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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 11 November 2019.

southafricalogoThe Star reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has revealed that the revised ministerial handbook will slash some of the perks and benefits enjoyed by members of the Cabinet, premiers and MECs.  

sapsThe Star reports that charges of fraud, for alleged abuses of State resources for personal gain, against a senior police officer, have highlighted Police Minister Bheki Cele’s recent criticism of supposed corruption within the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

arcelormittalReuters reports that ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) said on Monday it would be closing its steel operations at its Saldanha Works because it could no longer compete in export markets.  

Bheki CeleIndependent News reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has urged South Africans to help law enforcement agencies arrest and prosecute criminals who were responsible for the heinous killings of police officers.  

protestSunday Tribune reports that staff at Nkonjeni Hospital in Mahlabathini, Kwazulu-Natal, gathered at the front gate on Friday to voice their concerns over safety and security, maintenance, and management’s silence after the rape of a nurse there last week.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that to clear a backlog of more than 300 outstanding disciplinary cases involving fraud and corruption, the eThekwini Municipality has set up a project plan in the hopes of speeding up the processes.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that hospital staff and patients came under attack in two separate incidents in the Eastern Cape at the weekend.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that in a bid to tackle the culture of nonpayment to municipalities, a government department has proposed extending to all political office bearers and public servants a law that provides for docking of pay of councillors and staff indebted for rates and services.  

ConCourtIn a letter to the editor, Michael Bagraim, well-known labour lawyer and MP, notes that before disciplinary inquiries employers often ask whether they can suspend an employee on full pay pending the outcome.  

popcruCity Press reports that financial misappropriation and other allegations emerged in the run-up to last week’s national elective congress of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).  

transnetBusiness Times reports that government is proposing a major overhaul of rail operations as it pushes to migrate passengers and freight from road to rail over the next 30 years.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that a senior Treasury official said on Friday that there was no urgency for the government to conclude an agreement with public sector trade unions on a reduction in the wage bill before the February budget.  

artisan2BL Premium writes that the African Development Bank (AfDB) has agreed to provide R6.2m from its middle-income countries’ grant to fund an enterprise development pilot project in four technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in Ekurhuleni, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 8 November 2019.

ramaphosa2City Press reports that the SA Investment Conference (Saic), which took place over three days last week, has been described by several business delegates as a “resounding success”.  

publicprotectorNews24 reports that axed Public Protector SA COO, Basani Baloyi, claims that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, as well as CEO Vussy Mahlangu, acted unconstitutionally during investigations of certain complaints.  

prasaGroundUp reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has been ordered to reinstate Western Cape regional security manager Ernest Hendricks by no later than 20 November.  

nxesiSunday Independent reports that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has launched an investigation into Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi over allegations of maladministration, abuse of power, irregular appointments, nepotism and irregular procurement procedures during his tenure at the public works department.  

NPANews24 reports that Nomgcobo Jiba has given up on her attempts to get her job as Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions back.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a Heidelberg teacher was rushed to a local hospital after a Grade 4 pupil allegedly threw his pencil case at her.  The teacher was struck in the face but was discharged from hospital on the same day after receiving medical attention.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that Judge Owen Rogers will rule this week on whether a case between Oak Valley and its workers will be heard in the Labour Court or the Equality Court.  

newsNews24 reports that the report into the investigation into allegations that a female Bishops Diocesan College teacher had a relationship with a number of male pupils should be available within the next few days.  

prasaFin24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has denied reports that Eskom came close to cutting power to some of its rail routes due to unpaid bills.  

eskomFin24 reports that a former finance executive at Eskom, Bernard Moraka, and his alleged accomplice Victor Tshabalala appeared last week before the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Palm Ridge, Johannesburg, for allegedly defrauding the power utility of R34-million.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity has criticised the recent decision by the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) to guarantee private hospital care to all its members, saying it was an admission of the state’s failure to run an effective public healthcare system.  

exxaroMining Weekly reports that diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Friday launched its Khetha Ukuphepha safety campaign across all its business units and operations, as part of its journey towards zero harm.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 7 November 2019.

ambulanceNews24 reports that a City of Tshwane emergency service crew was robbed when they responded to an apparent medical emergency in Block GG, Soshanguve, just after 02:00 on Wednesday.  

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) will not appeal the Equality Court judgment in its case against the EFF and its leader Julius Malema, but will use interdicts and criminal recourse to protect journalists.