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.

SARSFin24 reports that axed SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane is filing an urgent application with the North Gauteng High Court for relief following his dismissal by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that firefighters who survived the tragic Bank of Lisbon building fire in September this year were nearly trapped and burned to death because the fire-escape was blocked by a magnetic security gate.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The Citizen reports that nurses at a Katlehong health centre have deserted it in protest after a midwife was attacked, allegedly by a group of community members at the weekend.  

FronemanBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman told the Competition Tribunal at the hearing on Tuesday of the company’s proposed merger with Lonmin that consolidation was the “bitter medicine” the SA platinum industry needed if it was to be saved.  

sabcSABC News reports that organised labour has accused the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) of paying lip service to the Labour Relations Act in its drive to push forward with retrenchments.  

kznlogo thumb100 ANA reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health member of the executive council (MEC), Sibongiseni Dhlomo, on Tuesday himself performed two autopsies at the Fort Napier Medico-Legal Mortuary in Pietermaritzburg.  

mtnTechCentral reports that MTN South Africa has denied using an agreement with a company called Tuum Communications as a “guise” to hire restrained employees away rival Vodacom.  

transnetlogo thumb100 News24Wire reports that court papers filed by Transnet to recover R189-million in inflated payments from Gupta-linked Regiments Capital have revealed collusion by senior executives of the state-owned firm in allowing the transaction.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that the Passenger Railway Agency of SA (Prasa) on Tuesday said the majority of platforms at Johannesburg’s Park Station would be closed between 16 November and 16 December, with limited train services accessing the station.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has asked the Competition Tribunal to stop Sibanye Gold’s purchase of platinum miner Lonmin should the new company intend to press ahead with more than 10,000 job cuts.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Tuesday said it would be challenging attempts by the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality (ILM) to retrench workers.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday said it remained in a dire financial state and would probably be unable to pay salaries and service providers by March 2019 should the current financial crisis not be addressed urgently.  

newsThe Witness reports that more than a dozen bereaved families were left in the lurch on Friday due a go-slow by Pietermaritzburg’s Medico-Legal Mortuary staff protesting over “unbearable” working conditions.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 12 November 2018.

SARSBusinessLive reports that Tom Moyane's termination as SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner will not be reversed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

DiscoveryThe Citizen reports that medical aid members have been left fuming following reports on Discovery’s plan to distribute, as detailed in its annual report, the large profit it made in the last financial year.  

SAOUThe Citizen reports that the largely Afrikaner teachers’ union, the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwyser Unie (SAOU), has been rocked by allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering involving its top leadership.  

newsANA reports that security has been beefed up at the Ditsobotla municipality in Lichtenburg in North West province after unemployed people forced municipal workers out of their offices.  

joburgcityANA reports that two firefighters injured during the fatal Bank of Lisbon building fire in the Johannesburg CBD two months ago were discharged from Milpark Hospital on Monday.  

newsThe Star reports that yet another Gupta-owned company is embroiled in a bitter legal dispute over the non-payment of desperate employees since July.  

coalThe Star reports that more than 300 jobs have been created at a recently opened mine in Bronkhorstspruit.  Canyon Coal opened its Khanye Colliery with a blast, following a detonation procedure led by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, the week before last.  

DOLSaturday Star reports that the Department of Labour (DOL) has been accused of infringing on the constitutional rights of asylum seekers and refugees because of alleged discrimination in providing access to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

earningsSunday Times reports that cash-strapped universities have cut spending, but the executives who run them are pocketing multimillion-rand salaries.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that a lawyer representing the families of the mineworkers killed at Marikana in 2012 on Friday revealed the trauma the families have gone through, with at least one of the miners’ children committing suicide.  

earningsDispatchLive reports that the technically bankrupt Amathole District Municipality is preparing to “cut the fat” by getting rid of redundant top earners.  

irvinjimThe Sunday Independent reports that packaging company Nampak is undergoing a “group restructuring project” which organised labour fears will result in massive job losses as the plan revolves around the company expanding its business outside the country.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLive reports that the New Zealand government indicated on 14 October that it was going to recruit 6,000 teachers from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia and Fiji to address its anticipated shortage.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 9 November 2018.

newsNews24 reports that a group of alumni from Rustenburg Girls' Junior School have been invited by the headmistress to a meeting to discuss their concerns about transformation following the controversial departure of the school's first black full-time teacher.  

LotusFMNews24 reports that according to a former staff member, a "culture" of sexual harassment, where men could "prey" on female staff members, has always been prevalent at Lotus FM.