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.

gautengTimesLIVE reports that the Gauteng department of health announced on Saturday that Tembisa Hospital CEO Dr Lekopane Mogaladi had been suspended.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that public sector trade unions have taken their fight over wage increases to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in a last-ditch effort to ensure the state does not get out of a collective agreement.  

MineralsCouncilSAReuters reports that SA’s mining industry estimates it will cost around R300-million to help the government roll out Covid-19 vaccines to mineworkers and community members.  

foodFinancial Mail reports that the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) is alarmed by the prolonged downward trajectory in employment in hotels, restaurants and business services, which are all sectors that are highly employment intensive.  

imfBL Premium reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has again reiterated the importance of addressing SA’s fiscal trajectory and promoting private sector-led investment in driving economic growth and employment.  

newsSowetanLive reports that a beauty therapist who was unfairly dismissed from a spa in Johannesburg has won her case at the bargaining council.  

VinproBL Premium reports that Vinpro, the wine industry body that is taking the government to court over the liquor sales ban, which it says threatens a key sector of the Western Cape economy, has argued that provincial authorities should have the power to make alcohol regulations under the national state of disaster.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa has told the Cricket SA (CSA) interim board that its chair, retired judge Zak Yacoob, must go.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says the bid by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) to get SA Airways (SAA) to pay salaries to their members could put the airline’s business rescue process in jeopardy.  

Zweli MkhizeTimesLIVE reports that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday night that the plane carrying SA's first batch of Covid-19 vaccines would arrive in the country on 1 February.  

sabcBL Premium reports that on Wednesday the government moved to avert imminent retrenchments at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), suggesting a number of alternatives it said could bring an amicable solution to the dispute between employees and management.  

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021.

mpumaThe Citizen notes that Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has deposited a statement of guilt for violating lockdown regulations on the compulsory wearing of masks in public, but it remains unclear whether the premier will have a criminal record for this.  

Restaurant AssociationTimesLIVE reports that Wendy Alberts, CEO of the Restaurants Association of SA (Rasa), said on day three of a sit-in at the Union Buildings that the industry was imminently facing complete and utter destruction.  

prasaSowetanLive reports that the pillaging of railway infrastructure continues unabated at various non-operational train stations in Gauteng, despite the reopening of several routes since the easing of the hard lockdown last year.  

imfBL Premium reports that the IMF has revised downwards SA’s economic growth projections for the year and expects GDP expansion to be almost a percentage point lower than the Reserve Bank’s most recent forecasts.  

VinproBL Premium reports Vinpro, an organisation that represents more than 2,000 wine farmers and wine producers, is taking the government to court to ask that the alcohol ban be lifted in the Western Cape.  

africanbankBL Premium reports that African Bank CEO Basani Maluleke’s sudden resignation on Monday was primarily due to a clash of personalities with African Bank chair Thabo Dloti.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has committed to invest a further R33-million in tertiary education aimed at bolstering mining research and development in SA.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan wants to join the Labour Court battle brought by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) against a backpay settlement offered to SA Airways (SAA) members by his department.  

capetown thumb100 Bloomberg reports that the South African government has started a R1.2 billion fund aimed at reviving the country’s ailing tourism industry.  

er24Independent Media reports that at least 70 farmworkers were injured on Wednesday morning when their truck overturned on the R44 near Klapmuts, 17km from Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that an executive support officer has been appointed to serve as a link between the embattled Cricket SA (CSA) interim board and the management team.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that former Cell C executive Mohamed Ismail Adamjee was released on R50,000 bail by the Johannesburg specialised crimes court on Tuesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

newsBL Premium reports that the number of companies in business rescue is set to spike in 2021 as the effects of continued Covid-19 trading restrictions bring businesses that may have held on last year to their knees.  

SolidarityThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity says it will send an urgent letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Coronavirus Command Council about government’s apparent plans to promote black empowerment in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.  

sabmillerBL Premium reports that according to a new report, the unintended consequences of an alcohol ban, which include the rapid rise of illicit liquor production and reduced tax revenue, far outweigh the efficacy of a prohibition.  

netcareTimesLIVE reports that the families of a pilot and four healthcare workers who were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in KwaZulu-Natal last week will on Wednesday visit the site of the crash.  

ancBL Premium reports that trade union federations say moves by the ANC to overhaul the government’s R200bn loan guarantee scheme will save jobs and cushion small businesses from the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.