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.

ICASANews24 reports that despite allegations of sexual harassment against him, former CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), Pakamile Pongwana, received a ‘golden handshake’ of almost R1 million from the regulatory authority.  

netcare911News24 reports that a 29-year-old man died after falling from the fourth floor at a construction site in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.  

minerReuters reports that the 2017 death toll in SA’s mines has already surpassed the 2016 figure, ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in the world’s deepest mines and raising red flags for the industry, government and labour groups.  

OldMutualCape Times reports that more people have come forward saying there is racist bullying at Old Mutual, following the newspaper’s recent article on the issue.  

nsriThe Mercury reports that that a female stevedore was rescued on Monday at the Port of Durban, after falling off a ship in the port.  

NedbankTimesLive reports that a former employee of Nedbank was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a security guard in reception at the bank's head offices in Sandton.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the former head of news Simon Tebele have been refused leave to appeal a Labour Court ruling instructing them to personally pay for the legal costs involving the dismissal of the so-called SABC8.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), accused of the attempted murder of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member, will know on Wednesday if his bail application bid has been successful.  

Zimbabwe flagTimesLive reports that thousands of Zimbabweans are having to queue for hours in a desperate race against time to retain their legal status in South Africa.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that at least 900 workers at global home-appliance manufacturer Whirlpool have downed tools in KwaZulu-Natal in support of their demand for housing.  

CidbEngineering News reports that monitoring and evaluation project manager at the Construction Industry Development Board (Cidb), Ntando Skosana, on Tuesday described the loss of 140,000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”.  

sapsTimesLive reports that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday that the country would have a new national police commissioner by the end of November.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

NTAANA reports that taxi drivers blocked several roads and burned tyres early on Wednesday morning in Pretoria as the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) protests against the government commenced.  

miner thumb medium90 104BusinessLive reports that the number of fatalities in SA’s mining industry has increased for the first time in 10 years.  The Chamber of Mines has recorded the deaths of 76 mine workers who were killed in mine-related accidents between January and October 2017.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.  

boardroomtableBloomberg writes that SA faces a stark choice in the forthcoming state wage negotiations, namely risk strikes by as many as 1.3m government workers or meet their pay demands and jeopardise its credit rating.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that after a failed attempt to force the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to increase workers’ salaries‚ the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) has re-lodged a dispute with the public broadcaster.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and correctional services has expressed concern about the failure to fill critical posts in the cluster.  

UNTUBusiness Report writes that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) and the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Monday submitted their consolidated wage demands to Transnet for a 12% salary increase for each of the next three years.  

irrTimesLive writes that the changing structure of SA’s labour market means the country is unlikely to see any reduction in its high levels of unemployment.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90EWN reports that trade union Solidarity says it will approach platinum producer Lonmin by Wednesday to communicate its members' grievances around the treatment of skilled employees and what it says is the preferential treatment of members of the Association of Mineworkers and the Construction Union (Amcu) by the company.  

NTAANA reports that taxi commuters in Tshwane have been warned to find alternative means of transportation on Wednesday, with the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) expected to forge ahead with its planned protest against government.  

angloamerican fullANA reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday reported a death at one of its mines in Rustenburg in the North West province.  

sapsANA reports that a police captain was shot dead on Monday and another policeman wounded, while others were robbed of their service firearms, during a robbery at a filling station in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 6 November 2017.

GEPFBusiness Times reports that jittery members of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) are considering resigning from the fund to get hold of their retirement savings for fear of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) falling victim to ‘state capture’.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Reuters reports that embattled platinum producer Lonmin was due on Monday to unveil new health and road projects in a ceremony that will be overshadowed by its latest share price collapse.  

FordBusiness Report writes that hundreds of new direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created by a new R3bn investment by the Ford Motor Company of SA (FMCSA) to further increase the manufacturing capacity of its Silverton plant in Pretoria.  

southafricalogoSunday Tribune reports that suspensions of no more than two months are all the 11 public works officials charged with flouting procurement procedures in the controversial security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla private residence got.