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.

postoffice thumb100 ANA reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) on Wednesday assured social grant beneficiaries that the strike involving some SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees was not having an impact on the grant payments for October, which were currently under way.  

newsANA reports that it has been a month since the Bank of Lisbon building in downtown Johannesburg caught alight and claimed the lives of three firefighters, but the cause of the fire remains a mystery.  

coalMining Weekly writes that SA should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production.  

bladenzimandeNews24 reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says that efforts must be intensified to find the culprits behind train attacks, following yet another arson attack at Cape Town train station on Tuesday.  

gunTimesLive reports that a security guard was airlifted to hospital after he was found shot at a cemetery near Pinetown on Tuesday.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has questioned the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) decision to pay generous staff bonuses in the 2017/2018 fiscal year.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that a high court judge has removed the provisional curator of medical scheme Samwumed, whom he found was incurring "exorbitant" but "unproductive" expenses that were not helping to solve the scheme’s problems.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that some Metrorail train services in cape Town resumed on Tuesday afternoon following a temporary suspension due to two earlier train fires.  

strike thumb medium85 85Reuters reports that Heineken South Africa said on Tuesday that workers contracted to a company that provided it with logistics services were on strike at its Sedibeng Brewery.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

protestThe Citizen reports that motorists were warned on Tuesday morning to stay off the R511, west of Pretoria leading to Hartbeestpoort, following a protest by a group of employees from RCL food company.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that firefighters arrived at Cape Town train station on Tuesday to battle yet another train-related blaze after thick, black smoke permeated the air above the station.  

artisan2Pretoria News reports that Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor regards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges as the new hope in South Africa.  

DenelReuters reports that state arms manufacturer Denel is holding talks with unions over voluntary severance packages, reduced working hours and salary cuts for some staff as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SABC News reports that the Eastern Cape Department of Education has placed four provisional teachers and an administrator at St Matthews High School in Keiskammahoek to take over from suspended teachers implicated in a sex-for-marks scandal.  

solplaatjieuniversityDiamond Fields Advertiser reports that the Kimberley police are investigating a case of sexual assault after a lecturer at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) accused a senior academic of touching his genitals.  

miners2BusinessLive reports that in unusually frank comments from gold and platinum mining CEOs at the Joburg Indaba mining conference, the future of those sectors was mapped out in just a few minutes, with bleak consequences for their workforces.  

prasaSowetanLive writes that the lives of about two million train commuters around the country are being put at risk by staff shortages in key positions at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

sassaBusiness Day reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) intends to apply for a court interdict barring the use of a biometric system to enrol SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries.  

robdaviesBusinessLive reports that by government projections, in two years’ time the South African economy will create 825,000 direct and indirect jobs annually.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that working conditions in the public service have recently come under sharp scrutiny after a senior staffer in parliament committed suicide in protest against alleged bullying by an ANC MP.  

popcruNews24 reports that the court application lodged by 21 Department of Correctional Services (DCS) employees, who want to stop the department from firing them for refusing to return to their offices at the Poyntons Building in Pretoria, was postponed on Monday.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have gone on strike at Toyota as a result of an impasse over transformation in the car manufacturer’s plant in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 8 October 2018.

numsaThe Star reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has told the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) that workers should not be dismissed for refusing to tell on their colleagues as this practice was inherently dangerous and risky.  

sassaThe Citizen reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) announced on Monday its programme of action and details of its nationwide strike action at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa).  

bladenzimandeANA reports that transport minister Blade Nzimande on Monday appealed to both the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to find an out of court settlement in the interests of millions of commuters who daily used Metrorail.  

vavi1The Citizen reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), lambasted a Twitter follower for making assumptions about his lifestyle and pointed out that he cannot afford medical aid.  

UbankSowetanLive reports that Ubank has learnt the hard way not to lend its clients more than they can afford to repay.  It has been found to have recklessly lent a mineworker R225,727 over five months without a proper credit assessment.  

sabcSowetan reports that former Ligwalagwala FM station manager Rio Mabunda successfully appealed his dismissal at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) last week.