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.

TreasuryBL Premium reports that a senior Treasury official advised on Thursday that the green paper on social security reform published by social development minister Lindiwe Zulu on Wednesday had not been approved by the cabinet and was not government policy.

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MantasheBusiness Report writes that on Tuesday the government participated in the Marikana commemoration for the first time after nine years, as conceded by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

SolidarityOn Wednesday, Solidarity indicated that its legal team was investigating the possibility of litigation against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) following the department’s announcement that the October school holidays for 2021 could be scrapped.

cloverSowetanLive reports that the North West government has failed in two months to convince one of the province’s biggest employers and largest cheese factory to halt its planned relocation from a town paralysed by poor service delivery and factional battles for power.

amcu thumb medium80 81The Star reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has criticised a proposed wage increase at Sibanye-Stillwater in the gold wage talks, describing it as even less than the government’s grant to the unemployed affected by Covid-19.

nsriNews24 reports that a Cape Town man drowned on Tuesday at the Port of Table Bay after he fell into the water while working.

petrolpumpFollowing the release on Wednesday of July consumer price index (CPI) data, trade union Solidarity spoke out against the high tax rate levied on fuel.  

CurroFin24 reports private education provider Curro will require all staff to be vaccinated by the end of the year.

earningsEngineering News reports that using data from the National Income Dynamic Study’s Coronavirus rapid mobile surveys (NIDS-CRAM), the University of Cape Town (UCT) Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing has examined the impact on jobs and income across the economic spectrum.

FronemanBL Premium reports that Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman has come out in defence of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has been threatened with legal action from mineworkers over his role in the Marikana massacre.

DiscoveryBloomberg reports that according to the chief actuary at Discovery, as many as four out of five South Africans may have contracted the coronavirus, indicating that the country may be one of the world’s hardest-hit nations by the disease.

miners2Mining Weekly reports that as of 17 August, Minerals Council SA (MCSA) member companies had given Covid-19 vaccinations to 105,927 of their employees, representing around 22% of mining employees and contractors.

Stats SABL Premium reports that consumer inflation eased in July as flat food prices and slower fuel price increases outweighed pressure from a sharp jump in electricity tariffs.

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MakhuraThe Star reports that the report of investigations into the death of three firefighters at the now demolished Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg are set to be made public next month.

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that Monday marked the ninth anniversary of the 2012 Marikana massacre, in which 44 people lost their lives, but the actual figures of longstanding claims by families were only released to the public on Tuesday.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that five teacher unions have rejected the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE’s) intention to cancel the October school holidays to compensate for the days lost as a result of the early closure for the winter holidays.

newsTimesLIVE reports that the national Department of Health on Tuesday conceded that its Covid-19 vaccination programme had lost momentum due to vaccine hesitancy.

SolidaritySolidarity announced on Tuesday that, after 12 years of being excluded for reasons of race from a job, Martin Kroukamp must be officially appointed as a senior magistrate in Alberton.

ancSundayTimes Daily reports that the ANC runs the risk of failing to register its candidates to contest this year’s municipal elections by the IEC’s 23 August deadline, as staff refuse to work overtime and at weekends due to outstanding salaries and other benefits.

parliamentBL Premium reports that the Treasury is seeking to stamp out abuse of the employment tax incentive to prevent employers claiming it on behalf of trainees rather than full-time employees.

CanegrowersThe Citizen reports that the unrest in parts of KwaZulu-Natal last month wreaked an immense amount of economic havoc, particularly in the sugar industry.

healthcareThe Citizen reports that with SA still recovering from the third wave of Covid-19 infections, leading health experts are saying a fourth wave could be here by early December and that it will last about 75 days. 

newsFin24 reports that Momentum Metropolitan Holdings (MMH) says Covid-19 death claims during the recent third wave of infections were more severe than the company initially expected.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
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sassaThe Mercury reports that a security guard has been placed on precautionary suspension after a video “implicating the guard” in an assault of a man at a SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) office went viral.

benchmarksTimesLIVE reports that monitoring NGO Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) said on Monday that nine years after 34 miners were killed at Marikana, little progress has been made in bringing those implicated to book.

education90Independent Media reports that the death of a second KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) schoolgirl from Covid-19 complications has renewed calls for the Department of Basic Education to review its school policy as the province battles the third wave of the coronavirus.

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that the Constitutional Court has reserved judgment in a case involving the City of Cape Town and a firefighter who was refused an advancement after suffering permanent injuries during a work accident.