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Labour News

Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

Equal pay claims discussed at Labour Law Conference

     20th January 2017 The future of equal pay claims in South Africa was one of the key focus areas at the twenty-ninth Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC) last year, with University of KwaZulu-Natal senior lecturer Nicci Whitear-Nel exploring the issue within the context of unequal pay between genders. 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 A more mature attitude towards collective bargaining, more prudent use of strikes and greater flexibility for employers to manage their workforce according to demand would likely lead to a greater appetite for employment in South Africa, says legal services provider Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys... 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates
MICHAEL MAESO The consequences of a breach of the amendment that provides for the use of labour brokers is yet to be definitively determined

Sars ensures correct employee classification

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a common problem that has resulted in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) instituting more stringent guidelines to ensure that employers adhere to taxation regulations, says contractor management services provider EOH Highveld... 

Sars ensures correct employee classification
BARTLEY JOSEPH South African employers act as agents of the State and are responsible for ensuring that all necessary taxes associated with an employee are collected

Investment the cure for SA’s unemployment – Fedusa

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 All sectors in South Africa needed to pull in the same direction if the country is to attract investment which could break the back of unemployment. This was according to Dennis George of the Federation of Unions of South Africa, the second largest trade union federation in the country, who is... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 Amid the country’s rising unemployment rate, 83% of South African CEOs are confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next year, which will result in an increase in headcount. In its eighth South African edition of the yearly Global CEO Survey, financial services firm... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC
PwC Southern Africa CEO Dion Shango discusses CEO sentiments

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice

New incentive Act will boost employment – Busa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the passing of the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) Act, which it believes will enable significant strides in the creation of more jobs for the youth. President Jacob Zuma signed the Bill into law on January 11 under the Taxation Laws Amendment Act. 

New incentive Act will boost employment – Busa

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4m in 2017 as economies struggle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Global unemployment is expected to rise by 3.4-million this year, spurred by deteriorating labour market conditions in emerging countries, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said. In its latest ‘World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017’ report, the organisation outlined that... 

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4m in 2017 as economies struggle

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi

By: News24Wire      20th December 2016 The revelations that President Jacob Zuma conspired with Secret Service agencies to establish a rival trade union to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)in the platinum belt should be seen as the last straw, said former Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. “If this is... 

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi
Photo by Duane Daws
Zwelinzima Vavi

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time
KRIYA GOVENDER The real-time nature of the solution enables all levels of employees to proactively manage productivity

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Sasol appoints new HR executive

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 Charlotte Mokoena has been appointed Sasol human resources (HR) and corporate affairs executive VP, effective February 1, 2017. As part of the group executive committee, she will direct and oversee Sasol’s global HR and corporate affairs functions in line with the group’s strategic aims. 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th November 2016 The findings of the second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey has revealed that 48% of respondents who earned less than R100 000 a year thought it was difficult to navigate daily life without paying bribes. The survey was conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa and sponsored by... 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 The newly proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 will not only establish greater labour stability in South Africa, but it will also evoke positive collaboration between business, labour and government, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a media... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks to Engineering News Online about the state of South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Vincent Pestana

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING Barloworld Equipment invites all genders to apply for its graduate programme

Labour market index improves, but no cause for celebration – Solidarity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 While the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) improved to 42.5 index points in the third quarter, up from the downwardly revised 41.9 in the second quarter, the trade union cautioned against premature talk of “green shoots” of recovery in the South African economy. The trade union said the... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be part of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) committee that is dealing with the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) section 77 notice, which calls for national protest action demanding free education. Nedlac has... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2016 Endeavouring to contribute to the South African economy and job creation, Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape. Hisense skills development manager Mark Dammert told... 

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

     4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2016 Transnet, which has partnered with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute to establish the Transnet Innovation and Design Research Centre, this week showcased 20 entrepreneurs who invented “life-changing” ideas that would provide solutions to challenges in their... 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

Sars wants 'rogue unit' docs barred from labour case

By: News24Wire      11th October 2016 Lawyers for the South African Revenue Service (Sars) want key documents relating to the infamous "rogue unit" saga to be disallowed as evidence in a labour dispute with one of the revenue collector's former employees. Proceedings in former Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay's bid to have his... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th October 2016 Women entrepreneurs must use their environment and the immediate challenges facing their communities as drivers of business, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) CEO Leah Manenzhe said on Monday. Manenzhe told delegates at the Gauteng Young Women in Business Breakfast Dialogue – which aims to... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP
Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to find solutions in their immediate environment. Cameraperson: Nichoals Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Consultancy proposes ways to kick-start South Africa’s GDP growth

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 Five actionable plans would be key to help kick-start South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth – currently standing at below 1% – and address the country’s triple threat of unemployment, inequality and poverty, delegates heard at business consultancy IQ Business’s smartgrowth.co.za... 

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

By: Dylan Slater     7th October 2016 The South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac) is due to enter line production in early 2017, with the construction of a purpose-built factory at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria.  

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

South Africa’s economic woes largely self-inflicted – CDE

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 While the historical legacy of apartheid and the global economic slowdown have contributed to South Africa’s poor economic growth, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive director Ann Bernstein stated that South Africa’s economic woes were predominantly owing to government’s policy... 

Government signals crackdown on cartels 

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2016 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is adamant about cracking down on cartels that he says are pushing people deeper into poverty and raising prices of food and other goods. He told the tenth annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference on Thursday that he hoped newly... 

Government signals crackdown on cartels
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Transparency only way to win mineworker trust – Motlatsi

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2016 The only way to win the trust of mineworkers is for the mining business to become open and transparent, former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Dr James Motlatsi said on Thursday. Speaking at the Joburg Indaba, Motlatsi shared the podium with Association of Mineworkers and... 

Transparency only way to win mineworker trust – Motlatsi
Photo by Ilan Solomons
Former NUM president Dr James Motlatsi

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd September 2016 The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure that small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in townships have... 

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs
Photo by Duane Daws
MEC Lebogang Maile

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South African firms report ‘positive but cautious’ Q4 hiring intentions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2016 South Africa’s mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors will remain the country’s weakest job link as local employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months to December, according to data released by workforce expert Manpower Group. This data alternatively... 

MTN’s new BBBEE scheme launched

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2016 Subscriptions for MTN’s new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme MTN Zakhele Futhi are now open to qualifying black investors and groups. Some 123.4-million ordinary shares in MTN Zakhele Futhi are on offer to new and existing investors at R20 a share, with a minimum... 

Human capital trends changing the business management landscape

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2016 Amid the increasing use of technologies such as mobile devices, three-dimensional printing, sensors, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things, which is changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver almost every product and service, digital disruption and social networking... 

Rural women entrepreneurs acknowledged for their business acumen

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 Rural women entrepreneurs were awarded their graduation certificates at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on August 5, following the intensive Faranani Rural Women Training Initiative provided by professional services firm PwC to build up the business skills of women from previously disadvantaged... 

Treasury estimates ETI supported 5% of jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Changes in the external environment have made it harder to assess whether Treasury’s Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) has led to the creation of new jobs or prevented a further worsening in youth unemployment, the National Treasury said on Friday. But broadly, it said, the estimates of jobs... 

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