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.

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labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 13 November 2020.

Stats SABusiness Insider SA writes that last week Statistics SA (Stats SA) released a set of horrific unemployment numbers for the third quarter, reporting that 6.5 million people were jobless and that the unemployment rate had jumped to a record 30.8%.  

gautengIndependent News reports that the Gauteng Department of Health fired the embattled chief executive of the Far East Rand Hospital, Dr Zacharia Mathaba, after he was only a year into his top job.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports the government spent R8.39m of taxpayers' money to accommodate Deputy President David Mabuza's security personnel in hotels and lodges in just the first six months of the country's Covid-19 lockdown.  

handcuffsEWN reports that a Northern Cape teacher has been placed on preliminary suspension following alleged sexual assault.  Police arrested the man last week in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl at a Kimberley primary school.  

SIUNews24 reports that former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku's challenge of the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU’s) findings against him will be heard in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in January 2021.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that labour federation Cosatu has given its ally the ANC an ultimatum to implement a wage increase agreement for public servants or lose votes in next year’s municipal elections.  

sabcANA reports that disgruntled employees of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), dubbed the ‘SABC Section 192 Movement’, have planned a silent protest against the state broadcaster’s announcement that it would be retrenching 400 employees.  

numsaIndependent News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and other unions have accused certain security companies of illegally withholding the salary increases of its members and have called on the Treasury not to approve contracts in respect of those companies.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that in two separate operations last week, ten ‘zama zamas’ were arrested in Rustenburg for illegal mining.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan told MPs last week that the restructuring costs for SA Airways (SAA) amounted to R14bn and not the R10.5bn that had previously been cited by business rescue practitioners (BRPs).  

sapsBusinessLive reports that deputy national police commissioner Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya, who is facing corruption and fraud charges in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, has been fired.  

newsBusinessTech reports that Statistics SA (Stats SA) on Thursday published its Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2020, showing the extent to which the country’s employment market has begun to recover after the peak of coronavirus lockdown.  

Restaurant AssociationEWN reports that even with alcohol sales returning to normal, the Restaurant Association of SA (Rasa) warned that businesses were still trying to keep their heads above water.  

medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that a third of doctors in SA have suffered verbal or physical abuse from patients, their relatives or members of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

capetown thumb100 BL Premium reports that tourism industry stakeholders said on Thursday that the decision to lift international travel restrictions, ahead of the festive season, would help the R400bn sector recover from the Covid-19 lockdown and instill confidence that SA was a safe destination to travel to.  

cosatuBusinessTech reports that labour federation Cosatu has welcomed the extension of government’s R350 Covid-19 unemployment grant, but says that the funding should be extended into a more permanent form of support.  

Stats SABL Premium reports that SA’s unemployment rate hit a fresh high in the third quarter, with signs emerging that, even as lockdown restrictions eased, the country’s labour market faced permanent damage.  

unisaCity Press reports that more than 1,600 contract invigilators at the University of SA (Unisa) face the axe following the university’s decision to shift all examinations online.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that in a bid to address a growing workload and to beef up capacity, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) announced on Thursday that it would be redeploying hundreds of investigators across SA.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that SA’s jobless increased to 6.5 million in the third quarter of the year, according to Statistics SA’s (Stats SA’s) quarterly labour force survey released on Thursday.  

sabcBL Premium reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) management stuck to its guns on Wednesday stating that it would proceed with job cuts at the public broadcaster despite objections by the government, MPs and labour unions.  

DiDataBusinessLive reports that Andile Ngcaba's damages claim against Dimension Data (Didata) got off to a wobbly start on Tuesday when the High Court in Johannesburg refused to hear special pleas raised by the IT firm.  

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that the National Assembly adopted a motion on Tuesday that recognises the role of farm workers, farm dwellers and farmers in the agricultural sector, but also that the sector was faced by many challenges.  

UIFCape Argus reports that a case of fraud has been opened against a Western Cape non-profit organisation (NPO) for illegally applying for, and receiving, nearly R5 million from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).  

protestDaily News reports that according to the chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health Portfolio Committee, Nomakiki Majola, there was still a long way to go to end the Addington Hospital lift crisis.  

nehawu80The Mercury reports that senior managers at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg were humiliated and chased out of the hospital building on Tuesday by angry workers who stormed their offices and wrote threatening messages on the hospital’s walls.  

gunNews24 reports that a deadly cash-in-transit (CIT) heist in Bekkersdal on Tuesday claimed the lives of a security guard and a female motorist and left seven people including guards, traffic officers and two minor children wounded.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that it was revealed in response to parliamentary questions that about R161 million paid out from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) was to people who should not have received it.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the case against controversial businessman Thoshan Panday and his co-accused, retired KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni and former police officers Ashwin Narainpershad and Navin Madhoe, was scheduled to resume in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.