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.

sabcEWN reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) says that, while it understands the decision by four SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members to resign, this had left the organisation in a difficult position.  

ZululandUniversityMail & Guardian reports that the murder of University of Zululand (UniZulu) professor Gregory Kamwendo was at first thought to be due to his uncovering of a syndicate at the institution issuing fraudulent PhD degrees.  

npaMail & Guardian reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced over the weekend that it would be prosecuting former Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman for alleged sexual assault.  

earningsThe Citizen writes that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s freeze on the salaries of executive, parliamentary and provincial office-bearer is a welcome announcement.  

healthcareANA reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday announced that more than 5,300 health worker posts – clinical professionals and support staff needed throughout the country – were to be filled.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 7 December 2018.

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that twelve officials arrested in a pre-festive season anti-corruption crackdown on fraud related to vehicle and drivers licenses were due to appear in court in two provinces for bail applications on Monday.  

LotusFMCity Press writes that the culture of toxic masculinity that has infected Lotus FM over the past two decades is finally being exposed and dealt with.  At noon on Friday, Alvin Pillay, station manager at Lotus FM, left his office at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) Durban headquarters. 

nehawu80The Witness reports that members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) went on a rampage on Thursday as they called for two KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MECs to be fired.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo went the extra mile on Saturday so that the funeral of a Chatsworth mother and son could go ahead as planned.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has suspended alleged perpetrators who were identified in the report of its commission of inquiry into sexual harassment.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Engineering News reports that speaking at a Transport Forum event in Pretoria last week, Professor Stephan Krygsman of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics) said SA had a “completely dysfunctional" passenger rail system.  

coalMiningmx reports that Optimum Coal Mine’s creditors have objected to a proposed sale of the mine to an unknown entity, Halo Projects, which they claim is a shelf company.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the national minimum wage (NMW) will come into effect from 1 January 2019.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet will not see a salary increase after he rejected a recommendation that there should be a 4% increase in respect of all public office bearers.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the slow pace at which the government is moving on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has drawn the ire of labour federation Cosatu.  

DisChemBusinessLive reports that the Labour Court in Johannesburg has made an unprecedented ruling barring Dis-Chem workers from picketing and protesting.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Times reports on the wage strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members at Sibanye-Stillwater’s SA gold operations, which commenced on 21 November 2018.  

mycitiNews24 reports that the City of Cape Town’s outsourced bus service contractors have moved to replace the MyCiTi workers who have been on an unprotected strike since October.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 6 December 2018.

sapsEWN reports that national police management and trade unions have struck a deal that will see 28,000 police officers promoted.  They have agreed to a promotions strategy that will be implemented over the next three years.  

jeffradebeThe Citizen reports that energy minister Jeff Radebe appeared before the Equality Court on Thursday in respect of a racial discrimination case brought by trade union Solidarity.  

DisChemGroundUp reports that four men were arrested when 200 workers demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the Dis-Chem store in Canal Walk, Cape Town.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that the ongoing violent strike in the plastic sector has claimed its first fatality, after a security guard succumbed to burn wounds on Tuesday.  

ambulanceCape Argus writes trauma experienced by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel attacked while on the job, is an indication of larger socio-economic challenges facing SA, according to Deputy Minister of Health Mathume Phaahla.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that seven female Anglo American employees made it onto the Women in Mining’s annual 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday proclaim the effective date for the recently approved national minimum wage (NMW).  

parliamentTimesLive reports that the horseracing industry has been told by MPs to clean up its act when it comes to the living conditions of grooms employed at facilities in the sector.  

newsSowetanLive reports that following the tragic death of a rigger at FNB Stadium, another person got injured at the same venue on Monday.  

ZululandUniversityNews24 reports that a former lecturer at the University of Zululand (UniZulu) appeared in court on Tuesday for his alleged part in the murder of prominent academic Professor Gregory Kamwendo.