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.

medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that Limpopo, which has until now had no deaths related to Covid-19 among its medical workers, has reported the deaths of two doctors.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 17 August 2020.

ujEngineering News reports that the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) has announced funding support to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and its consortium partners to fortify the research, innovation and advancement capacity of rapid technology towards delivering a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Golden ArrowEWN reports that Golden Arrow Bus Service in Cape Town is offering a R200,000 reward for any information that can help the investigation into the torching of its buses.  Five buses have been destroyed in separate attacks since Friday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that teachers at the New Generation Combined School in Lenasia South allege that they have not received their salaries for almost five months because the Gauteng Education Department has withheld its subsidy.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Sunday Independent reports that former SA National Defence Force (SANDF) reservists are desperate to be remunerated after money was deducted from their salaries for one year on the grounds they were “defrauding the state”.  

protestNews24 reports that members of early childhood development (ECD) centres and their supporters will be embarking on a week-long national protest to “save” some centres from shutting down.  

nehawu80News24 reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Saturday night for not referring to the urgent need to procure more personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers.  

sapu thumb medium80 79The Citizen reports that the Labour Court has reinstated Mpho Kwinika as president and member of the SA Policing Union (Sapu).  In his judgment, Judge Andre van Niekerk also declared the decision to place Kwinika on special leave as unlawful and set it aside.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Sunday Independent reports that at least 80 nurses who were roped in last month to help combat Covid-19 at Pretoria's Dr George Mukhari Hospital have not received a single cent since starting work there.  

eskomSunday Independent reports that Eskom's former acting treasurer, Mandla Maleka, who spent eight months acting in the role, is heading to the CCMA after being overlooked for the job, which he claims has been given to 'a white man with less experience'.  

nursing thumb medium90 93SowetanLive reports that nursing students at Giyani Nursing College in Limpopo narrowly escaped death after their residence was set alight by unknown people on Saturday morning.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Cricket SA (CSA) dismissed its chief operations officer Naasei Appiah with immediate effect on Sunday for “transgressions of a serious nature”.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has appointed independent non-executive director Talib Sadik as acting CEO with immediate effect.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 14 August 2020.

amcu thumb medium80 81Independent News reports that the victims of the Marikana tragedy, which saw 34 miners gunned down by the police on 16 August 2012, have slammed the government for ignoring calls for compensation, eight years after the event took place.  

Restaurant AssociationTimesLIVE reports that the tobacco industry has cautiously welcomed the announcement that cigarettes can be sold from Tuesday, but the ban on trade for five months has left it reeling.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will open and begin processing applications for July and August Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) benefits from Monday, 17 August.  

benchmarksSunday Independent reports that according to the Bench Marks Foundation, the slow progress in prosecuting police officers accused of the murders of 34 mineworkers people in Marikana eight years ago should not be blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic.  

strike thumb medium85 85Mail & Guardian reports that workers accused of violent strike action are challenging their dismissal, this time with the opinion of an expert, who says carrying sticks at a strike is not an act of intimidation.  

southafricalogoBL Premium writes that it is highly unlikely that the dispute over the implementation of wage increases for 1.3-million public sector workers will be resolved before the next round of wage negotiations start later in 2020, setting the scene for aggressive talks that could be accompanied by strikes.  

parliamentMoneyweb writes that it will be interesting to see how businesses will react to some of the proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act Amendment Bill (EEAB).  

DenelBL Premium reports that on Friday, state-owned arms manufacturer Denel missed an extended court deadline to pay salaries, triggering an application by trade unions to file for contempt of court against the directors in their personal capacities.  

r2kNews24 reports that Right2Know (R2K) on Sunday called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to speed up prosecutions of those implicated in the Marikana massacre.  

education90BL Premium reports that almost 70% of fee-paying public schools cannot afford to pay teachers’ salaries due to the severe financial knock they’ve taken as a result of closures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.  

glencoreCape Argus reports that the investigation into a fire at the Astron Energy refinery in Milnerton is continuing and it is too early to determine when the refinery will be able to resume full operations.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 13 August 2020.

popcruEWN reports that the theft of R200-million from the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union’s (Popcru’s) investment arm has been alleged to be at the root of ongoing battles among the union’s leaders.  

Boxing SASowetanLive reports that Boxing SA (BSA) has been blamed for the delay in reaching finality on a case of alleged sexual harassment against BSA's Gauteng manager, who stands accused by a female professional boxer.  

SeriEWN reports that the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (Seri) has criticised the lack of justice for the families of the mineworkers who were killed eight years ago during the Marikana Massacre.