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.

CCMABusinessLive reports that a battle for control of the Free State Sports Confederation (FSSC) is poised to play out in the arbitration hearing of fired CEO Jerry Segwaba scheduled to begin on Monday at the CCMA.  

CCMAGroundUp reports that a laboratory analyst fired for putting her family’s safety first and refusing to work during the Covid-19 level five lockdown has been reinstated.  

nursing thumb medium90 93GroundUp reports that the Eastern Cape government has reversed a decision by its provincial department of health (DOH) to terminate the employment of 625 post-community service nurses.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that about 25 workers at the Humansdorp Kooperasie in Cookhouse, Eastern Cape, have been dismissed after downing tools for over a week.  

gautrainBusiness Insider SA reports that the Gautrain no longer believes it will soon need more trains to stop overcrowding during peak times.  

nelsonmandelabayMoneyweb reports that the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa) recently attached assets belonging to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality over an outstanding R8.8 million in pay owed to 36 workers.  

Golden ArrowCape Argus reports that the Ukubavimba Foundation, a social justice and socio-economic development organisation, has lodged an official complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (Sahrc) against Golden Arrow Bus Services (Gabs).  

SIUSunday Independent reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it has uncovered a six months looting bonanza between January and July last year that cost the state R13 billion.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) last year announced plans to undertake a series of surveys to better understand the progression of Covid-19 in local mining operations and it has recently received the results of the first phase of seroprevalence surveys.  

newsBL Premium reports that Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) on Friday announced that it would transfer an additional 10% of shares to its employees, in a move to enhance its black economic empowerment (BEE) status and meet its revised merger conditions.  

newsBL Premium reports that the CEO of the agency responsible for adjudicating and enforcing road traffic fines has been placed under suspension on full pay pending a forensic investigation into allegations of serious maladministration highlighted in a report by the auditor-general.  

denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) says a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that R13.3 billion of personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement is subject to investigation makes it clear that healthcare workers were "never the priority to protect".  

SolidarityEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity and civil rights organisation AfriForum have welcomed the decision by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane to suspend the Tourism Equity Fund’s (TEF's) activities until discussions have taken place with the organisations.  

healthcareBL Premium reports that the SA government is scrambling to reorient its Covid-19 vaccination plans after new evidence emerged on Sunday that AstraZeneca’s vaccine does not protect people against mild to moderate disease caused by the new variant detected in SA late last year.  

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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a ‘fake’ Free State advocate has been convicted of fraud for impersonating a defence attorney.  

sabcMail & Guardian reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will continue with the retrenchment of 303 workers, despite interventions from Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that on the fifth anniversary of the Lily Mine collapse, the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) conveyed its sadness at the loss of three miners.  

GEMSBL Premium reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) says an increase in the subsidy for medical scheme contributions for state employee is cold comfort amid a battle between the government and public servants over salary increases.  

putcoBL Premium reports that bus operator Putco has retrenched more than 200 employees after its operations were hit by the Covid-19 restrictions.  The restrictions resulted in fewer passengers while the costs of disinfecting buses and buying staff personal protective equipment mounted.  

Ndabeni AbrahamsBusinessLive reports that according to the communications ministry, the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) misinterpreted an alternative job cuts proposal from Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams in respect of the public broadcaster.  

numsaMoneyweb reports that unions warned on Wednesday that up to 700 jobs were on the line from the planned closure of popular inter-city bus service Greyhound.  

unisaSowetanLive reports that a former facilities executive director at the University of SA (Unisa) was paid his full salary while sitting at home for six months after he was fired and he even scored an impressive performance bonus of R128,500 in December.  

newsNews24 Wire writes that it’s hard to picture a festive season or payday weekend without Greyhound buses on the road, as blue-collar workers head home – but this is a reality many will soon face.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that gold producer Harmony Gold Mining announced that an employee at its Target mine, in Welkom, died following a seismic event that triggered a fall of ground on 3 February.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that disgruntled doctors at Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington, in the Northern Cape, held a protest during their lunch hour on Wednesday to draw attention to a lack of staff and overtime hours that they claimed were leading to burnout.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that the national Department of Health (DOH) is conducting a survey among healthcare workers to gauge how they feel about the Covid-19 vaccine.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that production at Foskor's mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, came to a halt on Wednesday as community members protested outside.  

newsBL Premium reports that the government’s plans to vaccinate healthcare workers against the coronavirus received a major boost on Wednesday, with news that it will receive 3.1-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Covax.  

free stateNews24 reports that one person was killed and eight emergency responders were injured on Tuesday when a truck crashed into their vehicles while they were tending to an earlier car accident scene.