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.

newsTimesLIVE reports that the US embassy has revealed that its ambassador to SA, Lana Marks, spent 10 days in intensive care while recovering from Covid-19.  

Jackson MthembuNews24 reports that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has tested positive for Covid-19.  He took a test on Monday after showing some symptoms.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has extended the marking of grade 12 exam papers due to a shortage of markers after some withdrew or declined to work, in many cases because of Covid-19.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that a senior Port Elizabeth (PE) policeman has been dismissed after an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) probe into allegations that he raped a child.  

SIUNews24 reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted an order to freeze the pension benefits of dismissed Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALR & RD) CFO Jacob Basil Hlatshwayo.  

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MakhuraTimesLIVE reports that according to Gauteng premier David Makhura, Tshwane has been hardest-hit by the second wave of Covid-19 with province's highest daily infections.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92EWN reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) won’t be putting teachers under pressure to take the Covid-19 vaccine.  Teachers have been particularly hard hit by Covid-19, with more than 1,600 having been infected in recent months.  

Correctional ServicesCape Times reports that a soaring number of more than 150 Covid-19 infections among inmates at the Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre in Caledon has been recorded despite efforts to contain the spread of the virus.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that an Eastern Cape health worker was arrested at Frontier Hospital in Komani on Saturday for allegedly stealing personal protective equipment (PPE).  

education90SowetanLive reports that about 2,000 matric exam markers have had to withdraw from marking the National Senior Certificate exam scripts due to various reasons, including cases of positive Covid-19 tests.  

healthcareEWN reports that the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said capacity at both private and public health facilities was being expanded to create more space to treat Covid-19 patients.  

AmatholeTimesLIVE reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has called for the Amathole District Municipality to be placed under administration.  

sabmillerReuters reports that South African Breweries (SAB) has suspended commitments to retain workers and investments, agreed as part of its merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev, due to SA’s decision to ban alcohol sales.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the Companies Amendment Bill is expected to make some progress during 2021 after stalling somewhere along the legislative process during 2019 and 2020.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government has committed to working with Durban's Hilton Hotel in an attempt to ensure it reopens its doors soon.  It emerged on Saturday that the city's iconic landmark, situated next to the International Convention Centre (ICC), would be shutting its doors, temporarily.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that national crime intelligence boss Lt-Gen Peter Jacobs and five other senior crime intelligence officers have lost a high court bid to have their suspensions overturned.  

AmatholeTimesLIVE reports that the Amathole municipality in the Eastern Cape will not be able to pay salaries to councillors, traditional leaders and all staff for four months beginning in February due to strained financial resources.  

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saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa) wants to know why – unlike other employees at state-owned SA Airways (SAA) – their 13th cheques for 2019 have not yet been paid from the R1.5 billion in funding that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) made available to the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) in December.  

miners2BL Premium reports that mining companies are applying the tough lessons they learnt in 2020 as they return 450,000 people to work after the year-end break.  

newsNews24 reports that Employment and Labour Deputy Minister Boitumelo Moloi has been hospitalised with Covid-19.  She was hospitalised on Tuesday and received a positive result on Wednesday, Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams advised on Sunday.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that the government’s monopoly on the buying and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is to be challenged in court by trade union Solidarity and NGO AfriForum.  They have instructed their legal team to prepare a case for such a challenge.  

presidencyBL Premium reports that according to the Presidency, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, is to face an internal disciplinary process after failing to disclose her financial interests.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that according to unions, the government will know at the latest in February what public sector workers’ demands are for the next round of wage negotiations.  

limpopo thumb100 News24 reports that the Office of the Premier in Limpopo has been ordered to pay the equivalent of 12 months' salary to an employee who was overlooked for a senior position in favour of a candidate who apparently misrepresented his academic qualifications.  

NatuThe Witness reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) joined others on 4 January 2021 in expressing sadness at news of the death of the president of the National Teachers’ Union (Natu), Allen Thompson.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the Airline Pilots’ Association SA (Alpa-SA) has launched an urgent process to interdict the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) from continuing with a lockout of its members.  

SipunziNews24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary David Sipunzi has died.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that the SA Revenue Service (Sars) will be instituting a two week lockdown of its offices due to concerns over the rise in Covid-19 cases.