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.

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on Tuesday welcomed the news that home affairs officials who were on the frontline were not allowed to use their cellphones and that citizens could call out any officials who provided bad service.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 12 February 2019.

gautengThe Star reports that staff complaints about the derelict state of the Bank of Lisbon building in downtown Joburg weeks before a blaze engulfed it were dismissed as “delinquent”.  

newsSowetan reports that a sixth suspect involved in the cable theft at the Gupta-owned Gloria Coal Mine in Mpumalanga has been released as police conduct further investigations into the matter, as directed by the public prosecutor.  

SAOUNews24 reports that the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) has pledged its support for the Sans Souci Girls' High School teacher who was caught on video slapping a pupil.  

limpopo thumb100 Health e-News reports that shocking mismanagement at Tshilidzini Hospital has prompted Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba to remove the facility's entire management team.  

picBusinessLive reports that a bill aiming to strengthen the corporate governance, accountability and transparency of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) was adopted by parliament’s finance committee on Tuesday.  

ConCourtFin24 reports that axed SA Revenue Service (SARS) boss Tom Moyane has lost his bid at the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) for leave to appeal regarding his dismissal.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate improved in the fourth quarter, as is usually the case for a quarter that brings a temporary hiring boost thanks to the holiday season.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has apparently signaled to unions that it might cut up to 5,000 jobs at its struggling Driefontein operation in the gold sector.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107The Citizen reports that the first group of technical rescuers in Africa to be accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) studied through the City of Ekurhuleni’s training academy.  

nehawu80The Citizen reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) hopes to engage with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to reconsider its national strike at TVET and community education and training (CET) colleges.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that Cosatu plans to bring economic activities in eight provinces to a complete halt on Wednesday to highlight the plight of workers.  

CanegrowersBusiness Report writes that sugar industry growers have called for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s intervention in an effort to help save the multibillion-rand sector from imminent collapse.  

MotsoalediBL Premium reports that the minister of health Aaron Motsoaledi has hauled the Hospital Association of SA (Hasa) over the coals, accusing it of using fear-mongering to fight the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI).  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu could at its next central executive committee revisit its decision to support the ANC in the May national elections.  

southafricalogoANA reports that in line with a recommendation by the Public Protector, disciplinary action is to be instituted against National Treasury director-general Dondo Mohajane for lying about his criminal record.  

gautengIndependent News reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura has placed his provincial head of roads and transport Ronald Swartz on special leave following the illegal award of a road construction tender.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that merging of ministries, cutting staff and reducing the number of provinces are part of ‘extreme changes’ mooted to reconfigure the state and drive efficiency.  

AbsaHilton Tarrant writes that to describe the succession plan at Absa Group as ‘botched’ would be kind because in truth there wasn’t one.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that platinum producer Lonmin said on Friday that it had greater leeway to delay 12,600 job losses because of improved metal prices in the three months to December.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) said on Monday it welcomed steps announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address last week to combat corruption.  

newsNews24 writes that the fate of approximately 22 alleged copper thieves trapped underground hangs in the balance as rescue efforts are allegedly being hampered by disgruntled unpaid mineworkers.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Monday announced a national strike set to affect “all the technical and vocational education and training and community education (TVET) and training colleges” across South Africa.  

FronemanBusiness Times writes that according to Neal Froneman, CEO of gold and platinum miner Sibanye-Stillwater, the outcome of its three-month standoff with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at its three gold mines will have significant consequences for the local mining industry.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 8 February 2019.

pravingordanFin24 reports that Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan will meet with Eskom's board as a priority to map a way forward for the entity, following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the power utility would be unbundled.  

MotsoalediEWN reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he is disappointed and highly distressed that some interns and doctors who started work last month have still not received their January salaries.  

councilmedicalschemesANA reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has suspended its general manager of compliance and investigations, Stephen Mmatli, “following tip-offs related to his conduct in the affairs of the regulator”.  

ramaphosa2The Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied that splitting Eskom up into three state-owned entities was about “privatising” the struggling power utility.