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.

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across SA, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has again called on employers to test all employees for Covid-19.  

angiemotshekgaThe Star reports that a last-ditch attempt to stop schools reopening next week is set to play out in court as the Educators Union of SA (Eusa), which apparently represents more than 27,000 teachers, challenges Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s “arrogance”.  

NaamsaMoneyweb reports that SA’s automotive industry has proposed a host of liquidity relief measures to President Cyril Ramaphosa to alleviate the industry’s serious cash flow challenges and ensure its survival post Covid-19.  

Tiger BrandsReuters reports that food producer Tiger Brands said on Monday it was looking at “significant” job cuts as its business had been hit by supply disruptions and margin pressures due to the impact of the coronavirus.  

amcu thumb medium80 81City Press reports that continued infighting at the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has dragged labour registrar Letlhogonolo Molefe into its midst.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 May 2020.

nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that the Eastern Cape health department has lifted the suspension of five nurses for allegedly refusing to attend to a Covid-19 patient without personal protective equipment (PPE) at Grey Hospital in King William’s Town.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that teachers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the province with the highest numbers of pupils in the country, will only return to school on Thursday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that government’s plan to reopen schooling could be in jeopardy because of fears expressed by parents and teachers that schools across the country are not ready for the big step.  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) temporarily shut the world’s deepest gold mine after 164 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that SA will further roll back restrictions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic from 1 June in a piecemeal exit from the lockdown that will allow the reopening of vast swathes of the economy.  

healthcareNews24 reports that on Saturday, Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku welcomed 28 Cuban Medical Brigade doctors to the province, saying he hoped SA could learn from the experiences of the foreign experts.  

UIFMail & Guardian reports that despite the difficulties the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has faced regarding applications for the Covid-19 relief scheme, it has disbursed more than R14-billion since 16 April.  

MineralsCouncilSABL Premium reports that the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) said on Friday that testing each and every mine worker for Covid-19 was not feasible for SA’s mining industry.  

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that two nurses died of Covid-19 complications in the Western Cape on Thursday, bringing the number of nurses in the province who have succumbed to the disease to five.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) staff claimed on Friday that colleagues exposed to the coronavirus were not put into quarantine while awaiting test results – potentially endangering the public, police and soldiers at roadblocks.  

TransUnionFin24 reports that according to a survey carried out in the first week of May, more people reported losing their jobs after SA extended its lockdown in May.  

sabcNews24 reports that an employee at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) Sea Point office in Cape Town has tested positive for Covid-19.  

eskomBL Premium reports that Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described as “aggressive” the end-of-2021 deadline for completing the unbundling of the vertically integrated power utility.  

uasa thumb medium70 84Engineering News reports that Uasa announced on 21 May that it was “rejecting” the letter sent out by Denel’s CEO Danie du Toit in which he announced that the company would not be paying its employees for the next three months (May, June and July).  

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

eskomThe Citizen reports that Eskom chief executive André de Ruyter confirmed on Thursday that 21 of the company’s employees and contractors had tested positive for Covid-19 cases in the Western Cape.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that the government-initiated Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) is now paying out a day or two after the lodging of a successful claim.  Ters provides emergency relief for employers to claim benefits on behalf of their employees during the Covid-19 lockdown.  

headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly writes that the newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry.  

newsBusinessLive reports that according to TransUnion, considered SA’s largest credit bureau, many people are losing their jobs or experiencing a reduction in work hours as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown.  

SolidaritySolidarity reports that its members showed up for work at ArcelorMittal in Vanderbijlpark on Thursday in protest against the lockdown regulations that have prevented hundreds of thousands of people from working.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has expressed its dismay at the actions of a group of staff members at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital who briefly disrupted services on Tuesday.  

healthcareLowvelder reports that the Mpumalanga Department of Health has announced that Driekoppies Clinic in Nkomazi has been temporarily closed.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) officials are self-isolating after an occupational health and safety inspector at their provincial office in Gauteng tested positive for Covid-19.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that a survey by unions representing teachers has found that the country is not ready to resume teaching on 1 June.