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.

newsCape Argus reports that Cape Town artists, creatives and performers had been expected take to the streets in artistic protest and in solidarity with artists from across the country in the ongoing protest against the mismanagement of funds meant to assist the entertainment industry, but they had to postpone their protest.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that there was uncertainty on Tuesday about whether schooling would resume at a Mpumalanga school after it was forced to shut down when a gang stormed it last week.

protestThe Star reports that after a virtual meeting held over the weekend to address the ongoing Presidential Empowerment Stimulus Programme (PESP) fund saga, artists have vowed to continue their sit-in at the National Arts Council (NAC) until there is a resolution.

southafricalogoMail & Guardian reports that budget cuts to the Department of Employment & Labour’s (DEL’s) inspectorate have sparked concerns that “unscrupulous employers” will go unchecked while workplace safety deteriorates.

navyCape Times reports that the SA Navy has successfully challenged a Limpopo High Court decision declaring its recruitment age requirement invalid. This was after the Tebeila Institute, which took on the Navy, could not prove its case at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has thrown out former Denel boss and convicted sex pest Koos Venter’s bid to overturn his multiple rape and indecent assault convictions.

samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that following its recent collective bargaining conference, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) intends to demand a R4,000 monthly salary hike at municipalities.

EAABBL Premium reports that the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB), the body responsible for regulating and controlling certain activities of estate agents, says it has issued most of the outstanding certificates required by estate agents to practice.

samalogo thumb medium85 87BL Premium reports that the SA Medical Association (Sama) and the SA Medical Association Trade Union (Samatu) have been in a long-standing dispute over whether Sama owes Samatu millions of rand in deductions paid over the past 20 years.

ambulanceThe Citizen reports that two Best Care Emergency Medical Service ambulances were targeted in a petrol-bombing attack at the company’s premises in the Mountain View in the Pretoria area on Friday night.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 19 March 2021.

saa thumb medium95 76Business Times writes that the SA Airways (SAA) rescue saga seems to be drawing to a close, with its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) indicating on Friday that they hoped to complete the process and hand the airline back to its interim board by the end of this month.

implatsMining Weekly reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) will be investing R10-million over the next four years into the 2021 intake of bursars.

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that a senior government official has signalled that public-sector union wage demands could still be open for discussion, despite the Treasury indicating that the state could not afford salary increases.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Airways (SAA) intend to hand back the company by the end of March.

southafricalogoNews24 reports that Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) chief financial officer Caiphus Ramashau has been placed on precautionary suspension in connection with a R118 million New York deal to buy land which didn’t exist.

JMPDNews24 reports that four Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers, including two superintendents, are expected to appear in court on Tuesday where they will face charges of corruption and theft out of a motor vehicle.

sapsNews24 reports that the Cape Town police force lost another member after an off-duty police constable was shot and killed in Delft on Friday afternoon.

JMPDNews24 reports that the body of a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) security officer was found burnt at a Rea Vaya bus station on Friday.

CCMABL Premium reports that the budget cuts at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have plunged the statutory body for aggrieved employees into a crisis.

UIFThe Citizen reports that the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) paid out close to R60 billion to 267,414 employers after applications opened in March last year.

gavel thumb100 HeraldLive reports that the suspended Eastern Cape school principal accused of instructing a pupil to extract his cell phone from a pit latrine has been granted bail.

daBusinessLive reports that citing the high level of indebtedness and low level of savings in the country, the Treasury has rejected a bill proposed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that would allow pension fund members to leverage their pensions for their own benefit.

Correctional ServicesDaily News reports that according to prisoner organisations, sexual relations between warders and prisoners happened all the time and the recent video made headlines only because it went viral.

SolidarityEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity and civil rights group AfriForum have announced that they will be proceeding with litigation against the Tourism Equity Fund (TEF) after having unfruitful talks with the Ministry.

ShopriteBloomberg reports that according to the head of retailer Shoprite, SA’s private sector must be allowed to secure vaccines on their own to speed-up the slow roll out of Covid-19 shots.

exxaroMiningmx reports that Exxaro Resources has laid out its management succession plan as it transitions from an overwhelming dependence on coal.

pwcBusiness Report writes that this year for the first time since 2010, more SA businesses are expecting to reduce the number of their staff than to increase them.

West Rand Local MunicipalityThe Star reports that the Rand West City Local Municipality is under fire for corruption for allegedly paying a former senior manager his full salary despite him having been deported.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 17 March 2021.