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.

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that a police constable who allegedly demanded "protection money" from a shop owner has appeared in court on charges of murder and extortion.  

saa thumb medium95 76TimesLIVE reports that South African Airways (SAA) confirmed on Monday that its technical CEO Adam Voss had resigned.  Voss joined SAA Technical (SAAT) in July 2019.  

hpcsaNews24 reports that a woman who allegedly passed herself off as a pulmonologist but had no qualifications and was not registered with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has been arrested.  

CCMAGroundUp reports that at a recent hearing of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), commissioner Nomsa Mbileni ordered the reinstatement of a factory worker who had been fired for reporting for duty under the influence of dagga.  

GEPFBL Premium reports that the new principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), Musa Mabesa, has concluded deliberations with the National Treasury and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that can open the door to revisions in how the fund invests the nearly R2-trillion entrusted to it by the nation’s public servants.  

gunNews24 reports that six factory workers were shot and wounded on Monday morning after forcibly grabbing a firearm from private security guards during a protest over salary increases.  

ComairReuters reports that the Competition Tribunal on Friday approved a rescue deal for Comair on condition that the carrier freezes job cuts for three years and investors allocate shares to a special purpose black empowerment vehicle.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Times writes that the government's commitment to pay the R10.5bn that SA Airways (SAA) desperately needs to conclude its business rescue may draw a line under its legacy issues, but a question mark still hangs over future funding and the viability of the new airline expected to emerge from the process.  

UIFBL Premium reports that the decision by the state’s national coronavirus command council not to extend the Covid Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) beyond mid-September has drawn a sharp rebuke from a business lobby group and from unions.  

nehawu80City Press reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has come under criticism in Parliament for allegedly using the portfolio committee on higher education, science and technology as a “bargaining chip”.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that a framework for guidelines on lifestyle audits for cabinet ministers and their deputies will be finalised by March 2021, about three years after President Cyril Ramaphosa said such examinations would be introduced.  

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Thursday, 29 October 2020.

joburgcityNews24 reports that City of Johannesburg municipal manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni has been ordered to act decisively against those implicated in personal protective equipment (PPE) related corruption.  

daTimesLIVE reports that broadsides came thick and fast as opposition parties opened fire on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday.  

newsMoneyweb reports that government has confirmed in its Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) its commitment of R100 billion over 10 years to the Infrastructure Fund, of which R18 billion will be over the medium term.  

MboweniNews24 Wire reports that while SA Airways will get the R10.5-billion it has requested from government to fund its business rescue process, there were no announcements in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday of additional funding for cash-strapped state-owned entities (SOEs) such as the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the SA Post Office and Denel.  

retirementBL Premium reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced that workers will be compelled to buy an annuity with two thirds of their provident funds when they retire, effective March 2021.  

handcuffsIndependent News reports that two suspects who purported to be police officers were arrested in the streets of Johannesburg on Wednesday. 

sapsIndependent News reports that two senior SA Police Service (SAPS) officers charged with fraud, defeating the ends of justice and contravention of the Firearms Act were released on R3,000 bail each at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the government has proposed a three-year wage freeze for public servants, placing the state at risk of a public sector strike in the coming months.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the government has allocated R6.5 billion in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to SA Airways (SAA) for settling of its guaranteed debt and interest and R10.5 billion for implementation of its business rescue plan.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that data from Stats SA showed on Wednesday that consumer inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), slowed to its lowest level in three months in September.  

presidencyBusinessLive reports that The Presidency advised on Wednesday that President Cyril Ramaphosa was in self-quarantine after a guest at a dinner he attended at the weekend tested positive for Covid-19.  

joburgcityEWN reports that City of Johannesburg mayoral committee member (MMC) Loyiso Masuku has officially returned to work.  

citypowerThe Star reports that just five months after being appointed as City Power acting chief executive, Malope Ramagaga has been removed from the position.  

ActionSASowetan reports that Action SA leader Herman Mashaba says he will be seeking private prosecution against the CEO of Vantage Goldfields and the Lily Mine management over the incident that led to the deaths of three miners.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Mercury reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has embarked on a national strike against the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), demanding that an 8% wage deal agreed to last year be honoured.  

worldbankBloomberg reports that the World Bank has apparently told SA’s government it has to cut its wage bill to qualify for a loan of as much as $2 billion and agree the money won’t be used to bail out insolvent state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  

sanral thumb100 Engineering News reports that according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, up to 7,000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road.  

prasaEngineering News reports that the newly appointed board of control of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) held its first meeting on 27 October and appointed group executive for human capital management, Thandeka Mabija, as acting CEO with immediate effect.