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.

newsFin24 reports that Ellies Electronics would be embarking on a restructuring process, affecting 183 jobs, the holding group said in a stock exchange notice on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 2 March 2020.

petrolpumpSABC News reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has appealed to public transport operators to decrease fares following the drop in the fuel price.  

ancEWN reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it would not be raising its discontent with the Treasury’s handling of the public service wage bill with the African National Congress (ANC) when the alliance met on Monday afternoon.  

joburgcityThe Star reports that Johannesburg MMC for public safety Mally Mokoena wants the city council to approve an investigation into Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) chief David Tembe on allegations of intimidation, abuse of power and nepotism, among other charges.  

ramaphosa2Reuters reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated on Monday that “focused discussions” would be needed between the government and trade unions on ways to slow the rate at which public sector wages were growing.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that patients of a well-known Durban gynaecologist, who was attacked at a private hospital, feared for their lives as a savage assault played out in the reception area.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the computer system of the body that is supposed to compensate workers who get injured at work is not broken and is working properly, although new registration procedures are more demanding, claims its CEO.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 28 February 2020.

MboweniBL Premium reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s fiscal targets looked in jeopardy as trade unions said on Sunday that they flatly refused to agree to revisit 2020 wage increases.  

eskomCity Press reports that Eskom has cut the power at Gupta-owned Optimum Coal and wants it liquidated.  It blames the mine’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for failing to bring it back to profitability.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that a female doctor was assaulted after a patient she had operated on died shortly after the medical procedure.  

gunNews24 reports that a detective attached to the Garsfontein SA Police Service (SAPS) in Pretoria was killed by a suspect whom he and two other colleagues were arresting on Saturday morning.  

ramaphosa2City Press reports that with unions having slammed the state’s intention to renege on a three-year public sector wage agreement reached at the National Bargaining Council, a showdown is set for this week that may force President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hand.  

saa thumb medium95 76Bloomberg reports that the South African Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been given an extra month to complete a turnaround plan for the loss-making state airline.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

earningsThe Citizen reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) announced on Monday that the new rate for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for an hour worked would be R20.76.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that Gauteng premier David Makhura said on Tuesday that billions of rand would be spent by his administration to build infrastructure and create more than 350,000 jobs in the next five years.  

ramaphosa2EWN reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) that government is determined to deal with the declining economy.  

employment thumb100 GroundUp reports that about 150 protesters marched to Parliament on Monday to mark the first day of the two-day Real Jobs Summit, part of the Cry of the Xcluded campaign over unemployment.  

healthcareIndependent News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that the government will not be reckless when implementing the National Health Insurance (NHI) in the next five years.  

sapsThe Star reports that last month at the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC), the SA Police Service (SAPS) was found to have “humiliated” six Pretoria major-generals by removing them as cluster commanders of several police stations to become mere “overseers” of individual stations.  

saa thumb medium95 76Engineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have jointly accused the SAA business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of violating the rights of their members working at the airline.  

southafricalogoEngineering News reports that a council of concerned industry leaders, the Injured Workers Action Group (IWAG), was launched on Monday over concerns about the “technological collapse” of the R60-billion Compensation Fund.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that to further improve the administration of the state-owned administered compensation system of occupational lung diseases, the Minerals Council SA (MCSA - previously called the Chamber of Mines) has entered into a three-year partnership with the Medical Bureau for Occupation Disease (MBOD) and the Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD).  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that Harmony Gold Mining on Monday confirmed that an employee had lost his life on Friday evening, following a scraper winch-related incident at the Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville.  

SparBusinessLive reports that a Spar owner has been ordered to pay almost R12m to his staff for making “unlawful” deductions and not complying with national minimum wage laws, amongst other infractions.  

psaBusiness Report writes that according to court papers filed by the Public Servants Association’s (PSA’s) deputy general manager Tahir Maepa and provincial manager Thami Makuzeni, the board of directors of the trade union had no powers to suspend them.  

sapsNews24 reports that according to Dr Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies, a massive spike in cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies since the beginning of 2020 showed that the cat-and-mouse game between the police and robbers was picking up again.  

prasaThe Star reports that a last-gasp court bid by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) contesting that it owed R22-million to a service provider staved off the sheriff from attaching the assets of the agency.