on Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha to fire the province’s director-general for alleged irregular expenditure, or he will face a revolt.  

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) on Wednesday applauded the suspension and resignation of top executives at state-owned enterprises (SOEs) after they were implicated in corruption in recent months, but bemoaned that none had yet been prosecuted.  

sandu1The Citizen reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) plans to take the defence department to court over a unilateral decision to halve the limit of weekly overtime hours.