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.

SolidarityBL Premium reports that Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane faces legal action against the R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), launched in January to assist the development of black-owned businesses in the sector.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Social Development has called on early childhood centres (ECDs) to apply for relief funding made available through the presidential employment stimulus.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the Ingonyama Trust, which administers tribal land under communal tenure in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has been slapped with an adverse audit opinion by the office of Auditor-General (AG) of SA.  

petrolpumpFin24 reports that the Automobile Association (AA) said on Monday that South African consumers could brace for yet another hefty fuel price hike in March.  

gavel thumb100 DespatchLIVE reports that a former OR Tambo district municipality accountant has admitted to fraud, theft and money laundering amounting to more than R9m.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that last year alone, 2,000 Eskom employees left the embattled parastatal.  Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter made the revelation on Monday as he delivered a virtual address on the power utility’s state of affairs.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a teacher lashed a pupil 55 times on her palm and the back of her right hand with a stick, fracturing bones in her arm – and then tried to argue that her dismissal had been unfair.  

prasaCape Argus reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) resumed train services from Cape Town to Langa on Monday, but there were concerns about security after a body was found in a train carriage at Retreat station over the weekend.  

education90The Star reports that accused “sex pest” acting principal of John Martin Catholic School in Kagiso has been placed on precautionary special leave amid the revelation that the educator had a valid teaching certificate when he was appointed.  

chickensBusiness Times reports that Chris Schutte, CEO of SA's biggest poultry producer, Astral Foods, the remuneration policy of which was recently rejected by shareholders, says too much focus on remuneration is making it harder to hang on to executives who are in high demand around the world.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that youth employment organisation Lulaway's social impact division, Lulalab Foundation, has developed a youth employment initiative that trains youths to assemble, install and maintain gravity-fed solar geysers made from recycled materials in informal settlements.  

ramaphosa2Bloomberg reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his weekly letter that the grants and unemployment benefits introduced to help people and businesses withstand the economic downturn that was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic could not be sustained indefinitely.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that on 1 March, the national minimum wage for domestic workers will increase to R19,09 per hour, namely 22.6% more than their current minimum wage of R15,57.  But, this will still be less than the general minimum wage of R21,69 per hour.  

newsBusiness Report writes that Ellies, which makes and installs DStv satellite dishes, has decided to liquidate its embattled manufacturing segment, Ellies Industries, with 148 jobs to be lost.  

gautengSowetanLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have rejected the appointment of an interim CEO at Tembisa Hospital.  

farming thumb medium80 84BL Premium reports that in a development that could lead to huge job losses and food inflation, SA’s commercial farmers have threatened to close all labour intensive divisions and switch to mechanisation to produce food.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that the Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application by the school governing body (SGB) of Paarlzicht Primary in Paarl in which it sought to set aside the appointment of Gareth Duraan as school principal.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that a motorist was killed and several police vehicles were damaged on Friday when hundreds of people rioted over the closure of a mine co-owned by Patrice Motsepe.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 12 February 2021.

nursing thumb medium90 93City Press reports that some nurses and unions have taken a stand against Covid-19 vaccinations.  Healthcare workers will be the first to receive the vaccinations. However, nurses say the government is trying to make them into guinea pigs because there is still uncertainty about how the vaccine will affect people.  

ramaphosaSowetanLive reports that an employee at President Cyril Ramaphosa's cattle farm is taking the fight to get his job back to the CCMA after he was fired for missing work for two days when he took ill.  

education90News24 reports that according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), it’s all systems go for the reopening of schools on Monday, with health and safety to be a priority as the fight against Covid-19 transmissions continues.  

healthcareBusiness Times writes that business owners in SA, crippled by Covid-19 lockdowns and desperate to protect their dwindling operations, face a growing dilemma over vaccination policies in the workplace.  

healthcareBL Premium reports that SA’s regulators have given Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J’s) Covid-19 vaccine the green light for a phase 3b trial in healthcare workers, paving the way for the government to begin dispensing shots to healthcare workers on Wednesday.  

education thumb100 BusinessLive reports that a survey by SA’s five teacher unions shows that significant progress has been made over the past month to prepare for the opening of schools on Monday.  

UIFBL Premium reports that after months of discussions and debate over continued social and economic relief, President Cyril Ramaphosa advised on Thursday in his state of the nation address that the government would extend the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) until 15 March 2021 for those sectors that had not been able to operate.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 11 February 2021.

RMBBL Premium reports that according to the boss of Rand Merchant Bank, James Formby, SA is facing a skills shortage that, if left unchecked, could hold back any prospects of an economic recovery.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the Treasury’s bungled project to establish an integrated financial management system (IFMS) continues to sully its report card from the Auditor-General (AG) and was responsible for R207m in irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the 2019/2020 financial year.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that outrage has erupted in Kagiso over the appointment as acting principal of the John Martin Catholic School of a man who was apparently dismissed by the Gauteng Education Department (GDE) for sexually assaulting and harassing learners at another school in 2014.