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.

newsMoneyweb reports that about 150 employees at property and private memorial parks developer Calgro M3 Holdings have been retrenched, following a decision by the group to close its construction division.  

gunSowetanLive reports that an armed gang escaped with loot of alcohol after breaking into a liquor store in Berea, Durban, on Tuesday morning.  

MQASowetanLive reports on the cases of a number of unemployed persons who underwent skills development training funded by the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) but who are unable to find jobs even though they received their certificates.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) on Monday said it expected the report into an investigation into the conduct of officers who were at the scene when an Alexandra man was allegedly beaten to death to be completed on Tuesday.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has reiterated its call for universal Covid-19 testing of all mineworkers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 18 May 2020.

UIFThe Citizen reports that according to Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi, 14,113 domestic workers have benefitted from the special Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) lockdown benefit to the extent of R55,572,870.  

Correctional ServicesSowetanLive reports that there has been a steep jump in the number of coronavirus infections in the prison system.  On Saturday, the number of infections stood at 388, but by Sunday the number had jumped to 571.  

healthcareSowetanLive reports that according to a group of 38 public and private healthcare doctors across the country, the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic was not sustainable and would cause serious harm to the country's healthcare system in the long run.  

implatsSowetanLive reports that fear has gripped a Limpopo village after 19 miners in the area tested positive for the deadly Covid-19.  The mineworkers, employees at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Marula platinum mine in Diphale village, tested positive to the virus - prompting the mine to shut down operations.  

foodThe Citizen reports that a restaurant lobby group has expressed disappointment that President Cyril Ramaphosa did not ease restrictions to immediately allow “call and collect” for meals’ service, but is hoping the government will allow sit-down restaurants under Level 3 of the national Covid-19 lockdown.  

saa thumb medium95 76Sunday Independent reports that SA Airway’s (SAA’s) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) are under fire for raking in over R30 million in fees without producing a plan to save the broke airline.  

newsCape Argus reports that hair and beauty salon owners have launched an urgent interdict that could set a precedent for similar businesses.  

saa thumb medium95 76TimesLIVE reports that the majority of unions representing workers at SA Airways (SAA) have rejected the proposal of the business rescue practitioners (BRP) to wind down the airline.  

ConCourtMoneyweb reports that Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s (ConCourt’s) dismissal on Friday of the joint Solidarity/AfriForum application to appeal and set aside the use of broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) criteria as part of the department’s R200 million Covid-19 Tourism Relief Fund for small businesses.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the truce between the SA Airways business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan is on the rocks following a statement to a parliamentary committee on Friday that the one of the BRPs intended to submit a report for the wind-down of the company.  

nedlacBL Premium reports that in the latest sign of souring sentiment in boardrooms over a national lockdown that threatens cascading corporate failures, organised business has proposed that SA move quickly to open virtually the entire economy.  

MboweniCity Press reports that trade unions are calling on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to reverse his stance on not increasing public servants’ salaries when he delivers his “emergency” revised budget next month.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 15 May 2020.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) general secretary Mugwena Maluleke opined on Friday that provinces would not be ready to reopen schools by 1 June.  

City Press reports that although the parties represented at the National Economic, Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) have endorsed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s approach that larnedlacge parts of SA would move to level 3 of the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown at the end of the month, organised labour says the move to level 3 must not just be done in the interests of business.  

implatsMiningmx reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) has confirmed 19 positive cases of Covid-19 at and around its Marula joint venture in Limpopo.  

easterncape thumb100 News24 reports that four Eastern Cape Department of Health employees assigned Covid-19 duties have tested positive for the virus.  

sapsANA reports that a SA Police Service (SAPS) sergeant and a civilian accomplice have been arrested and appeared briefly in court on Friday in connection with a house robbery in Lichtenberg, North West.  

netcareNews24 reports that Netcare confirmed on Saturday that its Sunninghill Hospital's main theatre complex had been temporarily shut for a week after several staff members tested positive for Covid-19.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled that absolute rights such as those to dignity and not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way cannot be removed, compromised or limited even during a national state of disaster and the lockdown.  

ictBL Premium reports that while many of SA’s businesses are left with no option but to trim salaries, retrench or close their doors due to the economic effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, several IT companies are looking to hire as the need for their services grows.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that according to the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO), the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) is unconstitutional to the extent that it does not provide for qualifying employees to apply for the relief benefit themselves if their employers fail to do so.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80News24 reports that the Western Cape Department of Health has confirmed that a number of staff members and patients at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Town have tested positive for Covid-19.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the government and the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Airways (SAA) have reached a formal agreement to discuss proposals that include the establishment of a new airline as mooted by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan.