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.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Business Times reports that AdvTech, one of the biggest private education groups in SA with brands such as CrawfordSchools and Trinityhouse, says it is feeling the effects of the fallout from the Covid-19 lockdown.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Statistics SA is making use of online surveys during the Covid-19 lockdown in a bid to continue generating the data needed by the government.  

earningsBusiness Times reports that gym owners and other fitness professionals, who are likely to be able to operate normally again under level 1 lockdown regulations, have increasingly moved their businesses online to stay afloat.  

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summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 8 May 2020.

employment thumb100 Business Times reports that SA’s new private-sector umbrella group formed to fight Covid-19 has been in daily talks with the government over reopening the economy and is urging it to move quickly to lockdown level 2.  

newsSowetanLive reports that employees of a famous Italian restaurant in Maboneng are fuming after their employer failed to pay their March salary and is now allegedly ignoring their calls.  

nxesiSowetanLive reports that biscuit manufacturer Unibisco is the first company to be exposed as having allegedly failed to disburse money claimed from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) to its employees.  

PhumelelaBL Premium reports that SA’s largest horse racing group, Phumelela Gaming & Leisure, is to receive a cash injection from the Oppenheimer family.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Airways (SAA) are to appeal Friday’s judgment in which the Labour Court set aside retrenchment notices issued to employees on the grounds that these were procedurally unfair.  

netcareNews24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Sihle Zikalala has advised that, following recent temporary closures due to coronavirus cases, the Kingsway and St Augustine's private hospitals would be allowed to reopen under strict conditions.  

limpopo thumb100 News24 reports that Limpopo government spokesperson Phuti Seloba has been dismissed for "leaking sensitive information" about Premier Stan Mathabatha to an opposition party.  

Correctional ServicesNews24 reports that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases and the total in the prison system, inclusive of inmates and officials, was up to 213 as of Sunday.  

sapsNews24 reports that police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo advised on Saturday that members of the SA Police Service's Joint Operational Committee in Tshwane was in self-isolation after one member tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.  

newsNews24 reports that hairdressers, many of whom are small business owners or self-employed, find themselves among the many service providers who have lost their incomes during the national coronavirus lockdown.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that while the phased-in reopening of schools in the midst of Covid-19 remains provisional, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has advised principals and school management teams (SMT) to wait a few more days before returning this week.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that eight suspected illegal miners, known as zama zamas, have been arrested in Limpopo, following an investigation by the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation).  

ComairBusiness Times reports that former Comair CEO Erik Venter is "surprised" at the airline's decision to go into business rescue, which he thinks is unnecessary.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that two trade unions at SA Airways (SAA) won a crucial victory in the labour court on Friday when Judge André van Niekerk set aside the retrenchment notices issued to employees by the business rescue practitioners (BRPs).  

DenelBL Premium reports that state-owned arms maker Denel has told its staff that due to cash-flow problems it cannot pay their April pensions, taxes and unemployment insurance fund (UIF) contributions.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that a full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that gold producer Harmony Gold is targeting the establishment of coronavirus testing facilities at its own premises to speed up the current two-day turnaround time.  

salgbcThe Star reports that thousands of municipal employees designated as essential service workers could soon be paid a danger allowance related to Covid-19.  

pscNews24 reports that the body that monitors the public service, namely the Public Service Commission (PSC), has not been classified as an essential service and will subsequently have difficulty finalising complaints against errant officials.  

ambulanceGroundUp reports that emergency medical services (EMS) workers in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, resorted to using plastic sheets, duct tape and bed covers to protect themselves while transporting patients at the weekend.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Business for SA (B4SA) estimates that between one-million and four-million jobs in the formal and informal sectors could be lost due to the Covid-19 crisis and that economic activity will again reach pre-lockdown levels only in three to five years’ time.  

medicaldoctorBL Premium writes that mystery surrounds the SA government’s apparent decision to pay R439m to bring in 217 health-care professionals from Cuba.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the government has removed a one-hour "grace period" for taxis and other public transport vehicles, thereby changing when they may operate under level 4 lockdown rules.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the court application by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) to stop the retrenchment of employees by the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) will be heard in the labour court on Thursday.  

Zweli MkhizeBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize tweeted on Wednesday that 511 health workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and two have died.  

prasaBusinessLive reports that Bongisizwe Mpondo, the administrator of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), will meet disgruntled trade unions on Friday over the utility’s proposal to retrench workers.