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.

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) intends taking Mineral Resources & Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to court to compel him to ensure the safety and health of mineworkers as they return to work on the mines.  

SparNews24 reports that the Khayelitsha SuperSpar has been visited by the Western Cape Department of Health following two cases of Covid-19 among its staff.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have laid out the process for full termination of all employees at the end of the month, but only if funds exist at the end of the winding down of the company.  

DCSTimesLIVE reported on Friday that the number of Covid-19 cases among prisoners and Department of Correctional Services (DCS) officials was fast approaching the 100 mark.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) will temporarily relax rules to allow the industry to implement measures aimed at retaining members in the face of Covid-19, which threatens the affordability of cover for employers and consumers alike.  

SascocBusinessLive reports that Barry Hendricks has hit back at his suspension as acting president of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc)‚ saying the organisation’s board should be dissolved and an independent administrator appointed.  

CapeTownlogoBusinessLive reports that the City of Cape Town has closed some of its permit application offices after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.  The offices are tasked with issuing permits during lockdown for informal (uncooked) food trading and spaza shops.  

implatsBusinessLive reports that Mark Munroe, head of the Impala Platinum (Implats) Rustenburg mining division, appeared in court on Friday on charges of contravening the lockdown regulations in recalling about 6,000 people back to work.  

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Thursday, 16 April 2020.

UIFMoneyweb reports that funds for financially distressed businesses that have applied for the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF) relief scheme to assist them in paying workers during the Covid-19 crisis are only slowly trickling in.  

implatsheadgear smlBL Premium reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) warned on Wednesday that SA’s debt-laden mines with high fixed costs stood to lose between 10,000 and 45,000 jobs in the national lockdown if they received no support.  

newsBusiness Report writes that according to a study released on Wednesday, about 55,000 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) will not survive the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in more than 42,000 jobs being decimated.  

MboweniBusinessLive reports that a crucial cabinet meeting on Wednesday to plan SA’s response to Covid-19 and the resulting economic crisis ended inconclusively with no decisions taken and all proposals put off.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that in the midst of dealing with the economic fallout of its battle to curb the spread of Covid-19, the government faces the wrath of 1.3-million public servants after it failed to honour a three-year wage agreement.  

newsThe Star reports that Coca Cola has been forced to shut down one of its biggest manufacturing plants in Gauteng after an employee tested positive for Covid19.  

petrolpumpThe Citizen reports that coming in the wake of March’s record fuel price reductions, South Africa is probably set for a second month of record fuel price drops for some fuel types.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Harmony Gold have agreed upon 2 May as the return-to-work date following the lifting of SA’s Covid-19 lockdown.  

anglogoldashantiMining Weekly reports that the surface operations of AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) have restarted on a limited basis following the granting of recommencement permission by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.  

Tiger BrandsSowetanLive reports that Tiger Brands has temporarily closed its Durban bakery after staffers tested positive for Covid-19.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that an investigation has cleared Eskom’s COO Jan Oberholzer of allegations of corruption, dishonesty and abuse of power, the state-owned power utility said on Wednesday.  

newsBL Premium reports that pizza chain Col’Cacchio, which is embroiled in a dispute with 18 franchisees over royalty fees, is to retrench head office employees as it faces an uncertain future because of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an urgent application by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) on behalf of reclaimers and waste-pickers demanding recognition as essential service workers.  

netcareNews24 reports that following the exposure of staff to and subsequent contraction of Covid-19, Netcare’s Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, has this week been closed for new admissions, while its trauma unit has been shut down.  

newsBusinessLive reports that according to Prof Justin Barnes, one of the chief architects of the long-term strategy for the SA motor industry, the government must amend its support for the industry if SA is to avoid being marginalised in a post-Covid-19 global motor industry.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TimesLIVE reports that four people in the military community have tested positive for the coronavirus, the surgeon-general of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) advised on Wednesday.  

Correctional ServicesTimesLIVE reports that as a warder at St Albans Correctional Centre in Port Elizabeth tested positive for Covid-19, prisoners are fuming that they were only asked simple questions about their health despite some showing symptoms for the coronavirus.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government has failed to honour a wage agreement to increase the salaries of public sector workers, despite public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu saying in March that it was committed to doing so.  

numEWN reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), it was not consulted by Impala Platinum (Implats) of the company’s plans to resume operations this week.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has criticised disciplinary action launched against eight emergency medical services (EMS) employees who refused to transport a Covid-19 patient.