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.

FSCABusinessLive reports that the Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA) is preparing for a number of distressed employers to default on their contributions to retirement funds due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.  

healthcareANA reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Saturday noted with concern a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases of health workers who worked both in the private and public hospitals.  

handcuffsIndependent News reports that a Durban-based factory has been caught forcing employees to work overtime and sleep at the premises in order to produce masks needed for the Covid-19 crisis.  

UIFThe Star reports that some workers who are forced to stay home because of the nationwide lockdown might also face poverty, as payments from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) might not be processed on time.  

SA ExpressBusinessLive reports that the government is deciding whether or not it should oppose the court application by the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Express to have the ailing state-owned airline liquidated.  

ConCourtNews24 reports that a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has filed papers in the Constitutional Court seeking leave to challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa's order that the country should go into lockdown for 21 days to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has called up members of its Reserve Force to assist in the fight against the coronavirus.  

MultiChoiceBusinessLive reports that pay TV operator MultiChoice has set aside R80m for salaries and wages for professionals working in the production industry.  

newsNews24 reports that the national department of transport is stepping up measures applicable during the 21-day lockdown and has put in place measures to ensure that the regulations, which are aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, are adhered to.  

cosatuBloomberg reports that Cosatu is pushing the government to tap state institutions for a stimulus plan to combat the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.  

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that the Automobile Association (AA) said on Friday that SA motorists should see the largest fuel price decrease on record from 1 April, when unleaded petrol could see a drop of about R2 per litre.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that as time runs out for the negotiations, public-sector unions have rejected the government’s new wage offer for the 2020/2021 financial year.  

picBusinessLive reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has identified a candidate to replace Dan Matjila as CEO, according to chairperson Reuel Khoza.  

UIFNews24 reports that the reality of a 21-day lockdown hit many hard on Thursday as they rushed to queue for unemployment benefits, ID documents, birth certificates and other essentials.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) could be patrolling SA’s well beyond the current 21-day lockdown period.  

SWEATNews24Wire reports that the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) and Sisonke, the National Movement of Sex Workers, have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to make urgent provision for the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme to include sex workers.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
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Thursday, 26 March 2020.

newsPretoria News reports that domestic workers, still waiting for the Constitutional Court to confirm a high court ruling regarding their rights to claim for injury or illness while on duty, are not yet covered for coronavirus infection while at work.  

fikilembalulaANA reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that all commuter rail services would shut down for the duration of SA’s national lockdown commencing at midnight on Thursday.  

SA ExpressBL Premium reports that state-owned airline SA Express has completely run out of cash and is expected to be among the first organisations to apply to the UIF temporary employee relief scheme (Ters) for assistance, under the expedited Covid-19 benefit.  

PSCBCBusinessLive reports that cracks are beginning to show in the previously united front between public-service unions on what action to take against the government to compel it to increase public servants’ salaries on 1 April.  

newsEngineering News reports that a network of organisations representing informal workers in SA – who number about five-million – has lamented the lack of recognition of the challenges the sector faces in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

MantasheMiningmx reports that SA’s coal mines and platinum group metal (PGM) processing facilities will continue to operate, albeit at reduced levels, during the 21-day lockdown due to start at midnight on 26 March.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that prisoners could be left vulnerable during the 21-day national lockdown as angry warders in fear of their lives have threatened strike action over an alleged lack of protection from coronavirus.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the government and the courts are gearing up for possible urgent legal challenges to the state’s emergency lockdown regulations, which have been formulated in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.  

ComairFinancial Mail writes that SA’s aviation sector will emerge from the current economic crisis in a very different shape to what it was a month ago.  

hpcsaBusinessLive reports that doctors are pleading for the medical regulator to allow them to consult via video and voice calls to keep vulnerable patients safe at home and ensure that those with Covid-19 symptoms don’t come into busy waiting rooms.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

newsBL Premium reports that Remgro chair Johann Rupert says the preferred route for the disbursement of his family’s R1bn donation to assist small businesses will be through Business Partners, a company he founded and co-owns.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a secretary at a law firm in Stellenbosch who allegedly siphoned R12m from trust funds has appeared in court with her husband and daughter on fraud and theft charges.