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.

SARBMoneyweb reports that the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) released its bi-annual Monetary Policy Review (MPR) on Wednesday, in which it warned that the economy could be further negatively impacted by the emergence of new waves of Covid-19 infections should the country not reach herd immunity.

gavel thumb100 Moneyweb reports that the North West High Court has ordered the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District (DRSMD) Municipal Council, its speaker and mayor to foot the court bill for unlawfully suspending the municipal manager, Jerry Mononela, after claiming he was guilty of financial misconduct.

daBL Premium reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, who is facing an internal qualifications probe following reports that he does not hold a Bcom degree as previously claimed, says he takes full responsibility for not disclosing the correct information on his CV.

bankingassocBL Premium reports that the Banking Association SA (Basa), which represents all registered banks in the country, has thrown its weight behind legislation to compel businesses to meet employment equity goals.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that SA Airways (AA) has appointed Thomas Kgokolo as interim CEO, the interim board chair Geoff Qhena announced to staff on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021.

saa thumb medium95 76News24 reports that according to a letter dated 9 April 2021 from the SAA business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to the SAA Pilots Association (Saapa), if striking members of the association had accepted the BRPs’ latest offer, an amount totalling R704 million would have been paid out to them last week.

newsThe Citizen reports that two police officers have been arrested by the Serious Corruption Investigation team in the Vaal Rand in Gauteng on charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice.

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that former Nelson Mandela Bay municipality human settlements executive director Lindile Petuna must fork out more than R11m to reimburse the city after it overpaid a Seaview property owner in 2015 on his recommendation.

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that according to SA Airways Pilots Association (Saapa) spokesperson Grant Back, it was regrettable that a government official had resorted to race-baiting and blatantly false accusations against his association.

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that a VIP protection unit officer and a flying squad police officer have been arrested for alleged involvement with a syndicate which has been hijacking trucks on freeways in Gauteng.

sactwuThe Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) announced on Tuesday that it had concluded its outstanding wage negotiations for the Woven Cotton textile sub-sector.

SABSThe Star reports that yet another public entity has embarked on a process that could result in the retrenchment of employees, barely a month after the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) let over 600 employees go.

roadpassengerbargcouncilNews24 reports that the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) has announced that on Tuesday employers and trade unions in the road passenger sector reached a 4% wage increase agreement for the coming year.

gunNews24 reports that a security guard was killed in an explosion during a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon, while three others were left injured.

eskomBL Premium writes that Eskom’s chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano, who has accused CEO André de Ruyter of racism, could be in the firing line himself should the probe that he has called for finds that his claims have no substance.

irrBL Premium reports that proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act (EEA), which seek to give the labour minister the authority to set employment equity targets for employers across the economy, will trigger a flight of scarce skills and capital.

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that an employee at gold producer Gold Fields’ South Deep mine lost his life in a mining incident on 13 April.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 13 April 2021.

newsEWN reports that a security guard has died in a cash-in-transit heist in Gugulethu, Cape Town. On Monday, robbers targeted a cash van in the area.

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that a security guard was injured after a passenger train caught alight in Cape Town on Monday. The T2520 train from Kraaifontein to Cape Town caught alight at around 16:00, causing delays of around an hour after the northern line trains were temporarily suspended.

GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) has informed its more than 1-million members in the public service that they cannot access their pension funds while they are still working.

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the staff of SA Airways’ (SAA’s) subsidiaries are bearing the brunt of the precarious financial situations of those companies. SAA has been in business rescue since December 2019, but this has not included the subsidiaries.

southafricalogoIndependent Media reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) intends writing to parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) to urge an investigation regarding the fact that nearly 35% of senior managers employed by national and provincial departments do not have the required qualifications and credentials for the positions they occupy.

education90News24 reports that the contracts of more than 300,000 teachers and general assistants employed at schools across the country under the Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus programme have been extended to the end of April.

newsPretoria News reports that the 2018 Constitutional Court decision to legalise the consumption of cannabis “in private” has created a number of challenges for employers and employees.

SolidarityEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity and civil rights group AfriForum were scheduled to be in the North Gauteng High Court on 13 April for the hearing of their case against the Department of Tourism and Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

SalgaBL Premium reports that trade unions and municipal bosses are heading for a showdown after the SA Local Government Association (Salga), the body representing SA’s 257 municipalities, called for financially distressed municipalities to cut wages in real terms and freeze other perks linked to wage hikes.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Airways (SAA) have made a final settlement offer to pilots, who are both on strike and locked out, also warning them that once the business rescue process ends the offer expires.

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that a set of labour guidelines viewed by some as the government’s attempt to curtail workers’ right to embark on strikes have been set aside by the North Gauteng High Court.