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.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that a Kuils River Technical High School pupil, who was arrested for allegedly stabbing a fellow pupil, has been released into the care of his parents following a court appearance on Tuesday.  

FNBFin24 reports that FNB on Tuesday denied all allegations that it had intercepted the WhatsApp and email messages of former employees.  

SolidarityNetwerk24 reports that in response to the tragic mining accident at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine over the weekend, trade union Solidarity has called on employers to renew their efforts to prevent further mine deaths.  

joburgcitySowetanLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) administration in the City of Johannesburg wants to know if its prospective employees hold any political office.  

FNBBusiness Report writes that the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) issued a statement on Tuesday calling on First National Bank (FNB) to reinstate the so-called 'FNB4' with immediate effect.  

gavel thumb100 Diamond Fields Advertiser reports that the former chief financial officer of Karoo Hoogland Municipality, Marius Botha, and bogus company owner, Ockert Cloete, were on Monday ordered to pay the Asset Forfeiture Unit for unduly benefiting from the proceeds of crime.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Business Report writes that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has submitted its wage and other demands for the 2017/18 financial year to Magalies Water, which supplies water to the Rustenburg, Madibeng and Moretele Local Municipalities in the North West.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday reacted strongly following a report that Eskom’s board wanted to make a payment of R11.2m to former CEO Brian Molefe.  

bladenzimandeHigher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has saluted women artisans and apprentices for venturing beyond social stereotypes and debunking the myth that certain skills and occupations were the preserves of men.  

gigaba2BusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has told Cosatu’s central executive committee (CEC) meeting that he cannot guarantee that the government will not attempt to make use of the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) funds to capitalise state-owned entities (SOEs).  

harmonyEWN reports that Harmony Gold has said that its rescue teams are inching closer and closer to the mineworkers who have been trapped underground at its Kusasalethu Mine in the West Rand.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

uberBusinessLive reports that Uber has launched new safety features in the wake of a recent spate of attacks on driver-partners and passengers.  Introduced after engagement with drivers, the features include Social Connect and Share My Trip.  

parliamentANA reports that the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources said on Monday that it was “deeply worried” about the sporadic seismic events that continued to claim lives in the mining sector.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that Cosatu has condemned the “unfair dismissal” of four First National Bank (FNB) employees for making insulting comments about the DA leader Mmusi Maimane on WhatsApp and many other political comments.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that according to Free State Premier Ace Magashule there were about 280 qualified nurses, including professionals, assistance and staff nurses, in the province who were unemployed and whom he indicated were going to be hired.  

ancBusinessLive reports that Lawyers for Human Rights and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation have approached the ANC to lead a case of racism against Rajesh ‘Tony’ Gupta at the SA Human Rights Commission‚ either as the sole complainant or with them.  

meibcBusinessLive writes that the recent wage agreement in the metals and engineering industry may have prevented a strike, but workers will have to wait a long time before benefiting from it.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80SABC News reports that the Western Cape government is working on legislation that would hold the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) accountable for the mismanagement of the province's train infrastructure.  

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour reports that, with effect from 1 September 201, the minimum wage applicable to the Private Security Sector will increase by an average of 6.4% in terms of the Sectoral Determination (SD) and will be applicable until 31 August 2018.  

news shutterstockBusinessLive reports that certain bargaining councils have for decades apparently neglected to deduct employees’ tax on benefits given to their members, but have now been offered the opportunity to become tax compliant.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that MPS were told last week that, unless problems bedevilling mining towns were tackled urgently, efforts to eradicate illegal mining operations and syndicates would soon be at a crisis point.  

newseNCA reports that nearly four million South Africans are owed billions of rands in pension and provident fund benefits.  According to the latest data, government and the private sector owe almost R42-billion in unpaid claims.  

limusaBusiness Report writes that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) put out a statement on Monday to say that it was not surprised but once again shocked by the recent settlement agreement in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

ambulanceEWN reports that Gauteng emergency services workers have warned of a total shutdown next month if Premier David Makhura and Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa do not respond to their grievances.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the rescue operation at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine to be escalated to bring the remaining two trapped miners to surface.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 28 August 2017.

mosebenzizwaneANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Monday appealed for “extra caution” in respect of health and safety in mines, saying he was concerned about tragic accidents in the industry.  

healthcareThe Times writes that the government's plan to ditch medical aid tax credits will have a disastrous effect on already cash-strapped citizens and force nearly 2 million people onto the over-stretched state health system.  

joburgcityANA reports that eight City of Johannesburg employees were due to appear in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday for allegedly pocketing R2.4 million in fraudulent refunds.