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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 29 September 2020.

joburgcityThe Star reports that an attempt by the suspended chief executive officer of the Joburg Property Company (JPC), Helen Botes, to urgently interdict her suspension was dismissed on Monday with costs.  

RTMCThe Citizen reports that the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC’s) mass recruitment of national traffic officers has been marred by confusion, frustration and allegations of administrative bungle.  

gautengIndependent News reports that the Gauteng Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday apologised to community workers in the province who have not received their full pay, saying the matter was receiving urgent attention.  

NatuThe Star reports that data released by Department of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga shows that close to 210 teachers across the country lost their lives due to coronavirus, but a union has disputed her figures.  

education90Sowetan reports that a principal who was admitted in hospital for two weeks due to work-related stress linked to protests led by SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members at her school fears returning to work next week.  

earningsSowetan reports that Bidvest Wits CEO Alan Fainman has confirmed that the soccer club managed to pay its former players’ their salaries on Monday.  Some players vented their frustration when the club didn’t pay full salaries at the weekend, but they have now received their monies.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sowetan reports that at least five principals have been displaced from their schools in the past year in Mpumalanga where a teacher union has been accused of running amok and using violence, threats and intimidation against them.  

newsMoneyweb reports that SA lost 2.2 million jobs in the second quarter due to the Covid-19 lockdown, which sent unemployment, in terms of the extended definition, to over 40%.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that hundreds of contract workers at Eskom embarked on a protest on Tuesday in a bid to be insourced by the power utility.  

coalBL Premium reports that the rescue of the Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine can now commence in earnest after creditors voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favour of a new business rescue plan.  

protestBL Premium reports that SA’s trade union federations have set aside their ideological and political differences and have agreed to jointly protest against the harsh socioeconomic conditions bedevilling workers in the country.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the financial difficulties of bankrupt state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) have spilt over to its technical arm, triggering a wage dispute with its workers after it announced a 25% salary cut for September.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 28 September 2020.

protestEWN reports that as Cosatu prepares for its national mass protests next week, the labour federation has thrown down the gauntlet at the current administration, saying it’s time to lead the fight against the looming collapse of the economy and to push back against greed and the mismanagement of the country.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that as more economic activity resumes during lockdown level 1, employers are increasingly caught between navigating union demands for higher wages and resuscitating their businesses by clawing back losses incurred due to Covid-19.  

daEWN reports that with government expected to reprioritise its budget in order to find money to restart a new national airline, there are growing calls for National Treasury not to use funds set aside to deal with Covid-19.  

Stats SABL Premium writes that this week will see the release of long delayed unemployment numbers and the first official figures to provide an insight into how badly the hard lockdown affected SA’s jobless rate.  

eskomEngineering News reports that Eskom said in a statement on Friday that the grievance procedure brought against its COO Jan Oberholzer had been brought to finality and he had been cleared of all wrongdoing in a payment dispute with a contractor.  

sapsNews24 Wire reports that eight Tactical Response Team (TRT) members appeared in the Kroonstad Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of business robbery, defeating the ends of justice and perjury after money confiscated during an arrest went missing.  

cosatuIndependent News reports that labour federation Cosatu has reiterated its stance for immediate action to be taken against politicians involved in acts of corruption.  

gavel thumb100 Pretoria News reports that Freedom Under Law has approached the High Court in Johannesburg to overturn the decision by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) not to impeach retired judge Nkola Motata.  

parliamentSunday Independent reports that according to Professor Peter Mbati, vice-chancellor of Sefako Makgatho University (SMU), the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education and training, Phillemon Mapulane, has launched an unlawful judicial process to review sexual harassment allegations of which he was cleared almost 10 years ago.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Independent reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has requested teachers who have been working from home to report to work following the announcement of level 1 lockdown.  

EmfuleniSunday Independent reports that according to the mayor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality, Gift Moerane, the suspension of municipal manager Lucky Leseane was unlawful and has been rescinded.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 25 September 2020.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that as the Treasury scrambles to find R10.5bn to restart South African Airways (SAA), jitters are growing in trade union circles that the biggest cuts will be to pro-poor spending on public employment programmes and the passenger rail system.  

sapsWeekend Argus reports that the man arrested after the assassination of top Western Cape policeman Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear made his first appearance in court on Friday morning.  

nedlacThe Star reports that a national strike over SA’s public transport system is looming after the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) declared that complaints by three trade union federations could not be resolved.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that it was indicated in a webinar hosted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) last week that there was a need to reconsider the approach of Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) and to structure them to upskill workers for the workplace of the future.