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.

newsBL Premium reports that health minister Joe Phaahla told MPs on Tuesday that the government was exploring the scope for businesses and public amenities to demand proof of Covid-19 vaccination from patrons.

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summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

coalThe Citizen writes that fear of job losses linked to the transition from coal to low-carbon energy sources is not new, but with unemployment having reached a new record, there is a new urgency to discussions over how to achieve a just transition.

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the suspended director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), Kgabo Mahoai, has been found guilty on three counts of misconduct.

sactwuEngineering News reports that about 70,000 clothing workers, most of whom are members of the Cosatu-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu), will receive a 4.2% average wage increase as from 1 September.

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Transnet have welcomed a judgment handed down by Judge Lebogang Modiba in terms of which former Transnet employee Herbert Msagala must pay back R26.4-million to Transnet.

presidencyTimesLIVE reports that Khusela Diko has been axed as President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson, but will retain a position in the public service.

Road Freight AssociationNews24 reports that truck drivers will soon be able to be vaccinated while on the road, thanks to pop-up vaccination sites at filling stations along the N3.

saa thumb medium95 76Sunday Times Daily reports that many employees of SA Airways (SAA) subsidiary Air Chefs — which provides in-flight catering services to airlines — have gone without normal salaries for more than 16 months.

CanegrowersBL Premium reports that the embattled SA sugar industry has criticised calls for the government to increase the sugar tax, saying doing so would prove disastrous for a sector that is already bleeding jobs.

healthcareBusinessLive reports that scientists are monitoring mutations of a new variant of Covid-19 present in all provinces, although the newly identified lineage only accounts for a small proportion of cases.

cosatuBL Premium reports that Cosatu indicated on Tuesday during parliament’s public hearings on the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill that decriminalising the cannabis sector would boost SA’s economy and would be a step in removing the industry from the control of criminal syndicates.

newsBL Premium reports that statistics on mortality claims from the insurance industry show that more than a million policyholders died in the most recent one-year measurement period, which the sector said was “no doubt” linked to Covid-19.

lindiwezuluBusinessLive reports that Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has withdrawn the green paper on comprehensive social security and retirement reform less than two weeks after it was first gazetted on 19 August.

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

daEWN reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Monday laid charges against Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu for transgressing Covid-19 regulations.

limpopo thumb100 EWN reports that the Limpopo Department of Health has defended its remarks on a controversial poster that did the rounds on social media last week encouraging the 18 to 34 cohort to vaccinate against Covid-19 infection.

UIFGroundUp reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has opened applications for temporary relief funds made available to all Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal workers affected by the July unrest.

ancIndependent Media reports that Cosatu has come out in support of striking ANC workers, with the labour federation indicating that it expectedthe ruling party to conduct itself in an “exemplary manner”.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that six men appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the murder of Gauteng health department official Babita Deokaran.

sapsIndependent Media reports that a 41-year-old sergeant was gunned down on Friday night and his service pistol stolen.

UIFBL Premium reports that system glitches that left many workers in desperate need of cash and stranded have returned to haunt the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), with foreign nationals the worst affected.

JMPDIndependent Media reports that a female Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer from the K9 unit was allegedly viciously assaulted at the weekend while arresting a motorist for speeding and skipping a red traffic light.

hawksTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) have arrested several senior officials and company directors at the Mogalakwena municipality in connection with alleged fraud amounting to R15m.

ramaphosa2TimesLIVE reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against corruption has gained momentum since the state capture inquiry started its work and the government must urgently review its approach to the broader protection of whistleblowers by tightening existing laws and policies.

ictFin24 reports that technology company Blue Label Telecoms has suspended two executives, pending an investigation. No details have been given on the reasons for the suspension, nor what the investigation is about.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 27 August 2021.

TreasuryBusiness Report writes that the government will be tightening its belt further this financial year, with downward risks to the fiscus having materialised after it lost a bruising battle with labour unions over wage increases.

Correctional ServicesANA reports that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has warned members of the public about scams taking place in different parts of SA whereby community members are being swindled out of their money in exchange for fictitious jobs.

southafricalogoIndependent Media reports that with costs running into millions of rands every month, the government is cutting down on employees on suspension.