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.

ramaphosa2TimesLIVE reports that according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, workers have a right to decline Covid-19 vaccinations on medical and constitutional grounds, but employers equally have a right to protect employees and ensure efficient operation of their businesses.

education90News24 reports that the Northern Cape Department of Education is working on resolving the issue of teacher assistants and general workers not having been paid for three months.

hawksNews24 reports that a Free State woman has been arrested for allegedly applying for a post in the police service with a fake matric certificate.

sapsEWN reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday joined families of slain police officers at the annual South African Police Service (SAPS) Commemoration Day.

newsFin24 reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has placed a prohibition notice on Coega Steel, following a furnace explosion that it failed to report.

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southafricalogoEngineering News reports that the Department of Employment and Labour’s Employment Equity (EE) Directorate is gearing itself up for the implementation and enforcement of the new EE Act once the Parliamentary processes are finalised by March 2022.

presidencyIndependent Media reports that Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele advised on Thursday that the Cabinet had extended the national state of disaster to 15 October.

DenelEWN reports that Cyril Xaba, chairperson of parliament’s joint Standing Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, has warned that if state-owned arms manufacturer Denel collapses, so will the country’s multibillion-rand defence industry.

handcuffsNews24 reports that two more people have been arrested in connection with the murder of senior Gauteng health department finance official Babita Deokaran.

PhaahlaNews24 reports that according to Health Minister Joe Phaahla, the envisaged Covid-19 vaccination card, which is generally called a vaccination passport, will not deprive people of their basic human rights.

saps thumb100 News24 writes that Western Cape police have confirmed that an off-duty officer was shot dead in Cape Town in the early hours of Thursday. The 35-year-old sergeant was gunned down in Eerste River after allegedly being hijacked.  

DiscoveryBL Premium reports that Discovery has become the first JSE-listed company to announce mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all staff. Its move is likely to fuel a debate about whether other companies should follow a growing international trend.

newsFinancial Mail writes that the grand vision in the national cannabis master plan includes all the government’s favourite catchwords: economic development, job creation, inclusive participation, rural development and poverty alleviation.

sassaBusinessLive reports that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) lost about R11m after 31,955 people improperly benefited from the Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant.

numMining Weekly writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has reported that two fatalities occurred in the mining industry on Wednesday, 1 September.

presidencyTimesLIVE reports that Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the government will assess the effect, if any, of the controversial social security green paper that has been withdrawn.

newsTimesLIVE reports that Nicholas Crisp has been appointed acting director-general of the national health department following Sandile Buthelezi’s suspension.

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gunTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng health department staff who are witnesses in a corruption investigation being conducted by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) fear for their safety after the brazen murder of their corruption-buster colleague.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a Gauteng motorist, who is alleged to have attacked a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer and racially abusing her, has been released on R500 bail.

SIUBusinessLive reports that the estimated cost of the investigations by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into irregular and corrupt procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) by government departments is R351m.

newsEWN reports that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says that over 6.1 million South African are now fully vaccinated with either the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the double dose Pfizer jab.

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) director-general Kgathatso Tlhakudi was on Wednesday unable to advise MPs exactly how the funds made available by Treasury for subsidiaries of SA Airways (SAA) would be spent, but said the aim was to make the ailing companies sustainable again.

Zweli MkhizeSunday Times Daily reports that former health minister Zweli Mkhize could face criminal charges for his role in the controversial Digital Vibes contract.

protestThe Citizen reports that former City of Tshwane contract workers took to the streets of Pretoria on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

lindiwezuluBL Premium reports that according to the Department of Social Development, it withdrew the green paper on comprehensive social security and retirement reform so that clarity could be obtained on some of the issues raised.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that four men and a teenager accused of killing two police officers in Mareetsane briefly appeared in the Itsoseng Magistrate's Court in North West on Monday.

healthcareBL Premium reports that health minister Joe Phaahla told MPs on Tuesday that the government was exploring the scope for businesses and public amenities to demand proof of Covid-19 vaccination from patrons.

newsTimesLIVE reports that the government has rejected demands for military veterans to be paid a one-off R4m each for their contribution to the struggle against apartheid.