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.

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that professional services firm PwC and the United Nations Children's Fund SA are collaborating to help prepare young people with relevant skills to enter the workforce.  

healthcareNews24 reports that the health ministry announced on Thursday that a total of 27,360 hospital workers, inclusive of doctors, nurses, porters and other hospital staff, have contracted Covid-19 in SA since the start of the outbreak.  

gunThe Citizen reports that a security officer was shot dead around noon on Wednesday in Philippi, Cape Town.  

pscNews24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Public Service Commission (PSC) director-general Dovhani Mamphiswana on precautionary suspension.  

northencapelogoNews24 reports that Northern Cape Education MEC McCollen Ntsikelelo Jack, also known as Mac Jack, has died from Covid-19.  In a late-night briefing, Premier Zamani Saul announced the passing of his colleague with great sadness.  

popcruNews24 reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union's (Popcru’s) general secretary, Nkosinathi Theledi, has been removed from his position following a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on 28 July.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 12 August 2020.

newsThe Citizen reports that pilots are literally “flying blind” into some of SA’s major airports, including OR Tambo International Airport, due to glitches with the Instrument Landing System (ILS), which enables landing in poor visibility.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that Tshwane workers, who have been on strike for the past three weeks over benchmarking payments, have mandated their union to accept a one-year payment, to be effected by Friday, for all those covered by the collective agreement.  

gunNews24 reports that Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt for a suspect or suspects who shot and killed a 31-year-old security guard and robbed him of his official firearm and ammunition at a construction site in Barberton on Tuesday afternoon.  

eskomIndependent News reports that two political parties have slammed Eskom’s appointment of former Edcon CFO Richard Vaughan, who is white, as the power utility’s general manager for treasury.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the Pravin Gordhan-led Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says it is working hard at implementing the SA Airways (SAA) rescue plan, but has given no indication of funding having yet been obtained.  

newsIndependent News reports that SA’s two biggest labour federations have added their voices to recommendations from a forum of directors-general (DGs) to move SA from lockdown level 3 to level 2.  

ictTimesLIVE reports that a new study has shown that the shift to remote working has led to improved productivity in nearly a third (29%) of the organisations polled.  

eskomBL Premium reports that Eskom CEO André de Ruyter hopes to revise his initial timetable for the unbundling of Eskom and accelerate the process of splitting the company into three parts.  

RailwaySafetyRegulatorBusinessLive reports that trade union federations have called on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to review his decision to appoint a new board for the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) without labour representation, despite a standing resolution to include them.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the application process for the extended Covid-19 relief scheme, which would allow workers to receive money for July and August, is still not open because the government has not yet published a directive on it.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 11 August 2020.

eskomBloomberg reports that a pact between government, trade unions and business to cut the debt of the stricken national power utility Eskom won’t include a pledge to use the pensions of state workers as had been initially proposed.  

newsHeraldLive reports that the five-star Radisson Blu hotel in Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth is being used as a Covid-19 quarantine site, but staff are not happy about it and claim that “stubborn patients refuse to stay in their rooms”.  

gavel thumb100 Cape Argus reports that Justice nd Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has, after consultation with the Magistrates’ Commission and with effect from 1 September, appointed 29 regional magistrates across the country.  

daIndependent News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has condemned the R11 billion ’’wasted over the past four months on state employees who were not working’’.  

newsPretoria News reports that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the closure of the 25-year-old, four-star Leriba Hotel in Centurion.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that while progress has been made, nothing has been set in stone regarding the impasse between the regional SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the City of Tshwane administrators over benchmarking payments.  

ramaphosa2Engineering News reports that the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is set to present its landmark report to Cabinet on recommendations to harness the available 4IR opportunities.  

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has vowed to fight an application by employers in the petroleum industry to have workers declared essential services employees.  

newsThe Star reports that the embattled Sedibeng District Municipality has been rocked by a personal protective equipment (PPE) scandal that has raised allegations of suppliers inflating prices.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the pension fund of state power utility Eskom has paid out R104.3m in special bonuses as part of a Covid-19 relief effort.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 7 August 2020.

nursing thumb medium90 93City Press reports that inadequately trained, SA’s severely distressed health professionals are living in fear of contracting a deadly virus and then passing it on to their families.