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.

hawksTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) averted a deadly fight between illegal miners in the North West town of Stilfontein on Sunday.  

petrosaTimesLIVE reports that PetroSA has announced that it will likely shed about 500 jobs due to its “precarious” financial position.  

Stats SABL Premium reports that Stats SA’s latest quarterly employment statistics (QES) for July-September showed that formal-sector, non-farm jobs increased by 75,000 (0.8%) in the third quarter in comparison with the second quarter, when SA had been in a hard lockdown and those jobs declined 6.4%.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that SA Airways’ (SAA’s) joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have sent a lockout notice to the airline’s pilots warning they will be excluded from the workplace from Friday until they agree to the terms of a proposed agreement aimed at bringing the state-owned carrier back to profitability.  

prasaBL Premium reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has bowed to pressure from workers by committing to increase their salaries after a union mounted legal action to force the rail operator to implement a multiyear wage agreement agreed to in October.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the government does not have to pay out increases to public sector workers, after the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) handed it a huge win by declaring the implementation of a disputed collective agreement unlawful.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that platinum group metals and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa has concluded a four-year wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that scores of patients, many of whom didn't observe social distancing, waited outside Durban’s Addington Hospital on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 14 December 2020.

newsNews24 reports that three Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are set to benefit from R110 million in debt relief capital, provided through Sanlam Investments' SME Debt Fund.  

eskomSunday Times reports that a top executive at Eskom quietly enjoyed free electricity at his home for 14 years.  

healthcareDaily News reports that more than 50 staff members at Addington Hospital in Durban tested positive for Covid-19 in the past three weeks, with about 20 more said to be waiting for their results.  

ifpThe Sunday Independent reports that according to a proposed Employment Services Amendment Bill to be tabled by the IFP, foreign nationals could be barred from working in some unskilled and semi-skilled jobs in some sectors of the SA economy.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the cash-strapped City of Tshwane will disburse millions of rand to its estimated 25,000 employees this festive season as part of the payouts linked to a benchmarking agreement.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that the body of a missing police detective, Warrant Officer Nosipho Mphakathi, was found floating in Umzimvubu River on Saturday afternoon.  

CCMAMail & Guardian reports that the caseload of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has increased 14.36% in the last year, but the money it gets from the government has increased by only 1.32%.

rustenburgmunicipalitySaturday Star writes that the over the last year, 150 properties in the North West mining town of Rustenburg belonging to the big three mining groups in town, namely Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Sibanye-Stillwater, have allegedly been illegally occupied.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a 38-year-old woman who fabricated her credentials for an acting magistrate position was found guilty of fraud on 10 December.  

newsGwen Ansell writes that for people working in SA’s live music sector, 2020 has been “devastating” according to responses to the country’s largest-ever live music and Covid-19 survey, published in November.  

Stats SATimesLIVE reports that Statistics SA (Stats SA) employees and contract workers from Gauteng attending a training course at a Pretoria hotel have been asked to stay in their rooms after four people in the group tested positive for Covid-19.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 11 December 2020.

SolidarityCity Press reports that employees of SAA, who have not been paid for eight months, may receive their salaries for three months this week if trade unions accept a new proposal made by Solidarity.  

farming thumb medium80 84Engineering News reports that about 120 graduate agricultural interns took up their two-year internship within the Western Cape agriculture sector on 9 December.  

easterncape thumb100 News24 reports that Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has tested positive for Covid-19, her office announced on Sunday evening.  “The MEC is at home for isolation as per the protocol of Covid-19," department spokesperson Judy Ngoloyi indicated.  

retirementNews24 reports that a parliamentary reply has revealed that several municipalities across the country have defaulted on paying over employer contributions to workers’ pension funds.  

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that there has been a significant uptick in Covid-19 infections among health workers in KwaZulu-Natal, Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu indicated on Sunday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 10 December 2020.

protestNews24 reports that disgruntled workers at the controversial KwaSizabantu Mission, supported by dozens of members of the community of KwaMxhosa and surrounds, have embarked on a strike against the mission over the alleged unfair dismissal of around 20 Emseni Farming workers.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that masks being used by thousands of SA health workers to protect themselves from Covid-19 infection have failed safety tests.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the Supreme Court of Appeal has lambasted a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) judge for taking four years to deliver a judgment involving a civil claim for damages emanating from a strike.