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.

postoffice thumb100 Fin24 reports that business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for the SA Post Office (SAPO) say their application for funding from the Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS) has been rejected. This means retrenchments – which the application had hoped to limit – will have to be implemented as planned.

newsTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Health (DOH) has dismissed social media reports of a new Covid-19 variant and asked the public to ignore the misleading message.

easterncape thumb100 News24 reports that an attorney has questioned what prompted the State to charge his client in connection with allegations that he submitted a fake matric certificate to the Eastern Cape government when he was hired in 2002, even though the client had already been cleared in disciplinary proceedings.

nedlacEngineering News reports that organised business, labour, community and government represented in the National Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) have urged all employers to support and allow their employees to vote in the upcoming general elections on 29 May.

goldfieldsEngineering News reports that long-serving Gold Fields CFO Paul Schmidt, who is also an executive director of the listed gold mining company, is to proceed on early retirement.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Hawks in the Free State on Monday announced that the owners of two companies alleged to have scammed the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) were arrested last week.

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that civil servants have been generously remunerated over the last five years – taking home nearly R3 billion’s worth of performance bonuses, 13th cheques and incentives.

handcuffsThe Citizen reports that the military, police, and Hawks swooped down to close an illegal mining operation in the North West recently, arresting over 140 suspected undocumented foreigners in the process.

SolidarityBusiness Report writes that Solidarity has vehemently disagreed with the Minerals Council of SA’s (MCSA’s) assertion that mineworkers are among the best-paid employees in SA.

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports that its 2023 annual report released on Friday, Sibanye-Stillwater laid bare its efforts to tackle the illegal miners who have infiltrated its operations to fleece the group of millions of rand in precious metals.

sabcBL Premium reports that war has erupted between President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office and the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) over the alleged targeting of the national broadcaster’s executive through a security vetting process by the State Security Agency (SSA).

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a 34-year-old Eastern Cape businessman is the latest to appear in court over allegations of Covid-19 Temporary Employer Relief Scheme (Ters) fraud.

gunGroundUp reports that following the murder of two security guards in Philippi East last week, members of an extortion gang stated that they, and not security companies, should be paid to protect City of Cape Town infrastructure and workers.

petrolpumpFin24 reports that petrol prices will be hiked by 37c a litre on Wednesday, while wholesale diesel prices will fall by 30c a litre (0.05% sulphur) and 36c a litre (0.005% sulphur).

numsaIOL News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has welcomed the decision of the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on public enterprises to refer the botched SAA-Takatso consortium deal to the Special Investigating (SIU).

gunNews24 reports that nursing unions have called on the Eastern Cape Department of Health to ensure proper safety measures for staff after another robbery, at a rural clinic in Ngqeleni, near Mthatha.

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FronemanBL Premium reports that the pay of Sibanye-Stillwater’s CEO, Neal Froneman, has diminished from the R300m he earned in the 2021 financial year to R55m in the year to end-December.

sassaThe Citizen reports that SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) officials in eMkhondo (formerly Piet-Retief), Mpumalanga have been left “traumatised and dejected” after footage emerged of alleged “rituals” being conducted in their office after hours.

angloamerican fullFin24 reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Friday it had named Sayurie Naidoo as its CFO and executive director with effect from 1 May, replacing Craig Miller, who has taken up the position of CEO.

presidencyBusiness Times reports that the Presidency has defended the year-long vacancy in the role of economic adviser to President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying it hasn’t paralysed decision making on the economy.

AbsaFin24 reports that Absa has named Deon Raju as its new group financial director, in place of the outgoing Jason Quinn, as part of a shake-up to its executive committee.

PPRACity Press reports that more than 40% of the country’s real estate agencies and nearly half of SA’s 40,000 registered real estate agents’ operations could be disrupted due to the government’s latest black economic empowerment (BEE) requirements that it is enforcing on the private sector.

protestNews24 reports that angry security guards who have been protesting outside the offices of the Gauteng Department of Health in Johannesburg following the termination of their month-to-month contracts, say they will continue the fight to get their jobs back.

FronemanFin24 reports that following considerable opposition from shareholders holding almost half of its shares last year and biting commodity prices that are causing the company to retrench employees, diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater reduced the remuneration of its CEO by two-thirds during the past financial year.

newsSunday Times reports that an organisation representing about 800 of SA’s magistrates is mulling whether to challenge their conditions of service and strike if their long-standing grievance over their salaries is not resolved before the end of the parliamentary term next month.

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southafricalogoCity Press reports that in a massive crackdown on corruption and incompetence, the Department of Justice last week placed 13 senior managers and other officials on precautionary suspensions, pending the outcome of investigations into allegations of financial irregularities and maladministration in the affairs of the Masters of the High Court and Family Law Services.

ambulanceThe Citizen reports that a 25-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to 15 years direct imprisonment for kidnapping and assaulting a crew of paramedics in Pretoria last year.

parliamentThe Citizen reports that the two-pot retirement system is one step closer to implementation later this year after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed the Pension Funds Amendment Bill on Thursday, with changes that clear up some discrepancies.