Today's Labour News

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tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that Covid-19 is increasingly causing disruption in the City of Tshwane, forcing public facilities to close down much to the frustration of residents.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that angry Khayelitsha residents have taken matters into their own hands by shutting the gates of the Khayelitsha Medical Centre following allegations of a bogus doctor operating as a gynaecologist at the facility.  

newsCape Argus reports that employers are scrambling to comply with the law following a ground-breaking judgment by the Constitutional Court that domestic workers are eligible for compensation under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Coida).  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that two male nurses, aged 40 and 45, from private hospitals in Durban were arrested and charged for fraud and theft after stealing a credit card from a businessman who was on his death bed at St Augustine's Hospital.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has recommended that the reopening of schools be postponed from 27 January until 15 February because of the spike in Covid-19 infections.  

AmatholeNews24 reports that from 2013 to 2018 the Amathole District Municipality hired more than 900 people who were not needed, resulting in a bloated organogram and unaffordable salary bill.  Of those, 500 were hired in a single month in 2013 in what the municipality termed mass employment.  

vwNews24 reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), 14 of its shop stewards at Volkswagen SA's plant in Port Elizabeth were fired three weeks ago for organising a strike, which was over safety concerns.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80News24 reports that the Western Cape health department said on Wednesday that some 100,000 health workers would be the first to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine, but they would not be "guinea pigs" for the new initiative.  

sabcBL Premium reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is unperturbed by looming strike action as it believes the drive to cut its wage bill can withstand any legal scrutiny.  

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easterncape thumb100 EWN reports that 161 healthcare workers have died from Covid-19 complications in the Eastern Cape since the pandemic reached SA’s shores in March last year.  

newsRekord East reports that at least 86 Centurion Hotel staff members are being retrenched after the hotel’s temporary closure in August last year.  The process started two weeks ago and next week another meeting with the unions is due to be held.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Algoa FM reports that according to the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), the re-imposition of alert level 3 lockdown restrictions by the government was a “bittersweet” move in the light of the hardships being experienced by its members.  

effNews24 reports that the EFF in the Eastern Cape has called for the immediate suspension of the Amathole District municipal manager, Thandekile Mnyimba, and for a forensic investigation to be launched into alleged financial mismanagement at the municipality.  

angiemotshekgaSowetanLive reports that teacher unions have requested an urgent meeting with Department of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga amid fears over the rising number of infections in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Dlamini ZumaThe Citizen reports that persons who travel to work in the early hours of the morning will need a permit from their employer, in order to avoid falling foul of the curfew conditions in the latest gazetted version of the Disaster Management Act.  

sabmillerFin24 reports that SA’s wine producers and liquor traders have slammed the government’s extension of the ban on the sale of alcohol, saying it will kill businesses and livelihoods.

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that at least 7,000 persons were arrested and charged for not wearing protective masks in public between 27 December and 7 January, earning them criminal records.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that calls from trade unions to halt matric marking in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) after the deaths of two teachers from two different marking centres have been rejected by the provincial education department.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80BL Premium reports that the Western Cape government estimates that 100,000 healthcare workers will need to be immunised during the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination rollout, which is expected to get under way within a matter of weeks.  

nedlacBL Premium reports that business and labour are locked in negotiations with the government over resuming the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for workers affected by the tightening of coronavirus lockdown regulations.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Tuesday, 12 January 2021.

NatuTimesLIVE reports that the reopening of schools later this month might lead to a spike in Covid-19 infections, a teachers' union said on Monday as it called on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to “think very carefully” about the move.  

AmatholeIndependent News reports that Parliament has urged the cash-strapped Amathole District Municipality to find a solution to its financial woes that have seemingly threatened its ability to pay salaries over the next four months.  

hpcsaNews24 reports that the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has urged healthcare workers to take the Covid-19 vaccine when it arrives in the country.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BL Premium reports that public schooling, which has already been delayed because of the resurging Covid-19 pandemic, is set to resume at the end of January.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80TimesLIVE reports that the Kannaland municipality, which is one of SA’s poorest municipalities, is planning to outsource the provision of electricity and water services at a cost of R735m.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the US embassy has revealed that its ambassador to SA, Lana Marks, spent 10 days in intensive care while recovering from Covid-19.  

Jackson MthembuNews24 reports that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has tested positive for Covid-19.  He took a test on Monday after showing some symptoms.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has extended the marking of grade 12 exam papers due to a shortage of markers after some withdrew or declined to work, in many cases because of Covid-19.