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.

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed grave concern about the targeting and intimidation of journalists by the Black First Land First (BLF) group and the threats by the organisation to protest at the homes and places of worship of members of the media.  

citypowerBusinessLive reports that City Power MD Sicelo Xulu has been immediately released from his contractual duties by the City of Johannesburg entity’s board.  

medicaldoctorTMG Digital reports that poor working conditions are the main reason doctors leave the public sector, while the safety and security of their families is the chief factor that drives them out of the country.  

southafricalogoEWN reports that the Department of Home Affairs has urged the public not to visit its offices on Saturday (1 July) as they will be closed.  This is a result of ongoing discussions and negotiations between the department and labour unions over working hours.  

healthcareBusinessLive writes that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is resolutely sticking to the government’s ambitious goal of implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2025, despite the dramatic downturn in the economy since the policy was first flighted six years ago.  

implatsheadgear smlThe New Age reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it was unconvinced that data released by Statistics SA reporting mining job increases of 1.8% (or 8,000 jobs) was a true reflection as retrenchments remained a scourge in mining.  

MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that medical scheme members are likely to lose their tax credits to help pay for the first set of benefits to be rolled out under National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsolaedi said on Thursday.  

kznlogo thumb100 EWN reports that the Medical Rights Advocacy Network says that the increasing backlog of bodies piling up at KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) mortuaries is having an impact on the criminal justice system.  

saqaFin24 reports that changes to the legal framework and regulation of business rescue, particularly the registration of practitioners, will take effect as from 1 October 2017.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the Equality Court on Thursday found that Bongani Masuku, international relations spokesperson for labour federation Cosatu‚ was guilty of hate speech against the Jewish community.  

gautengThe Star reports that emotions boiled over at the Hillbrow mortuary on Thursday as frustrated bereaving families sought answers about the release of their loved ones' bodies.  

SibanyeMining Weekly reports that production at Sibanye’s Cooke operations, near Randfontein, will resume on 3 July 2017.  This will follow nearly a month-long unprotected strike by workers after they were prohibited from taking food underground.  

sabcNews24 reports that the body of senior radio producer Suna Venter, one of the so-called ‘SABC 8’ journalists, was discovered at her flat in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.  

medicaldoctorThe New Age reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has challenged any doctor who claims to be unemployed to come forward, in which case such a medic would immediately be placed.  

strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that the Western Cape Department of Health has advised that 123 bodies at Salt River and Tygerberg await post-mortem examinations after forensic pathologists “downed tools” at the two mortuaries.  

sapsTimesLive reports that the Acting National Commissioner of the SA Police Service (SAPS), Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba‚ has strongly condemned the recent armed attacks on police stations that led to the deaths of two constables and the wounding of a sergeant.  

eskomTimesLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who was in the Labour Court on Thursday to challenge his dismissal from the state-owned utility, asked the court to discontinue the proceedings.  

CCMAThe Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) issued a statement on Thursday to indicate that employees who have had awards issued in their favour but cannot afford the costs of enforcing or executing the awards (i.e. the sheriffs’ fees) can now approach the CCMA for assistance.  

comBusiness Report writes that the Chamber of Mines (COM) on Wednesday warned that between 50,000 and 100,000 jobs could be lost in the mining industry in the next few years if the 2017 Mining Charter were to be implemented in its current form.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that Thembisile Yende's murder accused, David Ngwenya, was denied bail at the Springs Magistrate's Court in the east of Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon.  

SibanyeBusinessLive reports that Sibanye Gold security head Nash Lutchman said at a briefing on Tuesday aimed at “contextualising illegal mining” that a deep undercurrent of corruption, coupled with a lack of policing and prosecutorial skills, have allowed illegal gold mining syndicates to run rampant in SA’s gold mines.  

sancoANA reports that the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Thursday called for an urgent economic and jobs summit to address concerns of the Chamber of Mines of SA regarding the controversial 2017 Mining Charter.  

daTimesLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng on Thursday called on Premier David Makhura to intervene in a crisis that has seen bodies pile up in mortuaries.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the country’s pharmaceutical industry has a huge skills shortage‚ lacking at least 12‚000 pharmacists to meet an international benchmark of 50 pharmacists per 100,000 people.  

handcuffsThe New Age reports that while the 237 youngsters he allegedly scammed out of thousands of rands are accommodated by the Salvation Army, a former SA National Defence Force (SANDF) employee will remain in prison.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday it was “extremely angry and shocked” at the “huge number of workers” that might be retrenched by AngloGold Ashanti (AGA).  

prasaNews24 reports that according to the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) should be held responsible for the death of an employee who was fatally stoned during a protest in Soweto on Monday.  

sandu1TimesLive reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) has criticised a recommendation on salary adjustments made by the Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC).  

protestSowetanLive reports that on Wednesday hundreds of people took part in a march to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) organised by the Greater Local Mining Communities Business Forum.  

sapsBusinessLive reports that the latest SA Survey published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) shows that the rate at which police officers are being murdered has fallen significantly over the past 20 years.