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.

ScawDispatchLive reports that lawyers representing hundreds of sick and dying Eastern Cape workers who were former employees of the now-defunct Dimbaza Foundries have lodged a compensation claim at the Gauteng High Court against the Scaw Metals Group.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that on 28 November creditors of Vantage Goldfields’ Barbrook Mine reported business rescue practitioner Rob Devereux to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), citing concerns over fraud and reckless trading.  

gigaba2Fin24 reports that Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has asked for a report detailing the extent of the exposure of government pension fund to Steinhoff International, in the wake of the global retailer’s precipitous share price’s decline.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that the World Bank’s Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) has recommended an investigation of a $50m cash injection of the bank’s investment arm into platinum producer Lonmin.  

southafricalogoSaturday Star reports that the government has forked out a massive R412 million to 7,830 public servants who have been on long periods of sick leave between January last year and August of this year.  

numeNCA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers (NUM) has added its voice to calls for an end to gender-based violence.  

newsTimesLive reports that a metro officer was run over and killed by a motorist during a roadblock in Soweto on Friday night‚ the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Sunday.  

psaeNCA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), whose members' pension fund lost more than R12-billion in investments in the alleged Steinhoff accounting irregularities, has called for a boycott of The Sun Met race should the horses of former Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste compete.  

southafricalogoFin24 reports that government negotiators on Thursday rejected demands from public sector trade unions for wage increases of between 10% and 12% and a one-year deal, and instead offered Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) linked hikes for junior and mid-level employees.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) would not rush into signing an agreement which does not have any substantive increments for workers, general secretary Simon Mathe said on Thursday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 7 December 2017.

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that a R48 million grant from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has created 800 jobs in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo by a food manufacturing company.  

kznlogo thumb100 Business Report writes that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, has announced a shutdown of taxi operations in Ladysmith.  

news shutterstockBusiness Report writes that South African companies contributed R9 billion in corporate social investment (CSI) in 2016/2017, compared with that only R1.5bn that was achieved two decades ago.  

education90An analysis by the Financial Mail reveals that over the past three years provincial education departments have quietly shed 2,800 jobs, or 0.5% of their workforce, yet increased their collective spending on personnel by a whopping 22.3%.  

chickensBusiness Report writes that the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) has voiced concern about reports of forced labour and inhuman conditions in Brazil's meat and poultry industries.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the ailing Northern Cape mining community has scored an "early Christmas gift" with the opening of the Kuruman One-Stop Health Service Centre that will provide both health and administrative services.  

GEPFEWN reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has called for the safeguarding of pension investments, saying that more than R12 billion has been lost following allegations of accounting irregularities at Steinhoff.  

uberNews24 reports that a scheduled feedback session for Uber drivers fearing for their safety took a wrong turn on Tuesday when the company called security, resulting in a standoff outside the Uber offices near the Cape Town International Airport.  

pscBusinessLive writes that the public service is expected to run into service delivery constraints in the next few years as a tenth of posts in national and provincial government departments are vacant.  

wsuniversity thumb100 News24 reports that Walter Sisulu University (WSU) says it will not accept defeat after the Council for Higher Education (CHE) withdrew its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme accreditation.  

psaNews24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) said this week it planned to continue with legal action against Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to protect the pension investments of public servants.  

gavel thumb100 DispatchLive reports that disgraced Cape Town chartered accountant Willem Roux Mouton‚ found guilty last year of defrauding the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) in 2012 after stealing R1.3m meant to boost a small business‚ will spend the next eight years in jail.  

SARSNews24 reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) has lost 506 employees since the start of the year.  

news shutterstockANA reports that mineworkers in the manganese-rich town of Kuruman, in the Northern Cape, are set to benefit from integrated healthcare and social services after government partnered with the mining industry and workers associations to launch a centre on Tuesday.  

newsIOL News reports that according to the 2017 Profmed Stress Index, work remains one of the leading drivers of stress-related illnesses among South African professionals.  

MQABusiness Report writes that auditing firm SekelaXabiso has recommended that the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) board review all contracts in a bid to determine compliance with its procedures and its exposure to possible litigation, irregular expenditure or conduct.  

WelkomTimesLive visited the city of Welkom and its neighbouring gold-mining towns last week and found evidence of a dying local economy‚ with a municipality trying hard to keep the facade from crumbling.  

CapeTownlogoBusinessLive reports that three top City of Cape Town officials facing the axe on Tuesday survived to fight another day.  

joburgcityTimesLive reports that three employees died on duty while working for the City of Johannesburg between the months of July and September this year.