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.

gavel thumb100 News24Wire reports that the South Gauteng High Court has approved the historic R5-billion settlement agreement in the lengthy silicosis case.  

harmonyNews24 reports that a mineworker was killed on Thursday morning in a fall of ground incident at Harmony Gold's Tshepong mine near Welkom.  

nxesiMail & Guardian reports that with his department’s focus shifted towards job creation, newly-appointed Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says he will not risk sidelining worker’s rights to create more work.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that City of Johannesburg firefighters marched in the inner city on Friday to raise awareness about a recent spate of attacks on Emergency Management Services (EMS) personnel.  

ancSunday Tribune reports a group of African National Congress (ANC) members are taking the party to court demanding the reinstatement of eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.  

NedbankBloomberg reports that the Nedbank Group is in talks with about 1,500 employees over potential job cuts at the lender’s retail and business-banking division to cope with a struggling economy and increased competition.  

numsaMoneyweb reports that the second round of wage negotiations between SA’s vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is scheduled to take place this week, with the parties still poles apart in their offers and demands.  

SolidarityANA reports that the Solidarity NetWork will this week kick off a comprehensive and lawful tax protest campaign, which will include a court application to place SA Airways (SAA) under business rescue.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 25 July 2019.

fikilembalulaANA reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that critical staff would not participate in Friday’s planned strike action by Metrorail workers.  

Netcare911ANA reports that eThekwini Fire and Rescue Services on Wednesday morning rescued two men from a construction site in Durban.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that a koala bear has died and it has been alleged that animals are not being fed properly because of a month-long strike by staff at the Pretoria Zoo.  

sabcANA reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday said it was concerned about the latest death threats directed at its journalists who were covering various issues across the country, including instances of alleged corruption.  

tshwane thumb100 ANA reports that thousands of City of Tshwane workers flooded central Pretoria and caused traffic congestion on Thursday, demanding salary adjustments as well as labour brokering to be done away with.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that another body has been found near a railway line in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, bringing to seven the number of bodies found in the area.  

numsaSowetanLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has given the strongest indication yet that it could embark on strike action to force automotive sector bosses to accede to its wage demands.  

MediClinicBusinessLive reports that private-hospital group Mediclinic International said it was “disappointed” after a large portion of shareholders voted against its remuneration report and a resolution to allow directors to allocate shares in the company.  

chrisgriffithFinancial Mail writes that a tenfold increase in its cash pile in the space of a year is probably the most obvious sign that the lean times are firmly behind Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

fikilembalulaEngineering News reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday announced Alec Moemi as the new director-general (DG) of the Department of Transport, effective 1 August.  

DenelFin24 reports that Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni’s commitment to recapitalising Denel gave the state-owed arms manufacturer the confidence to announce on Wednesday that would be able to pay July salaries on time.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane said in Parliament Wednesday that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would have to comply with conditions laid down by the Treasury before it could access the R3.2bn that it has requested from the government.  

headgearBusinessLive reports that a senior Treasury official has dismissed as a "red herring" the mining industry’s concerns over a relatively new tax on carbon dioxide emissions, saying the levy was too low to add up to unbearable costs.  

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

newsBloemfontein Courant reports that a former mayor of the Nketoana local municipality in Free State has been arrested for alleged corruption.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that both taxi and bus commuters were left stranded in Bloemfontein on Wednesday morning as a result of a taxi strike that commenced on Tuesday evening.  

handcuffsRandfontein Herald reports that the West Rand District Mining Forum aims to assist in curbing illegal mining activities in the Randfontein and Krugersdorp areas.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that Tshwane residents have been warned that their waste collection service will be disrupted due to a strike by members of South African Civil Servants Union (SACSU), which started on Tuesday.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Hong Kong-listed Taung Gold International and Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC) have, as shareholders in a new company (Newco), made a conditional, binding offer to acquire the Lily and Barbrook mines, in Mpumalanga.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation remained unchanged at 4.5% in June compared with May.  Measured by the annual change in the consumer price index (CPI), inflation’s print at 4.5% was at the midpoint of the SA Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) 3%-6% target band.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that Anglo American has appointed nonexecutive director Nolitha Fakude as chairperson of Anglo American South Africa’s board, effective 1 September.