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.

mpumaThe Citizen notes that Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has deposited a statement of guilt for violating lockdown regulations on the compulsory wearing of masks in public, but it remains unclear whether the premier will have a criminal record for this.  

Restaurant AssociationTimesLIVE reports that Wendy Alberts, CEO of the Restaurants Association of SA (Rasa), said on day three of a sit-in at the Union Buildings that the industry was imminently facing complete and utter destruction.  

prasaSowetanLive reports that the pillaging of railway infrastructure continues unabated at various non-operational train stations in Gauteng, despite the reopening of several routes since the easing of the hard lockdown last year.  

imfBL Premium reports that the IMF has revised downwards SA’s economic growth projections for the year and expects GDP expansion to be almost a percentage point lower than the Reserve Bank’s most recent forecasts.  

VinproBL Premium reports Vinpro, an organisation that represents more than 2,000 wine farmers and wine producers, is taking the government to court to ask that the alcohol ban be lifted in the Western Cape.  

africanbankBL Premium reports that African Bank CEO Basani Maluleke’s sudden resignation on Monday was primarily due to a clash of personalities with African Bank chair Thabo Dloti.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to invest a further R33-million in tertiary education aimed at bolstering mining research and development in SA.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan wants to join the Labour Court battle brought by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) against a backpay settlement offered to SA Airways (SAA) members by his department.  

capetown thumb100 Bloomberg reports that the South African government has started a R1.2 billion fund aimed at reviving the country’s ailing tourism industry.  

er24Independent Media reports that at least 70 farmworkers were injured on Wednesday morning when their truck overturned on the R44 near Klapmuts, 17km from Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that an executive support officer has been appointed to serve as a link between the embattled Cricket SA (CSA) interim board and the management team.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that former Cell C executive Mohamed Ismail Adamjee was released on R50,000 bail by the Johannesburg specialised crimes court on Tuesday.  

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

newsBL Premium reports that the number of companies in business rescue is set to spike in 2021 as the effects of continued Covid-19 trading restrictions bring businesses that may have held on last year to their knees.  

SolidarityThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity says it will send an urgent letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Coronavirus Command Council about government’s apparent plans to promote black empowerment in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.  

sabmillerBL Premium reports that according to a new report, the unintended consequences of an alcohol ban, which include the rapid rise of illicit liquor production and reduced tax revenue, far outweigh the efficacy of a prohibition.  

netcareTimesLIVE reports that the families of a pilot and four healthcare workers who were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in KwaZulu-Natal last week will on Wednesday visit the site of the crash.  

ancBL Premium reports that trade union federations say moves by the ANC to overhaul the government’s R200bn loan guarantee scheme will save jobs and cushion small businesses from the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.  

newsEconomists Mike Schüssler and Phumlani Majozi write that nearly 1.4 million formal and informal jobs in the SA economy are at risk, with the current Covid-19 lockdown alert Level 3 restrictions having a direct impact across at least seven sectors.  

nursing thumb medium90 93GroundUp reports that many health professionals are battling to cope emotionally with the surge in Covid-19 cases.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that SA Airways (SAA) asserts that the regulatory agreement it has with the SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa) prevents it from achieving "meaningful and expeditious transformation" in compliance with the Constitution and the Employment Equity Act.  

sabmillerFin24 reports that liquor producers and companies along the value chain are beginning to reel under the effects of the ongoing alcohol sale ban, with some forecasting further cuts to already reduced number of contract workers.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that employees of SA Airways (SAA) who applied for voluntary severance packages (VSPs) can expect to receive their monies by the end of January, according to unions at the airline.  

handcuffsEWN reports that a suspected bogus doctor and her assistant were scheduled to appear in court on Monday in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.  

numsaBL Premium reports that the 99 employees retrenched by Macsteel returned to the workplace on Monday after the steel supplier struck a deal with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

Jackson MthembuNews24 reports that National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said at the funeral of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu on Sunday that his death should be an opportunity for citizens to re-educate themselves about the fight against Covid-19.  

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity on Monday sent an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) to the Ministers of Finance, Employment and Labour, and to the governing body of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  

cosatuBloomberg reports that labour federation Cosatu, which is a key ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has attacked the party for everything from delays in securing Covid-19 vaccines to failing to provide income support for workers affected by the pandemic.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that law enforcement agencies in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are on high alert amid reports of a looming truck protest.  

education90News24 Wire reports that the Gauteng Department of Education is mourning the death of yet another matric examinations marker, who died after testing positive for Covid-19.