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.

FordBL Premium reports that Ford Motor Company has announced a R15.8bn investment in its SA subsidiary, the largest in history in the SA motor industry.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park employee succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, two days after a fire believed to be caused by a gas leak broke out in a communal kitchen at the facility.  

MineralsCouncilSABloomberg reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) provisionally advised on Friday that the death toll in SA’s mines rose by 18% in the year to 14 December 2020, driven by accidents related to rocks falls and transportation.  

DenelEngineering News reports that interim Denel CEO Talib Sadik in his statement in the state-owned group’s 2019/2020 annual report addressed the failure of the company to fully pay the salaries of its employees last year.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Reuters reports that nurses called on the government on Monday to ensure that overstretched workers in rural clinics and hospitals get access to Covid-19 vaccines.  

sapsNews24 reports that a cash-in-transit (CIT) van was bombed and looted in Mpumalanga on Monday.  Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili advised that three security guards had been in the vehicle.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has reserved judgment after hearing arguments on behalf of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) to have the SA Airways (SAA) settlement agreement declared unlawful or unfair.  

VinproBL Premium reports that Vinpro, a 2,500-strong wine industry body, said on Monday it would be sticking to its legal action against the government despite President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to partially lift a ban on alcohol sales.  

sabcEWN reports that the High Court in Johannesburg has ruled that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng must pay back more than R850,000 used to pay for legal fees during his time at the corporation.  

pscSowetanLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Somadoda Fikeni as commissioner of the Public Service Commission (PSC).  

sandf thumb medium90 89AFP reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has amended its dress policy to allow Muslim women to wear headscarves as part of its uniform.  

CCMAGroundUp reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has found that an employer must act when sexual harassment takes place on its premises, even if this is during a meeting which the employer has not authorised.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that SA’s cash-in-transit (CIT) industry has been thrown into turmoil after a gang of armed robbers hijacked an SBV officer and strapped a bomb to him as he serviced an ATM.  

medicaldoctorReuters writes that while Michelle Cerfontyne was completing her medical training in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic was overwhelming SA’s understaffed public hospitals, so the young doctor thought she would get a job easily.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in Mpumalanga has called for the settlement of all outstanding monthly salaries of Grade R practitioners.  

MboweniBL Premium reports that on Thursday and after consultations, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni dissolved the board of directors of the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors (Irba).  

sapsANA reports that it was confirmed on Sunday that a 39-year-old SA Police Service (SAPS) constable, who was recently captured on video clearly drunk and staggering around while in his official uniform, has been fired.  

newsWeekend Argus reports that a cash-in-transit employee was abducted on Saturday afternoon by robbers who strapped explosives to him and forced him to clear out ATMs across Cape Town.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that the Gauteng department of health announced on Saturday that Tembisa Hospital CEO Dr Lekopane Mogaladi had been suspended.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that public sector trade unions have taken their fight over wage increases to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in a last-ditch effort to ensure the state does not get out of a collective agreement.  

MineralsCouncilSAReuters reports that SA’s mining industry estimates it will cost around R300-million to help the government roll out Covid-19 vaccines to mineworkers and community members.  

foodFinancial Mail reports that the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) is alarmed by the prolonged downward trajectory in employment in hotels, restaurants and business services, which are all sectors that are highly employment intensive.  

imfBL Premium reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again reiterated the importance of addressing SA’s fiscal trajectory and promoting private sector-led investment in driving economic growth and employment.  

newsSowetanLive reports that a beauty therapist who was unfairly dismissed from a spa in Johannesburg has won her case at the bargaining council.  

VinproBL Premium reports that Vinpro, the wine industry body that is taking the government to court over the liquor sales ban, which it says threatens a key sector of the Western Cape economy, has argued that provincial authorities should have the power to make alcohol regulations under the national state of disaster.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa has told the Cricket SA (CSA) interim board that its chair, retired judge Zak Yacoob, must go.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says the bid by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) to get SA Airways (SAA) to pay salaries to their members could put the airline’s business rescue process in jeopardy.  

Zweli MkhizeTimesLIVE reports that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday night that the plane carrying SA's first batch of Covid-19 vaccines would arrive in the country on 1 February.  

sabcBL Premium reports that on Wednesday the government moved to avert imminent retrenchments at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), suggesting a number of alternatives it said could bring an amicable solution to the dispute between employees and management.  

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related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 27 January 2021.