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.

saa thumb medium95 76Business Times reports that government departments will have to find yet more cuts to help fund the R10.4bn that finance minister Tito Mboweni has now reluctantly agreed to provide to South African Aiways (SAA).  

edconBL Premium reports that Foschini owner TFG has announced that all the conditions for its acquisition of SA Jet stores have been met, with the group having picked up more of the stores than it initially anticipated after striking deals with landlords.  

MangoBL Premium reports that low-cost carrier Mango has reassured passengers that its flights will continue despite reports that its aircraft might be grounded.  

sandf thumb medium90 89BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has reprimanded the Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, for transporting ANC leaders on an SA Air Force (SAAF) jet to Zimbabwe.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that in the view of the Democratic Alliance (DA), it is patently clear that acting Government Printing Works (GPW) CEO Alinah Fosi has been guaranteed appointment as permanent CEO despite a slew of allegations of improper conduct against her.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a former Absa customer services clerk on Wednesday to 10 years in prison for fraud amounting to over R1.1 million.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that according to Gauteng premier David Makhura, the province has initiated disciplinary steps and civil action against senior government officials implicated in wrongdoing in line with a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) progress report.  

presidencyNews24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) agreed on Friday they would continue to engage on a range of issues concerning collective bargaining and workplace conditions in the public sector.  

news shutterstockIn our morning roundup of news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Wednesday, 23 September 2020.

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has issued a circular encouraging schemes to keep their contribution increases for 2021 flat or in line with inflation.  

coalMining Weekly reports that a new study, which outlines global best practices for just-transition journeys, includes ten lessons for SA as it prepares to navigate over the coming decades a just transition from an electricity sector based on coal to one based increasingly on renewable energy.  

SadsawuGroundUp reports that trade unions have welcomed the move to include domestic workers in private households in compensation for occupational injuries and diseases.  

saa thumb medium95 76Bloomberg reports that officials at National Treasury are reluctantly complying with orders to find funds to bail out South African Airways (SAA), fearing they may erode the nation’s fiscal credibility in the process.  

CompetitionCommissionBL Premium reports the purchase of Jet stores by TFG has been given the go-ahead by the Competition Tribunal on Wednesday, with instructions that it cannot retrench any Jet employees in purchased stores for the next two years.  

eskomBL Premium reports that the social compact on Eskom, now finalised by stakeholders in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), contains a detailed set of measures aimed at improving the sustainability of the company.  But, it pointedly avoids solving the biggest problem, namely the state-owned power utility’s R488bn debt burden.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that according to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), issues pertaining to wage increases for public servants and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers were part of the agenda for their meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa scheduled for Friday.  

ActionSAMining Weekly reports that ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba on Wednesday said his party’s legal team would be aiming to present the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) with a court order to retrieve the container at Lily mine in which three miners were trapped during a 2016 mine collapse.  

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it will intensify its strike at information and communications technology supplier Mustek after a meeting with CEO David Kan on Tuesday failed to break the impasse on employees’ demands.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

blsa thumb medium70 98Engineering News reports that according to Business Leadership SA’s (BLSA’s) CEO Busi Mavuso, SA’s move to Alert Level 1 in the Covid-19-induced lockdown is “the right one”, as this means that more of the economy can function, and “more people can get back to work.”  

hpcsaBusinessLive reports that the regulatory body for healthcare professionals has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa about the criminal case against Dr Peter Beale and Dr Abdulhay Munshi.  The latter was shot dead last week.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that Tshwane acting city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng has come under fire from the Democratic Alliance (DA), which wants her to take the fall for a dodgy Covid-19 catering contract and quit her position.  

pravingordanIndependent News reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan has defended the inclusion of former Absa CEO Maria Ramos in an interview panel for the appointment of Eskom group treasurer.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has warned the government against rushing to recall all employees back to work as this could cause a renewed flare up of Covid-19 transmissions.  

NPABL Premium reports that investigators working for the state capture commission of inquiry will be hired by the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) investigating directorate at the end of September.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has been admitted to hospital after being attacked and shot on his way home in Lenasia.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that the Gauteng department of health advised on Tuesday that twenty-five Sterkfontein Hospital employees were reinstated after an agreement was reached about their concerns.  

postoffice thumb100 Sowetan reports that the Post Office Retirement Fund has failed in its court bid to force the SA Post Office (Sapo) to continue making contributions to the fund.  Last week the High Court in Pretoria dismissed the fund’s application with costs.  

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to meet the senior leadership of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday after another day of protests on Monday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria over personal protective equipment (PPE) and improved wages.  

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