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.

saa thumb medium95 76Bloomberg reports that according to a trade union leader, the government has asked workers at SA Airways (SAA) to accept three months’ pay rather than the eight months they are entitled to by labour law and the terms of a business rescue plan.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 7 December 2020.

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity announced on Monday that the SA Post Office (Sapo) had paid the first of it overdue instalments to MEDiPOS, the medical aid fund for post office employees.  

earningsGroundUp reports that a majority (nine) of the 12 members of the National Minimum Wage Commission has recommended that the national minimum wage be lifted from R20.76 an hour to R21.68 an hour.  

retirementBusiness Report writes that Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo has reassured pension fund managers that the changing regulatory environment will not give the government power over their savings.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that a truck driver was tied up and robbed of his belongings on the N1 near Winburg at the weekend.  Brig Motantsi Makhele of the Free State police said the 43-year-old driver parked his truck next to the road to take a nap.  

sadtu90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said on Monday that it anticipated filing an urgent court application before the end of the day to interdict the Department of Basic Education’s decision that matrics must rewrite leaked maths and science exam papers.  

sabcTimesLIVE reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board has denied having taken a decision to "charge" group executive of news and current affairs Phathiswa Magopeni for her stance on retrenchments.  

NPATimesLIVE reports that Advocate Shamila Batohi, national director of public prosecutions, says that SA needs better protection for whistle-blowers if the country is to win the fight against corruption.  

GEPFBloomberg reports that the head of the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) is retreating from his predecessor’s threat to withdraw money from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), as he backs a turnaround at the scandal-plagued asset manager.  

GEPFMoneyweb reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) recently released its annual report for the financial year ended 31 March, 2020, which showed a marked decrease in investment values.  

protestBusiness Report writes that Women of South Africa (WoSA), a newly-found movement, delivered memoranda to the JSE, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Union Buildings on Friday calling for the gender wage gap to be outlawed by making it a criminal offence in SA to pay women less than men for the same job.  

pscNews24 reports that disgraced Public Service Commission (PSC) director-general Dovhani Mamphiswana has been fired after an investigation revealed that he brazenly hired the mother of his child as a director at the entity.  

daIndependent News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has vowed to fight to force Premier David Makhura to release a report on the probe he conducted into the circumstances which led to the deaths of three firefighters after a fire broke out in a government office at the Bank of Lisbon building in 2018.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that a detective sergeant and a police administration clerk were arrested after a failed heist that ended in a hail of bullets in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Saturday night.  

AlexanderForbesFin24 reports that SA’s largest pension funds administrator, Alexander Forbes (AF), says between 3,500 to 4,000 retirement fund members are losing their jobs every month.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that a teacher has lost an appeal to overturn his axing for allegedly sexually assaulting a pupil.  The Education Labour Relations Council issued its finding against Wonderboy Ngwane last week.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Friday said it was working with stakeholders to find solutions for national carrier SA Airways (SAA)  This came after agitated employees who have not been paid in eight months demanded their salaries.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 4 December 2020.

JMPDSouthern Courier reports that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) trainees who were recalled from duty earlier this year because of training discrepancies have finally graduated.  

newsNews24 reports that Free State police have opened an inquest after seven bodies of unknown people were discovered inside a shaft at Kopanang Mine in Vierfontein, Free State.  

EngenNews24 reports that all refinery process units have been shut down at Engen's Wentworth refinery, while the company investigates the cause of a massive fire which broke out on Friday morning.  

hawksTimesLIVE reports that a colonel, a warrant officer and two corporals are expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit crime.  Hawks spokesperson Capt Lloyd Ramovha indicated that the inspectorate rounded the four soldiers up on Friday.  

newsReuters reported on Friday that SA’s Gamsberg zinc mine remained shut while owner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) continued to search for a worker trapped underground following a rockfall on 17 November  

sadtu90BusinessLive reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) says it will defend any attempt in court by the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) to halt the rewriting of leaked matric exam papers.  

Senzo MchunuBL Premium reports that Department of Public Service & Administration (DPSA) Minister Senzo Mchunu has rejected suggestions that he committed “fiscal treason” by proposing a R27bn wage settlement to public sector trade unions.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 3 December 2020.

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that two women who taught at schools in Mpumalanga for nine years, did so without any qualifications.  On Tuesday, the Volkrust Regional Court found Sibongile Khuzwayo and Nonjabulo Mabuza guilty of fraud.  

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that employees of South African Airways (SAA) staged a picket at Airways Park in Kempton Park on Thursday.  

saceSaturday Star writes that the SA Council of Educators (Sace) recorded an increase in the number of corporal punishment cases and cases of sexual abuse of pupils during the 2019/20 financial year.