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SAA acting head assures on flight safety as operational schedule begins to recover 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th November 2019 South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO Zuks Ramasia on Sunday assured the country that the ongoing strike at the airline was not compromising the safety and security of its operations. She called on the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew... 

SAA losing R52m a day as unions and airline remain deadlocked 

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 Unions and flag carrier South African Airways are still deadlocked as a national strike continues. "The unions are still sticking to their guns and we continue to urge unions to approach the situation with open minds," said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. He said that SAA cannot present anything... 

 SAA losing R52m a day as unions and airline remain deadlocked

SAA plays hardball as strike starts

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 South African Airways (SAA) has not increased its wage hike offer to striking unions at the airline, spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Fin24 on Friday morning. The airline, which is technically insolvent, is sticking to its 5.9% offer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South... 

 SAA plays hardball as strike starts

SAA flights largely grounded as wage strike begins

By: News24Wire      15th November 2019 Workers at national carrier South African Airways (SAA) began a two-day strike likely to cost the financially-strapped airline millions of rand as it was forced to cancel almost all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Workers affiliated to the South... 

 SAA flights largely grounded as wage strike begins

Cesa shines on international stage

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) was one of the big winners at the 2019 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) Member Association (MA) Excellence Awards. 

Cesa shines on international stage
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa's aspirations are in sync with those of the country's National Development Plan

SAA makes new offer to unions as strike nears 

By: News24Wire      14th November 2019 South African Airways has made a new offer to unions in a bid to avert a looming strike at the national flag carrier.  Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, the spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said on Thursday morning that the new offer would be put to the union members at a... 

 SAA makes new offer to unions as strike nears

Unions warn of 'mother of all strikes' at SAA on Friday if demands are not met 

By: News24Wire      13th November 2019 If their demands are not met, the "mother of all strikes" will start at South African Airways and SAA Technical on Friday morning, unions warned at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday.  The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association said... 

 Unions warn of 'mother of all strikes' at SAA on Friday if demands are not met
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Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim

Imminent SAA job cuts the price paid by workers for years of graft – DA 

By: African News Agency      12th November 2019 Workers at national carrier South African Airways who face imminent job cuts are paying the price for years of graft and mismanagement, the main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday. The move has also angered unions, with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South... 

Imminent SAA job cuts the price paid by workers for years of graft – DA

While some local aerospace sectors are thriving, others are in a rough patch

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th November 2019 The South African aerospace industry embraces the public and private sectors. It includes manufacturers; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers; and research and development (R&D) institutions. It covers general, commercial and defence aviation (including manned and unmanned... 

While some local aerospace sectors are thriving,  others are in a rough patch

Entrepreneurs, small business crucial to driving economic growth 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th November 2019 Entrepreneurs and the businesses they establish underpin any well-functioning country in today’s dynamic, fluid and ever-evolving world, says finance institution Investec banking and principal investments head Nick Riley. He describes small businesses as “the lifeblood of an economy”. 

Entrepreneurs, small business crucial to driving economic growth
Investec banking and principal investments head Nick Riley

CSIR has started restructuring its support staff as part of its reorganisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th November 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has announced that it has started a process of reorganising its support staff. This is part of the Council's reorganisation of its operating model, to allow the implementation of its new strategy, and follows on from its successful science,... 

Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills 

31st October 2019 Tools maker Lasher Tools recently took media through its Wadeville factory to display its focus on producing quality tools and to highlight the jobs this sustains. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills
Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills

AfDB partners with Seedstars to grow youth employment, entrepreneurship

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th October 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with Swiss startup competition Seedstars World to launch an initiative called the AfDB Job Creation Track, which will support youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa. “The main goal is to find and reward the startups with the greatest... 

Renewable energy sector preparing ‘just transition’ roadmap

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2019 South Africa’s renewable energy sector has revealed that it is preparing a “just transition” roadmap that seeks to speed up and assist the mobilisation of wind and solar energy in regions where gold and coal mining are on the decline. By incorporating employment and industrialisation in the... 

Draft National Labour Migration Policy expected in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2019 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) on Friday confirmed that a draft National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP) would be ready by March 2020. The NLMP aims to equip South Africa with a technically sound policy instrument to strengthen the country’s approach to labour migration and... 

Manufacturing skills shortages a worldwide problem and action is needed

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2019 In its 2019 World Manufacturing Forum Report: Skills for the Future of Manufacturing, the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF) lists ten “key recommendations” to address the skills gap problems that are facing manufacturing worldwide. “The skills gap phenomenon is one of the most pressing issues faced... 

Barcodes add value to Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 There is an opportunity, through Industry 4.0, to make the data derived from barcodes more useful across industrial value chains, says industrial automation provider Omron South Africa product manager Khotso Majoe. 

Barcodes add value  to Industry 4.0
KHOTSO MAJOE Omron partners with clients to offer holistic solutions where production processes are integrated in one house

Large-scale dismissals continue to rise in labour market on back of legislative reform, 4IR 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2019 Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration director Cameron Morajane on Monday revealed the commission had observed increased referrals of large-scale dismissals in the 2018/19 financial year. It expects these numbers to increase further in 2019/20.  

Large-scale dismissals continue to rise in labour market on back of legislative reform, 4IR
CCMA director Cameron Morajane discusses the commission’s 2018/19 financial year achievements, including industrial action resolutions. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Absa appointed as joint bookrunner in first dollar corporate social bond

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2019 Absa Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) was recently appointed by Bayport Management to be the joint bookrunner in the first ever dollar-denominated social bond to be issued by a corporate in Africa. The $260-million senior unsecured social bond, which is due in 2022, was heavily... 

Monopoly, legislation hinder Italian SME growth and competition

By: Cameron Mackay     11th October 2019 The tendency of certain local markets to become monopolised and dominated by single entities presents challenges for Italian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) aiming to establish themselves in the South African market, says Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries trade... 

Renewables sector’s just transition roadmap to target coal and gold regions 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2019 South Africa’s renewable-energy industry is preparing a detailed ‘just transition’ roadmap that will incorporate employment, spatial and industrialisation components to the deployment of solar and wind in a bid to catalyse economic activity and job creation in areas where coal and gold mining are... 

Renewables sector’s just transition roadmap to target coal and gold regions
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mike Levington

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure

By: Darren Parker     4th October 2019 A need to upskill industry newcomers, increasing labour costs and decreasing foundry capacity continue to place the local pump manufacturing industry under pressure, says industry association South African Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. “Greater incentives need to be made available to... 

Local pumps manufacturing industry under pressure
A HOT MESS South Africa’s pump manufacturing industry is dying owing to high energy costs, high labour costs, an underskilled workforce and increased international competition.

SAA board disappointed at pilots’ association statement

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 The board of South African Airways (SAA) on Monday voiced its disappointment over a statement issued by the South African Airways Pilots’ Association (SAAPA) last week, calling for changes in the leadership of  the airline. SAAPA last week warned that its members would consider embarking on... 

If Sars fails, our democracy fails – Kieswetter 

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th September 2019 South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter on Thursday said that if Sars fails our democracy fails. He was addressing delegates at the eleventh Premier Corporate Governance conference in Montecasino organized by Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa. 

If Sars fails, our democracy fails – Kieswetter
Photo by Dylan Slater
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

‘More inclusive’ Nedlac needed for crafting of growth-igniting compact  

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2019 Business and government acknowledged on Thursday that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) needs to be more inclusive and representative if it were to have any chance of crafting a social compact that lifts the South African economy out of its current low-growth and... 

‘More inclusive’ Nedlac needed for crafting of growth-igniting compact
Watch Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and Business Unity South Africa president Sipho Pityana calling for Nedlac to be more inclusive and representative. Camerawork and video editing: Darlene Creamer 26.9.2019

South Africa’s ICT skills gap requires holistic intervention – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2019 The skills gap in South Africa’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector is considerable and is widening as a result of digital transformation and this requires greater intervention. This is according to the tenth edition of the ‘Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) –... 

SA lost 30 000 construction jobs over the past year 

By: News24Wire      26th September 2019 New numbers released by Statistics SA show a bloodbath in construction jobs over the past months, while the mining sector is steadily employing more people – for now. The Quarterly Employment Statistics survey for the second quarter of the year showed that almost 10.2-million people were employed... 

 SA lost 30 000 construction jobs over the past year

Interdicted banking strike a warning for SA to plan better – Cape Chamber of Commerce  

By: African News Agency      26th September 2019 The Cape Chamber of Commerce on Thursday said the banking strike which was planned for Friday and which could have resulted in a complete shutdown of systems, including ATMs, should be seen as a warning to South Africa that better planning is necessary to deal with the changes brought about by... 

Interdicted banking strike a warning for SA to plan better – Cape Chamber of Commerce

Sasbo to appeal bank strike court interdict  

By: African News Agency      26th September 2019 Finance trade union Sasbo will launch an urgent appeal against the labour court judgment that barred banking sector members from embarking on a strike. The trade union's mother body, the Congress of South African Trade Unions said the battle against job losses at banks has only been "postponed... 

Sasbo to appeal bank strike court interdict

Economic difficulties creating OHS challenges in South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     20th September 2019 South Africa continues to have a high injury-on-duty rate despite its advanced occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and regulations, and adoption of best international practices, says industry body South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) president Sanjay... 

Economic difficulties creating OHS challenges in South Africa
ZERO HARM QUESTIONED Is zero harm possible, considering the complexities and varying risks associated with different industries?

Health and safety practitioners need tech roadmap

By: Tracy Hancock     20th September 2019 Health and safety practitioners need to develop a technology roadmap to provide a foundation for planning aspects of safety that support technological advancements, says Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) director-general Thobile Lamati. “The roadmap will allow for the expansion or... 

Health and safety practitioners need tech roadmap
SAFETY EVOLUTION Occupational health and safety practitioners need to become more familiar with emerging technologies to support safety efforts

Numsa to challenge 'compulsory balloting' before strikes

By: African News Agency      13th September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday said it intends to challenge the decision by the Department of Labour (DOL) to make balloting compulsory before engaging in any strike.  "We believe the changes to the Labour Law are nothing more than a further unjustified... 

 Numsa to challenge 'compulsory balloting' before strikes

Parly committee against retrenchments at Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is opposed to any retrenchments at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in order to cope with the corporation’s current financial crisis. This was made clear during an oversight visit by the Committee to Necsa, late... 

Lawlessness should be addressed through shared responsibility – business leaders, govt 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2019 Following the recent spate of violence across South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele on Monday reiterated that government considered this form of behaviour to be “acts of criminality”. He added that government was not denying the undercurrent of anti-foreign national sentiment among those... 

Numsa says motor retail, components industry wage negotiations deadlocked 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on employers in the motor retail and components industry to approach wage negotiations with “an attitude to resolving the dispute”. The union and employers have reached a deadlock and will meet again at the Motor Industries... 

South Africa can add 1.2-million jobs by 2030, McKinsey says

By: , Bloomberg     5th September 2019 Digitization and automation advancements could add 1.2-million jobs in South Africa by 2030, McKinsey & Co said in a report Thursday. Technology-related gains could triple South Africa’s productivity growth, more than double growth in per-capita income and add more than a percentage point to the... 

Minerals Council calls for govt intervention as Gauteng violence continues 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday said it was “deeply concerned and saddened” at the violence that had erupted in and around Gauteng over the course of the last few days. In particular, the council said the mining industry was “disturbed” at the xenophobic character of the violence. 

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