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.

gavel thumb100 Mining Weekly reports that the Mpumalanga division of the High Court on 26 February granted an interim interdict, as applied for by bidder Arqomanzi, delaying the implementation of business rescue plans for the Lily and Barbrook mines by former owner Vantage Goldfields.

SteinhoffBusiness Report writes that Steinhoff International increased the basic salary of its chief executive Louis du Preez by 10.83% to €1.33 million (R24.22m) for the year to end September 2020, up from €1.2m the previous year.

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that a Durban man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly posed as a police officer to rob a victim of his cash and cellphone.

newsSowetanLive reports that the National Arts Council (NAC) has suspended its CEO Rosemary Mangope and CFO Clifton Changfoot pending an investigation.

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that the stage has been set for a bitter clash between the government and public sector unions, with the latter meeting on Monday to iron out sticking points in their demands for above-inflation wage increases.

sassaSowetanLive reports that the Hawks have dismantled one of the biggest disability grant fraud and corruption syndicates to hit the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) after the arrest of officials and undeserving beneficiaries in Limpopo.

netcareSunday Tribune reports that the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) released its preliminary accident report last week on the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of a medical team on a “mercy mission” and the pilot, in Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has condemned the murder of two officers who were attacked while patrolling in a Cape Town suburb.

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protestNews24 reports that Limpopo police arrested 11 people after protests outside the Palabora copper mine in Phalaborwa turned violent and properties were set alight.

ramaphosa2Independent News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night that SA would go to level 1 Covid-19 lockdown with immediate effect. “The country has now clearly passed the second wave,“ Ramaphosa noted.

woolworthsBL Premium reports that according to Woolworths CEO Roy Bagattini, the number of jobs that have been cut in the retailer’s fashion and home division is very small.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that SA Airways (SAA) does not have plans to get into the air any time soon, saying in an update on its website on Friday that domestic and regional flights were suspended until 30 April and international flights until 31 October.

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed on Sunday evening that SA has signed a deal with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) that adds 2-million more doses to what was initially secured.

cosatuBL Premium reports that trade union federation Cosatu said on Sunday that proposed changes to the Pension Funds Act regulations would help mobilise much-needed investment in infrastructure.

newsBL Premium reports that the National Treasury gazetted proposed changes to regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act on Friday for comment.

DenelReuters reports that state-owned weapons manufacturer Denel said on Thursday that two board members, including chair Monhla Hlahla, had resigned.

pandorTimesLIVE reports that International Relations & Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor has declined to tell parliament why she put the department’s director-general, Kgabo Mahoai, on precautionary suspension.

postoffice thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the loss making and cash-strapped SA Post Office (Sapo), which has had a string of CEOs since the August 2019 departure of Mark Barnes, now has Nomkhita Mona at its helm.

cosatuBL Premium reports that as it sets up a special meeting to discuss its electoral support for the ANC, trade union federation Cosatu has fired a political shot across the bow of its political allay.

MotsoalediBL Premium reports that Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed a team of experts to review several categories of permits and visas issued since May 2004, when the Immigration Act came into force, until December 2020 to determine if they were granted regularly.

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.