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Alcohol industry laments sales ban extension

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and National Liquor Traders (NLT) note their disappointment in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the current ban of alcohol sales by another two weeks. In a joint statement, the two organisations suggest that the decision to... 

Salba requests excise duties deferment to offset liquor prohibition implications

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) states that the current 14-day ban of alcohol sales declared by government on June 27 has left it with “no choice” but to request that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) provide extended payment terms on the excise duties currently... 

Govt still remiss in its consultation with private sector on Covid-19 lockdowns, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     5th July 2021 Despite the improvements in government’s approach to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown regulations, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says government has still not embraced consultation with the private sector. She points out this has been a case in point with... 

Seifsa has ‘high expectations’ that the economy will rebound this year

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 The Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) data released on June 29 by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reflect South Africa’s turbulent path to economic recovery amid the deepening negative impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the economy, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

New restrictions putting many jobs at risk, commentators warn

By: Donna Slater     28th June 2021 Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the move to adjusted Alert Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions and the accompanying ban on alcohol sales, the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) is requesting government to reassess its measures and to focus on its vaccine rollout... 

Employment Equity report shows ‘slow progress’ of transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2021 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has called on Cabinet to “urgently review legislation and regulations”, stating that employment equity (EE) “needs to be seen as a catalyst for change”. Upon receiving the twenty-first iteration of the Commission for Employment Equity’s (CEE’s) annual... 

Vaccine registration for people 50 and over opens July 1   

By: Sane Dhlamini     25th June 2021 Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced on Friday that South Africans aged between 50 and 59 years can register for the Covid-19 vaccine from July 1, with vaccinations for this age group scheduled to begin July 15. South Africa is battling a third wave of the pandemic, with... 

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announces that vaccine registration for people aged 50 and over opens July 1 (Camera: Kutlwano Matlala, Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Pandemic has presented ‘economic reset’ opportunities

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd June 2021 Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Boitumelo Moloi said on Wednesday that while the Covid-19 pandemic has been catastrophic, it has, in many ways, presented a lot of economic reset opportunities in the process. She was addressing delegates at the launch of Switzerland's Institute of... 

Pandemic has presented ‘economic reset’ opportunities

Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community  

23rd June 2021 Four years in, the Small-Scale Grower Cane Development project has recorded notable successes, with over 860 sustainable jobs created and 3 000 ha of cane developed on communal land owned by small-scale growers. Tasneem Bulbulia elaborates. 

Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community
Illovo, Jobs Fund project benefitting community

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which represents 19 affiliated employer organisations, has tabled a three-year wage deal. This followed after negotiations were held with labour unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity,... 

South Africa’s labour law architect Mboweni sees need for change

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2021 Tito Mboweni, the architect of many of South Africa’s labour laws, said it may be time to review them to ensure they aren’t impeding economic growth. South Africa’s current finance minister told an investment conference on Thursday that when he served as the first post-apartheid labour minister... 

S Africa won’t budge on State wage bill, finance chief says 

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2021 South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told an investment conference the Treasury won’t back down on its insistence that any wage agreement for state workers mustn’t breach the government’s fiscal ceiling. Mboweni made the comments at a conference organized by JSE Ltd. and sponsored by... 

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Shoprite spends R700m over five years training more than 30 000 youths

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 Retail chain Shoprite Group has spent more than R700-million over the past five years on skills development and training programmes to enhance the career options of South Africa’s unskilled and unemployed youth. It has trained 24 308 people in its own Retail Readiness Programme, provided 1 027... 

Nxesi issues new directive for workplace vaccinations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Employers should find a reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds. This is contained in the new consolidated directive on occupational health and safety (OHS) measures in certain workplaces, which was... 

Showcase to be hosted to boost tech SMMEs

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Fourth Industrial Revolution laboratory Forge Academy, in partnership with Nokia and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) SMME Chamber, will host a showcase for small and medium-sized tech businesses and tech startups in Fourways on June 30. The showcase is aimed at highlighting... 

Survey shows African business leaders have positive outlook for 2021 

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Professional services firm PwC’s twenty-fourth yearly ‘Global CEO Survey’ finds that CEOs have an improved outlook and record high optimism about the global economy, with 68% of CEOs in Africa believing growth will improve this year. This compares with 76% of CEOs outside of Africa being... 

Busa expresses concern over commission’s rejection of Burger King sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has noted with concern the Competition Commission’s recent decision to block the sale of Burger King by Grand Parade Investments to ECP Africa, saying it would have unintended consequences. The commission cited ECP’s lack of black ownership credentials as the... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th June 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced on Monday the registration of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on March 31, with conditions. SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela explained that one of the conditions is that the vaccine be manufactured under conditions... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

Seifsa calls for national disaster recovery plan for metals, engineering sector

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called for the creation of a national state of disaster support and recovery plan for the metals and engineering sector. Such a plan should provide an opportunity for the industries to reset, reposition... 

South Africa’s overall employment picture still a cause for concern, says Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2021 While some industries have shown small employment gains, the overall picture is still a cause for concern, with a large decrease in employment between 2020’s fourth quarter and the first quarter of this year in industries classified as non-essential, which saw between 84 000 and 87 000 jobs lost.... 

Motus takes on 355 young people for YES working experience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2021 Automotive group Motus has come on board to support the Youth Employment Service (YES) by providing 355 young people with work experience. YES was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 and encourages the private sector to create critical work experience opportunities for young people... 

Macsteel launches third Macsteel Express franchise partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Steel merchant Macsteel has launched the third of its independently owned Macsteel Express franchise partnerships, in Nelspruit, on June 1. Macsteel launched the first of its two franchise partner concept outlets in February this year in Klerksdorp and Welkom, respectively.   

Absa PMI rises in May, suggesting another quarterly expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 57.8 points in May  from 56.2 the month before, with four of the five subcomponents remaining well above the neutral 50-point mark.  Only the employment index dipped back into negative terrain for May. 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa is identified in a new international report as one of ten countries where training efforts will need to be intensified and accelerated over the coming five years to match the skills demand that will be created during the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of new... 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The number of private vaccination sites will need to be ramped-up aggressively in the coming weeks if South Africa is to reach the daily inoculation tempo of 192 000 required by the start of June to position the country to consume the millions of vaccine doses that have been secured for its... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st May 2021 Professor Vimal Ranchhod from the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) says data show there is a strong geospatial component when it comes to serious inequality in Southern Africa. He was addressing a virtual debate organised by the Embassy of... 

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa

Safety critical to ensuring ‘solid business case’ for projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2021 Safety excellence is not separate from construction or operational excellence – a safe site avoids the cost of incidents and improves personnel’s motivation and the company’s relationships with clients, thereby forming a “solid business case” for a project, says South Africa-based contractor... 

The Covid-19 pandemic has added a layer of difficulty to focusing on safety
Concor’s Craig Lawrence talks about the company’s health and safety approach and protocols

Government releases competition policy strategy for jobs, industrial development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2021 More than R25-billion has been committed by major firms for investment in factories, refineries and construction projects in South Africa over the last five years, following agreement with government in terms of the provisions of the Competition Act. Further, more than R3-billion has been... 

Negotiations for new metals, engineering wage agreement to start in June

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2021 With the current wage and working condition agreement in the metals and engineering sector close to expiration, it was agreed at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council management committee meeting on May 18 that the main agreement wages and conditions of employment negotiations... 

Construction starts on Boardwalk Mall in Gqeberha

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2021 Property investor Flanagan & Gerard (F&G) and Sun International subsidiary Emfuleni Resorts have officially started construction of the Boardwalk Mall, in Gqeberha (previously known as Port Elizabeth). The first phase of construction is set to be completed and launched in December this year,... 

The sod turning at the Boardwalk Mall's official development launch, in Gqeberha.
The sod turning at the Boardwalk Mall's official development launch, in Gqeberha.

CCMA, Salga forge partnership to promote labour equity

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to solidify their strategic partnership aimed at promoting labour peace and equity. The strategic partnership will... 

Business needs job creation urgency amid transition to a lower-carbon economy, PwC says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2021 A transition to a lower-carbon economy is occurring rapidly around the world and is critical for South Africa. The transition is being driven both by a realisation of the urgency required to save the environment and by economic reasons, and comes with both positive and negative impacts on... 

Winde says focus on governance has reaped good rewards for W Cape

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th May 2021 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Tuesday that focusing on governance over the last few years has helped to keep the Western Cape’s unemployment rate lower than in other provinces. He was speaking with journalist Bruce Whitfield during the PSG think big series webinar, under the topic ‘The... 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

Patel unpacks employee share ownership schemes progress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel is drafting guidelines on employee ownership and other broad-based ownership schemes. He intends to publish, in the coming week, a practice note dealing with some clarifications around community trusts and individual ownership schemes.  

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Eskom to hold wage talks next week

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom will start regular wage discussions with the company’s recognised labour representative unions on May 4. It warns that these discussions may be “unpredictable” and that it may result in rising tensions. 

Mchunu calls for proposals to resolving government-labour wage negotiations deadlock

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2021 Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu is calling for citizens to come forward with proposals that could help to resolve the deadlock between government and organised labour over the current public service wage negotiations. Government and labour reached a deadlock on... 

Transnet wage negotiations stall

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Following a second round of talks, wage negotiations between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and its affiliated labour unions have reached a deadlock. The negotiations took place with the South African Transport and Allied Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union... 

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