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.

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that Rob Devereux, business rescue practitioner of the Lily and Barbrook mines, is considering placing the mines under liquidation.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that asset management firm Anchor Capital has called for power utility Eskom to enter a “negotiated” business rescue process and for there to be a partial listing of its business to ensure its financial sustainability.  

implatsheadgear smlTheto Mahlakoana writes that the hard-fought right of workers to be consulted on workplace services that affect their welfare, such as catering and company transport, has been hijacked by corruption and self-enrichment.  

irvinjimANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accused the governing African National Congress (ANC) of pursuing what it called “nefarious” plans to privatise power utility Eskom and other cash-strapped state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  

mildredoliphantANA reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) said on Monday it had received word from Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant indicating that she was reviewing the current earnings threshold of R205,433.30 per year contained in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 25 January 2019.

sapsTimesLIVE reports that police minister Bheki Cele received thunderous applause from mourners after promising the widowed wife of slain Port Elizabeth flying squad member Dwane Kemp that the police would assist the family in any way possible, including funding their daughter and unborn son's education.  

farming thumb medium80 84Business Times reports that organised agriculture is to ask the government for R3bn in emergency relief after a multi-year drought left five of SA's nine provinces critically parched and two others extremely vulnerable.  

prasaBusinessLive reports that the troubled Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is set to have a permanent CEO by April, transport minister Blade Nzimande has confirmed.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the teacher who was suspended by the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke for taking and distributing a picture of pupils seated by race, said she holds no grudges against the school and the North West education department after a judge ruled that her suspension had been unlawful.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that according to SA Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana, commercial banks have in principle approved R3.5bn of the funding required to keep the national airline operating until April.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that labour minister Mildred Oliphant has finally appointed the 13-member national minimum wage commission following a tussle over candidates that delayed the implementation of the law in 2018.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the appeal brought by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) against the Competition Tribunal’s conditional approval of Sibanye-Stillwater’s takeover of Lonmin has been set down for 2 April.  

netcareBusiness Times reports that hospital group Netcare plans to retrench over 500 employees as it seeks to cut costs following a failed offshore expansion and amid a tough economic environment in SA.  

durbanDaily News reports that three senior eThekwini municipality staff members were arrested and released on bail on Thursday in connection with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) recruitment process.  

Sibanye StillwaterCity Press reports that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) embarked last week on a one-day secondary strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum operations in Rustenburg. 

sapsNews24 reports that a 31-year-old man suspected of killing a policeman was arrested in Limpopo on Friday night.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the chief executive of Mhlathuze Water, Sibusiso Makhanya, has been axed three years after he was suspended.  

BasilReadMoneyweb reports that the rescue of listed group Basil Read’s construction business has run into “significant challenges”, including the withdrawal of R40 million in post-commencement financing, lower than expected revenue, and slow progress in the sale of non-core assets.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 24 January 2019.

Solidarity2The Star reports that Solidarity has claimed victory in the case of the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher who had been suspended following an uproar over a picture purporting to show pupils racially segregated in a Grade R class.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that a memo circulated to staff at African Global Operations (AGO), formerly known as Bosasa, was apparently not intended to stop them speaking to the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive report that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) prisons head Mnikelwa Nxele, who was implicated in state capture testimony by former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi, has been suspended.  

prasaGroundUp reports that following the recent fatal train collision in Mountainview, Pretoria, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is again considering the suspension of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) safety permit.  

protestGroundUp reports that about 150 workers from Dis-Chem and Blue Ribbon Bakeries, as well as union officials, marched to Cape Town’s central police station on Wednesday to protest about police treatment of striking workers last year.  

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that as it embarked on a countrywide public awareness campaign, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) warned that bogus colleges were mushrooming up all over South Africa.  

SenzeniZokwana2News24 reports on the attempt by Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister Senzeni Zokwana to get the Western Cape High Court to order the department's director general to stop the disciplinary proceedings of three officials.  

metrobusFin24 reports that Metrobus in Johannesburg said in a statement on Thursday morning that it had been served with a strike notice by one of its unions.  

SanefTimesLIVE reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has found no evidence of a R100,000 donation by Bosasa to a crowdfunding campaign for the so-called SABC8.  

labourcourtsTimesLIVE reports that North West primary school teacher Elana Barkhuizen has won her labour court challenge against her suspension.