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.

MineralsCouncilSABL Premium reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA - previously called the Chamber of Mines) has spoken glowingly of an easing of tensions between the industry and Department of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE), raising hopes that a legal battle over the Mining Charter could be resolved out of court.  

retirementHeraldLIVE reports that Covid-19 has hit two frail care centres in Port Elizabeth, with a combined 20 patients and 11 employees infected and an elderly woman who contracted the virus having died.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) education department says it will deploy 6,000 people to screen teachers and pupils at schools in the province from 1 June.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) told creditors on Wednesday that they were continuing to engage with the government on plans for a new airline, which stood a reasonable chance of materialising if funds were made available.  

sabcTimesLIVE reports that after releasing a precautionary communiqué on a positive Covid-19 case at its KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) office, the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that the employee was in fact negative.  

CapeTownlogoTimesLIVE reports that in line with a national agreement, municipal councillors will receive a pay hike from July.  This was indicated in a statement on Cape Town's budget presentation, but is apparently applicable across the country.  

UIFTimesLIVE reports that according to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has to date paid in excess of R15bn to beneficiaries of the company relief scheme.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
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CCMACity Press reports that the massive loss of jobs – brought about by the Covid-19 coronavirus – has resulted in hordes of people flocking into the offices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), which began operations again last week for the first time since the nationwide lockdown began in March.  

daCity Press reports that the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) federal executive has decided to retrench some party employees, in a move described as creating “a structure that is more suited” to the party’s current needs.  

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that social media posts that a SA Airways (SAA) pilot – who was part of the crew responsible for the repatriation of 112 South Africans from Wuhan in China to South Africa on 14 March – has died of Covid-19, are untrue.  

capetown thumb100 Moneyweb writes that with SA gearing up to ease Covid-19 lockdown restrictions even further, one industry getting left behind is the tourism and hospitality sector, which directly employed 740,000 in 2018.  

harmony kusasalethu thumb100 Bloomberg writes that when SA mining companies are allowed to recall all their workers as lockdown restrictions ease further on Monday, full production will remain elusive as the pandemic upends operating practices.  

Dlamini ZumaBusiness Report writes that on Tuesday the government acknowledged that SA’s unemployment rate could surge to beyond 50% as a result of businesses taking strain from the coronavirus epidemic.  

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that SA motorists must brace for a bigger-than-expected petrol price increase in June after oil prices rebounded off their late-April crash.  This will come after record fuel price drops in April and May.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) said on Wednesday that the state-owned airline would not resume domestic flights in mid-June.  This was contrary to a statement issued by the company’s communications office on Tuesday.  

Correctional ServicesTimesLIVE reports that an official from the Western Cape Department of Correctional Services (DCS) official died from the coronavirus disease on Tuesday.   

headgearMining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says that to help create jobs in what will remain a challenging macroeconomic environment for the foreseeable future, it will fast-track its capital expenditure (capex) projects planned for the next five years.  

Kgalagadi ManganeseBL Premium reports that Kalagadi Manganese’s major creditor and 20% shareholder, the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has approached the court to put the mining company into business rescue.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) will on Thursday discuss the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) financial capacity to continue paying Covid-19 temporary relief benefits in the long run.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that Employment & Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on Monday amended a directive pertaining to the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) to now allow workers to claim even where their employers did not register them for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), provide the required details, or pay the necessary contributions.  

SascocBusinessLive reports that the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) paid salaries to its 24 staff members on Tuesday according to acting CEO Ravi Govender.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 26 May 2020.

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the number of Covid-19 cases reported at SA mines and has called on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to stop mining operations until all safety measures have been adhered to.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) says the extension for school staff to return to schools under Level 3 lockdown is not enough to prepare for the return of pupils.  

newsSowetan reports that up to 70% of the country’s hair and beauty salons, spas and tattoo parlours face closure as their businesses remain under the Covid-19 lockdown.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that 41 health workers in Gauteng public hospitals were assaulted last year, the vast majority by psychiatric patients.  This was indicated by Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku in response to questions in the Gauteng Legislature.  

retirementBusiness Report writes that pension funds in SA declined by more than R400-billion in the first three months of this year, resulting in a negative chain reaction on households’ net wealth.  

MediClinicNews24 reports that twenty-six people have tested positive for Covid-19 at Mediclinic Cape Town in Oranjezicht, the medical facility confirmed on Monday.  

education90News24 reports that the Western Cape education department said on Tuesday that Parkvale Primary School in Valhalla Park was the second school in Cape Town to have a positive Covid-19 case among educators.