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.

DistellBusinessLive reports that listed company Distell, producer and marketer of wines, spirits, ciders and other alcoholic beverages, could retrench about 100 employees as part of the restructuring of its supply chain network.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 21 January 2019.

NPASowetan reports that a former Spar employee who was allegedly assaulted by his boss has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the police of “bungling” his case.  

SAFAIndependent Media reports that Banyana Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe has admitted “there was a large amount of unhappiness” due to the late payment of their Africa Women’s Cup of Nations bonuses, but the players were never threatening any form of strike action.  

earningsIndependent News reports that South African salaried workers are expected to receive only a 1% real increase in salary in the current year, among the lowest gauged in the Korn Ferry 2019 Global Salary Forecast.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that 33-year-old Sarah Whitehead, a doctor with a disability, is taking Life Healthcare to the labour court, accusing it of unfairly dismissing her from Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town.  

newsIndependent News reports that former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi on Friday revealed shocking details of how the controversial company used the deaths of its employees and their relatives to generate money to pay for bribes and corruption.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Sunday Tribune reports that thousands of prospective students in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) entered this year with the hope of pursuing their studies in nursing despite clear indications that the field was saturated and that jobs would be hard to get.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that an upmarket private KwaZulu-Natal school has denied that a married teacher it dismissed for "inappropriate behaviour" had had a sexual relationship with a pupil.  

sasolSowetan reports that a group of former Sasol employees is exploring its legal options after the company’s Inzalo scheme paid them less than they had expected.  

implatsheadgear smlIndependent News writes that a new study has found that the mining industry only benefits a few while condemning mining-affected communities to poverty and violence.  

ancBusinessLive reports that Cosatu has called on the ANC to use the party’s lekgotla, held over this past weekend and expected to end on Monday, to give detail on the assurances it made to thousands of its supporters at its manifesto launch the previous weekend.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affair (DHA) plans to introduce new laws to strengthen its hand in getting its staff to work shifts, a move likely to run into stiff opposition from labour unions.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that over the past week the City of Cape Town’s rail enforcement unit has made several arrests while conducting a series of inspections at scrap yards, bucket shops and other hotspots.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 18 January 2019.

newsBusinessLive reports that SA is at risk of losing its tobacco-growing industry following notification by British American Tobacco Southern Africa (Batsa) to the country’s only tobacco processor that it might have to consider buying foreign tobacco should the illicit industry gain further traction.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which remains in a dire financial situation, has suspended its staff retrenchment process amid pressure from the government, labour and other stakeholders.  

auroraNetwerk24 reports that Khulubuse Zuma, ex- director of Aurora Empowerment Systems and nephew of former president Jacob Zuma, was provisionally sequestrated on Wednesday in the Durban High Court.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a 45-year-old woman, who worked as a bookkeeper, has been given 13 years behind bars for defrauding her former employer of R4-million.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that gold miners Harmony Gold and Gold Fields have been selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index that distinguishes companies that are committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.  

edconBusiness Times reports that Edcon has secured a deal in principle to recapitalise the business, averting the possible sell-off of the retailer's brands or closure of the country's largest non-food retailer.  

strike thumb medium85 85City Press reports that the standoff between Sibanye-Stillwater and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) appears nowhere near to being resolved.  

psaFin24 reports that the ANC’s commitment in its general election manifesto to investigating prescribed pension fund assets has public sector unions and financial institutions nervous that the party wants to use pension funds to feed Eskom and other troubled state-owned entities.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 17 January 2019.

SaftuMining Weekly reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Wednesday declared its support for the striking mineworkers employed at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, as well as those who plan to undertake a secondary strike at the miner’s South African platinum operations, which is due to start next week.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has so far weathered the strike that commenced at its local gold mines on 21 November 2018 fairly well.  

sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the North West is demanding answers from the provincial department on why a teacher, who allegedly captured and shared a controversial image taken at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the province, was suspended.  

newsWell-known economist Mike Schüssler writes that South Africa attracts far less fixed investment as a percentage of GDP than any other emerging market.  

northwestprovinceTimesLIVE reports that North West education MEC Sello Lehari did not on Thursday release a preliminary report into the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke saga as had been expected.  

goldfieldsANA reports that Angelo Agrizzi, the former marketing co-coordinator of Bosasa Facilities Management, on Wednesday spilled the beans about the inner workings and political links of the controversial company.