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.

handcuffsIndependent Media reports that a top North West government official and his shepherd have been arrested after 100 stolen cattle and calves was found on his farm.  

medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that senior health experts driving SA's biggest inoculation programme have called for calm among healthcare workers who fear missing out on the Covid-19 vaccine, saying that all of them will be helped.

MboweniBusiness Tech writes that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is considering his options to improve the current economic and fiscal position of SA ahead of his National Budget speech on Wednesday.

Stats SAFin24 reports that Statistics SA (Stats SA) is due to release the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the fourth quarter of 2020 on Tuesday.

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that according to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, some health workers have refused to be vaccinated, but won't be forced to do so.  

nsfasBL Premium reports that the government’s bursary scheme for poor students is to halt funding in 2021 for new students in a wide range of programmes, including teaching and nursing.

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that two nurses — part of a roving HIV/Aids health team — were left traumatised after they were ambushed and hijacked outside Pietermaritzburg on Friday.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government has condemned the brutal murders of two police officers in Pietermaritzburg, saying the latest attack showed that officers remained the targets of criminals.  

medicaldoctorBL Premium reports that officials are working about the clock to improve the appointment system for Covid-19 vaccinations to avoid a repeat of the chaotic scenes at Steve Biko Academic Hospital this past weekend when doctors queued for hours to get jabs.

newsTimesLIVE reports that it is now a legal requirement for all businesses with more than 50 employees to submit weekly data on Covid-19 cases to the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH).  

MboweniBL Premium reports that trade union federation Cosatu and the Democratic Alliance (DA) each said on Monday that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni needed to give financial backing for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic recovery and reconstruction plan with the national budget.

DenelBusinessLive reports that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has appointed its chief operating officer, William Hlakoane, as the company’s acting group CEO.  

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labour-related stories that appeared since
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southafricalogoBL Premium reports that after a two-year delay, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Thursday published a draft of the "critical skills list" — occupations earmarked for skilled immigration — identifying 126 narrowly defined jobs for eligibility.

nickhollandMoneyweb reports that outgoing Gold Fields chief executive Nick Holland says his biggest regret during the 13 years he has been at the helm of the gold producer is the high number of employee fatalities.

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the Department of Social Development has announced that the deadline for applications for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Stimulus Relief Fund has been extended to Friday, 26 February.

GEMSNews24 reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), which is positioning itself to administer the National Health Insurance (NHI) fund, has been rocked by allegations of tender rigging, fraud, maladministration and corruption totalling more than R300 million.

newsMail & Guardian reports that a recent study found how increasing temperatures in SA from climate change reduces the ability of people to work in sectors that usually have high exposure to heat, such as farming, construction, fishing and mining.

healthcareBL Premium reports that health workers in the private sector have been allocated one-third of the first batch of 80,000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that according to minerals investment company the SSC Group, it will be up to the creditors and affected persons to ultimately decide the way forward for the Lily and Barbrook mines, and not the current owner, Vantage Goldfields.  

newsIn its diary for the week ahead, BL Premium reports that on Tuesday Statistics SA will hold a media briefing to release the results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter of 2020.  

uasaEngineering News reports that Uasa has reacted strongly to two reported suicides on the part of Denel workers last week. The trade union described the news as “distressing and heart-wrenching”.

UIFBL Premium reports that Thobile Lamati, director-general of the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) told MPs on Friday that disciplinary hearings against Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) managers would take place this week.  

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has announced that it will be investing R6.8bn in growth projects in its SA platinum group metals (PGM) and gold assets, thereby creating thousands of new jobs.  

arcelormittalFin24 reports that the bodies of three missing employees of ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) have been recovered, the company confirmed on Thursday.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that eleven police officers have appeared in the Mahlabathini District Court in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) in connection with the murder of an Ulundi man in October.

denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) will be disappointed if healthcare workers do not take the Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.  

saa thumb medium95 76News24 Wire writes that while the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) keenly awaits the completion of the implementation of the business rescue plan of SA Airways (SAA), employees of its subsidiary SAA Technical (SAAT) are still seemingly in the dark about their future.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that a policeman and his alleged attacker both died after a shooting incident in Chatsworth, south of Durban, on Thursday.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that South Africans have widely adopted face masks to counter the threat of Covid-19 infection, but are slipping on social distancing and hand washing.