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.

NPATimesLIVE reports that fired senior prosecutor Nomgcobo Jiba has lodged court papers to challenge retired Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro's report, which found her unfit for office.  

ceppwawuSunday Independent reports that Cosatu affiliate, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), has rejected the essential services committee’s plan to declare the fuel industry an essential service.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that an off-duty Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer and a bystander were shot dead on Sunday evening.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that SA may not be able to achieve its employment target as set out in its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap), due to slow growth in manufacturing.  

standardbankBloomberg reports that Standard Bank is earning more per employee than anytime over the past five years after reducing the number of workers by almost 2,100 in the 12 months up to June.  

newsFin24 reports that emigration rates from SA surged by about 20% in 2018/2019, which has been described as the start of the next big wave of skilled workers and emigrants leaving for greener pastures.  

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

newsNews24 reports that a truck assistant suffered burn wounds to his face and hands after a bread truck was petrol-bombed near Strand on Saturday.  

anglogoldashantiMining Weekly reports that AngloGold Ashanti set a new safety record, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold producer advised on Thursday.  

ConCourtBusiness Report writes that former Eskom boss Brian Molefe will have to pay back the power utility R10 million of a R30m golden handshake he received when he resigned from the state-owned company after his last-ditch attempt to keep the money was dealt a fatal blow by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

MassmartBusiness Times reports that newly appointed Massmart CEO Mitchell Slape has at last received his work visa for SA and will soon take up his new position.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater is putting a difficult start to the year behind it as it sees its strike-hit gold operations return to normal production.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that according to the head of trauma at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, high levels of violence and the severity of some of the injuries they deal with are driving health workers to their sick beds.  

implatsMining Weekly reports that a worker died in a locomotive accident at the Rustenburg 1 Shaft of Impala Platinum (Implats) this week.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that insurer Old Mutual’s board struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday, saying the nasty fight between it and axed CEO Peter Moyo had dragged on for too long and it was perhaps time for the two parties to negotiate a settlement.  

SWEATNews24 Wire reports that Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) launched a report on Wednesday entitled ‘Why Sex Work Should be Decriminalised in South Africa’.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that fewer than two out of 10 women receive full pay from their employers when they go on maternity leave.  

psaEngineering News reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) on Tuesday said it supported calls for a three-year wage moratorium for public-office bearers and a review of salary perks for members of the government.  

earningsTimesLIVE reports that digital recruitment platform Giraffe on Tuesday launched its gender pay gap report, which indicates that women in SA earn on average 25% less than men.  

bladenzimandeBusiness Report writes that Blade Nzimande, SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary, has called for an affordable housing subsidy programme from the government for public sector workers, who are not poor enough to qualify for the reconstruction and development programme housing, but do not earn enough to qualify for funding through the banks.  

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity issued a statement on Wednesday indicating that it had made the decision to invite the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to attend the next ArcelorMittal retrenchment meeting.  

RBPlatBusiness Report writes that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which posted a hefty R164m net loss in the six months to June on teething problems at its Styldrift mine, is facing a demand for a 25% wage hike from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

sabcTimesLIVE reports that, while former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operations officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the findings of a damning probe into editorial interference at the broadcaster are "nonsensical", the board says it is still trying to recoup millions from him.  

southafricalogoMining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) said on Wednesday that it was in the process of completing its investigation on the allegations of maladministration and corruption at its Mpumalanga offices.  

anglogoldashantiMining Weekly reports that gold producer AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) on Wednesday said that it did not have firm timing for its exit from SA, but that the move would be "sooner rather than later".  

sasboTimesLIVE reports that finance union Sasbo has threatened a "total shutdown" of the banking industry if its demands for minimal retrenchments in the sector are not heeded.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a 51-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly drove over and killed a senior traffic official in Masodi village outside Mokopane in Limpopo.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 6 August 2019.

tshwane thumb100 EWN reports that according to the City of Tshwane, all its services have been fully restored following last week’s four-day strike over salary increases.  

artisan2ANA reports that several sectors in the South African economy are experiencing critical skill shortages, with information and technology, engineering, finance and health the most affected, a recent critical skills survey by Xpatweb showed.