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Labour Law South Africa - August 2012

28 August 2012   (0 Comments)
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RPT-UPDATE 2-Labour strife returns in S.Africa's platinum belt
Reuters
MARIKANA, South Africa, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Labour strife returned to South Africa's platinum sector on Monday, derailing London-based Lonmin's efforts to restart mining and fanning fears of a resurgence of the violence that has killed 44 people this month.

Employment Equity Road Show Goes to Northern Cape, Limpopo
AllAfrica.com
Pretoria — The Department of Labour is set to take its road show on Employment Equity (EE) and the Revised Code of Good Practice on HIV/Aids to the Northern Cape and Limpopo tomorrow. The nationwide workshops are also intended to guide employers ...

Marikana's labour aftershocks
Moneyweb.co.za
GRONINGEN (MINEWEB) - After the extreme events that have taken place in South Africa's platinum belt over the last few weeks, a short announcement by Anglo American Platinum on Friday that it had successfully negotiated an agreement with 100 workers ...

Govt, Mines Discuss Labour Issues
AllAfrica.com
South Africa: Govt, Mines Discuss Labour Issues. 26 August 2012. Comment. Pretoria — Government and the mining sector have agreed on the need to beef up the manner in which the sector negotiates conditions of employment. Mineral Resources Minister ...

Roiled platinum industry mulling centralised bargaining model
Creamer Media's Mining Weekly
A labour commentator told Mining Weekly Online that, while black labour tended to be homogenous and unified during the apartheid era, in the last 18 years it had seen dehomogenisation and many new challenges to worker unity. South Africa's labour law ...

Implats says South Africa labour unrest huge risk
SteelGuru
Reuters reported that Industrial unrest at South Africa's platinum mines resulting in the death of workers at Implats and rival Lonmin is increasing the risks facing the sector as it grapples with low prices and rising costs. Mr Terence Goodlace newly ...

Labour dispute highlights structural problems, Fitch warns
Independent Online
Commenting on South Africa's mining, Fitch said: "Underinvestment and poor performance has seen employment in the sector fall by 131 000 jobs since 2001, at a time when surging commodity prices encouraged large-scale investment in other mining ...

Mine deaths shake up South Africa
TheChronicleHerald.ca
Labour leaders charge that rivalry between new and old unions is an orchestrated plot to destroy South Africa's labour movement. Others hint darkly at political manipulation. ... Bloomberg: This Was Not an Act of Terrorism · Bloomberg: This Was Not an ...

Moody's - Labour unrest in SA platinum industry is credit negative for Anglo ...
Moneyweb.co.za
We view the recent resurgence in labour unrest in the South African platinum mining sector as a credit negative development for Anglo American (`AA', Baa1 stable) as the situation in South Africa is likely to make it harder for the company to ...

Marikana massacre just the latest disaster in South Africa's labour relations
National Post
Condo Culture: Condominium Act of Ontario under review · Carsmore ... Today: Eighteen years after the official end of apartheid, the massacre at Lonmin's Marikana mine shows how far South Africa is from achieving anything like equality for its black ...

AFRICA MONEY-Memo to S. Africa: Economic woes begin at home
Reuters
South Africa's union-friendly labour legislation enforces a mininum monthly wage of about $230-$240, much higher than $55 and $70 in neighbours Zimbabwe and Mozambique. "We're losing our competitiveness because our commodities are also produced ...

S.Africa platinum labour unrest spreads to Amplats
Reuters
1 platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Friday 100 workers had refused to go underground at its Thembelani mine in South Africa, a sign that simmering discontent in the sector has not been contained. There was no immediate threat ...

Lonmin says South Africa seeks "peace accord" in labour dispute
Malaysia Star
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African government is working with Lonmin to reach a "peace accord" between warring factions after violence stemming from a union turf war killed 44 people last week, the world no. 3 platinum producer said on Friday ...

Scopa Wants Manyi Punished As Example
AllAfrica.com
A committee resolution passed yesterday - which does not mention Mr Manyi by name - says that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant must take steps as set out in the Public Finance Management Act against the director-general who was the accounting officer ...

Labour Minister's Visit to South Africa Postponed
Equities.com
Contrary to an announcement by her ministry, Mozambican Labour Minister Helena Taipo did not travel to South Africa on Monday, where she had intended to discuss the situation of the many thousands of Mozambicans working on the platinum mines in ...


Gender Equality Draft Law Approved
AllAfrica.com
She pointed out, however, that women still bore a disproportionate burden of the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. "Women continue to be marginalised and discriminated against in terms of economic opportunities, the labour ...

Labour worries spread in South Africa
The Australian
LABOUR discontent has spread through platinum mines in South Africa, where memorials are being prepared for the 44 killed in a wildcat strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine, most shot by police. Most of about 600 workers who downed tools at the nearby Royal ...

Chamber praises President Zuma's lead, corrects wage misinformation
Creamer Media's Mining Weekly
JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The South African mining industry was the payer of the highest wages in South Africa's labour-intensive sector and its rock drill operators did not earn the widely publicised R4 000 a month, but between R10 000 and R12 ...

IMF drops SA growth forecast amid growing labour unrest, joblessness
Mail & Guardian Online
Increased labour unrest in the face of stubborn unemployment levels was a key risk to South Africa's economic outlook according to the IMF. Increased labour strikes and high unemployment ... enterprises to private sector competition". Critically more ...
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Big Business - a Critical Piece Missing From Manuel's Plan
AllAfrica.com
While it creates a better quality workforce, it does not address the need for big businesses to invest in South Africa, creating opportunities for the employment of this workforce. Remember that we have, in the midst ... If one is ever to become self ...

Labour Law Amendments South Africa - IBN Cape Town
Currently, the government in South Africa is discussing labour law amendment. The following two deliberate changes are fostering public argumentation. Firstly ...

South African Labour Law, Case Studies, SA Labour Court, CCMA ...
South African Labour Law: South Africa has an advanced labour law system, protecting the rights of employees. Our Constitution gives all people in South Africa ...

Row over productivity data
Mail & Guardian Online
Labour productivity in SA is declining because of the power of bargaining councils and aspects of the country's labour laws according to a new report. This week's Adcorp employment index included its analysis of labour productivity, ... Using data from ...

Goodbye Youth Wage Subsidy, Hello Youth Employment Accord
AllAfrica.com
If any unemployed young South Africans tuned into Thursday's parliamentary debate on the youth wage subsidy to find out their prospects of getting a job, they would have been left utterly confused by the torrid exchanges between ruling party and ...

Dozens of Striking South African Miners Killed by Police
Al-Jazeerah.info
The killing by police of more than 30 striking platinum miners in the bloodiest security operation since the end of white rule cut to the quick of South Africa's psyche on Friday, with people and the media questioning its post-apartheid soul. ... "We ...

10 Persons Die In Inter-Labour Union Violent Protest In South Africa
Leadership Newspapers
10 Persons Die In Inter-Labour Union Violent Protest In South Africa. Leadership ... No fewer than 10 people have lost their lives in a violent protest by workers of a South African mining company. ... South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesman, Cap.

Department of Labour Appeals to Employers to Engage Stakeholders to Develop ...
AllAfrica.com
The Department of Labour (DoL) has appealed to employers to use the set of guidelines developed last year through stakeholder inputs to develop their human immune virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) policies in order to manage ...

Productivity at lowest in 46 years
The New Age Online
Sharp said the poor work ethic of the national labour force was one of the most problematic factors of doing business in South Africa and the only solutions was for the government to reverse labour laws that cause poor productivity . "We need to ...


Labour output at 46-year low
iAfrica.com
"This measure at least explains why the South African economy's labour intensity is falling and returns on capital are rising and why labour's share of national income is at an all-time low while capital's share is at an all-time high," Sharp said. Two ...

With regard to South African Labour Law and the fast food/quick ...
Question - With regard to South African Labour Law and the fast food/quick- service-restaurant. Find the answer to this and other South Africa Law questions on ...

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant Commits More Socially-Responsive ...
AllAfrica.com
South Africa: Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant Commits More Socially-Responsive Investments at Northern Cape Jobs Fair. 10 August 2012. Comment ... This investment will create jobs and support food security in South Africa. The UIF has also contributed ...

SABC News.com - Labour law amendments will jeopardise jobs ...
In 2010, the Department of Labour (DoL) announced its intention to commence work to amend South Africa 's labour legislation. Shortly after the announcement, ...

Labour Dept Reports Less Strike Action in 2011
AllAfrica.com
Pretoria — South Africa experienced less strikes last year compared to 2010, says the Department of Labour. Last year, the department recorded a total of 67 work stoppages. This shows a slight decrease compared to 74 incidences in 2010. Releasing the ...

More Must Be Done to Empower Women, Says President Zuma
AllAfrica.com
This is further reinforced by various pieces of legal instruments, including the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act; the Employment Equity Act; the Domestic Violence Act; Maintenance Act; Sexual Offences Act and the Civil ...

SOUTH AFRICA GOVERNMENT : Labour on Industrial Action Report
4-traders
The median wage settlement level as reported by the Labour Research Service in 2011 was about 8.0%, above the level of inflation in South Africa. About 208 working ... The Rosen Law Firm Announces Investigation of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. -- ALC ...

Labour laws not behind unemployment: ILO
Mmegi Online
South Africa's unemployment rate was almost 25 percent, which equated to almost four-and-a-half million people out of work. Van Vuuren said: "When we look at our labour laws and we analyse them and compare them to other best-practice countries, I don't ...

ILO: SA labour laws aren't fuelling unemployment
Mail & Guardian Online
The International Labour Organisation believes labour market regulations are not too rigid in South Africa and cannot be blamed for high unemployment. ILO South African director Vic van Vuuren attributed unemployment to fragile economic conditions, skills ...

Business blamed for xenophobic attacks
Sowetan
THE Department of Labour has blamed the xenophobic attacks on immigrants by South Africans on unscrupulous employers who breach employment laws. "The people who are fanning xenophobia are unscrupulous employers who play them against their ...

The DA's plan to tackle youth unemployment - Helen Zille
Politicsweb
Lowering the cost of doing business and making labour legislation more flexible is imperative to creating youth jobs. This, coupled with the proposed Youth Wage Subsidy which incentivises the employment of unskilled young people, is the plan South Africa...

ILO: Unemployment Not Due To Labour Regulations
Leadership Newspapers
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) believes labour market regulations are not too rigid in South Africa and cannot be blamed for high unemployment, it was reported on Monday. According to the reports, ILO South African director Vic ... Van Vuuren said: "When we look at our labour laws and we analyse them and compare them to other best-practice countries, I don't think we have a rigid labour market that is preventing youth employment or employment in general". It was however reported that Adcorp labour ...

Politicsweb - Solidarity`s critique of the labour lawamendments ...
Solidarity's critique of the labour law amendments. Johan Kruger. 01 August ... Solidarity is one of the oldest trade unions in South Africa. Its origins date back to ...

We need employment but we also need decent work - Dunstan Mlambo
Politicsweb
Many South African employers adopt strategies to disguise employment in order to deprive employees of labour law protection. These strategies involve clothing the employment relationship in a legal form that differs from the underlying employment ...

iafrica.com | business | business news | 'SA firms avoid labour laws'
Many companies in South Africa use labour brokers to circumvent labour laws, Labour Appeal Court Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said on Wednesday.

BusinessDay - Labour law changes will increase union rivalry ...
PROPOSED amendments to SA 's labour laws on organisational rights could result in ... Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) parliamentary officer ...

Solidarity's critique of the labour law amendments
Politicsweb
2.1. Consideration and implementation of the relevant sections of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa[1] is regarded as paramount and non-negotiable. 2.2. Solidarity is in favour of attempts to activate legislation whereby the rights of workers are ...

South Africa's Unemployment Rate Drops
AllAfrica.com
South Africa's unemployment rate dropped to 24.9% in the second quarter of 2012, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported in its latest quarterly labour force survey, released in Pretoria on Tuesday. The unemployment rate fell by 0.3% from 25.2% in the first ...

Decline in Unemployment is Encouraging
AllAfrica.com
Releasing the Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Tuesday, Statistics South Africa said that the unemployment rate declined by 0.3% with the number of employed persons increasing by 25 000 people. "Behind the increase in employment was an increase in ...

Labour Bills challenged in Parliament
ITWeb
During the first day of public hearings on the Bills, law firm DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr made a submission on behalf of the Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa. Its main concern was that the definition of "employee” in the LRA excluded independent ...

Economists Worry Despite South Africa's Unemployment Dip In Q2
Ventures Africa
The South African government is presently looking into revising the country's labour law to ensure job security among temporary workers but economic experts have said that the intended steps proposed will worsen the unemployment woes. Tags:African ...

 

South Africa's unemployment high, key sectors struggle
Business Recorder (blog)
The unemployment rate was marginally lower at 24.9 percent of the labour force in the in the three months to June from 25.2 percent in the first quarter, with news jobs created in the formal sector, Statistics South Africa said. But manufacturing, which contributes ... President Jacob Zuma's government is proposing changes to labour laws aimed at increasing job security for temporary workers but economists say this will worsen unemployment as it ramps up costs for employers. "In a nutshell it's not a good outlook for ...

Labour Force Survey: All quiet on the employment front
Daily Maverick
On Tuesday, StatsSA released the results of its second-quarter survey of the South African labour market. The South African Olympic effort might have yielded two golds for swimming, but the labour market is only treading water. It's not drowning, but it's sure ...

SOUTH AFRICA GOVERNMENT : Government and labour unions agree on ...
4-traders
"This three year agreement allows for the employer and labour to implement all elements of the agreement, the three years are also in line with Government planning cycle and ensure stability and proper planning for both parties" she added. As part of the agreement, the employer and labour have committed themselves to a working relationship ... SUNTECH POWER HOLDINGS CO., LTD. (ADR): Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation On Behalf of Shareholders of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.

Jobless rate dip spoiled by shocks at factories
Business Day
The figures also showed that employment in South Africa's embattled mining sector rose by 6.3% compared with the first quarter of this year, adding 21000 jobs; and increased by 26.6% compared with the same quarter last year, adding 75000 jobs.

Impact study needed on labour law amendments - Solidarity
Politicsweb
Solidarity welcomes amendments to the Labour Relations Act which aim to make it easier for minority trade unions to obtain organisational rights. According to Kruger it is important that trade union pluralism is encouraged in South Africa. "Minority trade ...

Labour law changes will increase union rivalry — experts
Business Day
South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry CE Neren Rau said the extension of organisational rights was a concern, particularly for small and medium-size enterprises, as it would make the process of engaging with labour more complex.

DA wants 'more sophisticated' labour laws, says James
Business Day
SOUTH Africa needs a more "sophisticated" labour regime, Democratic Alliance (DA) federal chairperson Wilmot James said on Monday. Interviewed on e.tv on Monday morning, Mr James said the inflexible labour system discouraged employers from ...

Changing Our Political Discourse - the DA's Plan for Growth and Jobs
AllAfrica.com
The document says: "Building this society requires that we break down the barriers that prevent many people, particularly young, poor and low-skilled South Africans, from finding employment. ... would also break down labour market barriers by incentivising business to hire more people through schemes such as the youth wage subsidy, a "fairer" relationship between work and pay (which also includes interventions at the executive level) and changing the laws governing the labour market to introduce more flexibility.

Parliament to debate labour laws
East Coast Radio
South Africa's labour laws and how they are putting the brakes on the economy at a time when the country can least afford it will continue to be the subject of debate in Parliament this week. Parliament's Labour Portfolio Committee will continue holding ...

 


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