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.

WindeBusinessLive reports that Western Cape premier Alan Winde tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and is in self-isolation at home for 14 days.  

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sapsNews24 reports that it has not been possible to enlist new police recruits to start training, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a Johannesburg private school principal has become the second person to be fired following a racism storm ignited by a teacher’s comments about the killing of George Floyd in the US.  

Correctional ServicesThe Star reports that riots have erupted in major Gauteng prisons over fears of the alleged rapid spread of Covid-19, which has claimed the lives of both inmates and officials.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) published an updated rescue plan on Wednesday with few material changes other than an offer to place 1,000 employees on a training layoff scheme instead of retrenchment.  

sabcIndependent News reports that a top SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) official who was dismissed after she refused to pay former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng a R11-million bonus has been reinstated.  

ancSowetanLive reports that former KwaDukuza mayor and ANC KwaZulu-Natal leader Ricardo Mthembu died on Wednesday.  According to ANC insiders, he was admitted to hospital and was in an intensive care unit for a few days.  

northwestprovinceSowetanLive reports that North West premier Job Mokgoro and one of his MECs, Saliva Molapisi, have tested positive for Covid-19.  This was confirmed by Mokgoro's office on Tuesday.  

northwestprovinceNews24 Wire reports that five cases of Covid-19 have been reported at various traffic stations in the North West, according to department of community safety and transport management spokesperson, Alpheus Koonyaditse.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a 21-year-old man, who posed as an e-hailing customer before abducting and robbing the driver, has been served with a lengthy jail term.  

UIFBL Premium reports that Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) commissioner Teboho Maruping is adamant there is no backlog in the payment of Covid-19 relief benefits.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that government and unions have reached an agreement to retain an additional 1,000 employees at SA Airways (SAA), thereby doubling the number of workers who won’t be retrenched.  

protestBusinessLive reports that about 1,500 truck drivers abandoned their trucks across the country on Tuesday to protest against the employment of foreign drivers in the road freight and logistics industry.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
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Tuesday, 7 July 2020.

MassmartBusinessLive reports that Walmart-owned retailer Massmart says up to 1,800 jobs may be cut at its Game stores in SA as it begins formal consultations with organised labour.  

Donald Gordon Medical CentreThe Star reports that employees at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre have alleged that coronavirus cases amongst staff are steadily increasing, but that the hospital continues to operate with little deep cleaning.  

Media24TimesLIVE reports that Media24 is considering the closure of five magazines and two newspapers - along with staff cuts - in a restructuring shake-up accelerated by the "devastating" financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

newsThe Star reports that employees of Road Lodge in Roodepoort have accused management of exposing them to danger that resulted in 47% of workers, including the general manager, testing positive for Covid-19.  

SolidarityBusinessTech reports that the Pretoria High Court has ruled that all private pre-schools and early childhood development centres may open with immediate effect, provided they do so in line with coronavirus safety measures.  

newsTimesLIVE writes that Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) cleared the M2 highway in Benrose on Tuesday as signs emerged of a planned "shutdown" protest against the employment of foreigners in the trucking industry.  

santacoBusinessLive reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) claims its members are ready to resume long-distance operations, despite fears that this could lead to more Covid-19 cases.   

MineralsCouncilSABusinessLive reports that the mining industry’s legal challenge against certain clauses in the Mining Charter took a new turn after a ruling demanded the participation of community organisations, unions and other social parties in court proceedings.  

AstronCape Argus reports that the probe into Thursday’s explosion at the Astron Energy SA oil refinery in Milnerton is continuing, with operations there halted.  Two people died and seven were injured in the explosion.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that according to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), four unions at SA Airways (SAA) and representatives of non-unionised staff have indicated an intention to sign voluntary severance package (VSP) agreements.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that the Gauteng government has asked the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) for stricter measures in the province, including possibly cutting down on the number of people attending funerals and reintroducing a curfew.  

SAFABusinessLive reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and National First Division (NFD) clubs may have returned to training prematurely after it emerged on Monday that the requisite health and safety compliance protocols were not approved by the SA Football Association (Safa).  

CCMAMail & Guardian reports that according to figures provided by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), more than 100,000 workers face retrenchment under the Covid-19 lockdown, which will be almost three times as many as last year.  

gautengIndependent News reports that Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has expressed concern over health workers in the province getting infected in the community.  

WesgroCape Argus reports that the fallout over the steep salary increase afforded to Wesgro chief executive, Tim Harris, continues to simmer, with the board vice-chairman now saying that the increase was R300,000 less than initially reported.