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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 6 April 2020.

transnetlogo thumb100 ANA writes that Bonang Mohale, chancellor of the University of the Free State, said on Friday that criticism of Sizakele Mzimela’s ability to head Transnet Freight Rail was uninformed.  

delilleMail & Guardian reports that in a last-minute reprieve, 90 employees of the ailing Independent Development Trust (IDT) were given a three-month extension of their contracts, despite plans by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPW&I) to dissolve the state-owned company.  

earningsBL Premium reports that RCL’s decision to help top executives cash out of a supposed long-term share incentive scheme has infuriated shareholder activists and embarrassed parent company Remgro.  

PSLSunday Times reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has not considered the issue of salary pay cuts for players yet.  In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, major leagues around the world have been suspended and leading clubs have announced various salary cuts.  

gautengSABC News reports that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport was scheduled on Monday to launch a programme to support taxi ranks and transport modes with sanitisation of commuters and vehicles to curb the spread of Covid-19.  

AspenDispatchLive reports that the coronavirus has given more than 100 Aspen Pharmacare workers a temporary reprieve as the giant pharmaceutical company has halted its retrenchment process.  

gautengSABC News reports that the Gauteng health department has called for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators.  

EOHTechCentral reports that EOH Holdings is poised to slash employee salaries by as much as 20% in an effort to stave off a potential Covid-19 lockdown-induced crisis at the IT services group.  

newsEngineering News reports that 2020 wine grape crop will still yield exceptional wines despite uncertainty at first considering SA’s lockdown practices, according to industry body Vinpro.  

woolworthsBusinessLive reports that retailer Woolworths will continue to pay staff during the Covid-19 shutdown, while senior management will forgo up to 30% of their fees and salaries over the next three months to provide additional support to employees.  

SAMHSANA reports that on Sunday the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) called up registered healthcare practitioners to join forces with serving members in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  

vavi1SowetanLive reports that well-known labour movement leader Zwelinzima Vavi has been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 3 April 2020.

sandf thumb medium90 89Sunday Times reports that soldiers helping to enforce the coronavirus lockdown have been put at risk by sanitisers and face masks that do not meet safety standards.  

kznlogo thumb100 City Press reports that nurses in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have expressed fear and trepidation over “what is coming” as SA battles to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus.  

nehawu80Sunday Independent reports that according to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), health professionals at the forefront of the government’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic have been forced to buy their own personal protective equipment (PPE).  

MineralsCouncilSABL Premium reports that SA’s mining sector must return to work at the end of the 21-day lockdown or face permanent damage after having already estimated to lose a fifth of April’s production and R7bn in wages during the period.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that two doctors working at a Mpumalanga hospital were forced into a quarantine facility in Limpopo despite already self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.  

JMPDNews24 reports that workers at a Johannesburg construction site were arrested after they were found at work despite the national lockdown.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that three Gauteng traffic police officers were arrested on Friday in Midrand for allegedly soliciting and receiving a bribe.  

irrBusinessLive reports that the government should soften its restrictions on who is permitted to work away from home during the lockdown, to mitigate its effect on the economy and give it the best chance of curbing the transmission of Covid-19.  

AbsaMoneyweb reports that Maria Ramos, who retired as Absa Group CEO at the end of February 2019, was paid R3.8 million for her two months’ work in 2019 at the banking group.  

Pam GoldingFin24 reports that property giant Pam Golding Properties (PGP) will be instituting salary cuts and reduced working hours as the effect of the coronavirus lockdown takes its toll on the company.  

ShopriteBusiness Insider reports that Shoprite and Checkers have rolled out daily temperature testing of their employees at the start of their shifts.  A high temperature is typically the first symptom of Covid-19.  

GoldOneNews24 reports that an accident on Friday at Gold One’s Modder East mine in Springs, Gauteng, has left one man dead.  The employee's body has been retrieved and handed over to the police.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that five police sergeants and two administrative clerks were arrested on Thursday in Bellville, Langa and Paarl for fraud and corruption.  

IataFin24 reports that according to the latest projections by the International Air Transport Association (Iata), the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the SA airline industry could amount to 10.7 million fewer passengers transported and a loss of about R40 billion.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 2 April 2020.

ambulanceSowetanLive reports that a group of eight paramedics in KwaZulu-Natal allegedly refused to transport a Covid-19 patient last month after claiming that they were not provided with protective gear or adequate training.