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.

DisChemEWN reports that Dis-Chem employees affiliated to National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) were protesting outside the retailer's head offices in Midrand on Wednesday morning.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 16 January 2018.

prasaEngineering News reports that state-owned passenger rail service Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and the United National Transport Union (Untu) are in advanced stages of discussions to have the suspended Central Line, in Cape Town, reopened on Wednesday.  

healthcareThe Department of Health says the late payment of staff at National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot sites has been resolved and that the problem as experienced does not set the tone for the roll out of the programme.  

sabcANA reports that Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has come under fire from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which has accused her of interfering with the independence of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News reports that job seekers have been warned not to be lured by the false SA National Defence Force (SANDF) advertisement that will be published by Sunday newspapers this weekend and in the Daily Sun newspaper on Monday.  

DisChemANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has come out in support of workers who are preparing for a countrywide strike at Dis-Chem Pharmacies starting on Wednesday.  

SaftueNCA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has applauded the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) team for obtaining an order to freeze assets worth R1.6bn belonging to Gupta-linked firms that stole money from Eskom, namely Trillian and McKinsey and Co.  

witsuniversityTimesLive reports that labour unions at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have started mobilising for the institution’s total shutdown over a wage dispute.  

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that the man who allegedly shot and killed tractor driver Aron Mutavhatsindi was granted bail of R10,000 in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday.  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has been ordered to fully compensate a train passenger who lost his leg when he was pushed through the open door of an overcrowded train two years ago.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that there will be an intake of first year nursing students in Gauteng this year, but first the Department of Health has to make sure that it will be able to pay for the study materials for these students.  

eskomNetwerk24 reports that even as there is great concern about Eskom’s cash flow crisis, the state-owned power utility has given the assurance that it will be able to pay salaries.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a Grade 8 pupil has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing to death a teacher he accused of failing him.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that state-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised three-year wage offer, which it has termed “absolute final”, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 15 January 2018.

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that hundreds of Durban University of Technology (DUT) staff members embarked on a combined union strike on Monday, labelling their vice-chancellor aloof and "not on the ground".  

CapeTownlogoTimesLive reports that Cape Town’s municipal manager‚ Achmat Ebrahim‚ has quit amid a city council probe against him and another high-ranking official.  

northencapelogoReuters writes that South Africa may still get most of its energy from coal, but in the country’s sunny Northern Cape province, a different electricity source is taking hold, namely solar steam.  

gavel thumb100 eNCA reports that a security guard accused of murdering a farmworker in Tarlton appeared on Monday in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.  

satawu thumb medium90 101City Press reports that the axed Gauteng provincial secretary of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu), Gift Ndwandwe, might have a fake identity document.  And, according to Department of Home Affairs (DHA) spokesperson Thabo Mokgola, Ndwandwe’s name might not even be Ndwandwe.  

hawksTimesLive reports a whistleblower's call for help to his wife in Lesotho has exposed the operations of a sophisticated international slave trade syndicate.  

sabcSunday World reports that MTN group executive for corporate affairs Chris Maroleng has hung up on the telecoms giant to replace Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating Officer (COO).  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that as thousands of workers returned to work on Monday, the central train line along the Cape Flats would remain closed until Wednesday.  

joburgcityANA reports that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Monday he had fired Rabelani Dagada as member of mayoral committee for finance after a forensic investigation found him in breach of the City’s code of conduct and for conflict of interest.  

gunThe Star reports that fears of a bloody turf war erupting again among illegal miners (‘zama zamas’) have gripped Ekurhuleni following the grim discovery on Sunday morning of seven rotting bodies dumped in a field.  

SascocSunday Tribune reports that according to axed SA Sports Confederation Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CE Tubby Reddy, more than R6.2m that should have been spent on sports development was wasted on legal fees for a farcical disciplinary inquiry and associated investigations.  

healthcareCity Press reports that the long-term viability of the National Health Insurance (NHI) system is in doubt because its pilot project sites appear to have financial problems and have failed to pay the salaries of its medical professionals.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a security guard was due to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of Tarlton tractor driver Aron Mutavhatsindi.  

effSunday Independent reports that a protracted labour dispute between the EFF and a sacked employee dating back to January 2015 has now culminated in the sheriff of Johannesburg North seeking to effect an order to attach close to R500,000 from the party’s bank account.