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.

numIndependent Media reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is planning to march to the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters over claims that black people are being overlooked for senior positions at Eskom.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga confirmed during a media briefing on Sunday that, after a meeting with the nine MECs of education on Friday, it was decided that the October holidays would not be used to “to claw back lost time”.

sapsNews24 reports that the police are mourning the loss of yet another officer after Tembisa-based police officer Sharon Mogale was gunned down last week.

paul mashatileBloomberg reports that Paul Mashatile, secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), last week urged the government to accelerate spending on infrastructure to create jobs, while at the same time cautioning against raising taxes to fund additional welfare benefits.

YESNews24 reports that Deputy President David Mabuza told MPs last week that government's efforts at reducing the public service wage bill would make it challenging for the state to absorb large numbers of young South Africans who were enrolled in the government’s Youth Employment Stimulus (YES) and other programmes.

SIUNews24 reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) indicated in a statement Friday that it was concerned about the safety of whistle-blowers and witnesses and had put measures in place to ensure their safety.

handcuffsFin24 reports that an unnamed Johannesburg bookkeeper is the latest suspect to have been nabbed by police for fraud relating to the Unemployment Insurance Fund's (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal's (KZN’s) Health MEC will have to issue a public apology after she and her guests were seen neglecting Covid-19 protocols during her surprise party on Sunday, 22 August 2021.

MangoFin24 reports that in an update to employees dated 23 August, Mango's business rescue practitioner Sipho Sono advised that required funding from the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) had been received and the airline should be able to pay those salaries still outstanding for July 2021 by 29 August.

hpcsaBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Joe Phaahla has suspended registrar and CEO of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) David Motau a second time, for allegedly not disclosing that he was implicated in a criminal investigation when he applied for the position.

sabcTimesLIVE reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has suspended current affairs television show host Rams Mabote after a female member of the production team lodged a complaint of inappropriate behaviour towards her.

ancIndependent Media reports that the salary woes being experienced by the ANC have pushed the party to find innovative ways to raise funds, including crowd-funding.

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Medical Research CouncilNews24 reports that early findings of a study by the SA Medical Research Council and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit has found that more than half of sex workers, in a sample of 3,000, have been victims of rape.

daNews24 reports that according to the Democratic Alliance (DA), Gauteng hospitals have a high CEO turnover because the wrong people are chosen for the posts, who are then suspended or fired.

hpcsaEWN reports that Health Minister Joe Phaahla has placed the Health Professions Council of SA’s (HPCSA’s) CEO and registrar on precautionary suspension pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

angiemotshekgaTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has denied that it plans to scrap this year’s spring holidays due to lost teaching time.

ancTimesLIVE reports that African National Congress (ANC) offices will be closed from Thursday as staff strike over unpaid salaries and other grievances.

presidencyBusinessLive reports that Operation Vulindlela, the joint delivery unit in the Treasury and the Presidency, is overseeing a review of the work permit regime, which has been a constraint on growth and investment for at least two decades.

agrisaEngineering News reports that the agricultural sector is one of few that observed employment gains over the second quarter of this year, adding 69,000 people to its combined workforce. But industry body Agri SA is concerned about a decline in the skilled workforce in the sector.

Busa2Engineering News reports that business organisations Business Unity SA (Busa) and Business Leadership SA (BLSA) said in separate statements that the unemployment figures released on Tuesday reflected a structural crisis.

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the parliamentary portfolio committee on mineral resources and energy has welcomed the vaccination of more than 120,000 mineworkers, or about 20% of the sector’s employees, against Covid-19.

TreasuryReuters reports that National Treasury advised on Wednesday that the wage agreement between the government and civil servants for the 2021/22 fiscal year will cost about R20 billion.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that South African Airways (SAA) plans to resume flights again as of 23 September after a 15-month grounding of its aircraft.

DenelBL Premium reports that an intergovernmental team representing the departments of public enterprises, defence and the Treasury are working on a plan to provide financial support for bankrupt state-owned arms manufacturer Denel.

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

Stats SAFin24 reports that SA’s official unemployment rate for the second quarter worsened to a record of 34.4%, and economists expect this to worsen if the impact of the unrest in July is taken into account.

westerncapeNews24 reports that rural areas along the West Coast have seen a rise in Covid-19 infections during the third wave, with small towns bearing the brunt of cluster outbreaks.

seifsaEngineering News reports that Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern African (Seifsa) chief economist Chifipa Mhango said on Tuesday that government needed to urgently focus on job creation efforts as it tried to revive the economy.

sandf thumb medium90 89Daily News reports that starving military forces deployed in July to defuse tensions in the wake of the recent civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng are crying out for help.