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.

MangoCity Press reports that the parliamentary portfolio committee on public enterprises has written to the department of public enterprises requesting an explanation for the recent appointment of Nico Bezuidenhout as CEO of state-owned airline Mango.  

numsaThe National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) issued a statement on Friday indicating that it had deadlocked with the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in wage negotiations.  

HulaminMoneyweb reports that aluminium semi-fabricator and exporter Hulamin is under scrutiny following a profit warning last week and plans for retrenchments within the group.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Business Times reports that SA is set to have billions of rands worth of international citrus fruit exports and retail contracts cancelled because of a growing strike at the country's harbours.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that the Mpumalanga High Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of Vantage Goldfields SA in its dispute with Flaming Silver, a subsidiary of Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), about the transfer of the Lily and Barbook mine assets.  

southafricalogoFin24 reports that the names of 20 public servants who might have contravened the Public Administration Management Act has been referred to authorities for investigation and possible prosecution.  

newsNews24 reports that a Nuusdag television crew was robbed of its film equipment and personal belongings in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Friday.  

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that armed men threatened staff at a Hanover Park waste drop-off facility last week after their demands were not met, the City of Cape Town reported on Friday.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the South Gauteng High Court has handed a man found guilty of murdering a security guard and robbing him of his service pistol in Krugersdorp in 2017 a life sentence for the crimes.  

groupfiveBusiness Times reports that retrenched staffers at embattled construction company Group Five are living from hand to mouth because they have yet to be paid out their severance packages.  

south32BusinessLive reports that diversified miner South32, which was unbundled from BHP in 2015, is reviewing its manganese alloy smelter, as analysts warn that SA’s soaring power prices are making the sector uncompetitive.  

newsNews24 reports that two KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) school security guards were brutally murdered and another was critically injured when attackers used a crowbar to butcher them in Hammarsdale, outside Durban, on Wednesday evening.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
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Thursday, 18 July 2019.

OldMutualBusinessLive reports that Peter Moyo’s lawyer, Advocate Dali Mpofu, says the axed Old Mutual CEO is a victim of the insurer’s inability to protect whistle-blowers.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the medical schemes regulator has revived a controversial plan to establish a central database of scheme members and is once again calling on schemes to provide personal details about their members.  

sandf thumb medium90 89EWN reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is considering relaxing its dress code for female Muslim members to allow them to wear headscarves under their berets.  

mpumaNews24 reports that schools and the offices of the Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga, have been closed after residents embarked on protests against the suspension of the municipal manager, Thami Kubheka.  

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated on Wednesday that he had directed Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, and Minister of Trade, Industry and Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, to intervene in respect of a go-slow at SA’s ports.  

southafricalogoSowetanLive reports that the female head of the Baviaanspoort Maximum Prison in Roodeplaat, Pretoria, was allegedly stabbed in the face by an inmate serving a life imprisonment sentence.  

JMPDThe Star reports that Johannesburg metro police officers have vowed to shut down their headquarters in Village Main next week.  Some 40 officers, including 18 senior superintendents, have been suspended and are awaiting to receive formal charges.  

newsMoneyweb writes that there appears to be little light at the end of the tunnel for SA’s beleaguered construction industry, with many major listed construction companies still fighting for their survival.  

earningsEngineering News reports that according to professional services firm PwC, the concept of fair and responsible remuneration is gaining traction in SA.  

pravingordanANA reports that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) needed technical experts to make up three-quarters of their staff complements, whereas presently up to half were administrative support staff.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Thursday it was disappointment by the Department of Public Service and Administration's (DPSA’s) intent to cut more than 30,000 jobs.  

platinumbarBloomberg writes that platinum producers could use Sibanye-Stillwater’s pay settlement with gold mineworkers earlier this year as a benchmark in present wage talks, according to a person familiar with the matter.  

FordBusinessLive reports that unprecedented international demand for the SA-built Ranger bakkie has enabled Ford Southern Africa to increase its workforce by more than 25%.  

neasaGerhard Papenfus, CEO of the National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa), writing in his personal capacity, notes that the potential loss of 2,000 jobs at ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) is getting much justifiable media attention.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that Willie the koala bear, whose parents were a gift to Nelson Mandela, has died at the National Zoological Gardens (NZG) in Pretoria in what some people claim is the result of the protracted strike at the sanctuary.  

SAFAFin24 reports that the SA Football Association (SAFA) has hit back at critics who have lambasted the choice of a Turkish clothing manufacturer to sponsor suits for the national soccer team Bafana Bafana.  

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen writes that there are at least 28 mines in Limpopo’s Sekhukhune district municipality – yet it is one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country.  Now, the mayor is lobbying for it to be accorded special economic zone (SEZ) status, in an attempt to change things.