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.

newsBusiness Report writes that Evowood, formerly known as Masonite and one of the biggest hardboard makers in the southern hemisphere, has been placed in voluntary liquidation.  

hawksThe Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) issued a statement on Tuesday indicating that its Serious Corruption Investigation Unit had on Monday subpoenaed a 27-year-old former Hawks’ administrator for fraud.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that workers affiliated to two unions protested on Tuesday at Tshwane House over the failure by the metro to adjust salaries, as well as over labour brokering.  

newsDaily News reports that a fire ripped through a storage facility near the Pinetown mini-bus taxi rank on Anderson Road and Hill Street just after 2am on Wednesday.  

SANParksBloomberg reports that the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa), representing about 5,000 park rangers, field guides and other service and hospitality workers at SA’s 21 wildlife preservation areas, is threatening to call a strike over a pay dispute.  

gunSowetanLive reports that a gang of hijackers was arrested on Monday night after allegedly killing a truck driver during a hijacking on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.  The suspects apparently targeted copper estimated to be worth R2m that was being transported from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.  

MboweniBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said in the National Assembly on Tuesday that financial support for struggling state-owned entities (SOEs) such as the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Denel and SA Airways (SAA) would be released in chunks as certain conditions were met.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that an investigation of detective services in the Western Cape by the provincial community safety department has revealed that nearly half of SA Police Service (SAPS) detectives in the province have not had basic detective training.  

Senzo MchunuBusinessLive reports that lifestyle audits within the public service will soon become standard practice following the establishment of a unit tasked with strengthening oversight of ethics, integrity and discipline.  

oceanaWeslander reports that fishermen associated with the Oceana Group’s Lucky Star division in St Helena Bay have decided to call their industrial action off and return to sea while they wait for their payouts.  

healthcareBL Premium reports that SA is forging ahead with its biggest post-apartheid healthcare reforms despite the lack of evidence from its multibillion-rand pilot programme that the scheme will work.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that according to private ambulance service Emer-G-Med, one of its employees was involved in a "vicious attack" by a worker from another ambulance service on Monday afternoon.  

southafricalogoANA reports that an inquiry into the collapse of a building in Durban last year that left four people dead and four injured is set to conclude next week.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) employees - or at least some of them - will embark on a one-day strike on Friday.  

chrisgriffithBL Premium reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has drawn a clear line on wage hikes in advance of its response to its majority union’s demand for a 45% rise in basic salaries.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that cash-strapped state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has told employees that it remains at risk of not being able to pay salaries for July.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 22 July 2019.

sapsANA reports that National Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Khehla John Sitole has condemned the killing and attack on SA Police Service (SAPS) members in Delft in Cape Town in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

eskomMining Weekly reports that state-owned power utility Eskom is continuing its search for a group chief executive.  

OldMutualBusinessLive reports that Old Mutual does not want axed CEO Peter Moyo to return to the company even if he wins his case next week.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90ANA reports that the Greater Lonmin Community (GLC) has approached the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) seeking leave to appeal and set aside the acquisition of platinum mining company Lonmin Plc by Sibanye-Stillwater.  

healthcareANA reports that about 60 workers on the expanded public works programme (EPWP) at the Kalafong hospital in Pretoria have complained about contracting illnesses due to not being vaccinated beforehand like regular employees.  

newsIndependent News reports that members of what was termed the Cato Manor “death squad” are preparing to sue the State now that their seven-year-long ordeal has ended.  

earningsTechCentral reports that Bob van Dijk, CEO of the Naspers Group, received almost R1.9 billion in salary, incentives, and vested share options and shares appreciation rights in the year to March 2019, a regulatory filing published on Friday showed.  

protestEWN reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the United National Transport Union (Untu) are hoping an upcoming strike will result in soldiers being deployed to protect the rail infrastructure.  

angloamericanBusinessLive reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) declared a chunky R11 per share interim dividend for the six months to end-June as its profit trebled due to higher prices, but the company warned unions not to get too excited as wage talks start.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Middelburg Regional Court has sentenced a former Eskom employee to 12 years imprisonment for stealing copper cables.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that chaos erupted at a Durban hospital on Sunday following a bomb threat.  

OldMutualBusiness Report writes that axed Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo believes he still has a lot to offer to the insurer despite his relationship with the board chairperson Trevor Manuel having broken down amid allegations of misconduct.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 19 July 2019.