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.

labourcourtsSunday Times reports that the economic downturn and resulting job losses, coupled with the fraught state of labour relations evident in frequent strikes, have made the role of the Labour Court (LC) even more important.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 29 September 2023.

eskomIOL reports that the search for a new Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) is still ongoing after its former CEO Andre de Ruyter left the utility earlier this year.

reavayaEWN reports that commuters in the City of Johannesburg can breathe a sigh of relief as Rea Vaya buses are now back in service.

postoffice thumb100 Moneyweb reports that the SA Post Office’s (Sapo’s) joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) are concerned about the entity’s liabilities, which reportedly totalled R12.5 billion at the end of July.  They say the liabilities raise questions about the viability of the business rescue process.

protestNews24 reports that the ANC in the Western Cape has withdrawn from participating in the EFF-led protest in Cape Town on Monday over the impoundment of taxis.

transnetlogo thumb100 Moneyweb reports that Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby has surrendered to pressure from several quarters and resigned from the embattled ports and rail state-owned group. She will leave at the end of October.

sanavyNews24 reports that in a bid to prevent more deaths at sea, the Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, has called on the government to stop cutting the navy budget.

effEWN reported on Thursday afternoon that some Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters who were protesting over the City of Tshwane’s wage dispute had completely blocked the entrance to the municipality’s offices in the CBD.

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

Stats SABL Premium reports that the number of South Africans with jobs rose 0.4% quarter on quarter in the three months to end-June, driven mainly by an increase in part-time jobs.

coalBloomberg reports that Glencore and Seriti Resources are in talks to cut hundreds of jobs as their ability to export coal is stymied by inefficiencies at the state-run freight company.

earningsBL Premium reports that take-home pay improved for a second consecutive month in August, an indication that some industries have become progressively more resistant to the effects of load-shedding, with companies reducing their energy dependence on Eskom.

sanavyNews24 reports that in an emotional memorial held at the Wynberg Military Indoor Sports Centre on Wednesday, hundreds of family members, colleagues, and friends gathered to pay tribute to Lieutenant-Commander Gillian Elizabeth Hector, 33, Master Warrant Officer William Masela Mathipa, 48, and Warrant Officer Class One Mmokwapa Lucas Mojela, 43, who died at sea last week.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that cellphone records and some witness statements are still outstanding in the case of eight Presidential Protection Services officers who allegedly assaulted motorists on the N1 highway in Gauteng in July.

gautengNews24 reports that it took eight years for the Gauteng government to investigate a fraud case against a provincial health official.

Golden ArrowEWN reports that one of the survivors of a fatal commuter bus crash in Cape Town this week believes the accident could have been prevented.

pravingordanBL Premium reports that the exclusion of candidates above the age of 60 years for the top role at Eskom left vacant after the resignation of André de Ruyter seems to be one of the sticking points in an increasingly fractious relationship between the board and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. 

tshwane thumb100 Moneyweb reports that Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink from the Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken a hardline stance towards the wage strike in the capital city over wage increases.

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

Tiger BrandsPretoria News reports that Tiger Brands has lost its application against an earlier CCMA finding that it had unfairly dismissed a worker who twice tested positive for alcohol when he reported for duty.

handcuffsFin24 reports that the Hawks have arrested and charged two sisters from Pretoria for allegedly defrauding food and packaged goods group Premier of R137 million by diverting payments from customers to their own bank accounts.

gunIOL reports that police in Calcutta are in pursuit of assailants who fatally shot a 45-year-old truck driver on the R40 Road in Marite, outside Hazyview, on Tuesday morning.

glencoreFin24 reports global mining and trading giant Glencore has kicked off a retrenchment process at its iMpunzi coal operation in Mpumalanga.

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

nehawu80TimesLIVE reports that the branch of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) says its members will go on strike from Wednesday after failing to reach an agreement over wage increases.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 September 2023.

ProductivitySASunday Times reports that the controversial R5bn job creation scheme concluded between the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Thuja Capital Fund without any due diligence has claimed its first casualty.

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that following a tragic submarine accident in Cape Town, the spotlight has fallen on the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) declining budget.

Golden ArrowNews24 reports that over last weekend, at least seven men robbed passengers on a Golden Arrow bus in Gugulethu and fled the scene with phones and an undisclosed amount of money.