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.

uasaEngineering News reports that Uasa has reacted strongly to two reported suicides on the part of Denel workers last week. The trade union described the news as “distressing and heart-wrenching”.

UIFBL Premium reports that Thobile Lamati, director-general of the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) told MPs on Friday that disciplinary hearings against Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) managers would take place this week.  

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has announced that it will be investing R6.8bn in growth projects in its SA platinum group metals (PGM) and gold assets, thereby creating thousands of new jobs.  

arcelormittalFin24 reports that the bodies of three missing employees of ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) have been recovered, the company confirmed on Thursday.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that eleven police officers have appeared in the Mahlabathini District Court in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) in connection with the murder of an Ulundi man in October.

denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) will be disappointed if healthcare workers do not take the Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.  

saa thumb medium95 76News24 Wire writes that while the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) keenly awaits the completion of the implementation of the business rescue plan of SA Airways (SAA), employees of its subsidiary SAA Technical (SAAT) are still seemingly in the dark about their future.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that a policeman and his alleged attacker both died after a shooting incident in Chatsworth, south of Durban, on Thursday.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that South Africans have widely adopted face masks to counter the threat of Covid-19 infection, but are slipping on social distancing and hand washing.  

easterncape thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.  Mabuyane announced he had fired Gomba at a news conference on Thursday.

arcelormittalTimesLIVE reports that the three workers who were trapped after an explosion at ArcelorMittal SA’s (Amsa’s) premises in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, on Wednesday have been confirmed dead.  

UIFBL Premium reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is aiming to start processing applications for the extension of the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for workers affected by the Covid-19 lockdown in the first week of March.  

employment thumb100 GroundUp reports that unemployed and desperate people have taken to sitting outside the gates of Wireforce in Germiston hoping for a job.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that the shutting down of the Humansdorp Kooperasie by workers over a wage dispute has impacted local farmers in the Cookhouse area of the Eastern Cape.  

SaftuIndependent Media reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has reiterated its rejection of SA’s ambitious Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) as it plans to embark on a nationwide general strike to highlight growing poverty, unemployment and inequality in the country.  

arcelormittalFin24 reports that a search is on for three employees after a portion of a 90 meter stack collapsed at a coke battery of ArcelorMittal in Vanderbijlpark.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa) is headed to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to compel the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to pay the 13th cheque its members would have received at the end of 2020 as well as three months’ back pay.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer price inflation accelerated slightly in January, driven by higher food prices and services costs.  

SolidarityBL Premium reports that Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane faces legal action against the R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), launched in January to assist the development of black-owned businesses in the sector.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Social Development has called on early childhood centres (ECDs) to apply for relief funding made available through the presidential employment stimulus.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the Ingonyama Trust, which administers tribal land under communal tenure in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has been slapped with an adverse audit opinion by the office of Auditor-General (AG) of SA.  

petrolpumpFin24 reports that the Automobile Association (AA) said on Monday that South African consumers could brace for yet another hefty fuel price hike in March.  

gavel thumb100 DespatchLIVE reports that a former OR Tambo district municipality accountant has admitted to fraud, theft and money laundering amounting to more than R9m.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that last year alone, 2,000 Eskom employees left the embattled parastatal.  Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter made the revelation on Monday as he delivered a virtual address on the power utility’s state of affairs.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a teacher lashed a pupil 55 times on her palm and the back of her right hand with a stick, fracturing bones in her arm – and then tried to argue that her dismissal had been unfair.  

prasaCape Argus reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) resumed train services from Cape Town to Langa on Monday, but there were concerns about security after a body was found in a train carriage at Retreat station over the weekend.  

education90The Star reports that accused “sex pest” acting principal of John Martin Catholic School in Kagiso has been placed on precautionary special leave amid the revelation that the educator had a valid teaching certificate when he was appointed.  

chickensBusiness Times reports that Chris Schutte, CEO of SA's biggest poultry producer, Astral Foods, the remuneration policy of which was recently rejected by shareholders, says too much focus on remuneration is making it harder to hang on to executives who are in high demand around the world.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that youth employment organisation Lulaway's social impact division, Lulalab Foundation, has developed a youth employment initiative that trains youths to assemble, install and maintain gravity-fed solar geysers made from recycled materials in informal settlements.  

ramaphosa2Bloomberg reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his weekly letter that the grants and unemployment benefits introduced to help people and businesses withstand the economic downturn that was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic could not be sustained indefinitely.