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 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
Friday, 19 February 2021.

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.  

easterncape thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.  Mabuyane announced he had fired Gomba at a news conference on Thursday.

arcelormittalTimesLIVE reports that the three workers who were trapped after an explosion at ArcelorMittal SA’s (Amsa’s) premises in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, on Wednesday have been confirmed dead.  

UIFBL Premium reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is aiming to start processing applications for the extension of the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for workers affected by the Covid-19 lockdown in the first week of March.  

employment thumb100 GroundUp reports that unemployed and desperate people have taken to sitting outside the gates of Wireforce in Germiston hoping for a job.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that the shutting down of the Humansdorp Kooperasie by workers over a wage dispute has impacted local farmers in the Cookhouse area of the Eastern Cape.  

SaftuIndependent Media reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has reiterated its rejection of SA’s ambitious Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) as it plans to embark on a nationwide general strike to highlight growing poverty, unemployment and inequality in the country.  

arcelormittalFin24 reports that a search is on for three employees after a portion of a 90 meter stack collapsed at a coke battery of ArcelorMittal in Vanderbijlpark.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa) is headed to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to compel the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to pay the 13th cheque its members would have received at the end of 2020 as well as three months’ back pay.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer price inflation accelerated slightly in January, driven by higher food prices and services costs.