Minister Gwede Mantashe hosts 2018 OHS Summit

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Gwede Mantashe, together with the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), will host the 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Summit on the 18 – 19 October 2018 at The Lakes hotel in Benoni.

Tripartite stakeholders (government, business and organised labour) will collectively assess progress made in attaining the objective of “Every mineworker returning from work unharmed every day: Striving for zero harm”, and derive solutions that will assist the industry to improve the current situation.

Protest action by SACCAWU JAB DRY FRUITS workers

The Congress of South African Unions pledges its full support for the three hundred and eighty (380) workers employed by JAB Dry Fruits who are also members of our affiliated union SACCAWU. They will be demonstrating and picketing outside the Nelspruit Magistrate court.

Date:  23 October 2018
Time:  09h00
Venue: Nelspruit Magistrate Court

 Those workers will be fighting for the following:
– Full prosecution of the company CEO for allegedly looting the financial capital belonging to company.
– Against voluntary application for liquidation of the company.
– Settlement of debts owed to the company employees
– To avoid massive joblosses and advance job security

MyCiti routes still suspended due to strike

SABC News reports that several MyCiti bus routes remain suspended in Cape Town as a strike by hundreds of workers enters its second day. MyCiti workers embarked on a strike on Monday demanding among others, better wages and working conditions and want the City of Cape Town to intervene by in-sourcing them.

The staff, including bus drivers, cleaners and security guards, work for companies which the City uses to operate its MyCiti bus routes. Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Brett Herron says he is concerned about the disruption of the bus service. Meanwhile, the two companies contracted by the City of Cape Town to operate MyCiti bus services have given an ulitmatum to striking workers to return to work or face disciplinary action. Companies, TBRT and Exellerate Services have warned that the strike is unprotected, however the workers say they will continue with the strike until their demands are met.

by Lynne Arendse

CCMA stepping in to facilitate over possible retrenchments at SABC

News24 writes that the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will step in to help facilitate possible retrenchments at the SABC, the public broadcaster’s spokesperson Neo Momodu said on Saturday. This follows a meeting between unions and management on Friday where it was agreed that the notice that there may be retrenchments has been put in abeyance until the further details unions asked for are made available.

This does not mean the process has stopped. “The SABC confirms that the Section 189 process is still underway and will comply with all the legal requirements in consulting all stakeholders, as the parties continue to seek consensus on possible means to avert retrenchments,” said Momodu. Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act allows for companies to retrench employees and sets out how it must be done. In September Group CEO Madoda Mxakwe said in a letter to staff the decision to retrench formed part of cost cutting. In August Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications heard that the SABC is currently close to R700m in debt.

by Jenni Evans

Reconstruction of Clanwilliam Dam to create jobs

Engineering News reports that the construction of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Cederberg district in the Western Cape is envisaged to create more than 4,000 job opportunities, according to the department of water and sanitation. In a statement on Friday, the department said: “A new-look Clanwilliam Dam is envisaged to create 4,480 jobs initially.

The engineers have extrapolated that the Clanwilliam Damproject would bring about 3 800 permanent jobs when completed and another further 680 temporary jobs during construction.” On Monday, the water and sanitation minister Gugile Nkwintiand the Western Cape Premier Helen Zillelaunched the government project of raising the wall of the dam by 13 metres so it could harvest more water to cater for the people of the region.

Ref: ANA

New evidence shows arms deal commission ‘ignored critical evidence of wrongdoing’

Engineering News writes that new evidence to be filed as part of a court case taking the arms deal commission of inquiry’s findings on review purports to show that the commission ignored critical evidence, ignored the advice and documents provided by local and international investigators, and ultimately, through wilful ignorance or incompetence, did not do its job. Corruption Watch and Right2Know will file a supplementary affidavit on Friday, which is based on a record of the commission’s work provided to them as part of their court case. In 2016, then-president Jacob Zuma released the findings of the commission.

The commission said it found no evidence of fraud or corruption, or of undue influence in the awarding of the contracts, and that the awarding of contracts was not influenced by “improper motives or criminal shenanigans”. Shortly after the commission’s findings were released, Corruption Watch and the Right2Know campaign announced that they would take the commission’s findings on review. The organisations say that, during its three-year-long investigation, the commission failed to look at “massive evidence” of corruption. Former commissioners Judge Willie Seritiand Judge Thekiso Musi are not opposing the application.

by News24wire

Tiger Brands reopens processing facility after listeria outbreak

Engineering News reports that Tiger Brands said on Friday it had re-opened a facility that was closed after South Africa’s biggest food producer was implicated in the world’s largest outbreak of listeria which killed more that 200 people.

The health department recalled processed meat products known as “polony” and closed some processing facilities after the source of the outbreak was traced to a factory owned by Tiger Brands unit Enterprise Foods in March resulting in a class action lawsuit filed against the company.

Ref: Reuters

UCT launches gender inclusive policy

SABC News writes that the University of Cape Town says it has made provision for current and prospective students to choose their own honorific titles on its academic systems. The move is aimed at broadening inclusivity through gender neutral titles. In a statement, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng says UCT recognises its role in building a culture of inclusion and acceptance.

She said the institution recently adopted the so-called Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation.The policy sets out guidelines to inform and educate UCT staff and students about making appropriate choices on the use terminology in teaching practice, communication, health care and administrative services. The Chairperson of Rainbow UCT, Viwe Tafeni says one of the aims of the policy is to show that heterosexual and same-sex partnerships are considered equal. Phakeng says UCT is committed to promoting diversity, regardless of an individual’s self-identified sexual orientation.

Parliament extends deadline for submissions on Section 25

Parliament’s Joint constitutional review committee has been granted more time to allow for more submissions on whether section 25 of the South African constitution should be amended or not. Joint Constitutional review committee chairperson, Lewis Nzimande says they have been given the go ahead to extend the hearings, and are expected to submit a report to parliament next month.

“Because of the volume of the written submissions we couldn’t finish in time to report by the 28 September and we’ve therefore requested an extension to conclude our work and report to parliament by end of November.” The committee will hold the hearings in parliament on the 25 and 26 October and are currently expecting 19 oral submissions from individuals and groups. Nzimande says after they have heard these submissions, they will then put together a report and will be expected to submit their recommendations by the end November.

by Dinilohlanga Mekuto

Blood Friday march underway

SABC News reports that communities from predominantly coloured areas across Johannesburg have started marching to the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg where they are expected to hand over their memorandum. The march is part of the so-called Blood Friday whose aim is to commemorate those who died in crime and gang related violence.

They include residents of Ennerdale, Riverlea and Eldorado Park. The march is part of the so-called Blood Friday whose aim is to commemorate those who died in crime and gang related violence. Blood Friday organiser Anthony Williams says: “We want to start at the beginning when our forefathers were slain and murdered and that’s where we’ve got to start. Nobody has accounted, Nobody has atoned. The blood of our forefathers is calling from this land. We’ve got to address it.  That’s what Blood Friday is about. It’s about understanding where we are coming from.”