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 Wednesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

PhaahlaBL Premium reports that according to Department of Health (DOH) Minister Joe Phaahla, his department is still preparing its systems for Covid booster shots.

northwestprovinceIOL reports that North West Transport MEC Sello Lehari has called on traffic officers to take extra measures to ensure that their safety comes first while on duty.

TreasuryBL Premium reports that the Treasury’s proposals for a two-pot retirement system to cater for preservation and access to retirement funds in cases of financial need will also apply to retirement annuities and defined benefit funds.

telkom thumb100 Moneyweb reports that Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko will step down at the end of this month, half a year earlier than originally planned.

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has established picketing rules with labour unions under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

newsBL Premium reports that SA and 10 other African countries have been removed from the British government’s Covid-19 red list after it was slammed as “travel apartheid” by a number of leaders.

prasaTimesLive reports that ousted Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Zolani Matthews is taking the rail and passenger utility to the labour court in an attempt to have his dismissal overturned.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

newsTimesLive reports that the Kopanong municipality in the Free State's Xhariep district suspended municipal manager Martin Khubeka on Friday.

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), which over the past year has made vaccine donations to foreign militaries in 28 countries, has offered 300,000 free doses of the CoronaVac inoculation, manufactured by Sinovac, to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

ramaphosaNews24 reports that Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele indicated on Monday that President Cyril Ramaphosa remained in good spirits and was recovering, with "mild symptoms", following a Covid-19 infection.

Zimbabwe flagMoneyweb reports that hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans in SA under so-called Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs) were granted a reprieve on Monday when the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) unexpectedly withdrew a directive it issued last month requiring them to apply for what it had called “mainstream” visas.

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that Minerals Council SA (MCSA) member companies have agreed and committed to implement eight measures immediately to urgently address and halt the number of fatalities at SA’s mines.

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) reports that the seventy-second mining death of the year took place at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu operations outside Carletonville on 10 December.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 10 December 2021.

presidencyTimesLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for Covid-19, Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, confirmed on Sunday night.

zimflagBL Premium reports that the government has indicated that Zimbabweans have a 12-month period from 31 December to replace special visas, which have enabled them to live, work and study in SA legally.

gideonduplessisIn an informative overview, Gideon du Plessis, trade union Solidarity’s general secretary. writes about key unresolved workplace that will be issues of importance on the labour relations scene in 2022.

AlexanderForbesBusiness Times reports that Alexander Forbes (AF) believes SA has seen the last of large-scale corporate retrenchments due to the pandemic, but the expected gradual recovery of businesses means those who lost their jobs are being forced to cash in their pensions while they hunt for work in a sluggish economy.

healthcareBL Premium reports that in a long-running battle over the use of third-party companies, doctors who treat employees injured at work say they will stop providing their services if the Compensation Fund (CF) insists on weeding them out.

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that according to Sibanye-Stillwater’s chief operating officer Richard Stewart, a strike on the producer’s gold mines was unlikely to take place before Christmas and was more likely to happen in the New Year.

petrolpumpBloomberg News reports that Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has called for changes to the way the fuel price is calculated, after the cost of petrol rose to a record this month.

SIUNews24Wire reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report on corruption in the procurement of Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).

news shutterstockIn our Friday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it had issued a court application against the Director-General of Health, the Minister of Health and the President to have sections 36 to 40 of the National Health Act declared unconstitutional.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that although it’s taken seven years for the government to introduce lifestyle audits for all public servants, this will begin in February 2022 in a bid to prevent and detect fraud and corruption in the public service and to ensure employees’ lifestyles are in line with their declared income.

eskomTimesLive reports that Deputy President David Mabuza has again come to the defence of Eskom’s beleaguered management. He said during a question-and-answer session in parliament on Thursday that persistent load-shedding was the only reason Eskom’s leadership was criticised.  

southafricalogoFin24 reports that briefing reporters on Thursday on the outcomes of Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, said while cases of Covid-19 were rising in SA, Cabinet did not conclude that the public healthcare system was imperiled enough to warrant an immediate decision on lockdown adjustments.

Busa2Engineering News reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) has disputed a 7 December claim by Department of Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi that it has approached the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) seeking a mandatory vaccination declaratory order.