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.

sabcFin24 reports that the Save Our SABC Coalition has warned newly appointed Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams that she might have acted unlawfully by "meddling" in the affairs of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

ancylTimesLive reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is pushing ahead with its demand for the eThekwini municipality to allocate R1bn for youth development.  

GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is continuing to seek ways to diversify its returns in the wake of scandals surrounding Steinhoff, which has exposed the fund’s dependency on the local market.  

nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that MPs were assured on Wednesday that virtually all of SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that the Essential Services Committee has determined that school managers and support staff are not essential services, effectively upholding their right to strike.  

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018.

amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that in the latest broadside fired in the violent, two-week-long strike over wage increases, Sibanye-Stillwater’s executive head of human resources, Themba Nkosi, posted an open letter to Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa, accusing him of making “disingenuous and dishonest” statements.  

newsThe Mercury reports that motorists who have still not received their driving licence cards and whose temporary licences have expired might have to reapply for another temporary driving licence.  

saceNews24 reports that a Cape Town teacher who was struck from the roll of educators after inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a pupil has been dismissed following his suspicious return to the classroom.  

healthcareSowetanLive reports that frustrations over a shortage of stretchers and an overflowing resuscitation room put the lives of staff at a Gauteng hospital at risk.  

newsANA reports that a group of activists walking from Marikana near Rustenburg in the North West to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to hand over a list of demands to President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived on Tuesday evening.  

gavel thumb100 Daily News reports that striking staff from the Fort Napier Medico-Legal Mortuary in Pietermaritzburg could be arrested if they do not return to work on Wednesday.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has written an open letter to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa amid an ongoing strike at the miner’s gold operations.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that arguments were heard on Tuesday in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the bid by fired SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane’s to get his job back.  

pandorTimesLive reports that only 24% of applications received by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for the 2019 academic year were from pupils planning to enrol at TVET colleges, with the balance of 76% being for universities.  

DisChemTimesLive writes that Dis-Chem pharmacies were due to be hit by protest action on Wednesday, with striking workers around the country planning to air their grievances.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that Limpopo's health MEC, Phopho Ramathuba, has welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted a nurse at a clinic in Vaalwater after the nurse refused to act contrary to departmental policies.  

headgear thumb medium80 122BusinessLive reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has urged mining unions to engage in a peaceful and tolerant manner following a series of violent incidents in recent weeks.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 4 December 2018.

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has dismissed reports that its CEO Madoda Mxakwe has resigned.  

strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that Premier Foods, proprietor of Blue Ribbon Bread in Salt River, Cape Town, has assured customers that an ongoing strike will not affect operations and the distribution of its products.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the planned job cuts at the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have set communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams at odds with the public broadcaster’s board.  

A Re YengPretoria News reports that A Re Yeng bus commuters in Mamelodi on Monday voiced their unhappiness with the withdrawal of the service, saying “it took food off their tables”.  

numBusiness Report writes that allegations emerged on Monday that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) branch leaders were holding non-striking members at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine to ransom.  

pandorBusinessLive reports that the government and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be working to minimise disruption from last minute “walk-in” applications for places at Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges in 2019.  

sabcNews24 reports that employees at the financially ailing SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) believe that the company's decision to go ahead with retrenchments was neither in the interests of the public broadcaster nor its workers.  

healthcareTimesLive reports that security at Leratong Hospital in Mogale City will be beefed up following a spate of violent crime.  In the latest incident, there was an attempted forced entry at the hospital's casualty ward.  

SARSFin24 reports that fired SA Revenue Service (SARS) boss Tom Moyane was due to return to court on Tuesday in his latest legal battle to get his job back.  

Zimbabwe flagGroundUp reports that the Department of Home Affairs has urged Zimbabweans who haven't received their special permits to be patient.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Monday that eleven soldiers had been convicted of the assault of a 17-year-old boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a “ground-breaking trial” in military court.