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.

sabcFiin24 reports that the Portfolio Committee on Communications was briefed on Tuesday on the 2019/20 annual report of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

healthcareNews24 reports that according to the Western Cape Department of Health, some people have fraudulently tried to pass themselves off as healthcare workers to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

newsMoneyweb reports that the National Treasury revealed in the 2021 Budget on Wednesday that a R9 billion cash injection will go into SA’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

DiscoveryBL Premium reports that Discovery plans to merge its medical scheme with Quantum Medical Aid Society on 1 April 2021. Quantum is a small, restricted-membership medical scheme whose participating employees are Bidvest and Sun International workers.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that as public-sector workers face a salary freeze over the next three years, the National Treasury has taken a hard line on future wage negotiations, saying it would ensure they were done in line with the country’s prevailing economic conditions.

employment thumb100 BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s public employment initiative has been bolstered with a provisional allocation of R11bn in the 2021/2022 financial year, according to the national budget tabled on Wednesday.

MassmartBL Premium reports that negotiations aimed at averting job losses at struggling retail giant Massmart were yielding positive results, the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) said on Tuesday.

nsfasBL Premium reports that undergraduate teaching and nursing programmes will still be funded by the government’s bursary scheme for disadvantaged students, the fund’s CEO said on Tuesday.

TBCSABL Premium reports that the tourism industry is lobbying for its front-line workers to be prioritised in the second phase of the vaccination rollout to reassure travellers of their safety.

Stats SABL Premium writes that the true cost of the Covid-19 pandemic was writ large in SA’s record-beating unemployment numbers on Tuesday, ratcheting up the pressure for reforms to unlock investment and boost job creation.

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sabmillerTimesLIVE reports that the Beer Association of SA (Basa) has called on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to offer the industry some tax relief in his budget speech on Wednesday.

MboweniEWN reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver his Budget Speech on Wednesday with the critical issue of the public wage bill still in limbo ahead of a Constitutional Court appeal by trade unions.

LosiIndependent Media reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has strongly defended the election of Zingiswa Losi as president of Cosatu following social media accusations that her appointment was solely because she was a woman.

psaNews24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed the dismissal of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

uberTimesLIVE reports that a group of Uber drivers in SA will be heading to court to seek rights including compensation for unpaid overtime and holiday pay, their lawyers advised on Tuesday.

farming thumb medium80 84Business Report writes that the agricultural industry has warned that the recently announced increase in the national minimum wage (NMW) would cripple the sector and impact any prospects of creating further jobs.  

nxesiBusinessTech reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has reiterated that adjustment of the national minimum wage (NMW) was the outcome of an extensive consultation process.

Stats SAFin24 reports that SA’s official unemployment rate increased to a record 32.5% in the fourth quarter of 2020 as the number of jobless in the country grew to 7.2 million.

Netcare911TimesLIVE reports that a preliminary investigation by the SA Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the helicopter which crashed en route to KwaZulu-Natal last month killing Netcare 911 medics and the pilot broke apart in midair and the impact was “not survivable”.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Independent Media reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said during the release of the province’s matric results on Tuesday morning that he was doing so with a heavy heart, having lost 253 teachers and 38 non-teaching staff to Covid-19 related illnesses.  

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.