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.

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a court interpreter allegedly solicited a R30,000 bribe from the sister of an accused, claiming she would use it to “buy sweets” for the magistrate who would grant the accused bail in return.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a former municipal clerk, Ntombozuko Mgoqi, has been convicted on charges of fraud and theft and sentenced in the Peddie Regional Court in the Eastern Cape.

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated on Tuesday that SA's employee share ownership schemes (Esops) had come a long way since their early days of empowerment 20 years ago, with more than a half a million workers now participants.

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that full operation of the Metrorail Central Line, which services Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town, has been delayed by another month, to May, according to Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga.

newsTimesLIVE reports that nearly half of SA adults are struggling to afford food and electricity, highlighting the pressing financial challenges consumers are facing, with fewer jobs in the formal economy and a small number of low-earners in the informal sector.

vavi1SowetanLive reports that trade unionist Zwelinzima Vavi says he feels cheated after he learnt that the honorary doctorate he cherished for six years was conferred by an unregistered institution.

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
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sapsIOL News reports that a police training instructor has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on a charge that he allegedly raped a female police trainee.

education90GroundUp reports that learners, parents and teachers marched through the streets of Nelson Mandela Bay metro to the Motherwell Police station on Friday, demanding that the spaces in and around schools be made safer.

gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that a judge of the High Court in Johannesburg has imposed a punitive costs order against suspended National Lotteries Commission (NLC) secretary Nompumelelo Nene for wasting the court's time.

cosatuCape Times reports that labour federation Cosatu has welcomed a Pretoria High Court judgement that set aside the R5 billion contract awarded to Thuja Capital for a jobs creation project.

nxesiThe Star reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) embarked on a groundbreaking Labour Activation Programme for the Western Cape at the Northlink College Campus Hall, in Bellville, on Wednesday last week.

presidencyThe Mercury reports that the Presidential Employment Programme (PEP) in eThekwini Municipality has been flagged for irregularities after it emerged that more than half-a-million rand has been paid to people who were not supposed to benefit from the programme.

CapeTownlogoTimesLIVE reports that the City of Cape Town is training 1,000 potential new metro police officers as part of an 18-month full-time learnership which includes extensive physical training, training on legislation, theory and practical experience.

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that Tshwane's City manager, Johan Mettler, has sought to dispel perceptions that a targeted purge of senior managers was taking place.

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that a second retired SA National Defence Force (SANDF) brigadier general has been arrested and charged with fraud in connection with a R2 million tender for heat-resistant buffs and military goggles for soldiers undertaking peacekeeping missions in the Darfur region of Sudan in 2016.

graduate thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that veteran actor Sello Maake KaNcube recently took to social media to announce that he was now a “doctor”. He also posted pictures of himself being conferred with an honorary doctorate by the Trinity International Bible University.

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

ActionSAThe Mercury reports that ActionSA on Monday held a picket in front of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices in Pretoria with the families of those killed in the Lily Mine tragedy of 2016.

newsCape Argus reports that a Cape Town Water and Sanitation worker is receiving trauma counselling after the City’s team was robbed at knifepoint while fixing sewer overflow in Elsies River.

FSCAFin24 reports that according to the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), naming and shaming employers who have not paid retirement fund contributions over into the retirement fund set up for their employees has been a "good move" that made several employers pay attention to their debt.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that three men alleged to be behind the brazen assassination of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala and his bodyguard Sifiso Shange in January appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Monday.

ramaphosaTimesLIVE reports that a qualified teacher who has never had a paid teaching job since graduating eight years ago with a BEd from Unisa might finally get one thanks to the 29 May general election campaign.

sabcBL Premium writes that open threats to disrupt coverage of the upcoming general election over a wage dispute at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) paid off for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) after the cash-strapped public broadcaster and the union signed a 6% wage increase agreement on Monday.

limpopo thumb100 News24 reports that a senior human resources manager in Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha's office has been arrested for misrepresenting his qualifications.

unisaNews24 reports that Unisa vice-chancellor Puleng LenkaBula has placed the university's acting chief financial officer (CFO), Reshma Mathura, on precautionary suspension for, among other things, allegedly receiving bank deposits from students in an irregular manner.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a police clerk who accepted a R3,500 bribe to destroy the docket in a culpable homicide case was sentenced to an effective eight years in prison by the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

coalFin24 reports that the resumption of trains carrying coal at the formerly Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga was met with great excitement from the new owners, Liberty Coal, earlier this month when the first consignments were sent down to Richards Bay.

sabcCity Press reports that a former SABC health and safety employee has instituted claims that she suffered sexual harassment by her former boss at the public broadcaster.

DiscoveryFin24 reports that Discovery has rolled out pooch-based therapy to help employees cope with workplace stress and improve their mental well-being.