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.

ilo thumb medium90 81BusinessLive reports that lost earnings attributable to HIV and AIDS as a result of either death or inability to work have declined significantly globally as countries scale up antiretroviral therapy.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that the often fraught relationship between Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye) and the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu) took a turn for the worse last week.  

eskomSABC News reports that it has been a year since Thembisile Yen DE’s brutal murder, and the family of slain Eskom employee says it has yet to find closure.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 25 May 2018.

saceNews24 reports that the SA Council of Educators (SACE) conceded on Sunday that it had not used the Sex Offenders Register to vet teachers in the past as it was still in the process of gaining access to it.  

handshake thumb medium90 90News24 reports that Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi reopened Tsakane Taxi Rank on Friday afternoon after a shooting that left four people dead earlier in the week.  

durbanANA reports that eThekwini Metro on Friday said it would be supplying the Auditor-General's (AG’s) team with municipal security after one of the auditors received death threats while auditing the city’s books.  

EqualEducationNews24 reports that an Equal Education (EE) delegation has met with various role players from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to discuss allegations of sexual harassment within the organisation and their ongoing work in the province.  

COPENews24 reports that the Congress of the People (COPE) in Tshwane opened a fraud case against the city's former chief of staff Marietha Aucamp at the Pretoria Central Police station on Saturday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that a Phoenix teacher found guilty of falsifying a doctor’s certificate in 2015 after being on sick leave for 1,522 days over 10 years has bagged a position in the Department of Education’s human resources (HR) division.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that proposed merger between SA Airways (SAA), Mango and SA Express could lead to even greater losses, according to Connie Mulder, head of Solidarity’s research institute.  

numMail & Guardian writes that a bitter feud between rival groups in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will come to a head at its elective conference next month.  

southafricalogoIn a letter to the editor, Johann Maree, UCT Emeritus Professor of Sociology, writes about the protracted negotiations over public-sector wages and working conditions.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu has threatened to intensify its opposition to the government’s recently concluded procurement contracts with 27 independent power producers (IPPs) by going on strike.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on the government and business to place a moratorium on all retrenchments until a jobs summit is held.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will kick off a registration campaign that would see millions in unclaimed benefits paid to former mineworkers in the Northern Cape, the Department of Labour said on Thursday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Timeslive reports that Cape Town’s new railway police will be operational within three months.  The R48-million to establish and operate the unit for a year is being contributed by the City of Cape Town‚ the Western Cape government and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the best-paid chief executive of the country’s largest insurers in 2017 was Sanlam Group’s Ian Kirk, who earned a total of R23.014 million.  

BankservAfricaFin24 reports that South Africans' take-home pay increased by 1.5% above inflation in April, while privately banked pensions increased by 5%, according to the latest BankservAfrica Take-Home Pay Index.  

uberCape Argus reports that chaos erupted outside the Cape Town’s airport on Wednesday as angry Uber drivers protested because they were barred from operating at the airport by metered taxi drivers, whom they said intimidated them and incited violence against them.  

uberThe Citizen reports that Uber South Africa will be introducing a 12-hour limit for driver-partners to enhance driver and passenger safety.  

newsThe Citizen reports that a case of attempted murder has been opened against a security official who allegedly shot a student during protests at the University of Limpopo on Tuesday.  

panafricanBusinessLive reports that Pan African Resources (PAR) said on Thursday that it had concluded the engagement with organised labour at Evander required in terms of the Labour Relations Act and had signed retrenchment agreements with unions.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Timeslive reports that according to the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa)‚ poorly designed cash-in-transit vehicles‚ inadequately trained security guards‚ outdated weapons and equipment and low staff morale have created an environment where brazen criminals are allowed to flourish.  

southafricalogoTheto Mahlakoana writes that, despite the fact that public servants tend to earn better than most taxpayers, they are the very employees who turn a blind eye to the looting of state coffers, only to later claim also to be victims of corruption.  

gavel thumb100 Allan Greenblo reports that in a trial that goes before the South Gauteng high court next week, four ex trustees of the IF pension and provident funds will be hoping for relief from a determination by the pension funds adjudicator that they be held personally liable for R17m in expenses which the funds had incurred.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that the sharp fall in the number of staff employed by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) has limited its ability to curb illicit financial flows, which drain billions of rand from the economy every year.  

SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has threatened a show of force on parliament’s doorstep, since they have not received a response from the government to their memorandums of demands regarding the National Minimum Wage Bill and labour law amendments.  

miner thumb medium90 104BusinessLive reports that job losses in SA’s mining sector continue unabated, with AngloGold Ashanti set to cut 2,000 jobs to shrink its support structure in SA.  

sapsANA reports that national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole on Wednesday told MPs that there were strategies that had been put in place to prioritise police safety at all stations, although he admitted there were challenges.