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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 6 August 2020.

protestThe Star reports that gym owners have described the five-month shutdown that has affected them since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown as crippling to their businesses and workers.  

education90The Star reports that analysis of the Covid-19 infection rate amongst teachers in Gauteng shows that their infection rate is not that different to that of the general population.  

Correctional ServicesCape Argus reports that unions and other organisations have warned about the consequences should the Department of Correctional Service (DCS) fail to put measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19.  

cosatuFin24 reports that according to Cosatu, SA’s procurement system is "fundamentally flawed" and has created room for suppliers to "defraud" the state during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Golden ArrowCape Argus reports that the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement agency busted alleged Golden Arrow bus robbers on Wednesday evening.  

MboweniBusinessLive reports that National Treasury and the Auditor-General will soon be issuing control guidelines for accounting officers in a bid to limit misappropriation, fraud and corruption in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid-related goods.  

nehawu80The Citizen reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has called on the Department of Health (DOH) to necessitate more stringent and effective plans to urgently combat the spread of the Covid-19, as the pandemic is showing no sign of slowing down.  

Jobs FundEngineering News reports that with unemployment ballooning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Jobs Fund has reiterated its commitment to fighting unemployment.  Its partners have committed R271-million to Covid-19 support interventions.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that according to public sector unions, the government cannot be allowed to renege on a wage agreement it signed as doing so would set a bad precedent.  

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that three people have been arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property following the two-day protest by municipal workers at Tshwane House last month.  

WHONews24 reports that the first team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), who will assist South Africa in its fight against the novel coronavirus, was set to arrive in the country on Wednesday.  

RTMCThe Star reports that the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has been found to have put up an illogical argument for refusing to absorb employees of the company that developed and operated the eNatis system.  

KaiserChiefsThe Star reports that Bobby Motaung, football manager of Kaizer Chiefs, has been suspended by the club for a month – four days before the resumption of the season.  

newsEngineering News reports that poultry producer Astral Food’s reports that its chairperson Dr Theuns Eloff and CEO Chris Schutte have both recovered from Covid-19.  

earningsEngineering News reports that in a year that has exposed the vulnerabilities of lower-level workers and, coupled with the context of job insecurity, there have been increasing calls for executive pay cuts.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele has announced that Jennifer Ntlatseng has been appointed the new executive director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).  

pnp thumb100 BL Premium reports that about a quarter of Pick n Pay shareholders voted against the executive pay policy at the annual general meeting on Tuesday, almost triggering a JSE rule that would have required the food retailer to formally take steps to tackle their concerns.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that the Johannesburg Labour Court has ordered arms manufacturer Denel to pay outstanding salaries owed to staff for May and June.  

earningsBL Premium reports that in the view of Absa’s macroeconomics team, SA’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown restrictions will be slow and difficult, with the state unlikely to meet the ambitious targets it has set itself to right its already weak finances.  

westerncapeBusinessLive reports that according to an independent lifestyle audit, all members of the DA-led Western Cape provincial cabinet and their spouses have a lifestyle in line with their incomes and do not have conflicts of interest.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 4 August 2020.

ancBusinessLive reports that the ANC, which has become embroiled in fresh allegations of corruption related to Covid-19 tender irregularities and profiteering, is to review its codes of ethics on family members doing business with the state.  

nelsonmandelabayGroundUp reports that over 50 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers protested outside Noninzi Luzipho Building in Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon, claiming that they were owed back pay to 1 May 2020.  

protestThe Mercury reports that more than 350 angry local truck drivers went on the rampage on the N2 highway near the old Durban airport on Monday, stoning trucks and disrupting traffic while protesting against the hiring of foreign nationals.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that thirteen private security officers were injured when the service vehicle they were travelling in overturned on a Durban highway on Tuesday.  

nathimthethwaThe Star reports that the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has set up a second wave of Covid-19 relief funding worth R77 million.  Beneficiaries will be entitled to R2,200 for three months, starting in September.  

protestNews24 reports that on Monday morning Hout Bay Main Road was closed in both directions, between Disa River and Victoria Roads, after Imizamo Yethu residents protested for job opportunities.  

UIFEngineering News reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) together with the social partners in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) have announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will continue processing new Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) claims for April and May until a cut-off date is announced.  

farming thumb medium80 84BL Premium reports that SA’s agricultural sector, which has remained relatively unscathed during the Covid-induced lockdown, is set to emerge as one of the few bright spots in the otherwise depressed economic outlook for the country.