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.

GeorgeThe Citizen reports that the death toll in the George building collapse tragedy in the Western Cape rose to 33 as of 3pm on Tuesday.

prasaNews24 reports that recovery of Cape Town’s central line is well underway, according to the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa). It is intended to have trains back up and running between Nyanga and Philippi by the end of May.

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labourcourtsBL Premium reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater’s decision to fire 59 employees at its Rustenburg platinum operations after finding them guilty of forging sick notes set the company up against the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which claimed the employees had been unfairly dismissed.

nehawu80EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in Parliament said that it was opposed to the suspension of Secretary to Parliament Xolile George.

numGroundUp reports that hundreds of mine workers took to the streets on the West Rand of Johannesburg on Saturday to protest looming retrenchments at gold producer Sibanye-Stillwater.

GeorgeTimesLIVE reports that the death toll following the collapse of a partially built building in George a week ago rose to 30 at 6pm on Monday, with 22 workers still unaccounted for.

presidencyBL Premium reports that in the face of growing pressure from within the ANC, President Cyril Ramaphosa will sign the contentious National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law on Wednesday, setting the stage for a protracted fight with business, healthcare professionals and opposition parties.

meibcBL Premium reports that employers in the steel and engineering sector have signed an above-inflation multi-term wage deal with the largest union, potentially setting a precedent for future labour agreements and raising operational costs for the embattled sector.

durbanEWN reports that the state indicated in court on Friday that it needed more time to investigate the case against eThekwini municipal workers linked to an unprotected strike in March 2024.

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has reported its lowest group serious injury frequency rate (SIFR) in its history for the first quarter, ended 31 March.

newsThe Citizen reports that on Friday, a passenger train and a goods train collided in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), causing the derailment of three carriages.

GeorgeNews24 reports that the death toll in the George building collapse rose to 14 after two more bodies were recovered on Friday afternoon.

popcruNews24 reports that on Thursday, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) welcomed the increase in danger pay allowances for Special Task Force (STF) members of the SA Police Service (SAPS), but the union added that it still had reservations.

handcuffsSowetanLive reports that police have arrested a Bolt driver who allegedly stabbed two women in Table View, Cape Town, at the weekend following a dispute over their destination.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that a now former teacher at the Laudium Secondary School in Pretoria, who claimed he was dismissed after nearly two decades at the school because of his pro-Israel sentiments, turned to the Labour Court in Johannesburg as he felt that he was given the boot unfairly.

GeorgeNews24 reports that seventy-two hours after a structural collapse, the survival rate for those trapped under the rubble drops to around 33%. After that, in the space of just one day, the survival rate of those who have been trapped for four days is 19%.

sapsNews24 reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) has increased danger pay allowances for Special Task Force (STF) members from R6,000 to R21,000, before deductions, marking a 250% increase.

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

sassaThe Citizen reports that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) offices in eMkhondo (formerly Piet-Retief), Mpumalanga, have been reopened after being closed for just over two weeks.

GeorgeMail & Guardian reports that rescue workers are continuing to work around the clock in an attempt to rescue survivors at a mangled apartment building in George, Western Cape, after eight workers died in the collapse earlier this week.

labourcourtsBusinessTech reports that new Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court rules, including changes to holiday-time and restraint of trade litigation, have been published in the Government Gazette.

MsunduziThe Witness reports that suspended Msunduzi manager Lulamile Mapholoba is heading to the High Court seeking an urgent interdict so as the return to work after the mayor told him to remain at home until there was an outcome in the disciplinary hearing against him.

MUTDaily News reports that the uMlazi-based Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has placed two senior officials on precautionary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation.

Cape Argus reports that rescue crews working to locate construction workers trapped beneath the rubble of a collapsed building in George are in for a long and challenging weekend.

nursing thumb medium90 93EWN reports that as the world gears up to commemorate International Nurses' Day on Sunday, the Life HealthCare Hospital group said that the hotly contested NHI Bill needed more nurses within the healthcare sector in order to be implemented without a hitch.

popcruThe Citizen reports that according to the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), the police are facing a dire skills shortage within their Special Task Force and National Intervention Units.

newsThe North Coast Courier reports that an employee working for a company contracted by Siza Water to repair water pipes on the corner of Osborne Drive and Hulett Road in Salt Rock, died tragically on Wednesday afternoon when a water pipe suddenly burst, causing the trench he was working in to collapse.

MsunduziThe Mercury reports that Msunduzi Municipality mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla has defended the decision to notify the municipal manager, Lulamile Mapholoba, via WhatsApp that he had been suspended.

northwestprovinceTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks have arrested a North West Parks and Tourism Board employee for his alleged involvement in the theft of 51 rhino horns.