The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] is currently preparing for a strike action at MEDSCHEME which will commence on the 30th May 2019. The employer has vehemently refused to implement an agreement reached between NEHAWU and MEDSCHEME on the introduction of a performance management tool. MEDSCHEME had agreed to implement the performance management […]

Probe into racism and torture of black staff at Kruger National Park

City Press reports that an investigation has been launched into widespread allegations of racism and arbitrary torture of black staff in the Kruger National Park (KNP).  In March, the newspaper reported on complaints by black employees about being assaulted, maimed and internally charged on baseless allegations of rhino poaching by their white superiors.  No white employee, according to […]

Carbon tax bill signed into law

eNCA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect from 1 June 2019. The carbon tax, which aims to reduce harmful emissions by introducing the polluter-pays principle was first suggested in 2010 but has been postponed several times. Mining companies, steelmakers and Eskom believe it will erode profit […]

Union wants to untie AVI-Green Cross merger over job cuts

Business Live reports that the SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) wants competition authorities to revoke the 2012 merger between consumer goods company AVI and shoemaker Green Cross for alleged breach of job commitments. SACTWU also wants AVI to be blacklisted from acquiring and “damaging” other non-fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers in future. Last […]

Compensation Fund to modernise claims process

Business Report writes that the Compensation Fund (CF) is set to introduce a new electronic Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (e-COID) claims management solution. This is according to a report by, which further reported that the ITC system, which will be introduced in September, intended to improve the ease of doing business. Compensation […]

Workers end sit-in at North West mine

eNCA reports that the underground sit-in at the China African Precious Metal Company in the North West is over. The 69 miners have agreed to the new offer and have come to the surface. The workers have accepted an eight percent pay increase, as well as a R900 living allowance. This offer is just over half of […]

Wage negotiations deadlocked on Grabouw Farm at centre of N2 protests

GroundUp reports that negotiations between Oak Valley Estate and the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) appear to be deadlocked. Since 6 May protests have blocked the N2 outside Grabouw. There have been several clashes between police and protesters. There are also divisions between Grabouw’s township residents over the protests. But last week […]

69 strikers willing to die underground for a raise

Business Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday that the at least 69 workers who had staged an underground strike since Saturday at the China Precious Metal Company (CAPM) in Orkney, North West, would only resurface when their demand for a salary hike was met. Masibulele Naki, NUM’s Matlosana regional […]

Women still ‘invisible’ in SA media: Study

SABC News reports that a non-governmental organisation Gender Links has released a study showing that women are still not being seen and heard as much as men in the South African media. The organisation wants more diversity, balance, and sensitivity in the coverage of women on local television. On Tuesday evening, the organisation released results […]

Minister publishes amendments to financial provisioning regulations for mine closure

Mining Weekly reports that Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has gazetted additional amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by exploration and or mining activity. The regulations stipulate the manner in which mining rightholders and mining permit holders must provide for and then conduct rehabilitation of the […]