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.

GEMSFin24 reports that last Tuesday the Council for Medical Scheme's Section 59 Investigation Panel released its interim report into allegations of racial discrimination by medical schemes against black, coloured and Indian healthcare practitioners.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 January 2021.

angiemotshekgaNews24 Wire reports that Solidarity has sent a lawyer’s letter to the Department of Basic Education, questioning its directive on the delayed opening of private schools.  

netcareSaturday Star reports that a woman who heard the downed Netcare 911 helicopter explode in a farm field has asked God to erase the terrible images of the remnants of the crash from her mind.  

SolidarityBusinessTech reports that trade union Solidarity and civil society organisation AfriForum are preparing court papers against Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over the government’s implementation plan for Covid-19 vaccines.  

UIFBL Premium reports that business and labour have accused the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) of backtracking in talks over extending Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) wage protection to cover the current lockdown.  

cell cFin24 reports that mobile operator Cell C says it will allow the law to take its course in the punishment of a former executive who was arrested on Friday for alleged fraud and corruption involving a tender scam worth approximately R64 million.  

CCMAGroundUp writes that workers are going to suffer the most from the overwhelming caseloads at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the next few years, especially now that part-time commissioners are no longer being used to resolve disputes.  

sabmillerBusiness Times reports that more than 500 staff of SA Breweries (SAB) received their last pay cheque on Friday after the company suspended their employment due to the national ban on the sale of alcohol.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the specialised commercial crimes court in Port Elizabeth gave an admin clerk a seven-year prison sentence on Friday for stealing hundreds of thousands of rand from her previous employer, Chris Bury Appliances.  

sabcBL Premium reports that unions were dealt a major blow on Friday when the Labour Court in Braamfontein dismissed an application for leave to appeal an earlier ruling that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) retrenchment process was lawful.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Vantage Goldfields, the owner of the shut Lily gold mine, has countered claims made by Herman Mashaba, president of political organisation ActionSA, that the mine has received two bids by third parties that intend to acquire and reopen the mine.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 21 January 2021.

numBloomberg reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has blamed “poor leadership” at state-owned power utility Eskom for ongoing nationwide power cuts.  

SolidarityThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity and lobby group AfriForum on Thursday said they were proceeding with the preparation of court papers against Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over government’s implementation plan for Covid-19 vaccines.  

southafricalogoGroundUp reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has taken action against a food company in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape where a worker’s hand was severed last week by a machine   

cosatuThe Star reports that labour federation Cosatu has blasted its alliance partner the ANC, accusing it of having failed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) workers and those employed in other struggling state-owned companies.  

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Gold Fields has appointed Chris Griffith CEO designate.  Griffith will succeed Nick Holland with effect from 1 April.  

numsaThe Citizen reports that steel manufacturing company Macsteel has confirmed that employees returned to work on Thursday, following a protest launched by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) earlier in the week.  

Jackson MthembuThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has passed on from Covid-19 related complications.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that striking SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees have called for the immediate dissolution of the public broadcaster’s board, which they accused of failing to lead and save jobs.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a survey has found that teachers spend a large part of their school day pleading with pupils to adhere to Covid-19 protocols.  

nehawu80Cape Argus reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has noted a proposal from the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation that universities must develop their own safety plans relating to the return of workers to work.  

GEMSIndependent News reports that public servants are threatening to take legal action against the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) for increasing its membership contributions by 4.25%.  

sabmillerBL Premium reports that labour has called on the government to intervene after unions claimed that SA Breweries (SAB) has begun engaging with them on a possible ‘section 189’ retrenchment process.  

petrosaBL Premium reports that state-owned PetroSA plans to slash more than a third of its workforce.  

AmatholeNews24 reports that the broke Amathole District Municipality (ADM) will now pay its employees their salaries as the internal circular, in which workers were informed that they will not receive salaries for February, April, May and June, has been withdrawn.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx reports that according to market speculation, Chris Griffith, the former CEO of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), is being lined up to take over at Gold Fields.  Griffith declined to comment.  

putco thumb100 SowetanLive reports that commuter bus company Putco intends laying off more than 300 employees due to a decline in revenue and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

HeinekenBL Premium reports that Heineken SA, owner of beer brands Amstel and Windhoek, has become the first major company to cut jobs as a result of SA’s third alcohol sales ban, which has stopped trade since late December.