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.

Mossel BayNews24 reports that the Mossel Bay Municipality has terminated the contract of its municipal manager following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

education90News24 reports that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has nearly reached its target in the vaccination of teachers in the province against the Covid-19 virus.

presidencyNews24 reports that Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni indicated during a media briefing on Wednesday that 5,000 soldiers had been deployed and placed at identified hot spots hit by ongoing civil unrest.

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) has condemned the acts of violence and looting that have been spreading through various parts of the country, particularly KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

petrolpumpBL Premium reports that motorists have been advised not to panic-buy petrol, as the country’s fuel stocks are deemed sufficient, despite the closure of the SA Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) on Tuesday.

UIFBL Premium reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) says employees in sectors hit hardest by the latest Covid-19 lockdown measures will start receiving Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments from 26 July.

Sibanye StillwaterBloomberg reports that Sibanye-Stillwater may wind down its three South African gold mines in the next decade or so as it becomes harder to exploit aging assets in an industry that was once the world’s largest.

newsThe Citizen reports that like a mob of scavengers, looters descended on the Vosloorus Naledi Mall by night, looting everything – money left in ATM machines, food, meat, clothes, computers, furniture – and cleared all medication from the shelves of the centre’s only pharmacy.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that ministers responsible for law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday that the government would impose a state of emergency, something that hasn’t happened since the height of the protests against the apartheid government in the 1980s, only as a last resort.

Correctional ServicesIndependent Media reports that two Westville Correctional Centre officials were attacked on Tuesday morning. In a photograph shared on social media, two guards are seen with blood stains on their uniforms.

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Independent Media reports that Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) officer Meshack Mahlangu was killed by violent looters, at the newly built Sam Ntuli Mall in Katlehong.

ancCape Argus reports that African National Congress (ANC) staffers in Cape Town are on a go-slow as a result of the non-payment of their June salaries.

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that passenger rail service Metrorail has announced that train services suspended earlier this week due to spreading violent unrest, will formally resume on Wednesday.

sandf thumb medium90 89BL Premium reports that SA is on a knife edge as violent riots have escalated to the point of police being in running battles with thousands of protesters intent on looting and then burning malls and warehouses and sabotaging strategic infrastructure.

petrolpumpBL Premium reports that South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref), the largest refinery in Southern Africa, has declared force majeure and closed its doors amid rampant unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

healthcareBloomberg reports that SA’s Covid-19 vaccination program has been partially halted as violent protests following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma rage in two key provinces.

seifsaFin24 reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has revised a wage offer in the metals and engineering sectors in order to get a deal in its ongoing negotiations with organised labour.

coalMining Weekly reports that operations MC Mining’s 70%-owned Uitkomst colliery have been suspended temporarily in light of the continuing civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

newsThe Citizen writes that the ongoing riots in SA looks set to reverse all the country’s gains in combatting the Covid pandemic.

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newsNews24 reports that a truck was set alight on Monday in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape in apparent ongoing attacks on foreign nationals driving manganese ore trucks.  

worldbankBloomberg reports that according to the World Bank, SA can bolster hiring by temporarily extending tax incentives, suspending rules that increase labour costs and introducing measures to support entrepreneurship and self-employment.

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that in an address to the nation on Monday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa appealed to South Africans to consider the consequences of their actions and stop the wholesale looting and the trail of destruction.

southafricalogoFin24 reports that some unions have accepted government's latest wage offer to public servants, while others have rejected the proposal and yet others are still weighing their options.

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that about 95% of the members of the SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa) have voted in favour of an in-principle settlement agreement offered by South African Airways (SAA).

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that a train and a taxi collided in an early Monday morning accident at a Cape Town level crossing, leaving commuters stranded between Fish Hoek and Retreat.

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that in his weekly newsletter published on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that detailed plans to cushion businesses and workers affected by the latest restrictions meant to curb the spread of Covid-19 and reduce pressure on hospitals would be published soon.

newsTimesLIVE reports that former KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) premier and Eskom chair Dr Ben Ngubane died from Covid-19 complications on Monday morning.

RichardsBayMineralsMining Weekly reports that Rio Tinto’s South African subsidiary, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), says there are still “fundamental milestones” that must be met before its operations, in KwaZulu-Natal, can be resumed.

seifsaEngineering News reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has, on behalf of its 19 affiliated employer organisations, tabled a wage offer to trade unions in the metals and engineering sector.