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.

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) this week outlined myriad procedures that businesses hiring local and foreign nationals should follow.  

TPTThe Citizen reports that Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) receives anonymous tip-offs averaging about 30 calls a month from victims desperate to get their money back after being scammed by criminals promising them jobs.  

Stats SACity Press reports that about 56% of the 7.6 million South Africans who were unemployed in the third quarter of the year do not have a matric qualification –and 34.1% only have a matric certificate.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, notes that the requirement for unions to run a secret ballot requiring majority support before declaring a strike recently became law.  

popcruThe Star reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called for the rejection of plans by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola for private donors to fund the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  

sasolCity Press reports that Sasol Mining has still to decide whether to reinstate close to 1,000 workers dismissed in 2009 for engaging in a wildcat strike, or appeal the Labour Court’s decision.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that parents at Kamalinee Primary in Isipingo vowed to shut the school on Monday if a senior educator, who has been accused of sleeping in her car, does not leave the premises.  

gavel thumb100 Independent on Saturday reports that the former head of Durban’s Glenwood High School, Trevor Kershaw, will spend the next three years under correctional supervision with a 10-year suspended prison sentence hanging over his head.  

ramaphosa2Engineering News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Tuesday, the department of trade and industry indicated on Friday.  

unisaNews24 reports that the University of SA (Unisa) has found that comments made by a senior lecturer on Twitter were offensive and contained racist undertones and it wants action to be taken against her.  

gautengNews24 reports that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned frustrated parents that should a district official be attacked during online school placement, the service would be withdrawn.  

earningsBusiness Times reports that public sector trade unions are planning to push back against the government's plans to curb wage increases for public servants, saying wasteful expenditure must be addressed first before curbs on compensation can be discussed.  

healthcareSunday Independent reports that the public has been given until the end of the month to make submissions on National Health Insurance (NHI).  

newsParent24 reports that according to an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, sections of the Labour Laws Amendment Act 10 of 2018 came into effect on 1 November 2019.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Department of Health (DOH) director-general Malebona Precious Matsoso has resigned almost a decade after she took up the reins as the department’s accounting officer.  

SparThe Citizen reports that Tayegetos Supermarket (Pty) Ltd, which owns two food chain stores and three liquor outlets in Tshwane, is disputing adverse findings of non-compliance against it by government officials.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday threatened to cause more power cuts over the government's decision to forge ahead with a plan to break up Eskom.  

earningsFinancial Mail writes that ten months after its introduction, the national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 an hour has not caused a jobs bloodbath.  

OldMutualBL Premium writes that many Old Mutual shareholders have come out asking the insurer and its axed CEO to find an amicable solution that will put an end to the five-month bruising public battle between the two.  

healthcareFin24 reports that according to the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), shrinking growth and a widening budget deficit were impacting the affordability of National Health Insurance (NHI).  

MboweniBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) has been roundly criticised by labour for being scant on detail regarding how it planned to reignite the struggling SA economy.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday that it was disappointed that Samancor had not organised a meeting of the working group consisting of employees and labour representatives with Ndizani Trust members.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that one in five health-care professionals say National Health Insurance (NHI) is among the factors that have prompted them to take steps towards emigrating, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Solidarity.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 30 October 2019.

cosatuFin24 reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has noted that the special paper on Eskom released by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is silent on job security.  

employment thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that while SA's unemployment rate continued in the third quarter of 2019 to climb to the worst levels in more than a decade, three sectors saw positive growth.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the trial of former North West deputy police commissioner Major General Willam Mpembe and three others in relation to the death of one of the mineworkers killed in the 2012 Marikana massacre continued at the North West High Court in Mogwase on Tuesday.  

newsBusinessLive reports that on average, South Africans are short R2.2m in cover, the latest SA life and disability gap study shows.  

angloamerican fullBL Premium reports that Anglo American has joined forces with Exxaro Resources to foster economic and job opportunities outside of mining in Limpopo.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate climbed to its highest level since the global financial crisis, data from Statistics SA showed on Tuesday.