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.

nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that according to a study conducted at a large public hospital in Johannesburg, SA’s nurses were overworked, overwhelmed, and drowning in debt even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 14 May 2020.

lindiwesisuluThe Star reports that the scourge of corruption in the Department of Water and Sanitation has seen 138 of its employees being criminally charged, with 97 of them having been found guilty.  

angiemotshekgaBusinessLive reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga postponed Thursday’s planned announcement about when schools will reopen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

angloamerican fullFinancial Main reports that eighty years after Anglo American first set up its headquarters in Johannesburg’s then thriving inner city, the mining giant has decided to walk away.  

Correctional ServicesTimesLIVE reports that as the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) continues to work on applications for thousands of inmates who might be eligible for parole, the number of coronavirus infections behind bars continues to rise.  

IDCTimesLIVE reports that on Wednesday the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) indicated that it anticipated a jobs bloodbath that would result in an unemployment rate of 36.5% by the end of the year.  

southafricalogoTimesLIVE reports that inspections have revealed that many companies and organisations allowed to operate during level 4 of the lockdown are not complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that the Inanda police station, north of Durban, was closed on Tuesday after a female sergeant tested positive for Covid-19.  

NedbankBusinessLive reports that a survey done on behalf of Nedbank shows that almost 65% of small businesses had no turnover during the first five weeks of the national Covid-19 lockdown.  

CPICMoneyweb reports that according to Rory Voller of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), companies across the board have felt the disruption that Covid-19 has had on trading conditions.  

SeriBusinessLive reports that domestic workers have called on the government to declare them contributors to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) so that they can access the Covid-19 relief benefits that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) is disbursing.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that unions organising in the education sector have denied claims by Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga that a plan regarding the reopening of school has been agreed on by stakeholders.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

SolidarityANA reports that trade union Solidarity on Wednesday advised that it had sent letters to more than 10,000 players in the SA economy asking each to pressurise government into revising its Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.  

numThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Limpopo said it was “highly disturbed and extremely shocked” to learn that the mine which registered the first case of Covid-19 during lockdown kept quiet about the matter.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Cape Argus reports that nurses on the front line of the Covid-19 fight were honoured on Tuesday as part of International Nurses Day.  Nehawu commemorated the occasion and held a virtual address for all workers, and for nurses in particular, amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  

saceNews24 Wire reports that the Covid-19 pandemic has put a halt to the SA Council for Educators’ (SACE’s) disciplinary procedures against teachers.  

nxesiIn its Wednesday editorial, Business Day notes that plans are afoot to introduce quotas for South Africans in certain sectors of the economy where foreign employees dominate.  

southafricalogoBloomberg reports that SA’s National Command Council, the body overseeing the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis, is considering easing lockdown rules more rapidly as the economy tanks and poverty levels soar.  This is according to three senior officials with knowledge of the talks.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that the acting commander of Middelburg police station in the Eastern Cape, Captain Andrew Leslie, was felled by Covid-19 on Monday evening.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that several issues with the application and processing of the government-initiated Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), but many challenges remain.  

harmony kusasalethuMining Weekly reports that on 11 May the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) published for public comment a guideline relating to the compilation of a mandatory code of practice for the mitigation and management of Covid-19 in the mining sector.  

FronemanBL Premium reports that according to Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, an apparent lack of co-ordination at cabinet level and no decisive, urgent leadership on restarting the SA economy were leading to irreparable harm.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the government’s Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme, which is aimed at helping businesses battered by the pandemic fallout, has gone live.  

nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has called for the overhaul of the SA Nursing Council (SANC), saying it has become a stumbling block to the transformation of the nursing profession.  

CCMABusinessLive reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has been inundated with applications for the retrenchment of workers as the national Covid-19 lockdown takes its toll on businesses.  

UIFGroundUp writes that according to Statistics SA, there are over one million domestic workers in SA, but many will be excluded from the Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).  

education thumb100 The Star reports that nearly 1,400 public schools were closed in SA over the past 10 years.  The country had 24,453 public schools in 2010, but the number has now declined to 23,076, showing a loss of 1,377 schools in 10 years for a country that is battling serious overcrowding in many schools.  

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that talks between the government and public sector trade unions on the dispute over wages recommenced last week with the government putting a new offer on the table.