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.

harmonyThe Star reports that mining unions are fuming at the lack of safety precautions for workers underground following the deaths of three miners at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine in Carletonville.  

eskomSunday Times reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown last week quashed yet another bid by Eskom's board to pay former CEO Brian Molefe a multimillion-rand golden handshake.  

protestBusiness Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the majority union at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga, has threatened to roll out protests outside the operation should the mine be liquidated.  

newsCity Press reports that the Film and Publication Board (FPB) this week dropped all of its reported 279 charges against its former CEO Themba Wakashe.  

joburgcityThe Star reports that services in Johannesburg could be affected if the city and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) don’t resolve the “poisonous relationship” caused by the numerous fraud and corruption arrests that have taken place.  

news shutterstockTimesLive reports that the government has paid R3.9-million to a family that claimed loss of support as a result of a death in the 2012 Marikana massacre.  

reavayaNews24 reports that protesters in Riverlea set fire to a Rea Vaya Bus station on Commando Road on Monday morning, Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) said.  

harmonyNews24 reports that the body of a third miner was brought to the surface at the Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville, Harmony Gold said on Monday.  

NaspersBusinessLive reports that a hefty 50% or more Naspers N shareholders appear to have voted against the media and technology group’s controversial remuneration policy and almost 60% against giving directors control of unissued shares.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 25 August to Sunday, 27 August 2017.

kusasalethuANA reports that difficult ground conditions are hampering the search and rescue efforts for three miners still trapped underground at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville.  

kusasalethuEWN reports that Harmony Gold has confirmed that a second miner trapped at Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville since Friday morning has been brought to the surface deceased.  

news shutterstockeNCA reports that one of the miners trapped at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville since Friday has been brought to the surface, but has died after succumbing to his injuries.  

harmonyEWN reported on Saturday morning that five miners remained trapped underground after a seismic event at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine near Carletonville on the West Rand.  

kusasalethuNews24 reports that rescue teams have started pumping oxygen into the shaft where five mine workers are trapped 3.1km below ground in Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that Metrorail in the Western Cape has warned that, unless the crime and social problems that are spilling into its network are dealt with, all of its measures to replace carriages and build fences along railway lines will come to nothing.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that two former employees of the Tharisa platinum mine, 35km east of Rustenburg in the North West, have been sentenced to five years in prison by the Rustenburg Regional Court for corruption.  

numReuters reports that Kumba Iron Ore, a unit of Anglo American, and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have signed a three-year wage deal giving workers an increase of much as a 10% a year.  

groupfiveBusiness Report writes that Group Five is continuing to bleed jobs as the listed construction and engineering group attempts to rightsize and realign its engineering and construction (E&C) business cluster to current market activity levels.  

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that Lily Gold Mine business rescue practitioner Rob Devereux is disappointed at the collapse of talks to merge Vantage Goldfields and Canadian-based Galane Gold and revive production at the Mpumalanga operation.  

ANN7TimesLive reports that Mzwanele ‘Jimmy’ Manyi was reportedly laughed at during his first meeting with employees of ANN7 and The New Age on Thursday.  

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that there is growing anxiety among South African Airways (SAA) employees over their future following reports that the carrier is considering slashing 700 monthly local and international routes.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on Thursday urged people seeking employment to be wary of a fake job advert that was circulating on social media.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that a new report published on Thursday by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) labour and enterprise policy research group argues that new legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the national minimum wage (NMW) is effectively implemented.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that a suspected criminal was killed and a police officer critically injured when an ambulance was ambushed in Gugulethu, Western Cape Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said on Thursday.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers Women’s Structure will embark on a national march to the Chamber of Mines, Eskom and SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) on Saturday.  

handshake thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that parties in the metals and engineering sector signed a 2017-20 wage agreement on Wednesday, after four months of tense negotiations at the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

numThe New Age reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday said that Zingisa Mzendana, a miner who was killed in Marikana, was not its member, as had been claimed in the media.  

daNews24 reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has written to President Jacob Zuma asking him to declare 16 August "Marikana Memorial Day".  

news shutterstockSowetanLive reports that the Bapo Ba Mogale royal family, which owns the Marikana land, including the koppie at Wonderkop where 34 striking mineworkers were gunned down by police in 2012, has warned politicians and unions not to use it for politicking.