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.

earningsThe Citizen reports that on 1 March, the national minimum wage for domestic workers will increase to R19,09 per hour, namely 22.6% more than their current minimum wage of R15,57.  But, this will still be less than the general minimum wage of R21,69 per hour.  

newsBusiness Report writes that Ellies, which makes and installs DStv satellite dishes, has decided to liquidate its embattled manufacturing segment, Ellies Industries, with 148 jobs to be lost.  

gautengSowetanLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have rejected the appointment of an interim CEO at Tembisa Hospital.  

farming thumb medium80 84BL Premium reports that in a development that could lead to huge job losses and food inflation, SA’s commercial farmers have threatened to close all labour intensive divisions and switch to mechanisation to produce food.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that the Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application by the school governing body (SGB) of Paarlzicht Primary in Paarl in which it sought to set aside the appointment of Gareth Duraan as school principal.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that a motorist was killed and several police vehicles were damaged on Friday when hundreds of people rioted over the closure of a mine co-owned by Patrice Motsepe.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 12 February 2021.

nursing thumb medium90 93City Press reports that some nurses and unions have taken a stand against Covid-19 vaccinations.  Healthcare workers will be the first to receive the vaccinations. However, nurses say the government is trying to make them into guinea pigs because there is still uncertainty about how the vaccine will affect people.  

ramaphosaSowetanLive reports that an employee at President Cyril Ramaphosa's cattle farm is taking the fight to get his job back to the CCMA after he was fired for missing work for two days when he took ill.  

education90News24 reports that according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), it’s all systems go for the reopening of schools on Monday, with health and safety to be a priority as the fight against Covid-19 transmissions continues.  

healthcareBusiness Times writes that business owners in SA, crippled by Covid-19 lockdowns and desperate to protect their dwindling operations, face a growing dilemma over vaccination policies in the workplace.  

healthcareBL Premium reports that SA’s regulators have given Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J’s) Covid-19 vaccine the green light for a phase 3b trial in healthcare workers, paving the way for the government to begin dispensing shots to healthcare workers on Wednesday.  

education thumb100 BusinessLive reports that a survey by SA’s five teacher unions shows that significant progress has been made over the past month to prepare for the opening of schools on Monday.  

UIFBL Premium reports that after months of discussions and debate over continued social and economic relief, President Cyril Ramaphosa advised on Thursday in his state of the nation address that the government would extend the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) until 15 March 2021 for those sectors that had not been able to operate.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 11 February 2021.

RMBBL Premium reports that according to the boss of Rand Merchant Bank, James Formby, SA is facing a skills shortage that, if left unchecked, could hold back any prospects of an economic recovery.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the Treasury’s bungled project to establish an integrated financial management system (IFMS) continues to sully its report card from the Auditor-General (AG) and was responsible for R207m in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the 2019/2020 financial year.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that outrage has erupted in Kagiso over the appointment as acting principal of the John Martin Catholic School of a man who was apparently dismissed by the Gauteng Education Department (GDE) for sexually assaulting and harassing learners at another school in 2014.  

nelsonmandelabayGroundUp reports that SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) strikers strewed rubbish and emptied bins in busy Market Street, Uitenhage, on Wednesday on the second day of a strike over pay.  

labourcourtsGroundUp reports that five contract workers at an Emalahleni mine who were suspended from work and threatened with disciplinary action because they joined in with other workers seeking permanent jobs in a CCMA case have been reinstated by the Labour Court.  

DOJCDNews24 reports that Advocate Doctor Mashabane has been appointed as the new director-general of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Deverlopment. His appointment was announced following a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.  

sabmillerFin24 reports that according to a new report, SA’s alcohol industry is estimated to have lost R36.3 billion in retail sales revenues in the on-again off-again liquor bans between 2020, when the lockdown began, and when the latest one ended this month.  

earningsTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng's Department of Health (DOH) advised on Thursday that more than 50 intern and community service doctors who were not paid salaries for January would get their money by 22 February.  

presidencyTimesLIVE reports that the Cabinet has approved the extension of the national state of disaster until 15 March.  Next month will be one year since the national state of disaster was first implemented in SA.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that a construction worker was killed on Wednesday when a structure at a residence in Boskruin, north of Johannesburg, collapsed on him.  

gautengThe Star writes that the gloves are off between suspended Tembisa Hospital chief executive Dr Lekopane Mogaladi and the Gauteng Department of Health (DOH).  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the recently appointed CFO of the National Treasury, Priya Lutchman, was selected for the position in December despite her having been suspended from the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation (DSAC&R) for tender irregularities.  

nxesiBL Premium reports that Department of Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has hiked farm and domestic workers’ wages by double-digit figures, despite protestations from the business sector that the increases will lead to a jobs bloodbath.  

Zweli MkhizeNews24 reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday that SA’s stock of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine would be swapped out, and phase 1 of the country's vaccination plan would commence with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has ordered the closure of the Wolmaransstad Post Office and the Department of Home Affairs offices because of a "persistent failure to comply with Covid-19 regulations".