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.

mosebenzizwaneCity Press reports that labour federation has called for Mosebenzi Zwane to resign or be removed from his position, saying that it has no confidence in him as the minister of mineral resources.  

Netwerk24 reports that on Wednesday safety officers took 14 zama zamas (illegal miners) into custody at the same mine outside Welkom where on Tuesday night a mini-war took place.  

south32Mining Weekly writes that after the deaths of four employees during the past year, South32 needs to initiate a complete step-change in the way it approaches its safety commitments in SA.  

numsaTMG Digital reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday slammed labour federation Cosatu’s decision to endorse Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC in 2017.  

RobertsonWineryBusiness Report writes that Robertson Winery workers are determined to continue their fight for better working and living conditions despite reaching an agreement with their employer.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TMG Digital reports on a Labour Court case in which an “excellent maths teacher” was found to have been unfairly fired for earning extra cash as a municipal councillor.  

healthcareTimesLive reports that sky-high medical negligence claims are forcing obstetricians out of private practice, to the extent that the gynaecological society has warned that there won't be any left in the private sector by 2020.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has got huge increases in contributions in store for members for 2017.  

busaANA reports that Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the National Council of Provinces’ passing of the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act, based on the consensus reached in Nedlac.  

daTMG Digital reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is “very satisfied” at the last two days’ proceedings in the Western Cape High Court in the Hlaudi Motsoeneng matter.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 24 November 2016

sidumodlaminiANA reports that the leadership collective of labour federation Cosatu on Thursday said none of them had ever received money from the wealthy Gupta family, which has accused of wielding influence in the affairs of the state.  

ancylBusinessLive reports that ANC Youth League president Collen Maine has accused labour federation Cosatu of holding a gun to the ANC’s head by publicly endorsing Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday downplayed Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s influence at the public broadcaster, saying his position as group executive of corporate affairs was equivalent to that of a "glorified public relations officer".  

RobertsonWineryGroundUp reports that the 14-week strike at Robertson Winery has ended and farmworkers will return to work on Monday after agreeing to an 8% or R400 increase (whichever is greater).  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 23 November 2016.

miner thumb medium90 104Sowetan reports that a veteran trade unionist has warned the mining industry and the government that failure to urgently address the issue of thousands of mineworkers who were buried in unmarked graves during apartheid could lead to anarchy.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Mining Review reports that Atlatsa Resources has announced that its Bokoni Platinum Mines has concluded a two-year wage agreement with three unions, effective from 1 July 2016.  

protestThe New Age reports that three unions on Wednesday demanded that AEL Mining Services put to an end to what they claimed were practices of "exploitation, discrimination and oppression".  AEL is a subsidiary of the AECI Group.

angiemotshekgaANA reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday said it was unfair and offensive to accuse her of failing to act against the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) after a report pointed to the union’s strangle-hold on six provincial departments.  

ramaphosaBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Thursday resolved to support Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in his bid to become the next president of the African National Congress (ANC).  

cosatuANA reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Wednesday welcomed the release of the long awaited Comprehensive Social Security Discussion Paper by the Department of Social Development.  

numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has been rocked by a tribal fight that is threatening to tear the union apart ahead of its national congress next month.  

sapsEWN reports that Western Cape Police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula says investigators are hot on the heels of two suspects wanted in connection with the murder of an officer in Philippi East.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday heard an application brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA) A to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed from the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

comBusiness Report writes that a showdown is looming between the Chamber of Mines (COM) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) over the draft of the reviewed Mining Charter.  

southafricalogoReuters reports that National Treasury on Wednesday supported the report by a Nedlac advisory panel that suggested a national minimum wage of R3,500, thereby throwing its political weight behind the initiative.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the long process of getting Parliament to pass the Unemployment Insurance Amendment (UIF) Bill came to an end with its adoption by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.  

TMG Digital reports that the Congress of the People (Cope) warned on Tuesday that SA’s rising unemployment rate was a ticking time bomb that would affect every citizen‚ black and white‚ rich and poor.  

busaANA reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) on Tuesday said it would need to consult diligently with its members to understand the potential impact of the recommended R3,500 national minimum wage (NMW) on different sectors and types of businesses.