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.

fikilembalulaSunday Independent reports that thousands of commuters will have to wait for at least another month to board passenger trains.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that only some 12 hours before pupils were set to return to school after a 10-week closure, Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga delayed the reopening to 8 June.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged mines to test for Covid-19 to the full extent without fearing mine closure.  

GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) has not taken a decision to convert its Eskom bond holdings into shares in the company, principal executive officer Abel Sithole advised on Thursday.  

picBusinessLive reports that the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) said on Friday that it had decided to extend the suspension of its CFO, even though a disciplinary inquiry found her not guilty.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive writes that during the Covid-19 pandemic and response an important question from both a health and economic policy perspective has related to the number of people permitted to return to work as the lockdown was eased.  

barlowworldlogisticsBusiness Report writes that distribution company Barloworld plans significant group-wide retrenchments before the end of the year to prepare itself for trading after the coronavirus pandemic.  

ebrahimpatelTimesLIVE reports that domestic workers can go back to work from Monday, 1 June, albeit only in circumstances where it’s safe to do so.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that an advocate who went to court to highlight the plight of hairdressers under Covid-19 lockdown should have combed through the roots of the regulations more thoroughly, a judge said on Thursday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 28 May 2020.

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that in an urgent application, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has asked the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to declare the lockdown directive which requires reclaimers to apply to municipalities for a work permit unconstitutional and invalid.  

retirementThe Star reports that fear has gripped a Gauteng retirement village that houses more than 400 vulnerable senior citizens after a staff member working in the food preparation section allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.  

Netcare911News24 reports that the Netcare Sunward Park Hospital in Boksburg has closed its theatres for seven days and has diverted ambulance emergencies after some staff members tested positive for Covid-19.  

education thumb100 The Star reports that unions have thrown their weight behind the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE’s) plan to defer teaching of some of the content yet to be covered in classrooms to the next grade.  

picMoneyweb writes that if the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) board had had its way, Abel Sithole, the principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), would have been heading the R2 trillion investment organisation right now.  

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.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

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.