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.

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that some train services were restored by 07:00 on Thursday morning following a fire at Cape Town Railway Station that gutted several train carriages.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen reports that Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha is expected to act against a prominent official this week, in a move to prove his commitment to stamping out graft.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a 39-year-old security guard, who had just recovered from a shooting two months ago, was murdered execution-style in his Zwide, Port Elizabeth, home on Tuesday morning.  

emhlahleniSowetanLIVE writes that three words sum up the murky world of prostitution in Emalahleni (Witbank), namely brazen, bold and booming.  And it seems Mpumalanga police are unable to tame the growing trade.  

eskomNews24Wire reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa told workers and staff at the Medupi power station six times in an address that state-owned power utility Eskom would not be sold off or privatised.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that Anglo American on Tuesday launched a wide-ranging programme that aims to tackle the scourge of gender-based violence through targeted interventions at its operations and in its host communities.  

retirementThe Citizen reports that more than half the R42 billion in unclaimed benefits, owed to roughly 4.2 million persons, are bottled up in just two trade union-affiliated pension schemes.  

ramaphosaSowetanLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has had to retrench over 20 workers at one of his farms due to foot-and-mouth disease and bad trading conditions.  

NPANews24 reports that parents are expected to lay criminal charges after seven KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) teachers, many of whom sexually assaulted pupils at their respective schools, were dismissed by Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that City of Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has confirmed that he has decided to take special leave starting on Thursday.  

RTMCNews24 reports that seven traffic officers and four vehicle examiners in Limpopo have been arrested in a pre-festive season crackdown on bribery and corruption.  

pscNews24 reports that opposition MPs stood up and cheered when the ANC didn't have enough MPs in the National Assembly on Tuesday to approve the nomination of former Msunduzi mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo as a Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioner.  

er24News24 reports that a man in his 30s has died while he was laying pipe in the bottom of a trench that collapsed on top of him alongside Danie Theron Street in Fochville in Gauteng on Tuesday afternoon.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that employees at South African Airways (SAA) will be paid 50% of their November salaries and 13th cheques on Wednesday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that education stakeholders have welcomed the dismissal of eight KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) education department officials for sexual misconduct, but cautioned that it was only the tip of the iceberg.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu will hold discussions on economic policy with its political allies, the ANC and SACP, in the next two weeks, which will include identifying state assets that can be partially privatised.  

graduate thumb100 SowetanLive reports that an East Rand taxi driver who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in education has been rewarded by his association with a refund of the fees he spent on his studies.  

publicprotectorNews24 reports that former Public Protector operations chief Basani Baloyi stands by her claim that Busisiwe Mkhwebane abused her office and acted in her personal interests when she dismissed Baloyi.  

er24News24 reports that four people were left injured on Monday afternoon, one of them critically, following an alleged explosion at a factory in Wynberg, Sandton.  

free stateThe Citizen reports that the Free State province’s Cuban Technical Advisers programme, which has cost the taxpayer more than R80 million since its inception by then premier Ace Magashule more than four years ago, has apparently collapsed.  

daNews24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday as it delivered about 87,000 petitions about the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill to parliament that people were being misled about what the bill was really about.  

eskomBusinessTech reports that up to 27 black executives were approached for the position of Eskom chief executive officer, but all turned it down.  The Ministry of Public Enterprises last week announced Andre de Ruyter as Eskom’s new group chief executive.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that a retrenchment process at managerial level at South African Airways (SAA) is set to continue on 3 December this year.  This was indicated by Derek Mans, Solidarity's representative at the state-owned airline, on Monday.  

RBPlatReuters reports that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) announced on Monday it had agreed to a five-year wage deal with its biggest trade union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

eskomBL Premium writes that employees at SAA took a beating in last week’s strike, getting nothing more than the 5.9% they were offered on the eve of the strike.  They had to throw in the towel after losing a week’s wages, but at Eskom things will not be over quite so fast.  

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp writes that Fransina Sauls has been living and working on the Bock family farm in the Philippi Horticultural Area in Cape Town for nearly a decade.  The building she and her family share with several families is falling apart, but the Bock family says they can do nothing as they are battling just to keep the vegetable and pig farm going.  

harmonyBusiness Report writes that Harmony Gold Mining Company's struggle to eliminate fatalities during the year to the end of June came under the spotlight at the company's annual general meeting (AGM) held on Friday.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 November 2019.

headgearBL Premium writes that the SA mining industry’s workforce is about 13% female, with the percentages being higher in more senior positions, and lower in the less skilled ones.  When it comes to working underground, women have a slim chance of making the cut.