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Labour News

Union warns that 45 000 South African jobs are currently at risk

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Analysis has shown that at least 45 000 jobs across 58 companies are already affected by staff reduction processes this year, trade union Solidarity said at a media conference, in Centurion, last week.  

S Africa’s renewables programme the basis of green economy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2015 South Africa’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has not only brought in hundreds of billions of rands in economic infrastructure investment but has also seemingly become the fulcrum of the country’s proposed ‘green economy’ development. In... 

S Africa’s renewables programme the basis of green economy

GIBS, AmCham launch leadership programme 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th August 2015 The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Gauteng provincial government, launched a public–private partnership to improve leadership. The partnership, in the form of a training programme, was aimed at improving the... 

GIBS, AmCham launch leadership programme
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Baker third scarcest job in South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently chaired a Human Resources Development Council meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in the wholesale and retail industry in South Africa.  

Baker third scarcest job in South Africa

Local government wage negotiations successfully concluded with no strike action – Salga

By: RDM News Wire      27th August 2015 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) said on Wednesday it had successfully concluded the salary and wage negotiations with trade unions in the local government sector‚ and that "strike action and its destabilising effects have been averted". "The agreement is a three year deal... 

Local government wage negotiations successfully concluded with no strike action – Salga

Economic growth fears emerge as S Africa's GDP contracts 1.3% in Q2

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2015 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 1.3% quarter-on-quarter in the quarter ended June 30. “The real economy has not performed that well, including construction, which has always been one of the main job creators,” Statistics South Africa statistician-general Pali Lehohla... 

Economic growth fears emerge as S Africa's GDP contracts 1.3% in Q2

Inquiry into socioeconomic conditions of farmworkers

By: News24Wire      25th August 2015 Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has launched a R10-million commission of inquiry into the socio-economic conditions of farmworkers in the province. Launching the eight-member commission in Mbombela on Monday, Mabuza said they were given eight months to complete the task. 

Inquiry into socioeconomic conditions of farmworkers

Baking third-scarcest job in South Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa chaired a Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg earlier this month, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in South Africa.  

Baking third-scarcest job in South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA Attention needs to be paid to basic and secondary education, as well as higher education, vocational training and adult education

Collaboration to form key part of companies’ digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2015 Cooperation in a company across its structures and divisions, as well as with its external partners, will be a key part of the digital transformation of businesses, and broadly commerce, worldwide, says market research firm International Data Corporation research manager Lise Hagen. Broad... 

12 SMMEs settled into new Riversands incubation hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2015 With 12 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) safely tucked away in incubation and a few more in the process of being absorbed, the Riversands Incubation Hub hopes to envelop another 56 before year-end. The hub, located in a new commercial park near Diepsloot, had the capacity to... 

Labour Minister reinstates expired auto sector labour deals

By: Natalie Greve     18th August 2015 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has renewed several expired employment agreements struck under the auspices of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO), once again granting the council the necessary jurisdiction to enforce these agreements, it said on Tuesday. Promulgating the agreements,... 

Labour Minister reinstates expired auto sector labour deals
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Retrenchment crisis already affecting 45 000 jobs in S Africa – union

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th August 2015 Analysis has shown that at least 45 000 jobs across 58 companies are already affected by staff reduction processes this year, trade union Solidarity said at a media conference, in Centurion, on Tuesday.  

Retrenchment crisis already affecting 45 000 jobs in S Africa – union
Photo by Reint Dykema
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann

SAA claims vindication from Labour Court decisions 

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the State-owned national flag carrier, believes it has been vindicated by the Labour Court ruling on Monday regarding retrenchment processes at SAA and its subsidiary, SAA Technical (SAAT). SAAT undertakes aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. The court ruled in... 

SAA claims vindication from Labour Court decisions

Samwu issues notice to strike at Rand Water

By: Natalie Greve     17th August 2015 The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) plans to embark on a strike at Rand Water, following the collapse of wage negotiations between the water utility and the majority union on Monday. The union said in a statement that it had issued Rand Water with notice to strike within 48 hours –... 

Samwu issues notice to strike at Rand Water

Steel construction companies advised to invest in training

     14th August 2015 Steel construction companies should use quieter business periods, caused by negative economic conditions, to improve the skills of their workers, says steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) education director Spencer Erling. He says one of... 

Steel construction  companies advised to  invest in training
From left: interns from Vaal University of Technology at Saisc offices Mpho Mukhudwani, Lugisani Mavhimbi and Ritshidze Mavhungu

Steel institute to increase presence in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     14th August 2015 Steel construction industry promoter  the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) believes its renewed strategic focus involving increasing its presence in the rest of the African continent will help the local steel construction industry survive the current trying economic... 

Steel institute to increase presence in Africa
BETTER BUILDING PRACTICES Saisc offers training courses to improve the workmanship of its members

Social impact of business rescue proceedings should be prioritised, academic argues  

By: Natalie Greve     13th August 2015 The social impact of business rescue proceedings, which referred chiefly to the impact on employment, should be prioritised above the interests of the flailing company’s debtors, particularly given the socioeconomically challenged environment in which South Africa finds itself, University of... 

Social impact of business rescue proceedings should be prioritised, academic argues

Operation Phakisa to raise standard of education 

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th August 2015 Preliminary work has begun for Operation Phakisa in Basic Education, and the Education Phakisa Lab process will begin in September/October this year, says President Jacob Zuma. He said the intention of this segment of Operation Phakisa is to further improve the quality of basic education by... 

Operation Phakisa to raise standard of education

New national policy for youth

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th August 2015 Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe, says the National Youth Policy 2020 will address challenges such as unemployment and the Aids epidemic that are facing young people today. The Minister said this when signing... 

New national policy for youth
Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela

UP unveils its R50m Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2015 The R50-million Kumba Iron Ore Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design has opened at the University of Pretoria. Ilan Solomons attended the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s recent Virtual Reality conference, where delegates were given a tour of the new facility and filed this... 

UP unveils its R50m Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design

Trade unions threaten strike action over looming steel job cuts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 Trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity and Uasa on Wednesday threatened to start mass pickets and demonstrations to defend jobs and highlight “the brutal plight” faced by workers in South Africa’s industry. This followed a bilateral meeting with steel... 

Trade unions threaten strike action over looming steel job cuts

DTI appoints EconoBEE CEO to task team

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has appointed advisory firm EconoBEE CEO Keith Levenstein to its task team to examine and report on broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) schemes. The task team was established as a consequence of the controversy around ownership notices issued... 

DTI appoints EconoBEE CEO to task team

ILISO Consulting establishes operations in Namibia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th August 2015 Consulting engineering firm ILISO Consulting has expanded into Namibia, appointing director and office manager Theunis Heunis, along with a strong board of directors, comprising chairperson Namibian ophthalmologist Dr Helena Ndume, consulting CEO Clint Koopman and Namibian operations MD Hans... 

Commission to police BEE fronting

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 Companies and employers could face criminal prosecution for fronting as black economic empowerment entities if found guilty by a soon to be established watchdog. BEE law expert at Norton Rose Fulbright Ismail Laher and commercial litigation expert Matthew Clark told Fin24 that amendments to the... 

Commission to police BEE fronting

Baker third scarcest job in S Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa last week chaired a Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in South Africa.  

Baker third scarcest job in S Africa

Development of a Rooivalk Mark 2 attack helicopter under consideration

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 The country's State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favorable response to the proposed "future roadmap" for Denel's Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group CEO Riaz Saloojee at the... 

Engineering sector advertised jobs increase by 36%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 The number of engineering jobs advertised year-on-year in South Africa has increased by 36%, research from specialist recruitment consultancy Robert Walters has found. Figures from the latest annual Robert Walters South African Jobs Index, which charted vacancy numbers posted to online platforms,... 

Engineering sector advertised jobs increase by 36%

DTI unpacks amended BEE codes to soften blow for business  

By: Natalie Greve     6th August 2015 In an effort to allay fears by business that newly reworked black economic-empowerment (BEE) legislation would stifle growth and introduce further bureaucratic convolution, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the private sector that the Amended Broad-Based BEE (BBBEE) Codes of... 

DTI unpacks amended BEE codes to soften blow for business

JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, as part of Women’s Month, continue to focus on empowering women in the construction industry. Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, JRA chairperson Jackie Manche said that, in recent years, the agency had provided training for women in construction... 

JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

Nzimande admits failure of leadership, corruption at govt’s student aid scheme 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 In a rare concession, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimade has admitted to failures within the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), listing its inability to recover student loans, its inadequate financial resources, a failure of leadership and its inadequate skills as... 

Nzimande admits failure of leadership, corruption at govt’s student aid scheme

Seifsa concerned by PMI figures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th August 2015 The state of confidence as measured by the Barclays purchasing managers’ index (PMI) in July is heavily distorted by the base effects of the instability in the South African economy, spilling over from the labour unrest in the mining and metals and engineering sectors in 2014, the Steel and... 

Seifsa concerned by PMI figures

Public hearings to review wages in farm and forestry sectors to start

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd August 2015 The Department of Labour (DoL) will on Tuesday start hosting a series of national public hearings to review the farming and forestry sectors’ minimum wages and conditions of employment as prescribed in Sectoral Determination (SD) 13. The department explained in a statement that it would start in... 

Public hearings to review wages in farm and forestry sectors to start

Ewseta, Sanaco MoU sees 175 rural youth obtain NQF 1

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2015 A three-year-old memorandum of understanding (MoU) has progressed to its midway point, as the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and South African National Apex Cooperatives (Sanaco) kicked off the next phase of their deep rural skills development programme. The... 

Thousands of Telkom employees accept voluntary retrenchments

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2015 The mass exit of thousands of Telkom employees came as no surprise, trade union Solidarity said this week. Nearly 2 400 employees had opted for Telkom’s voluntary severance packages (VSPs) and officially parted ways with the embattled company on Friday. 

Thousands of Telkom employees accept voluntary retrenchments

Africa’s universities have critical role to play in African Agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2015 Africa’s universities and scholars need to take centre stage in the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, embracing an important role in the development of the African Agenda. This was the message Gauteng Premier David Makhura imparted to delegates at the inaugural two-day Africa Universities Summit, where... 

Africa’s universities have critical role to play in African Agenda

First civilian pilot’s licence for unmanned air vehicles issued in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     31st July 2015 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has announced that it had awarded the country’s first remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence. It was issued on Friday, July 10, to SACAA employee and qualified commercial pilot Nicole Swart, although the news was not released... 

Mboweni joins Wits as honorary professor 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th July 2015 Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni will join the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) as an honorary Professor in the School of Economic and Business Sciences, from August 1. He was also recently appointed as nonexecutive director of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or... 

Mboweni joins Wits as honorary professor
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Tito Mboweni

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