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.

Zweli MkhizeEngineering News reports that in a bid to ensure continuous engagement with all stakeholders critical to the fight against Covid-19, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has given a directive for occupational health and safety committees to be created at provincial, district and local hospital levels.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that diamond mining giant De Beers is likely to have to cut jobs, its chief executive said on Thursday, as he outlined plans for an overhaul of the business after the coronavirus hit jewellery demand.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87TimesLIVE reports that the SA Medical Association (Sama) on Wednesday reminded the government that medics bore the biggest brunt of the corruption surrounding the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a former Western Cape magistrate, who worked at Thembalethu court in George, faces fraud charges after he was bust for allegedly moonlighting in the local municipal court.  

kznlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council (PEC) on Wednesday noted with concern that 59 public servants have died of coronavirus, while 3,933 have tested positive for Covid-19.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that nine people, including five employees from the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) premier's office, were scheduled to appear in the Durban commercial crimes court on Thursday after being arrested by the Hawks.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the cost of a basic household food basket has increased by 11.6% since July last year, hitting SA's low-income earners the hardest.  

delilleBusinessLive reports that Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister Patricia de Lille has suspended her director-general (DG) Sam Vukela, who is accused of awarding irregular contracts for state funerals, including that of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.  

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Stats SABusiness Report writes that SA’s unemployment rate in the formal non-agricultural sector accelerated past the 10 million mark in the first quarter of 2020.  

sapsThe Citizen reports that more than 30 police stations across the country have been temporarily closed for decontamination after workers tested positive for Covid-19.  

SA ExpressFin24 reports that employees at state-owned regional airline SA Express are still desperately hoping that government will be able to assist them in getting their unpaid salaries, as well as retrenchment packages.  

nehawu80TimesLIVE reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday briefed the media on what it said was a fact-finding mission on the state's readiness to confront Covid-19 in hospitals.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that the government has unveiled 50 strategic infrastructure projects (Sips) and 12 special projects involving total investments of R360 billion, as the first tranche of a massive infrastructure expenditure programme to drive the post Covid-19 economic recovery effort.  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that three drivers’ licence testing centres (DLTCs) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have reopened, even as eight more have closed due to Covid-19 infections.  

protestGroundUp reports that staff at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg picketed on Tuesday inside the hospital’s premises demanding safer working conditions and more personal protective equipment (PPE).  This was the second picket in a week.  

nehawu80EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has expressed doubts about the accuracy of official Covid-19 statistics.  

minerBL Premium comments that some politicians and community activists like to beat the mining industry with the claim that since the industry returned to work, it has been the epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic in SA.  

ComairBL Premium reports that Comair’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have asked creditors to extend the date for the submission of a business rescue plan by a month, as they negotiate short-term bridging funding to ensure the company covers its operational expenses.  

newsBusinessLive reports that online streaming giant Netflix will be donating R8.3m in support of the local film and television industry.  

education90BL Premium reports that the government has still not gazetted the regulations relating to the closure of public schools, creating a loophole for those institutions to remain open.  

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Stats SAFin24 reports that Statistics SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) bulletin that total employment in SA's non-agricultural formal sector fell by 3,000 between December 2019 and March 2020.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that all the conditions in the embattled airline's business rescue plan have been fulfilled.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that four North West healthcare professionals have died in the space of a week, according to the province's health department.  

nehawu80EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday announced that it would be conducting massive protest action in the health sector.  

samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports according to some analysts, it is unjustified and unfair for the SA Municipal Workers’ Unions (Samwu) to insist on the implementation of salary hikes when economic circumstances have changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but others disagree.  

durbanMail & Guardian reports that massive overtime claims by eThekwini metro police and security staff during the Covid-19 lockdown are costing the city nearly R100-million a month.  

labourcourtsSowetan reports that more than a dozen private security companies have taken Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi to court in a bid to avoid paying their employees a R0.95c per hour increase.  

earningsTimesLIVE reports that when given the choice, most employers who have had to make tough financial decisions amid the coronavirus pandemic have chosen pay cuts over retrenchments.