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 afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 2 March 2021.

joburgcityBL Premium reports that the City of Johannesburg has parted ways with its accounting officer, Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni, over issues of service delivery.

headgearMiningmx writes that SA’s mining sector believes it can vaccinate between 2.5 and three million people against Covid-19 infections. Using its extensive healthcare facilities, digital database, and outreach into mining-related communities, there’s no reason to suppose this won’t be achieved.

handcuffsNews24 Wire reports that eleven people have appeared in court following an attack at the Palabora Mining Company in Phalaborwa, Limpopo.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that public sector unions have set themselves up for a big battle with the state, asking for a wage increase well above inflation less than a week after finance minister Tito Mboweni staked the credibility of the government’s fiscal framework on keeping a lid on compensation costs.

SolidarityTimesLIVE reports that Solidarity and AfriForum on Tuesday said there were no legal restrictions on the purchasing of Covid-19 vaccines and called on the private sector to start buying and distributing them in SA.

protestSowetanLive reports that opera singer Sibongile Mngoma has been staging a sit-in at the offices of the National Arts Council (NAC) in Newtown, Johannesburg, demanding answers about the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP).

newsGroundUp reports that when the first Covid-19 lockdown was announced in March last year, theatres across the country went dark and a number of them haven’t reopened.

southafricalogoReuters reports that public sector unions want a general salary rise of consumer price inflation plus 4% for all workers, a document they presented to the government showed on Monday.

sapsNews24 reports that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has arrested eight Crime Intelligence (CI) officers for allegedly torturing and murdering a suspect in a police station.

capetown thumb100 Weekend Argus reports that the Covid-19 pandemic has had such a severe impact on tourism that authorities say visitor numbers dwindled to something like 30 years ago when SA barely registered on the international travel map.

healthcareSowetanLive reports that the Limpopo department of health has accused thousands of its health workers of milking the state of nearly R2bn in the past two years by allegedly manipulating rosters to create the need for overtime pay.

prasaBusinessLive reports that trade unions have called on new Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) group CEO Zolani Kgosie Matthews to ensure, as part of his priorities at the embattled rail operator, that the theft and vandalism of rail infrastructure is stopped.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 1 March 2021.

bathabiledlaminiSunday Times reports that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) blocked former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini's pension payout to recoup the R2m the agency paid for VIP protection of her children back in 2015.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that public sector unions are in line for another wage battle with government as they will be asking for an increase well above inflation in this year’s wage negotiations.

prasaFin24 reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Saturday that the appointment a new permanent CEO at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) signified the "beginning of a new era" for the rail agency that has been beset by operational and financial challenges.

eskomNews24 Wire reports that Eskom has suspended its chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano, and will be instituting disciplinary action against him following allegations of poor performance over the last year.

gavel thumb100 Mining Weekly reports that the Mpumalanga division of the High Court on 26 February granted an interim interdict, as applied for by bidder Arqomanzi, delaying the implementation of business rescue plans for the Lily and Barbrook mines by former owner Vantage Goldfields.

SteinhoffBusiness Report writes that Steinhoff International increased the basic salary of its chief executive Louis du Preez by 10.83% to €1.33 million (R24.22m) for the year to end September 2020, up from €1.2m the previous year.

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that a Durban man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly posed as a police officer to rob a victim of his cash and cellphone.

newsSowetanLive reports that the National Arts Council (NAC) has suspended its CEO Rosemary Mangope and CFO Clifton Changfoot pending an investigation.

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that the stage has been set for a bitter clash between the government and public sector unions, with the latter meeting on Monday to iron out sticking points in their demands for above-inflation wage increases.

sassaSowetanLive reports that the Hawks have dismantled one of the biggest disability grant fraud and corruption syndicates to hit the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) after the arrest of officials and undeserving beneficiaries in Limpopo.

netcareSunday Tribune reports that the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) released its preliminary accident report last week on the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of a medical team on a “mercy mission” and the pilot, in Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has condemned the murder of two officers who were attacked while patrolling in a Cape Town suburb.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 26 February 2021.

protestNews24 reports that Limpopo police arrested 11 people after protests outside the Palabora copper mine in Phalaborwa turned violent and properties were set alight.

ramaphosa2Independent News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night that SA would go to level 1 Covid-19 lockdown with immediate effect. “The country has now clearly passed the second wave,“ Ramaphosa noted.

woolworthsBL Premium reports that according to Woolworths CEO Roy Bagattini, the number of jobs that have been cut in the retailer’s fashion and home division is very small.