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.

sabmillerReuters reports that South African Breweries (SAB) has suspended commitments to retain workers and investments, agreed as part of its merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev, due to SA’s decision to ban alcohol sales.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the Companies Amendment Bill is expected to make some progress during 2021 after stalling somewhere along the legislative process during 2019 and 2020.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government has committed to working with Durban's Hilton Hotel in an attempt to ensure it reopens its doors soon.  It emerged on Saturday that the city's iconic landmark, situated next to the International Convention Centre (ICC), would be shutting its doors, temporarily.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that national crime intelligence boss Lt-Gen Peter Jacobs and five other senior crime intelligence officers have lost a high court bid to have their suspensions overturned.  

AmatholeTimesLIVE reports that the Amathole municipality in the Eastern Cape will not be able to pay salaries to councillors, traditional leaders and all staff for four months beginning in February due to strained financial resources.  

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saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa) wants to know why – unlike other employees at state-owned SA Airways (SAA) – their 13th cheques for 2019 have not yet been paid from the R1.5 billion in funding that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) made available to the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) in December.  

miners2BL Premium reports that mining companies are applying the tough lessons they learnt in 2020 as they return 450,000 people to work after the year-end break.  

newsNews24 reports that Employment and Labour Deputy Minister Boitumelo Moloi has been hospitalised with Covid-19.  She was hospitalised on Tuesday and received a positive result on Wednesday, Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams advised on Sunday.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that the government’s monopoly on the buying and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is to be challenged in court by trade union Solidarity and NGO AfriForum.  They have instructed their legal team to prepare a case for such a challenge.  

presidencyBL Premium reports that according to the Presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, is to face an internal disciplinary process after failing to disclose her financial interests.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that according to unions, the government will know at the latest in February what public sector workers’ demands are for the next round of wage negotiations.  

limpopo thumb100 News24 reports that the Office of the Premier in Limpopo has been ordered to pay the equivalent of 12 months' salary to an employee who was overlooked for a senior position in favour of a candidate who apparently misrepresented his academic qualifications.  

NatuThe Witness reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) joined others on 4 January 2021 in expressing sadness at news of the death of the president of the National Teachers’ Union (Natu), Allen Thompson.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the Airline Pilots’ Association SA (Alpa-SA) has launched an urgent process to interdict the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) from continuing with a lockout of its members.  

SipunziNews24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary David Sipunzi has died.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that the SA Revenue Service (Sars) will be instituting a two week lockdown of its offices due to concerns over the rise in Covid-19 cases.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that a 56-year-old senior police officer from the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Anti-Corruption unit is scheduled to appear on Wednesday in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court for corruption over an alleged R5,000 Christmas bribe.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports two men have been sentenced to life in prison for their part in the murder of a Limpopo police officer during a robbery in Letlhabile near Brits in June 2017.  

SANParksTimesLIVE reports that police have launched an investigation after the remains of a game ranger were found in the Kruger National Park last week.  

hawksTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) averted a deadly fight between illegal miners in the North West town of Stilfontein on Sunday.  

petrosaTimesLIVE reports that PetroSA has announced that it will likely shed about 500 jobs due to its “precarious” financial position.  

Stats SABL Premium reports that Stats SA’s latest quarterly employment statistics (QES) for July-September showed that formal-sector, non-farm jobs increased by 75,000 (0.8%) in the third quarter in comparison with the second quarter, when SA had been in a hard lockdown and those jobs declined 6.4%.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that SA Airways’ (SAA’s) joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have sent a lockout notice to the airline’s pilots warning they will be excluded from the workplace from Friday until they agree to the terms of a proposed agreement aimed at bringing the state-owned carrier back to profitability.  

prasaBL Premium reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has bowed to pressure from workers by committing to increase their salaries after a union mounted legal action to force the rail operator to implement a multiyear wage agreement agreed to in October.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the government does not have to pay out increases to public sector workers, after the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) handed it a huge win by declaring the implementation of a disputed collective agreement unlawful.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that platinum group metals and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa has concluded a four-year wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that scores of patients, many of whom didn't observe social distancing, waited outside Durban’s Addington Hospital on Monday.  

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newsNews24 reports that three Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are set to benefit from R110 million in debt relief capital, provided through Sanlam Investments' SME Debt Fund.