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.

nxesiNews24 reports that according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, young unemployed South Africans had "it tough" even before even before the Covid-19 pandemic, but with the full effect of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions now being felt, they find themselves in a situation that's deteriorating more and more with each lockdown announcement.

toyotaBL Premium reports that according to Toyota SA Motors (TSAM), the eThekwini Municipality has been unable to provide reassurances about restoring stability in the wake of violent riots, thereby putting the carmaker’s investment plans at risk and meaning some production could be lost to other countries.

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night that both the government and the ANC were actively engaged in giving serious consideration to a basic income grant.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the trial of former North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe and five other police officers could not resume on Monday due to the ill-health of a state witness and a defence attorney.

education thumb100 News24 reports that according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), teachers and support staff who could not get the Covid-19 vaccine due to the riots in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal will still be afforded an opportunity to do so.

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summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 16 July 2021.

southafricalogoFin24 reports that the week before last, the government tabled an offer of a 1.5% pensionable salary increase with a lump sum gratuity payable on a monthly basis ranging from R1,200 to R1,600 to public sector workers.

healthcareBloomberg reports that authorities are to give Covid-19 vaccinations for the first time at weekends in Gauteng.

joburgcityThe Star reports that the ravages of Covid-19 have not spared the City of Johannesburg. Acting city manager Floyd Brink reported that as of 7 July, 76 officials in the municipality had died.

sanursingcouncilCity Press reports that five years after the Life Esidimeni catastrophe, which resulted in the deaths of 144 mentally ill state patients, four of those accountable for it have still not been suspended by their professional councils.

healthcareCity Press reports that government wants to have looters who stole dying patients’ chronic medication charged with murder in cases where those patients died.

harmonyMining Weekly reports that an employee died in a mine-related incident at Harmony Gold's Tshepong South mine, in the Free State, on 15 July.

lindiwezuluNews24 reports that early childhood development (ECD) teachers, Sassa officials and other social development department staff will receive Covid-19 vaccines from Monday.

MassmartFin24 reports that as Makro and Game owner Massmart moves to prioritise protecting the jobs of its employees affected by the looting and violence that recently spread through parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, it says plans are also underway to restock its stores.

UIFFin24 reports that the new round of Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments for industries that can't operate fully during the Level 4 lockdown will be made directly to workers in an effort to avoid fraud by "unscrupulous employers".

handcuffsEWN reports that two Cape Town police officers have been arrested for allegedly replacing a suspect with a random person.

newsNews24 reports that Ubuntu Wealth Management CEO Qhawe Sithole has been suspended with immediate effect, following looting allegations.

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that SA Airways (SAA) announced on Friday evening that it had reached an agreement with the SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa), thus marking another significant milestone towards resuming operations.

WHOBloomberg News reports that according to the World Health Organisation, SA should prepare itself for a surge in coronavirus cases after days of widespread rioting and looting in the two most populous provinces.

sapsNews24 reports that more than 23,000 police staff have been vaccinated against Covid-19 infection since last week's start of the security cluster rollout.

petrolpumpBL Premium reports that the Automobile Association (AA) has cautioned motorists to limit non-essential travel due to the spectre of fuel shortages caused by the recent riots.

implatsMining Weekly reports that according to Impala Platinum (Implats), a work stoppage on 14 July at its Rustenburg mine, initiated by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), was resolved on the same day.

MassmartBL Premium reports that Walmart is still backing its struggling SA subsidiary Massmart, owner of Makro and Game, after more than 30 of its stores were looted and a distribution centre near Durban was burnt down.

Busa2BL Premium reports that according to Business Unity SA (Busa), the damage done by the unrest over the past week to businesses and infrastructure is in the region of R10bn-R12bn, while the government’s response so far has been inadequate and a much bigger security effort is required.

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of our selection of recent South African labour-
labour-related reports.

durbanCity Press reports that Durban has borne the brunt of the ongoing unrest, with 45,000 businesses out of commission, an estimated R16 billion in stolen stock, and damage to infrastructure and equipment.

Bheki CeleBL Premium reports that the government has stated that the acts of public violence and looting that threaten the country’s economic prospects are sabotage and not just a spontaneous response to former president Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment.

UIFThe Citizen writes that becoming a new mother is stressful enough, but imagine giving birth in a pandemic and waiting eight months for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to make a payout.

transnetlogo thumb100 Reuters reports that logistics and freight companies said on Wednesday that Durban port had suffered major disruption after days of unrest, and operations have also been badly affected at the Richards Bay port and on a national freight rail line.

kznlogo thumb100 BL Premium reports that dazed and shocked residents of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are still reeling from the anarchy that has reduced much of the province, including the Durban metro and the provincial capital Pietermaritzburg to rubble in the past few days.