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Labour News

Labour department starts auditing UIF payments to ensure compliance 

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2020 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi reports that, during the second week of June, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) appointed auditors to investigate whether money paid to employers, to help bridge employees salary deficits during the Covid-19 pandemic, is being paid in full to... 

Mavuso laments all-time low in business confidence

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2020 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says business confidence in South Africa is destroyed. In a weekly newsletter, she points out that the latest Rand Merchant Bank/Bureau of Economic Research business confidence index shows that 95% of businesses are dissatisfied with... 

Covid-19 patients can only return to work after 14-day isolation, medical exam – Govt

By: African News Agency      11th June 2020 South Africa's employment and labour department on Thursday stressed that workers who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 could only return to their jobs after completing 14 days of self-isolation and undergoing a medical examination. The department issued its statement in the wake of local media... 

Covid-19 patients can only return to work after 14-day isolation, medical exam – Govt

Covid-19 positive employees can return to work under strict conditions – labour department

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2020 Following a number of media reports that state that Covid-19 patients no longer need to test negative to resume work, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) notes that this is false and instead that certain criteria need to be met before an employee that tests positive for Covid-19 can... 

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2020 The South African economy finds itself on the edge of a fiscal cliff, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a “massive and rapid shock”, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon. While the effects of the pandemic were initially localised to Asia,... 

Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon discusses the fiscal cliff edge that the South African economy finds itself on, and highlights some potential measures that can attract FDI into the country. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Students, staff must register on HealthCheck before returning to campus – Nzimande

By: Sane Dhlamini     9th June 2020 Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande announced on Tuesday that the prerequisite for all tertiary education students and staff returning to campus was to register to the HealthCheck platform. Under level 4 of the national lockdown, final year university students were allowed the control... 

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande
Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

CCMA launches digital platform for case processes

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2020 To ensure efficient and effective case referral and application processes, which are also safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has introduced a free digital platform for CCMA users to refer conciliation and arbitration disputes and... 

Solidarity opposes retrenchments at Agricultural Research Council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th June 2020 Trade union Solidarity is in talks with the Agricultural Research Council (Arc) about the best possible solution around the council’s impending retrenchments, which the union believes could pose a direct threat to South Africa’s food security. This follows after the union received a letter from... 

Entrepreneurs facing significant challenges amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has intensified South Africa’s economic challenges, with entrepreneurial businesses being more susceptible to succumb to a depressed trading environment, a new report published on June 8 has found. 'Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South Africa (GEM SA) 2019/20 – Igniting... 

Concrete batchers training in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology is planning to offer a special one-day course for concrete batchers and batch plant staff in the second half of 2020. 

THE WHOLE BATCH 
Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant
THE WHOLE BATCH Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant

Solidarity issues letter of demand to stop pension funds going to Eskom

By: Donna Slater     4th June 2020 With a letter of demand addressed to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), labour union Solidarity instituted legal steps to stop the exchange of Eskom debt for Eskom shares, on June 4. In doing so, Solidarity demands that plans by the PIC to... 

Gauteng claims majority of UIF Covid-19 benefit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2020 Of the R16.5-billion disbursed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as part of the Covid-19 temporary employer/employee relief scheme (TERS) benefits payment, almost half has gone to Gauteng, benefitting 1.5-million of the 3.46-million workers who have been beneficiaries. In monetary terms,... 

SA banks ready to assist distressed businesses amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Sane Dhlamini     3rd June 2020 Global law firm DLA Piper, which has advised the Banking Association South Africa and South Africa’s biggest banks on the country’s loan guarantee scheme, has announced that the banks are ready to receive loan applications from businesses impacted by the coronavirus. The loan scheme, which was... 

SA banks ready to assist distressed businesses amid Covid-19 pandemic

United Steel condemns unnecessary protest at old Metso steel mill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 International metals and minerals company United Steel, a division of United Heavy Industries, has disassociated itself from allegations that jobs are up for sale at its steel mill, and condemned the protest action at the site, in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on June 1. The company recently acquired... 

Bowmans into Malawi, Zambia amid pandemic

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st June 2020 Law firm Bowmans has expanded its services to Malawi and Zambia despite the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that is crippling the world economy. The announcement comes less than a year after it announced it was opening a new office in Mauritius and entering into an alliance with Assefa &... 

Bowmans into Malawi, Zambia amid pandemic

NPA gets two new deputy national directors   

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Advocates Ouma Rasethaba and Rodney de Kock as Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions with effect from June 1. Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga has also been appointed Special Director of Public Prosecutions. The appointments come following consultations... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Coronavirus: Employees can refuse to return to work if they feel unsafe – labour minister

By: News24Wire      29th May 2020 Employees have a right to refuse to return to work next month if they have a "reasonable belief" their employers have not put in place required precautions against the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. Nxesi was one of several ministers... 

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Department commends UIF's efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th May 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is continuing to make a difference to the lives of many people in South Africa, with timely cash injections, despite the pandemic continuing to impact on many lives, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) said in a statement on May 29. Since the... 

Protocol to ensure safety on construction sites

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 The Construction Management Foundation (CMF) welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reopening of all construction and infrastructure works under Alert Level 3 on the Risk Adjusted Strategy that will commence on June 1 as a positive step in helping to reinvigorate the construction sector. The... 

PRASA administrator announces new permanent executive appointments

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo on May 29 announced new permanent executive appointments to the State-owned rail entity. The appointments are the culmination of a rigorous process, overseen by external recruitment agencies, as well as experts in... 

Agility needed in sector transformation

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The world is rapidly changing, with the onslaught of Covid-19 catalysing and concentrating the drivers behind this change. Consequently, manufacturers need to be agile in adapting their systems and processes, remain lean and use digital enablers in a digital transformation to remain relevant and... 

CONNECTING THE DOTS
Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility
CONNECTING THE DOTS Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility

Health and safety burden shifts onto firms as Level 3 opens way for big resumption of economic activity 

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2020 The nationwide transition from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3 on June 1 would facilitate the return-to-work of almost eight-million more South Africans than had hitherto been allowed to do so, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. He cautioned, however, that the... 

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

Africa's debt burden to rise from Covid-19 capital disinvestments

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2020 As a result of the economic impact of Covid-19, there have been significant outflows of capital from emerging markets, many in Africa, thus far this year, as risk appetite weakens significantly and capital is redirected into safe haven assets, like gold, reports insurance company Alexander Forbes... 

Barloworld warns of group-wide retrenchments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2020 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld has decided to institute group-wide retrenchments, in light of foreseeable Covid-19 challenges on its operations. The company expects the retrenchment processes to be completed by the end of the current financial year, with significant staff complement... 

Barloworld warns of group-wide retrenchments

UIF apologises for delay in capturing May claims

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has apologised for the break in its network which has affected plans to capture the May Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) online applications. The system, which has been undergoing test runs since last week, was scheduled to go live on... 

More than one in six youth out of work owing to Covid-19 − ILO

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, while those who remain employed have seen their working hours cut by, on average, 23%, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO). According to a report, titled 'ILO Monitor: Covid-19 and the... 

More than one in six youth out of work owing to Covid-19 − ILO

Alcohol industry submits safety protocol proposals to govt

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2020 The South African alcohol industry, which employes more than one-million people across the value chain, has submitted various proposals, including safety protocols for the manufacturing, distribution and trading of alcohol, to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). South... 

AMCU calls for testing of all employees at affiliated workplaces 

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has again called on employers to test all employees for Covid-19 as the pandemic continues to spread across South Africa. AMCU notes that while it has consistently called for the testing of all workers, the official stance of... 

Construction sector survival requires fresh approach

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The survival of the construction industry will depend on the willingness and ability of individuals and organisations to adapt to a new way of working, as well government’s commitment to address the threats highlighted by the sector, University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology... 

DECISIVE ACTION 
For the construction industry to thrive, opportunism will need to be dealt with immediately and decisively
DECISIVE ACTION For the construction industry to thrive, opportunism will need to be dealt with immediately and decisively

Pandemic, economic challenges to shape industry direction

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Industry trends are likely to take a new direction because of the global Covid-19 pandemic and a severely constrained local economy, says steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel. 

MIKE BENFIELD 
The construction and steel sectors – including the larger manufacturing industry – are “hand-in-glove”
MIKE BENFIELD The construction and steel sectors – including the larger manufacturing industry – are “hand-in-glove”

Built-environment growth a focus for regulator

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has its sights set on accelerating growth in and strengthening its partnerships with the construction sector. 

TOWING THE LINE 
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act
TOWING THE LINE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act

Expert enhances skills

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Demolition expert Jet Demolition has made a significant investment in developing and retaining an exclusive skills base through the retention of full-time, long-term employees. 

KIND OF A BIG DEAL
The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition
KIND OF A BIG DEAL The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition

Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Challenges in the construction sector will continue to prevail if construction sites remain closed, owing to South Africa’s national lockdown, says Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) president Christelle Bown. 

CHRISTELLE BOWN 
It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services
CHRISTELLE BOWN It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services

Lifting of cigarette sale prohibition will improve tobacco farming economics

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 If the ban on cigarette sales is lifted, tobacco farmers supported by the Emerging Farmer Initiative will benefit enormously, enabling them to sell and duly process crops that have already been harvested, says agricultural services company Afgri. The organisation notes that permitting cigarettes... 

CFOs in Africa take steps to provide safe working environments for their employees

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 As governments in Africa ease lockdown restrictions and reopen local economies, CFOs are focusing on plans to provide a safe working environment for their employees and ensure that this safety can be sustained throughout the Covid-19 crisis and recovery. This deduction comes from the latest 'the... 

PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango

Masondo reiterates projections of economic downturn, increased demand on health services

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2020 While difficult to predict what the South African economy will look like post-Covid-19, Deputy Finance Minister Dr David Masondo has warned that citizens can expect a 6% contraction in economic growth this year, alongside an increased demand on health services and infrastructure. Speaking during... 

Deputy Finance Minister Dr David Masondo
Photo by Screenshot taken during webinar by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
Deputy Finance Minister Dr David Masondo

NUM concerned about high numbers of Covid-19 in mines, at Eskom operations

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is concerned about the rising number of Covid-19-positive cases in the mining industry, especially in Limpopo, and at State-owned power utility Eskom's operations. The union states that some mines in Limpopo have become hotspots, where the virus is... 

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