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.

AbsaIOL News reports that two Absa bank employees have been convicted of fraud and money laundering in the Gqeberha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. Florika Shenay Owusu and Abongile Tyusha will be sentenced in March next year.

newsThe Citizen reports that both Eskom and Transnet are now without permanent CEOs while the country is in crises regarding power and logistics. This means that there is no executive management to hold to account.

durbanDaily News reports that two Durban Metro Police Service officers were taken to hospital after a minibus taxi crashed into their bakkie while they were at an accident scene on Saturday.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that finance clerk Themba Maneli, 28, was sentenced in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court to eight years of imprisonment after he created fake purchase orders that resulted in the company paying more than R4 million to his company.

tshwane thumb100 BizNews writes that the City of Tshwane has been gripped by violence amid ongoing strike action by some municipal workers over a 0% salary increase.

eskomFin24 reports that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan announced on Monday that Eskom chairperson Mpho Makwana had resigned. In a short statement, Gordhan said that Makwana would step down at the Eskom AGM scheduled for the end of October.

SIUIOL News reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted a preservation order to freeze the pension benefits of a former Mpumalanga health official accused of irregularly awarding seven contracts amounting to over R19 million.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

goldfieldsFin24 reports that Gold Fields announced on Monday that South African Mike Fraser would succeed interim CEO Martin Preece at the start of January, and that Fraser would be based in Johannesburg.

SARBBusiness Report writes that SA Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has left public opinion divided over his remarks about the impact of rising interest rates on unemployed people.

unisaMail & Guardian reports that the North Gauteng High Court has ordered Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande to withdraw his notice of intention to place the University of South Africa (Unisa) under administration.

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu's march to demand that City of Tshwane employees be paid wage increases turned sour on Friday afternoon because the City Manager could not accept a memorandum due to an unruly crowd.

sandf thumb medium90 89City Press reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) announced in a letter last week that the promotions of colonels and navy captains was being put on hold indefinitely as budget cuts hit the defence force.

UIFSunday Times reports that senior officials of the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) and its Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) scrambled on a Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday morning last December to nail down an “irregular” deal that would have seen R5bn in UIF funds being channelled towards an untested job-creation initiative.

seifsaBL Premium reports that the newly re-elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is confident the metals and engineering sector can avert another crippling strike like the one of October 2021 that lasted nearly three weeks.

parliamentSunday Times reports that parliament has quietly handed its CEO, Xolile George, a salary hike of almost 70%, taking his remuneration to a whopping R4.4m.

nissanMoneyweb reports that Nissan South Africa plans to retrench 25% of its employees – about 400 of its total 1,600 workforce – as part of an employee reduction plan because of its inability to secure a replacement model for its NP200 bakkie for production at its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 6 October 2023.

pravingordanBloomberg News reports that according to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, a chief executive officer for beleaguered power utility Eskom will be named by the end of the year.

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the SA Army has released the names of six soldiers who lost their lives in a fire that swept through the SA Army's Combat Training Centre in Lohatla in the Northern Cape on Friday.

harmonyFin24 reports that Harmony Gold said on Friday that an employee was killed during an early morning fall-of-ground (FOG) incident at the Tshepong North mine near Odendaalrus in the Free State.

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that the City of Tshwane’s intent to appoint seven new senior managers to help it to get out of its financial woes has received mixed reactions from experts.

saceIOL News reports that the SA Council for Educators (SACE) has warned teaching professionals with fraudulent qualifications not to come near its headquarters.

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that tension remained high on Thursday at Simba’s factories in Isando and Elandsfontein, Gauteng, after workers downed tools and were briefly prevented from protesting outside on Wednesday.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a 43-year-old Mossel Bay teacher accused of sexually assaulting pupils has been arrested.

transnetlogo thumb100 BL Premium reports that the leadership crisis at state logistics company Transnet has deepened, with the head of the rail division, Siza Mzimela, tendering her resignation on Thursday.

newsNews24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has reopened its Germiston-Joburg line, which was affected by the collapse of a bridge on Wednesday.

news shutterstockIn our Friday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

news shutterstockIn our Thursday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

metrorail thumb medium90 92The Citizen reports that Gauteng Metrorail temporarily suspended trains operating between Johannesburg and Germiston on Wednesday due to the collapse of a pedestrian overhead bridge between Jeppe and George Goch stations.