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.

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has scored a court victory to force the mining regulator and industry to tighten measures around the safety of staff returning to work from lockdown.  

UIFBL Premium reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), which is playing a central role in the government’s bid to financially support workers and the unemployed, may have to sell some of its bond investments if it runs out of funds.  

nxesiBusinessLive reports that with millions of workers returning to work on Monday under level 4 lockdown restrictions, employers will be required to implement stringent measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in their workplaces.  

CompetitionCommissionMining Weekly reports that the Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved Harmony Gold’s acquisition of Mponeng gold mine, other assets and other related liabilities from AngloGold Ashanti (AGA).  

SA ExpressBL Premium reports that SA’s aviation industry is teetering on the brink of collapse as it counts the costs of a nationwide lockdown that has grounded hundreds of aircraft, putting nearly half-a-million jobs at risk.  

edconFinancial Mail reports that Edcon, until recently SA’s largest clothing retailer, is filing for business rescue to allow it to continue trading.  

Land BankBL Premium writes that the high turnover of executives and unresolved corporate governance issues contributed significantly to the Land Bank’s crisis, according to analysts and investors of the troubled state-owned agricultural lender.  

nxesiBusinessLive reports that Department of Employment and Labour Minister (DEL) Thulas Nxesi has moved to clear confusion about the allocation of Covid-19 relief benefits.  

prasaBusinessLive reports that dire financial challenges at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have resulted in the state-owned enterprise (SOE) failing to make payments to its employees’ retirement fund in the past two months.  

MineralsCouncilSABusinessLive reports that about two-thirds of mineworkers asked to return to work have done so, and it will take weeks before mines can reach 50% of capacity.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs has allocated R22m from its April travel and subsistence, and accommodation budgets to cover the cost of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for its staff.  

medicaldoctorBL Premium reports that it emerged on Tuesday that the Cuban health-care team that arrived in SA at the weekend to help combat Covid-19 is set to cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of rand.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that over 57,000 permanent teachers resigned between January 2012 and December last year in what trade unions have described as a worrying brain drain for the education sector.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 28 April 2020.

SA ExpressFin24 reports that state-owned regional airline SA Express has reportedly been placed in provisional liquidation after its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) filed an urgent court application in the Pretoria High Court on 25 March.  

SolidarityFin24 reports that Solidarity and AfriForum have challenged government's decision to use broad-based black economic empowerment scores to determine who is eligible for the R200m in emergency funding for tourism-related businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has issued several directives relating to the temporary relief scheme offered to employers and employees affected by the national lockdown necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

OpencastMining Weekly reports that Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday that opencast mines would be permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from 1 May, but underground mines had to continue at 50% of production capacity.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the national Department of Health (DOH) is planning closer scrutiny of provincial stocks of personal protective medical equipment (PPE) and will be adding these details to a real-time system already in place for monitoring key medicines.  

petrolpumpBusiness Times writes that with the Covid-19 disaster having shut down much of the world economy, demand for oil has collapsed.  

samalogoTimesLIVE reports that according to the SA Medical Association (Sama), the arrival of over 200 medical specialists from Cuba was a “little bit premature”. 

capetown thumb100 Fin24 reports that SA’s hotel industry has been near-decimated by the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdown, according to Lee-Anne Bac, director for tourism and travel at accounting group BDO.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesSelect writes that teachers with underlying medical conditions and those 60 and older are reportedly “terrified” of returning to classrooms because they are at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus.  

medicaldoctorHeraldLIVE reports that more than 200 Cuban doctors who jetted into SA on Sunday are world-renowned Covid-19 experts who will be deployed where they will be needed the most across the country, but mainly in the Western Cape and Gauteng.  

gavel thumb100 Bloomberg reports that a unit of retailer Pepkor has been sued by the national credit regulator for selling unemployment and disability insurance to pensioners on welfare who would never be able to claim those benefits.  

UIFBusiness Insider SA reports that domestic workers whose employers contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) are entitled to receive a special Covid-19 benefit during the lockdown period.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 24 April 2020.

Zweli MkhizeEWN reports that according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, there is sufficient protective gear for health workers fighting coronavirus, but it has been distributed unevenly.  

denosa thumb medium60 92EWN reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) claims government is unpatriotic for welcoming Cuban doctors into the country but ignoring its own healthcare professions who remain unemployed.  

NaamsaBusinessLive reports that the motor industry is waiting to hear the terms under which it will be allowed to resume manufacturing from the end of this week.