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.

parliamentThe Citizen reports that the two-pot retirement system is one step closer to implementation later this year after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed the Pension Funds Amendment Bill on Thursday, with changes that clear up some discrepancies.

nsriNews24 reports that the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rescued 22 fishermen from a capsizing vessel in Table Bay on Saturday morning.

SAFASunday World reports that the SA Football Association (Safa) could not shed light on an embarrassing situation after youth players who left their schools to join the Safa Boys High Performance Academy were left stranded.

implatsBL Premium reports that nearly 4,000 jobs are on the line at Impala Platinum (Implats), as the platinum sector continues to labour under subdued prices that have seen widespread job cuts across the sector.

newsEngineering News reports that beverage multinational PepsiCo SA’s employee share ownership programme, Bašumi Trust, received the best governance policies and the most innovative funding model awards at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's Worker Share Ownership Conference on 23 April.

southafricalogoEngineering News reports that government is changing the way the SA visa system works and immigration law experts have lauded this as a positive step to enable more foreign skilled labour into the country.

earningsThe Citizen reports that the average take-home pay, measured in the BankservAfrica Take-home Pay Index (BTPI), fell marginally in March due to factors that placed financial constraints on companies and pressure on salaries.

gunThe Witness reports that one person was left in critical condition after a shooting incident on Rick Turner Road in Durban on Thursday.

artisan2Engineering News reports that three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP).

MantasheFin24 reports that Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has expressed antipathy to BHP's proposed takeover of Anglo American, as his previous experience with the global mining giant had been negative.

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graduate thumb100 TshisaLIVE reports that reality TV star and businessman Musa Mseleku says that he too almost fell victim to bogus institutions.  This after it became known veteran actor Sello Maake kaNcube and Skeem Saam actress Elizabeth Serunye had been awarded bogus honorary doctorates from Trinity International Bible University.

labourcourtsIOL News reports that a Gauteng woman who was fired for smoking cannabis after work for medical reasons took her fight to the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) and emerged victorious.

randwaterTimesLIVE reports that two of the three men arrested for the murder of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala and his bodyguard Sifiso Shange can be seen in short videos taken before and during the assassination.

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity has lashed out at the proposal of steel and engineering sector bosses to base wage increases on minimum rates of pay and not on actual wages, saying this would disadvantage skilled and experienced artisans.

sapsNews24 reports that Western Cape police have arrested two more suspects following the shooting of a Cape Town police officer on Monday.

earningsBL Premium reports that Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie’s total remuneration for the 2024 financial year rose to R65m, cementing his place as one of the industry’s top paid bosses.

protestGroundUp reports that the situation outside the Port Elizabeth TVET College in Gqeberha remained tense on Wednesday. Lectures and other academic activities at most of its campuses have been suspended since March because of ongoing protests by students over unpaid National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) allowances, among other issues.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Mail & Guardian reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga says her department has started recruiting people to fill the 31,000 teacher shortage in the country.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Musina Regional Court has sentenced a former clearing agent and a former SA Revenue Services (SARS) customs officer at the Beitbridge border post to 15 years’ imprisonment each after finding them guilty of fraud, forgery and corruption.

newsThe Citizen reports that since January 2023, nearly 50 cases of corruption have been documented across various departments of health in all provinces, except for the North West.

tshwane thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that AfriForum advised on Wednesday that three former Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) officers appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of corruption and extortion.

news shutterstockIn our Thursday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related reports.

gunTimesLIVE reports that the City of Cape Town has pointed the finger at alleged extortionists after two armed security guards escorting city staff carrying out repairs to a sewer pipe in Philippi, Cape Town, were shot dead on Tuesday.

sassaTimesLIVE reports that two suspects who allegedly tried to bribe a SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) official to register elderly people for social grants outside the normal procedure were arrested in Roodepoort on Wednesday after the whistle was blown on them.

earningsFin24 writes that Old Mutual's Remchannel unit reports that average wage increases are beating the consumer price index (CPI), though they are not necessarily keeping pace with a sharp rise in essentials, such as food.

postoffice thumb100 Fin24 reports that the SA Post Office (SAPO) has temporarily suspended retrenchments after its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) launched an urgent application for assistance from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS).

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo was arrested by the Hawks on Wednesday for allegedly submitting a falsely certified copy of his matric certificate to secure his appointment as deputy director of communications.

prasaGroundUp reports that workers commuting between Tongaat and Durban have been struggling with high transport costs since the connecting northern rail line stopped operating four years ago.

implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that workers representatives have called for tighter legislation, through the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), to govern employee share ownership schemes (Esops) in SA mining companies.