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.

phiyegaMail & Guardian reports that the government has thrown R5.5-million — and counting — into a black hole of litigation for former police commissioner Riah Phiyega to clear her name in relation to the Marikana massacre.

salrcSunday Times reports that women in the informal sector could in future be in a better position in regard to maternity benefits thanks to a proposal to extend those benefits to them.

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that questions about whether the government has done enough to acknowledge its central role in the 2012 Marikana massacre and make amends to the victims and their families took centre stage on Monday as nine years were marked since the atrocity.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the CFO at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) and a company director appeared in court on Monday on alleged personal protective equipment (PPE) tender fraud amounting to more than R14m.

hpcsaNews24 reports that a Congolese national has been released on R5,000 bail after he was arrested in Mpumalanga for allegedly practising medicine without a licence.

Restaurant AssociationBL Premium reports that the Restaurant Association of SA (Rasa) is calling for the cabinet to end restrictions on eateries after an estimated 1,100 restaurants shut down during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 13 August 2021.

Correctional ServicesThe Citizen reports that the department of justice and correctional services confirmed on Friday in a statement that an inmate had been charged for the murder of an official at the Leeuwkop correctional centre in Tshwane.

healthcareSunday Times reports that patients younger than 59 have been admitted to hospital in greater numbers during the Delta-driven third wave, according to clinicians on the frontline of the war against Covid-19.

SeriThe Star reports that as SA marks the ninth anniversary of the Marikana killings on Monday, there have been calls for 16 August to be made a national holiday as a sign of respect to the miners who died in the country’s first post-apartheid massacre.

newsSaturday Citizen writes that with SA showing signs of some people being reluctant to vaccinate against Covid, government’s communications strategy appears not to be strong enough to counter the growing wave of massive disinformation on social media.

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that an employee of an agency of the Department of Human Settlements has filed a R2m defamation suit against her employer and a senior manager for allegedly spreading rumours that she had slept her way to promotions.

UIFNews24 reports that the newly established relief fund to assist companies looted during the recent unrest has been infiltrated by fraudsters.

gautrainEngineering News reports that according to the Automobile Association (AA), proposed route extensions to the Gautrain must be rejected by the Gauteng provincial government, as this will perpetuate a system which “caters for the minority of citizens who don’t need it, instead of the mass market which does”.

handcuffsNews24 reports that an employee at the eMalahleni municipality in Mpumalanga was granted R10,000 bail last week, after being charged with selling unallocated RDP houses to unsuspecting victims desperate for a home.

newsCity Press reports that SA’s Covid-19 vaccine programme is losing momentum. Dr Nicholas Crisp, who runs government’s vaccine programme, said they have not been able to reach the target of 250,000 jabs a day because too few people were showing up at vaccination stations.

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it is “disturbed and aggrieved” by China Africa Precious Metal’s (CAPM’s) issuance of a Section 189 notice for the retrenchment of 200 of the 301 employees at its Orkney gold mine, in the North West.

gunNews24 reports that police advised on Saturday that a principal and his teachers were robbed at a school on the West Rand in Gauteng.

southafricalogoReuters reports that Health Minister Joe Phaahla indicated on Friday that he would not recommend a relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures despite a downward trend in infections.

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

newsThe Citizen reports that a new report shows SA is lagging behind in the ranking for countries that have made an improvement in youth development.

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that fire stations across Cape Town have been working with minimal staff for the last month because 525 firefighters are facing disciplinary hearings and are not allowed to work overtime.

education thumb100 Sunday Times Daily reports that the Limpopo education department has reprimanded a circuit manager for asking schools for donations to pay for wifi connectivity and stationery consumables for his office.

newsThe Citizen reports that three North West health officials could be in trouble for allegedly withholding Covid-19 vaccines from black people, while mobilising white people to get vaccinated at the department’s Tswaing sub-district last month.

SolidarityOn Thursday, trade union Solidarity presented the findings of a comprehensive report compiled by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) into the estimated cost of introducing the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.

UIFCape Argus reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has been slammed for being too slow to deal with 123 complaints submitted a month ago.

education90At least five general workers at Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve have been asked to stay at home while the investigation into the rape of a grade one learner is underway.

cosatuFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu and the Public Servants Association (PSA) have each hit out at National Treasury's indication that members of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) will be excluded from new rules enabling pre-retirement fund withdrawals.

panafricanMining Weekly reports that according to Pan African Resources, its Barberton Mines operation has successfully concluded a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and a five-year wage agreement with Uasa.

NorthamMining Weekly reports that Northam Platinum has advised that wage negotiations at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo, with representative union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have been concluded.