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.

gautengTimesLIVE reports that four former officials at the Gauteng department of health made their first appearance in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face charges relating to allegations of corruption.  

retirementMoneyweb reports that SA is sitting on a ticking retirement time bomb, with National Treasury indicating that in 2019 only 6% of the country’s population was on track to retire comfortably.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that a greater role for the private sector in boosting economic growth was envisaged in SA’s economic recovery plan.  

southafricalogoSowetan reports that the government has roped in retired judges to deal with the backlog of disciplinary cases in various state departments across the country.  

numsaEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will hold a march to all the offices of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) on Tuesday, 27 October to hand over memorandums of demands at each venue.  

exxaroMining Weekly reports that diversified resources group Exxaro Resources reports that a local community member was killed in a shooting incident near its Grootegeluk mine on 20 October.  

prasaBL Premium reports that plans by the government to privatise parts of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have been roundly criticised by stakeholders, with analysts saying it will lead to a spike in train fares and more job losses.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that according to Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan, differences between himself and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni over funding SA Airways (SAA) were overcome by "a clear government mandate authorised by a cabinet decision" to provide the airline with R10.5bn to cover the costs of restructuring.  

DenelBL Premium reports that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel remains severely cash-strapped and needs urgent help from the Department of Defence (DoD) to ease its liquidity situation, acting CEO Talib Sadik told MPs on Wednesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 21 October 2020.

ictSifiso Skenjana, who is chief economist and thought leadership executive at IQ Business, notes that the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) has released its “Digital Transformation: Seamless Citizen Experience Through Integrated Government” report, a strategic plan covering the period 2020 to 2025.  

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that a self-employed salon and internet café operator based in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, has been sentenced to an effective six years behind bars for selling fake tertiary qualifications.  

numsaFin24 reports that retrenchments at Barloworld Equipment are continuing following the Labour Court’s dismissal of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) urgent application to halt the process and reinstate its members.  

SIUBL Premium reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) argued in parliament on Tuesday that the law dealing with politically connected individuals who did business with the state needed to be changed.  

nxesiIndependent News reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has reiterated that the public purse is under pressure from the growing number of unemployed people.  

auditorgeneralBL Premium reports that Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke is tipped to become the first female head of the chapter 9 institution after being unanimously recommended for the job by a parliamentary ad hoc committee.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a wage dispute with Assmang Operations, in the Northern Cape, after it was unable to reach a wage increase agreement with the iron-ore and manganese miner.  

SIUTimesLIVE reports that Nick Ligege, CFO of the Department of Correctional Services, is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for allegedly awarding personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders worth more than R50m to 23 companies linked “to (his) friends and family members”.  

sabcTimesLive reports that according to the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) editorial staff forum, bosses at the public broadcaster are presiding over a “broken, depleted and demoralised newsroom”.  

wefBL Premium reports that a new study shows that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the changing nature of work, with growing automation set to disrupt 85-million jobs globally in the coming five years, deepening existing labour market inequalities and hastening the pace of job destruction.  

hawksThe Citizen reports that according to the head of the Hawks, Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is set to make an arrest on Thursday in relation to Covid-19 corruption.  

transnetlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that state capture commission chairman Raymond Zondo said on Monday that he might consider recommending to President Cyril Ramaphosa that the government institute civil claims against all Transnet board members who supported a R17m settlement to Siyabonga Gama.  

ifpANA reports that the IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB) has accused the mayor of uMfolozi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, Smangaliso Mgenge, of channelling R100,000 into his private account to pay for his studies at the University of Zululand.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 20 October 2020.

sapsIndependent News reports that a total of 39 SA Police Service (SAPS) members have had cases relating to gender-based violence (GBV) opened against them – with five of the stations implicated among the 30 GBV hot spots in the country.  

Road Accident FundNews24 reports that a Road Accident Fund (RAF) employee appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday on corruption charges after she allegedly requested R4,000 to process claims.  

sabcFin24 reports that in an ongoing tussle over looming job cuts at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) has accused the public broadcaster of not conducting consultations with staff in compliance with the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

SIUReuters reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) told MPs on Tuesday that its investigators were looking into R10.5-billion of the government's coronavirus spending for corruption, more than double the amount they had been investigating two months ago.  

standardbankBusinessLive reports that Standard Bank, SA’s biggest lender by assets, says its loan book remained under strain in its third-quarter to end-September as retrenchment claims picked up. 

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday confirmed that it would be ruling on a complaint it received relating to a race row involving Western Cape teacher Glen Snyman.