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.

MineralsCouncilSANews24 reports that according to the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), previously called the Chamber of Mines, SA’s mining industry had, as at 22 July, experienced 52 deaths from Covid-19.  

ambulanceNews24 Wire reports that as violent protests engulfed some areas of Cape Town this week, firefighters saving people and property from flames have been attacked three times in just 48 hours.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that City of Tshwane municipal workers could possibly be facing the prospect of “no work, no pay” as Gauteng cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Lebogang Maile condemned this week’s disruptive protests.  

miners2News24 reports that a total of 23 mineworkers have died in mining-related incidents since the beginning of the year, despite a significant slowdown in mining production due to the Covid-19 lockdown.  

kznlogo thumb100 Independent News reports that on the eve of the MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) giving insight into a forensic report into the procurement and supply of sanitary towels to the province's schools, four senior managers have been placed on suspension.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the South Gauteng High Court has sentenced two men who robbed and killed two police officials in Braamfischerville, Soweto, in 2015, to two life sentences each.  

education thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that according to reliable sources within trade unions in the education sector, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will recommend to the cabinet that schools should close for three weeks.  

DenelBL Premium reports that two trade unions at cash-strapped Denel are heading to court to force the state-owned arms manufacturer to pay outstanding salaries to employees.  

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that the entire 16-member management team of the Free State Nursing School has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been sent home for self-isolation.  

capetown thumb100 News24 reports that SA’s tourism sector has lost an estimated R54.2 billion in output in just three months due to the battering of Covid-19 travel and leisure restrictions.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a teacher at Mowat Park High School in Durban has been suspended following accusations of sexual misconduct from girls at the school.  

Restaurant AssociationFinancial Mail reports that on Wednesday chefs, restauranteurs and waiters, together with the Restaurant Association of SA (Rasa), staged a peaceful protest against Covid-19 lockdown restrictions by setting up empty tables with empty seats on the streets outside their restaurants between 12pm and 2pm.  

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gautengNews24 reports that Gauteng's Department of Transport has launched a new mobile application that will monitor and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in taxis and at taxi ranks.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Daily News reports that many nurses with comorbidities have allegedly resigned or taken early retirement because of their fears of being exposed to Covid-19.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that traffic was again disrupted in Pretoria CBD on Wednesday as disgruntled municipal workers affiliated to SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) took to the streets, demanding to see proof of "benchmarking" payments.  

newsThe Star reports that all assets used for the Domino’s Pizza franchise, including 50 stores, are now up for sale via auction following the liquidation of the large pizza chain.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that according to the Ministry of Communications, it has every right to order the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) board and management to suspend planned retrenchments of workers.  

UIFBL Premium reports that in addition to the government’s extension of its Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief scheme (Ters) for an extra six weeks until 15 August, Nedlac is apparently finalising a plan to extend the scheme to September for selected categories of workers.  

gavel thumb100 BL Premium reports that wine industry players want wine to be differentiated from other liquor products and its sale to be permitted.  

nxesiBL Premium reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister, Thulas Nxesi, gazetted amendments to the Employment Equity Act on Monday, which, if passed, will give him the authority to set employment equity targets for employers.  

angiemotshekgaNews24 reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga has indicated that a "consensus position" on whether schools should open or close will be provided as soon as Cabinet has give its approval.  

eskomNews24 reports that on Monday Eskom withdrew technical repair services to large parts of Khayelitsha and neighbouring Mfuleni in Cape Town after two attacks.  

mpumaNews24 reports that the Limpopo Department of Health has advised against the temporary closure of government buildings, schools and institutions each time a Covid-19 case is detected.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that a meeting of Comair creditors aimed at resolving the issue of the remuneration of the embattled airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) has been postponed until further notice.  

nxesiNews24 reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi was hospitalised on Monday evening due to Covid-19 symptoms.  

MboweniANA reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has indicated in court papers that he has taken no decision to use emergency powers to avail money from the National Reserves Fund to bankroll SA Airways’ (SAA’s) business rescue plan.  

EusaThe Star reports that the 27,000-member Educators Union of SA (Eusa) has vowed to forcibly shut down schools as it ramps up its message that “a dead teacher cannot teach, and a dead learner cannot learn”.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that furious workers caused chaos on Tuesday in Tshwane’s CBD as they broke down the main gate at Tshwane House and stormed the building, demanding their “benchmarking” payments.  

Virgin ActiveIndependent News reports that Virgin Active has announced that it will be cutting the salaries of its more than 3,000 staff members by 75%.