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.

newsReuters writes that South Africa has marshalled huge resources towards preventing its poor from starving due to the Covid-19 lockdown, but according to aid workers undocumented citizens and stranded migrants face hunger because they slip through the net.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is concerned about the rising number of Covid-19-positive cases in the mining industry, especially in Limpopo, and at power utility Eskom's operations.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that two employees at Harmony Gold Mining Company’s Kalgold gold mine, in the North West, have tested positive for Covid-19.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80BusinessLive reports that it emerged on Wednesday that the Western Cape health department is changing its Covid-19 testing strategy, and will now prioritise high-risk groups such as health-care workers and people in old age homes.  

newsNews24 reports that a senior manager in the Ntabankulu Municipality in the Eastern Cape is facing a charge of theft after she allegedly stole R90,000 from the municipal kitty.  

postoffice thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) has refuted allegations by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) that it has breached Covid-19 occupational health and safety regulations by failing to screen workers and deep clean its workplaces.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
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SolidarityEWN reports that with employees of Denel grappling with the news that the arms manufacturer cannot afford to pay salaries at the end of May, Solidarity has called for the current Covid-19 lockdown regulations to be terminated.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the Department of Basic Education's (DBE’s) announcement on Tuesday that schools would reopen on 1 June when SA moves to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown, left more questions than answers for teacher unions and associations.  

implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that the government has encouraged the mining industry to quarantine mine workers from epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to curb infections in communities.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the court battle between trade unions and the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) tasked with turning SA Airways (SAA) around could have serious implications for future business rescue proceedings generally.  

education90BusinessLive reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday evening that schools across SA would open on 1 June in a phased manner, starting with grades 12 and 7.  

houseEngineering News reports that despite certain sections of the construction industry returning to work under Level 4 of the national Covid-19 lockdown, the industry is currently only working at between 10% and 15% of its capacity.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) North East Region branch, in Limpopo, has called for a temporary closure of all mines in the province.  

harmony kusasalethu thumb100 Mining Weekly reports that Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using a guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday.  

Correctional ServicesTimesLIVE reports that SA's prison system had recorded 34 new Covid-19 infections as of Tuesday.  Department of Correctional Services (DCS) spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo advised that the new cases were recorded at a facility in the Eastern Cape.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107TimesLIVE reports that an Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) officer and an accomplice have appeared in court charged with robbing a truck that was transporting masks.  

edconBL Premium reports that Edcon, SA’s biggest corporate causality of Covid-19-induced economic distress, may still be saved according to its business rescue practitioners (BRPs).  

DenelBusinessLive reports that according to the CEO of Denel, Danie du Toit, the arms manufacturer will not be able to pay staff salaries for May, and wages for June and July are also in jeopardy.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Comair expect to publish a rescue plan in three weeks and say there is a reasonable chance of rescuing the airline given its asset base and its importance in terms of SA’s travel infrastructure.  

MakhuraBusinessLive reports that according to Gauteng Premier David Makhura, the province will be moving to a less restrictive lockdown level at the beginning of June, which will provide much-needed relief from an unprecedented economic and human catastrophe.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 19 May 2020.

sandf thumb medium90 89EWN reports that the office of the military ombudsman has announced that it was investigating at least 52 cases from the public relating to allegations against as serving and former members of the SA national Defence Force (SANDF) during the national coronavirus lockdown.  

harmonySowetanLive reports that mineworkers who went back to their workplaces when they heard about the easing of national lockdown restrictions are now in a waiting pattern until level 3 lockdown restrictions kick in.  

MQASowetanLive reports that the quality of a six-month skills training programme given to 80 unemployed youth at a cost of R11m has been brought into question.  

angiemotshekgaBusinessLive reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga told MPs on Tuesday morning that she was still consulting teachers, governing bodies and students about plans to reopen schools.  

SA ExpressBusinessLive reports that employees of SA Express have been told they will not be paid and that they must not return to work, as their contracts of employment have been suspended due to the provisional liquidation of the airline.  

sapsNews24 reports that three more Eastern Cape police stations have been shut for decontamination and deep cleaning due to exposure to cases of the coronavirus.  

healthcareNews24 reports that the Free State government has welcomed the deployment of 17 Cuban doctors to assist the province in the fight against the coronavirus.  

sapsNews24 reports that two Cape Town police officers appeared in the Athlone Magistrate's Court on Monday for alleged corruption.