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.

CapeTownlogoNews24 Wire reports that many of the firefighters risking their lives to bring Cape Town’s devastating Table Mountain fire under control are doing so while in a protracted dispute over their shifts, and are worried about being fired.

nehawu80The Citizen reports that according to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), the state of Gauteng public hospitals has been “deplorable” for years.

randwaterBL Premium reports that more than 15-million residents in Gauteng could be left without water when the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) goes on an indefinite strike at Rand Water from Wednesday.

strike thumb medium85 85Mining Weekly reports that Bushveld Minerals announced on 19 April that industrial action at its Vametco operations, in North West province, resulted in a temporary halt in production from 16 April.

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that a small group of security guards, proudly insourced by former City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba in 2018, have been sitting without work for almost two years.

newsBusinessLive reports that the government has been accused of rushing its plans for establishing a no-fault compensation fund for severe side-effects from Covid-19 vaccines.

daThe Citizen reports that according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng, last week’s fire at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital was the fourth such fire in the province in the past six years.

gunNews24 reports that a gang of armed robbers held a sports anchor and her crew at gunpoint in Khayelitsha on Saturday and robbed them of equipment while they were working there.

southafricalogoNews24 reports that information that came to light in a parliamentary reply last week revealed that not only are SA’s municipalities in a financial and political mess, but they also appear to be led by incompetent officials.

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 16 April 2021.

earningsSowetanLive reports that even as the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital faces cancer treatment backlogs, radiation therapists are leaving the institution in droves because of disputed salary scales.

nehawu80The Citizen reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) called for an immediate investigation after fire ravaged through the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital dispensary section, including a PPE storeroom, on Friday.

unisaTimesLIVE reports that Unisa’s executive director of legal services, Adv Modidima Mannya, has hauled vice-chancellor Prof Puleng LenkaBula to court after she suspended him for, among other things, allegedly abusing his position.

newsThe Citizen reports that an alleged lack of functional fire hydrants with a fire which wouldn’t die down led to the mass evacuation of patients at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

glencoreMining Weekly reports that proxy advisers Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have recommended that Glencore’s shareholders should reject a proposed pay package for incoming CEO Gary Nagle at the firm's annual general meeting (AGM) later this month.

Busa2BL Premium reports that two business organisations argued in parliament on Thursday that proposed legislation which would give Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister the power to set sectoral targets for employment equity was unconstitutional in its current form.

eskomBloomberg reports that the two biggest unions representing workers at Eskom are seeking 15% wage increases, adding to the woes confronting the loss-making state-owned power utility.

SolidarityBL Premium reports that trade union Solidarity and lobby group AfriForum argued in the Pretoria High Court on Friday that the R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund was unlawful because tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane established it without the go-ahead from her trade, industry & competition counterpart, Ebrahim Patel, as required by law.

psaBL Premium reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents over 235,000 workers, has threatened to go on strike after the government formally tabled a 0% wage increase for the 2021/2022 financial year.

Robben Island MuseumTimesLIVE reports that the Robben Island Museum is in the midst of a financial crisis, which it once again is blaming on the effects of Covid-19 on the tourism sector rather than on mismanagement of funds.

protestTimesLIVE reports that a 53-year-old member of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is among seven suspects who were scheduled to appear on Thursday at the Namakgale Magistrate's Court in connection with public violence that erupted in Phalaborwa, Namakgale and Lulekane last Friday.

NPATimesLIVE reports that a senior North West prosecutor, who stands accused of a raft of sexual offences against a minor, has been suspended.

SARBMoneyweb reports that the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) released its bi-annual Monetary Policy Review (MPR) on Wednesday, in which it warned that the economy could be further negatively impacted by the emergence of new waves of Covid-19 infections should the country not reach herd immunity.

gavel thumb100 Moneyweb reports that the North West High Court has ordered the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District (DRSMD) Municipal Council, its speaker and mayor to foot the court bill for unlawfully suspending the municipal manager, Jerry Mononela, after claiming he was guilty of financial misconduct.

daBL Premium reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, who is facing an internal qualifications probe following reports that he does not hold a Bcom degree as previously claimed, says he takes full responsibility for not disclosing the correct information on his CV.

bankingassocBL Premium reports that the Banking Association SA (Basa), which represents all registered banks in the country, has thrown its weight behind legislation to compel businesses to meet employment equity goals.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that SA Airways (AA) has appointed Thomas Kgokolo as interim CEO, the interim board chair Geoff Qhena announced to staff on Wednesday.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 14 April 2021.

saa thumb medium95 76News24 reports that according to a letter dated 9 April 2021 from the SAA business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to the SAA Pilots Association (Saapa), if striking members of the association had accepted the BRPs’ latest offer, an amount totalling R704 million would have been paid out to them last week.

newsThe Citizen reports that two police officers have been arrested by the Serious Corruption Investigation team in the Vaal Rand in Gauteng on charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice.