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.

santacoThe Citizen reports that despite a record increase in petrol prices, the SA National Taxi Association (Santaco) has given its assurance that when increasing taxi fares it will take into consideration the burden posed on commuters by Covid-19.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

CapeTownlogoEWN reports that a City of Cape Town staff member has been shot and wounded while repairing a collapsed sewer pipeline in Helen Joseph Street in Samora Machel.

ambulanceIndependent Media reports that two Johannesburg paramedics had to abandon their work when a patient they were treating turned on them and started attacking them.

education thumb100 BusinessTech reports that according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, the national teacher vacancy rate as of the end of February 2021 stood at 5.8%.

NACThe Star reports that as artists and cretives continue to protest outside the National Arts Council (NAC) in Newtown, Johannesburg, the council has denied allegations of planned forceful removal from its building.

De RuyterNews24Wire reports that Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has said that appointments of senior managers at Eskom were not motivated by "ulterior racial motives" but rather by "performance and delivery".

sabcPretoria News reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) economics editor Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki has rejected three misconduct charges levelled against her, saying the charges were “trumped up” and “bogus”.

limpopo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that health workers in Limpopo have won their fight to ensure a new roster system is not implemented in the province.

sacpTimesLIVE reports that the SA Communist Party (SACP) has thrown its weight behind the ANC national executive committee’s (NEC’s) resolution that leaders who are criminally charged should step aside.

GEPFBusinessLive reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is invested in a Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) palm oil business linked to human rights abuses and land expropriation.

nydaNews24 reports that according to Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is not and has never been an employment agency for the politically connected.

handcuffsNews24 reports that two police officers were separately arrested in Gauteng over the long weekend for soliciting bribes of R100 and R200, respectively.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 6 April 2021.

nehawu80EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has welcomed the Health Department's signing of a crucial contract with US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that will see South Africa receive 20-million Covid-19 vaccine doses.

earningsBloomberg reports that the Covid-19 pandemic has rolled back years of progress on gender parity for pay, making women wait a generation longer to earn the same as men.

zumaIndependent Media reports that after the speaking notes that former president Jacob Zuma used when he met with the ANC’s top six early last month became publicly known, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) weighed in and said Zuma must stop playing victim.

nehawu80The Star reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is extremely worried about the growing number of Covid-19 cases in institutions of higher learning across the country.

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that eight CEOs of Gauteng health facilities have been charged internally for not complying with or overseeing health and safety measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

sabcFin24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has hit back at criticism by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), saying that it was not on the "brink of collapse".

jseBloomberg reports that SA’s push for female empowerment has led to an outperformance against emerging-market peers when measured by gender diversity in listed company boards.

sabcPretoria News reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has laid three charges against its economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki, for various incidents of alleged misconduct.

RTMCBusinessLive reports that in future, misbehaving SA motorists will be less likely to get away with paying so-called “cold drink” bribes to avoid getting arrested or paying hefty fines.

newsBusiness Times reports that the number of South Africans of all races inquiring about emigrating to countries such as the US, Portugal and Grenada has soared since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a former municipal official appeared in court last week for allegedly selling vacant Lesedi Municipality land without permission and using a forged signature.

citypowerEngineering News reports that Johannesburg’s City Power has appointed Mongezi Ntsokolo as its new CEO with effect from 1 April.

eskomEngineering News reports that the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) has appointed Shafeeq Abrahams as the new CE and principal officer, replacing Linda Mateza with effect from 1 April.

numsaBL Premium reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) announced on Monday that it was taking legal action after the failure to pay workers’ salaries at SAA Technical (SAAT) and Air Chefs.

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that the government, which intends to pay no cost-of-living increase for public servants for the next three years, did not table a wage offer in talks last week.

numBL Premium reports that trade unions and the gold mining sector are due to hammer out a new three-year wage deal later in 2021 and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is preparing to demand wage increases of nearly 60% for the lowest-paid miners.