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.

UIFEngineering News reports that following negotiations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council and the signing of a directive to that effect by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) has been extended until 15 September.  

EmfuleniThe Star reports that at least 624 employees, graded between levels 2 and 6, have initiated labour disputes against the Emfuleni municipality.  

newsNews24 reports that Clicks indicated in a statement on Tuesday that it had taken a decision to close all its stores on Wednesday and then reopen on Thursday.  

saa thumb medium95 76Engineering News reports that in a joint statement, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have demanded urgent investigations into two high-ranking individuals at South African Airways Technical (SAAT).  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Cricket SA (CSA) has clarified comments attributed to acting CEO Kugandrie Govender that the organisation planned to hire only black consultants in an attempt to speed up transformation.  

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned "abusive and intimidatory behaviour" toward an eNCA news team covering EFF protest action at a Clicks store in Goodwood Mall in Cape Town on Monday morning.  

MsunduziThe Mercury reports that the national Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has taken the Msunduzi Municipality to task for spending exorbitant amounts on security and bodyguards for councillors.  

sapsSunday Independent highlights the plight of Elizabeth Mine, who can’t find peace and closure ever since her daughter’s death because her murder has allegedly “never been investigated” by the police.  

prasaCape Argus reports that the City of Cape Town’s transport portfolio committee has slammed the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) for failing to get the Central Line up and running, claiming that the agency has completely neglected the busiest line in Cape Town, even before the Covid-19 pandemic occurred.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that five years after leaving Eskom, Tshediso Matona is still in the dark about the precise reason he was ousted after serving as the power utility’s CEO for only five months.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Clicks has attained a court order preventing the EFF and its members from disrupting its operations.  The order follows damage to some of the retailer’s stores by EFF members unhappy about a hair product advertisement that they deemed as demeaning to black people.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for airline operator Comair have yielded to union demands and have agreed to continue paying their employees’ medical aid contributions, but the parties have yet to decide on the critical issue of unpaid wages.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 7 September 2020.

prasaEngineering News reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Nosipho Damasane says that Covid-19 has given the state-owned rail entity the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward.  

SolidaritySolidarity reports that it intends to file an urgent application against North-West University (NWU) in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday regarding the institution’s alleged unfair conduct towards employees.  

hawksEWN reports that according to Business for SA (B4SA), no substandard products or falsified personal protective equipment (PPE) procured on behalf of its donors was distributed to doctors or nurses.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92The Star reports that the majority of metro train stations in Gauteng do not have functioning electricity, a situation that has left many townships without the cheap mode of transport.  

newsNews24 reports that the manager at a Mpumalanga chain store as well as his assistant and a security guard were scheduled to appear in the Carolina Magistrate's Court on Monday after they allegedly used a metal pipe to severely assault two men to punish them for insulting their colleague.  

effNews24 reports that EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu says Clicks workers are "unfortunate collateral" in the political party's protest action against the retail chain.  

SARSBL Premium reports that SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter advised on Monday that most companies awarded personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders by government departments were not tax compliant.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that the Tansnat Durban bus company has opposed the eThekwini municipality’s plans to establish a new entity that will take over the operation of the city’s lucrative bus services.  

prasaSowetanLive reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is facing a crisis that could affect the operation of trains in Gauteng due to damaged infrastructure.  It will cost Prasa billions of rand to repair damage to the rails, overhead electrical cables and railway stations.  

popcruCity Press reports that Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) president, Zizamele Makhaza has scored himself a three-year contract after convincing Police Minister Bheki Cele to defer the date of his retirement even though he has not been an active police officer for 15 years.  

protesthe Star reports that entertainers based in Gauteng, among them media personalities, DJs, dancers, models and event organisers, are gearing up for a massive protest under the banner #VulaPresident.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that the parliamentary portfolio committee on mineral resources and energy is seeking legal opinion to expropriate Lily Mine in Mpumalanga, where the bodies of three workers have been trapped underground since an entrance to a shaft collapsed in 2016.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 4 September 2020.

sapsNews24 reports that the commemoration of 40 police officers who died in the line of duty took place at venues around the country this weekend, as Covid-19 regulations prevented the traditional send-off held by the South African Police Service (SAPS).  

SA ExpressBL Premium reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) believes the human rights of employees of state-owned airline SA Express have been infringed because they have not been paid for work done nor given retrenchment packages.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has indicated that the country’s load-shedding crisis was being “exacerbated by serious issues of apathetic behaviour” by some top staff and has suspended the managers of the Tutuka and Kendal power stations.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that police used stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) who had marched to parliament to deliver a list of demands related to personal protective equipment (PPE) and better wages.