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.

sapsNews24 reports that bedevilled Crime Intelligence (CI) boss Peter Jacobs has managed to stay a fraught disciplinary process – underscored by dramatic claims of criminality and espionage – that could see him axed.

artisan2Stefanie De Saude Darbandi, immigration and citizenship law specialist at De Saude Darbandi Attorneys, writes that thousands of skilled people working in SA could face visa renewal challenges, or even be forced to leave the country, if their job descriptions have been cut from the latest SA critical skills list.

prasaGroundUp reports that in a scathing judgment, Labour Court Judge Edwin Tlhotlhalemaje has ruled against the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) for firing Nqobile Pearl Munthali, head of the Prasa Development Foundation, on 29 January.

protestGroundUp reports that workers at a Ladismith cheese factory who demonstrated outside the factory last week in solidarity with farm workers in the area now face disciplinary action from the company for leaving their workplaces.

newsCape Argus reports that civil society organisations have requested an extension by another week of the deadline for applications by early childhood development (ECD) centres for Covid-19 relief funds.

MakhuraSowetanLive reports that commuters in Gauteng could finally this year get to use a single public transport card across different modes, according to premier David Makhura.

nursing thumb medium90 93Cape Argus reports that following what the Denosa Student Movement said was a vague response from the Western Cape health department about the absorption of Community Service Practitioner Nurses, the organisation has vowed to continue with its sit-ins and sleepovers at the department's offices.

MboweniBL Premium reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has given with one hand and taken away with the other, allocating R2.1bn in the budget for a three-month extension of the special Covid-19 social relief of distress grant, but cutting welfare grants for the first time in more than a decade.

SaftuGroundUp reports that at least two people, including Western Cape secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), were arrested during a standoff between police and protesters in the Cape Town CBD on Wednesday.

sabcFiin24 reports that the Portfolio Committee on Communications was briefed on Tuesday on the 2019/20 annual report of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

healthcareNews24 reports that according to the Western Cape Department of Health, some people have fraudulently tried to pass themselves off as healthcare workers to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

newsMoneyweb reports that the National Treasury revealed in the 2021 Budget on Wednesday that a R9 billion cash injection will go into SA’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

DiscoveryBL Premium reports that Discovery plans to merge its medical scheme with Quantum Medical Aid Society on 1 April 2021. Quantum is a small, restricted-membership medical scheme whose participating employees are Bidvest and Sun International workers.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that as public-sector workers face a salary freeze over the next three years, the National Treasury has taken a hard line on future wage negotiations, saying it would ensure they were done in line with the country’s prevailing economic conditions.

employment thumb100 BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s public employment initiative has been bolstered with a provisional allocation of R11bn in the 2021/2022 financial year, according to the national budget tabled on Wednesday.

MassmartBL Premium reports that negotiations aimed at averting job losses at struggling retail giant Massmart were yielding positive results, the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) said on Tuesday.

nsfasBL Premium reports that undergraduate teaching and nursing programmes will still be funded by the government’s bursary scheme for disadvantaged students, the fund’s CEO said on Tuesday.

TBCSABL Premium reports that the tourism industry is lobbying for its front-line workers to be prioritised in the second phase of the vaccination rollout to reassure travellers of their safety.

Stats SABL Premium writes that the true cost of the Covid-19 pandemic was writ large in SA’s record-beating unemployment numbers on Tuesday, ratcheting up the pressure for reforms to unlock investment and boost job creation.

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sabmillerTimesLIVE reports that the Beer Association of SA (Basa) has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to offer the industry some tax relief in his budget speech on Wednesday.

MboweniEWN reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver his Budget Speech on Wednesday with the critical issue of the public wage bill still in limbo ahead of a Constitutional Court appeal by trade unions.

LosiIndependent Media reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has strongly defended the election of Zingiswa Losi as president of Cosatu following social media accusations that her appointment was solely because she was a woman.

psaNews24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed the dismissal of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

uberTimesLIVE reports that a group of Uber drivers in SA will be heading to court to seek rights including compensation for unpaid overtime and holiday pay, their lawyers advised on Tuesday.

farming thumb medium80 84Business Report writes that the agricultural industry has warned that the recently announced increase in the national minimum wage (NMW) would cripple the sector and impact any prospects of creating further jobs.  

nxesiBusinessTech reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has reiterated that adjustment of the national minimum wage (NMW) was the outcome of an extensive consultation process.

Stats SAFin24 reports that SA’s official unemployment rate increased to a record 32.5% in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the number of jobless in the country grew to 7.2 million.

Netcare911TimesLIVE reports that a preliminary investigation by the SA Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the helicopter which crashed en route to KwaZulu-Natal last month killing Netcare 911 medics and the pilot broke apart in midair and the impact was “not survivable”.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Independent Media reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said during the release of the province’s matric results on Tuesday morning that he was doing so with a heavy heart, having lost 253 teachers and 38 non-teaching staff to Covid-19 related illnesses.