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.

MotsoalediEngineering News reports that Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday denied that his department had cancelled the Critical Skills Work Visa and emphasised its importance.

JMPDThe Citizen reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the City of Johannesburg is concerned about the death of a Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer at the hands of the SA Police Service (SAPS).

ujNews24 reports that furniture worth more than R1 million, R250,000 for "decorations", R243,821 for appliances, R165,581 for an intercom system and R36,000 for a skylight are some of the requisitions approved for a makeover for the official residence of the vice-chancellor (VC) of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Letlhokwa Mpedi.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that an Eastern Cape teacher has been suspended pending an investigation into alleged corporal punishment at school.

PanyazaLesufiNews24 reports that Nasi iSpani, which translates to 'here is a job' in isiZulu, is a mass youth employment programme, which is being driven by Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi.

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gunNews24 reports that pupils and staff at Primrose High School in Germiston had to run for cover after gunfire erupted outside the school on Tuesday morning.

NedbankFin24 reports that Nedbank says the former human resources executive fired for alleged racism and dishonesty almost five years ago is challenging a recent Labour Court ruling that sanctioned the bank’s actions against her.

handcuffsThe Citizen reports that Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officers have arrested seven suspected illegal miners during a multidisciplinary operation in Germiston.

sandf thumb medium90 89The Citizen reports that the Department of Defence is spending about R9,000 on electricity, water, and waste removal on a property that has been unoccupied for 28 months.

newsEngineering News reports that Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi wants to convert old and unused government buildings into residential properties for government employees.

MotsoalediBL Premium reports that Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will be withdrawing the new work visa regulations he gazetted on 28 March and says he was “ill advised” to gazette them the day before the 29 March deadline for public comments on the draft version.

meibcEngineering News reports that trade unions and employers associations expect negotiations at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), which are set to start on 10 April in Boksburg, to be tough.

sapsNews24 reports that Free State police have arrested a SA Police Service (SAPS) sergeant for alleged corruption.

parliamentSABC News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee requesting feedback on progress made in respect of a compliant made to investigate former National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula about a 70% salary increase given to the Secretary to Parliament, Xolile George.

education thumb100 News24 reports that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has opted not to renew the contracts of 15 teachers in Atlantis, leaving several schools in the area without enough staff to teach pupils.

parliamentBL Premium reports that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has tabled the Immigration Amendment Bill to give effect to two Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgments related to the rights of illegal foreigners.

FortHareSowetanLive reports that the president of the National Tertiary Education Union, who claimed he was kidnapped and tortured by police a year ago, is challenging his dismissal from the University of Fort Hare (UFH).

blsa thumb medium70 98The Citizen reports that new visa regulations, which will make it easier for people to come and work in SA, have been welcomed, but there are concerns about their implementation as the country does not necessarily have the resources and leadership required for effective implementation.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a 52-year-old teacher, formerly employed by the Limpopo education department, was sentenced on Friday by the Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court to pay a R60,000 fine or five years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years for fraud.

equalopportunityBL Premium reports that employment trends in the asset management industry continue to be heavily favour of men, especially when it comes to investment-related roles.

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that South African Airways (SAA) is looking to bring stability to its interim executive management team by advertising five positions for permanent posts, including that of chief executive officer.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related reports.

SolidaritySolidarity has demanded urgent action from the Department of Education to ensure health and safety at Kakamas High School in the Northern Cape in order to prevent a possible tragedy for children and teachers.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) pre-empted its own public comment process when it gazetted SA’s long-awaited new skilled work visa regulations on 28 March.

labourcourtsIOL News reports that a former executive head of HR at Nedbank, who was dismissed after making racially discriminatory remarks by stating 'black people are lazier and more incompetent than white people,' has had her review application dismissed by the Johannesburg Labour Court.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that six people were arrested when North West police shut down an illegal mine near Brits as part of operation Vala Umgodi – a multi-disciplinary operation that was conducted in Hartbeespoortdam on 3 April.

psaCity Press reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents more than 245,000 public sector employees, has pushed back against claims that public servants are overpaid and underperforming.

eskomSABC News reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan says unforeseen complexities have caused delays in executing the restructuring of Eskom into three divisions, namely for electricity generation, transmission and distribution.

newsNews24 reports that the President of the Special Tribunal, Judge Lebogang Modiba, is alleged to have interfered in the recruitment process for a registrar.