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.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 9 October 2020.

southafricalogoNews24 Wire reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has revealed that more than over 600,000 public servants were not at work during lockdown Level 3.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has undertaken several social upliftment initiatives in SA since the outbreak of Covid-19.  

newsEWN reports that e-hailing drivers in Gauteng, Western Cape and Free State have threatened to go on strike on Monday over complaints of being exploited and neglected.  

SIUBL Premium reports that axed Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku is not giving up without a fight and says he will take the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into allegations of tender irregularities on judicial review.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address both houses of parliament on Thursday to unveil his long-awaited economic recovery plan for the country.  

gautrainTimesLIVE reports that Gautrain commuters were left in a lurch this weekend after wage negotiations between the Bombela Operating Company and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) failed to resolve their dispute.  

DenelReuters reports that the National Treasury advised on Friday that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has asked for R3.8 billion in state financial support over the next three fiscal years.  

gautengBL Premium reports that Gauteng premier David Makhura has fired the province's health MEC, Bandile Masuku, following a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into allegations of tender irregularities.  

GEPFBL Premium reports that in a victory for government employees, the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) now has to consult them before changing the formulas that determine the benefits workers get from the fund.  

AbsaBusinessLive reports that Absa is investing heavily to produce more graduates with the skills required to meet the global 4-million job shortfall in cyber security.  

arcelormittalMail & Guardian reports that ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) could retrench up to 2,500 employees, according to the trade unions represented at the company.  

healthcareDr Yaseen Khan, CEO at EMGuidance, writes that as SA gets back to work with the easing of lockdown restrictions, frontline medical workers are still working under conditions of great stress and uncertainty.  

pfaThe Citizen reports that the Office of the Pensions Fund Adjudicator has awarded a pension payment of more than R367,000 to a convicted fraudster who stole R1.8 million from her employer.  

newsCape Argus reports that workers in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector are pleading for better support from the government due to the overwhelming number of workers who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the few who have returned earning less than half their previous salaries.  

education90Independent News reports that undocumented teachers were taken in for questioning on Thursday after Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi closed down schools alleged to be operating illegally.  

parliamentBL Premium reports that tax professionals are united in their opposition to a National Treasury proposal to restrict access by emigrants to lump sum benefits from their retirement savings.  

sadtu90SowetanLive reports that giving a keynote address during the SA Democratic Teachers' Union’s (Sadtu’s) virtual 30th celebration, President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to teachers who had braved the dangers and risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and returned to classrooms when asked to do so.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90News24 Wire reports that graphic footage of the bloodied bodies of two police officers and three striking miners, captured by a now retired policeman, were played out in the North West High Court in Mahikeng.  

ancFinancial Mail writes that the ANC has fallen into a trap set for it by its alliance partner, Cosatu, which put the governing party’s resolve to fight corruption to the test with a proposal to ban politically exposed people from doing business with the state.  

healthcareMoneyweb reports that many medical aid schemes have announced how much members will pay for their medical cover in 2021 and most of them have limited their increases to around official consumer price inflation.  

eskomMining Weekly reports that according to Eskom Group CE André de Ruyter, the state-owned power utility was implementing five urgent and interdependent priorities.  

southafricalogoEngineering News reports that the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has placed eight officials on precautionary suspension, effective 8 October, following a forensic investigation into contracts alleged to have been irregularly awarded by the department's Waste Management Bureau (WMB).  

wefBL Premium reports that enormous job losses in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide have propelled unemployment to the top of risks to doing business as identified by business executives.  

LosiEWN reports that Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Zingiswa Losi on Wednesday called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to resign from his post if he is "too tired to fulfill his mandate".  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the civil case against 40 companies accused of corruption involving personal protective equipment (PPE) meant to deal with the spread of Covid-19 in Gauteng has been postponed to next month.  

southafricalogoMoneyweb reports that the country’s two largest union federations, namely the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), together with fellow fedrations Fedusa and Nactu, have given government 14 days to respond to their demands.  

ancFinancial Mail reports that according to a legal opinion presented at the National Economic Development & Labour Council (Nedlac), a draft law banning family members and close associates of politically exposed persons (PEPs) won’t infringe on the rights of those individuals and won’t be unconstitutional.  

gautengThe Star reports that the future of three suspended officials in the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts and Culture hangs in the balance as Covid-19 restrictions have hindered disciplinary proceedings.  

publicprotectorTimesLIVE reports that Deputy public protector Kholeka Gcaleka is in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) visiting a number of health-care facilities and public schools as part of investigations into Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) tender irregularities.