Today's Labour News

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news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 6 May 2020.

eskomEWN reports that Eskom has advised that a staff member at the Koeberg Power Station tested positive for Covid-19, but that its operations have not been affected.  

newsDFA reports that the SA print media industry has taken another hard blow following the announcement that Caxton & CTP Publishers & Printers plans to completely withdraw from magazine publishing.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that official data shows that the number of teachers employed at public schools in Limpopo has inexplicably declined over the past decade.  

harmonyThe Citizen reports that mineworkers at Harmony Gold mines started to panic after the company issued a notice informing them not to return to work unless recalled by management.  

gautrainThe Star reports that the Gautrain, which has not been operating since the start of the national Covid-19 lockdown, has resumed a reduced service for passengers during peak hours.  

cosatuSowetanLive reports that workers want to be allowed to down tools if their employers fail to provide them with masks and other protective gear in line with the national lockdown level 4 regulations aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.  

AssoreReuters reports that Assore suspended production at its Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine this week after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.  

Correctional ServicesTimesLIVE reports that two inmates have died of Covid-19 in an East London prison, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) advised on Tuesday.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has welcomed a Limpopo High Court order dismissing a challenge to the planned opening of schools on 1 June.  

Correctional ServicesTimesLIVE reports that with coronavirus infections and the death toll due to the disease on the increase in prisons, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says its employees are being ostracised by the community.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that Harmony Gold has published a document outlining the measures it has implemented to protect returning employees from contracting or spreading Covid-19.  

uctMining Weekly reports that a new index has been created to provide an empirical basis for ranking the physical-interaction dimension of the Covid-19 transmission risk for various occupations in SA.  

newsBusiness Report writes that the estate agency sector has appealed to the government to allow estate agencies to begin operating.  

MboweniFin24 reports that according to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, businesses, regardless of race, should receive state support with a "bias towards emerging black business people", as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter SA’s struggling economy.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that as SA wrestles with the Covid-19 pandemic, more clarity on when schools will be reopened may be available in two weeks.  

prasaFin24 reports that voluntary severance packages (VSPs) have been proposed to union members at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), as the state-owned entity faces a rapidly deteriorating financial position during the coronavirus pandemic.  

newsTimesLIVE writes that truck drivers who spend hours on the road, dependent on getting hot meals at their rest stops at petrol stations along their routes, have spoken of the horrible weeks they have had on the road, unable to get proper food.  

healthcareAFP reports that hundreds of SA health workers were given a century-old tuberculosis vaccine on Monday in a trial to see whether the venerable formula could protect against coronavirus.  

nathimthethwaBusinessLive reports that athletes from various sports have received their share of R150m in Covid-19 relief funding, according to sport, arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that Comair has become the second high-profile private company to be floored by the Covid-19 outbreak.  

telkom thumb100 BusinessLive reports that in a note to shareholders, Telkom advised that the cost of its restructuring process has come down by R300m from R1.5bn to about R1.2bn.  

medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that a hospital in Stanger, north of Durban, has closed its doors to new patients after 19 people tested positive for Covid-19.  

naptosa thumb medium70 99TimesLIVE reports that the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has slammed a decision by the Eastern Cape education department to issue digital tablets only to matric pupils attending the poorest schools in the province.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that Solidarity is approaching the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to appeal a lower court’s ruling allowing the Department of Tourism (DOT) to use empowerment as a consideration when distributing R300m in state relief funding to cushion that sector from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

sabcCity Press reports that the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has come under severe criticism after giving its employees above-inflation increases of between 5% and 6%.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto was closed on Monday to be disinfected after a person working at the court tested positive for Covid-19.  

healthcareSowetanLive reports that there are growing fears among frontline health workers in SA, with the biggest union in the sector claiming more than 300 employees have contracted Covid-19.  

UIFThe Citizen reports that new research suggests that as many as 90% of domestic workers in SA might not be registered with the Unemployment Insurance Commissioner’s office and are thus unable to access the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

newsCape Times reports that three more police stations in the Western Cape have been placed under a 48-hour lockdown for decontamination due to Covid-19 infections.