Police arrest four suspects for Northam violence, including murder suspect

ANA reports that four people, including a murder suspect, were arrested at the Northam platinum mine near Thabazimbi in Limpopo during an operation in the area of the mine on Monday night. Police spokesman Moatshe Ngoape said the suspects were arrested in connection with the public violence and malicious damage to property that took place […]

Stats SA data reveal thousands of vacancies at municipalities

BDLive reports that municipalities recorded a staggering 41,303 vacancies in 2015, with six of the country’s metros being the worst affected.  This is according to Statistics SA (Stats SA) data from its nonfinancial municipal census, released last week. While the 2015 figures for vacant posts is a decrease from 44,869 vacant posts in 2014, the vacancies […]

National minimum wage could soon be agreed amongst labour at Nedlac

Terry Bell reports that the combined trade unions represented at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) may at last be reaching an agreed position on a national minimum wage (NMW).  A meeting of the labour group is due to be held on Tuesday to thrash out remaining differences, before a meeting with President Jacob […]

NUM signed closed shop agreement with Rustenburg Platinum Mine

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) secured exclusive union rights for workers at platinum producer Rustenburg  Platinum Mine yesterday. The NUM represents 80 percent of the workers of around 7,000 and said workers at the company’s four mines voted overwhelmingly last week in favour of the agreement. Under the NUM’s closed shop agreement, employees who are already members of NUM […]

Solidarity, other unions get Netcare to postpone plans to centralise credit control dept

Business Report writes that trade union Solidarity said on Monday that hospital group Netcare had postponed the planned centralisation of its credit control department in order to allow the parties to consult properly. Netcare was planning to centralise the credit control functions of its hospitals in phases to one site by June 2017.  Solidarity’s Johan Botha […]

Non-employment of nurses a serious challenge in provinces

As an organisation for nurses, DENOSA feels it has made many calls to provincial governments to absorb qualified nurses to work at facilities where their service is greatly needed. The severe shortage of nurses in the country’s health facilities is a matter that cripples the health system. Moreover, the few nurses in facilities suffer huge burnout as […]

‘Tactical’ appeal against silicosis class action ruling

City Press reports that gold mining companies have lodged appeals against last month’s certification of a potentially enormous class action by former mine workers with silicosis and TB. Applications to the Supreme Court of Appeal were filed by Anglo American SA, AngloGold Ashanti, African Rainbow Minerals, Gold Fields and DRDGold.  This had “complicated” the ongoing talks about […]

NUM Youth Forum in Highveld Region to march against retrenchments and job losses

The National Union of Mineworkers Youth Forum (NUM YF) in the Highveld Region will be marching on the 17th of June 2016, 9am, from Lynnville Stadium, Emalahleni (Witbank) to the Department of Labour. The primary purpose of the march is against retrenchments and job losses in the mining sector that directly contributes to youth unemployment. Young people in particular in their […]