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.

eskomReuters reports that struggling state-owned power utility Eskom said on Monday it was considering cutting staff and selling assets after reporting a R2.3-billion loss that underlined the gravity of its financial position.  

gautrainBusinessLive reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said in a statement on Tuesday that it would be giving Bombela‚ operator of the Gautrain‚ 48-hours’ notice of its members’ intention to embark next week on a protected strike.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom and trade unions are on a collision course again over the power utility’s decision not to pay workers bonuses as part of a wage agreement still under discussion.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 23 July 2018.

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has chosen world number one gold producer Barrick Gold Corporation’s president Kelvin Dushnisky to replace departing CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan.  

ictDaniel le Roux, senior lecturer in the department of information science at Stellenbosch University, points out that limited work has been done to study the potential impact of AI and automation on economies in the developing world.  

NaspersBusinessLive reports that multinational internet and media group Naspers is heading for another stormy annual general meeting as shareholders demand an explanation for the R1.6bn paid to CEO Bob van Dyk during the year.  

anglogoldashantiBloomberg reports SA’s gold industry, once the world’s largest, faces an inevitable decline, according to the chairperson of the country’s biggest producer of the metal by market value.  

Busa2ANA reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) said on Sunday that it was very concerned about imminent job losses in the domestic steel and aluminium industry if the import duties imposed by the United States government go ahead.  

eskomThe Citizen reports that Eskom revealed at its financial results presentation on Monday morning that it suffered a net loss of R2.3bn in the 2017/18 financial year.  

picThe Star reports that labour federation Cosatu is consulting with its affiliates regarding attempts to remove Public Investment Corporation (PIC) boss Dan Matjila, as the fight for control of the crucial funding institution intensifies.  

npaNews24 reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has declined to prosecute ANC MP Mduduzi Manana for allegedly abusing his domestic worker.  

SANParksTimeslive reports that Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has condemned the murder of a park ranger by alleged poachers in the Kruger National Park.  

MangoTimeslive reports that a text message allegedly sent by a Mango Airlines employee to another staff member saying they should not return to work because they were black and HIV positive has turned out to be fake.  

saa thumb medium95 76Mail & Guardian reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has demanded an explanation from SA Airways (SAA) for its contract with interim CFO Robert Head that will see him pocketing more than R5million for six months’ work.  

parliamentTimeslive reports that Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee has warned that taxi violence has reached “crisis levels” in SA.  

SARSBusiness Day reports that the chairman of the disciplinary inquiry against suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane‚ might rule in two weeks’ time on objections to the process by the tax boss.  

SWEATSaturday Star reports that for a long time health professionals and caregivers have known that South African sex workers suffer from high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress, but no one knew the extent of the problem.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has issued a series of orders, suspensions and instructions to the Palabora Mining Company (PMC) following the incident that claimed the lives of six miners after a conveyer belt caught fire last Sunday.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 20 July 2018.

eskomeNCA reports that cash-strapped power utility Eskom says it has no retrenchment plans.  The state-owned company has been locked in wage negotiations with trade unions for over a month.  

SARSTimeslive reports that Tom Moyane’s legal representative Dali Mpofu has hit out hard at Cyril Ramaphosa‚ saying that the president was not being fair to the suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) boss.  

newsTimeslive reports that eleven people were killed and four others wounded in a night-time massacre on the R74 near Colenso in central KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Saturday.  

sapsNews24 reports that police captain JM Henrico, who is facing a charge of crimen injuria after allegedly calling his subordinates the k-word, will now answer to the accusations when he goes on trial on 5 September.  

petrolpumpCity Press reports that a newly formed organisation called People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increases (Pappi) plans to shut down the country’s roads on Friday to protest against rising fuel prices.  

earningsCity Press reports that four of the largest local fund managers have fought against the excessive pay of company executives through their voting on pay resolutions at shareholder meetings and meetings with the boards of these companies.  

NaspersBusiness Times reports that on Friday in its annual report, Naspers said it was confident it had addressed shareholder concerns about its executive pay policy after months of discussions with investors.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that Cape Town station's platforms 15 and 16 have been be closed until further notice after two motor coaches and five passenger coaches went up in flames there on Saturday.  

newsNews24 reports that a guard at an empty building next to Clearwater Mall in Roodepoort died after inhaling fumes from a brazier that was keeping him and a colleague warm during the nightshift.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mail & Guardian reports that the battle for control of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has shifted to its members’ retirement savings.