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Labour News

Busa supports labour law amendments, but concerned about risks

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has voiced its support for amendments to legislation to introduce provisions to enhance labour relations stability and the implementation of a National Minimum Wage (NMW). Busa warned, however, that the risks to employment and business, particularly smaller and... 

UNTU negotiates 7.1% increase at Transnet

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has signed a 7.1% wage increase agreement for its members at State-owned freight group Transnet. The three-year agreement is backdated to April 1, 2018.   

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment  

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 New analysis by the World Bank has confirmed that South Africa’s is not only the world’s most unequal country, but that extreme inequality has become a major constraint to higher levels of economic growth, because it is undermining policy certainty and depressing investment. The bank’s latest... 

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment
World Bank program leader Sebastien Dessus and country director Paul Noumba Um on the negative impact that extreme inequality in South Africa is having on growth and investment. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 10.4.2018

Lack of carton collection reduces recycling processes

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Although paper and plastics packaging company Mpact has been processing liquid packaging successfully, not enough cartons are being collected to use for recycling. “Consumers don’t realise that liquid packaging, such as juice and milk cartons, are actually recyclable. We need to put in an effort... 

National Minimum Wage to reduce poverty, inequality 

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 South Africa's labour department on Wednesday, urged industries that were paying below the proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW) to “up their game”. Director of Employment Standards at the department, Stephen Rathai, said all sectoral determinations paying below the R20 per hour as proposed by NMW... 

National Minimum Wage to reduce poverty, inequality

Communications Committee recommends removal of Icasa chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th March 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Communications has recommended the removal of Rubben Mohlaloga from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) council. This follows a request from Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane to start the removal process after the Pretoria... 

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday launched the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative – a business-led partnership with government, labour and society, that aims to empower one-million young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 through paid work experiences over the next three years.  

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces youth employment service launch. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

Employment, wage prospects remain weak – Solidarity

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The various market and political trends at play in South Africa could sway economic fortunes considerably in the years ahead, says trade union Solidarity. The trade union on Monday released its Labour Market Index (LMI) for the fourth quarter of 2017, which, at a neutral level just below 50,... 

Lakela Kaunda to join Cogta

By: Sane Dhlamini     16th March 2018 The Presidency’s chief operations officer (COO) and former President Jacob Zuma's most trusted adviser Lakela Kaunda was seconded, on Friday, to join the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) for the next twelve months with effect from March 20. The Ministry is headed... 

Lakela Kaunda to join Cogta

Development programme encourages economic growth

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 To date, steel service centre and distributor Macsteel’s Usizo development programme has assisted in creating 175 new jobs in the steel sector. The programme was first initiated by Macsteel in May 2015 to assist small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the steel industry by... 

Development programme encourages economic growth
USIZO DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The Usizo development programme, spearheaded by Macsteel, has led to an injection of R50-million into the South African economy

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 Trade union Solidarity warned on Friday that its members at State-owned defence industrial group Denel were ready to start protesting at the company. This follows the response by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to a recent urgent letter to her from Solidarity about, in the union’s words,... 

Union threatens protest action at defence group Denel
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Various Denel products on display at the Group’s Head Office in Centurion, south of Pretoria. From front to rear, a portable launcher for the Ingwe missile, an Ingwe missile, a Badger infantry fighting vehicle, a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (largely obscured), and a Casspir mine protected vehicle.

Leveraging neuroscience for business productivity

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Companies can improve the productivity, cooperation and happiness of employees by leveraging natural human emotions, says applied neuroscience multinational Neuroleadership Institute South Africa research and solutions head Rob Jardine. The psychology of groups can facilitate cooperation and... 

Leveraging neuroscience for business productivity
ROB JARDINE Promoting inclusiveness and associations are effective at overcoming cultural differences in businesses

Liberty Two Degrees posts maiden full-year results

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 South Africa-focused real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Monday posted a distribution of 59.22c a unit in its maiden full-year results.  

Trade conditions remain strong – Sacci

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 With general business confidence at its highest level in two-and-a-half years, trade expectations have maintained an improved level going into this year, the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday.  

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

Untrustworthy PPE leads to higher injury rates

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Companies buying personal protective equipment (PPE) without conducting adequate market research on vendors and the products supplied may result in more harm than good, says labour, financial assistance, broad-based black economic empowerment and PPE outsourcing company Innovative Solutions Group... 

Untrustworthy PPE leads  to higher injury rates
A GROWING INDUSTRY The personal protective equipment industry had a turnover of about R57-million over the last financial quarter of 2017 and an 11% turnover increase from 2016 to 2017

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Wage negotiations in bus sector ongoing, but progress made

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) along with four other unions in the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) on Monday said it would take employers' wage offers to their members for approval. Last week, labour unions Satawu, the Transport and Allied... 

South Africa’s labour laws contributing to mass unemployment – FMF

By: Anine Kilian     24th January 2018 Many of South Africa’s 9.4-million unemployed citizens are being denied the right to work on their own terms, says Free Market Foundation (FMF) director Eustace Davie. Speaking at an event focused on unemployment in South Africa, on Wednesday, he said labour laws actively prevent people from... 

MEIBC changes welcome, but should take employer into consideration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 Although the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) main agreement negotiation process, that took place from June to August last year, was riddled with technical issues and procedural hurdles, the extension to all nonparty employers and employees falling within the scope of... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The smaller wine grape harvest anticipated by industry body Vinpro for this year is expected to result in a R700-million shortfall at farm gate, at a time when production costs have doubled in the past decade and the minimum wage for farm workers is set to increase by 17% in May. However, despite... 

Wine industry sees positives despite expected R700m shortfall

Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2018 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Transnet proposed a 6.5%, 7.25% and 7.5% increase in 2018,... 

Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

By: African News Agency      15th January 2018 The Department of Labour will this week resume its national series on worker engagement about the implementation of the national minimum wage and amendments to labour legislation. The national minimum wage of R3,500 a month, or R20 per hour for major sectors, is scheduled for implementation from... 

 Public engagements on SA's national minimum wage set to resume

Labour dept urges 2017 EE report filings as deadline looms

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2018 With the impending January 15 deadline looming, the Department of Labour (DoL) on Monday urged employers to file their employment equity (EE) online reports. The 2017 EE online and manual reporting season opened on September 1, and while the manual reporting submissions closed on October 1,... 

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Beleaguered retailing group Steinhoff International Holdings said on Tuesday its 2015 financial statements, in addition to the 2016 accounts, could no longer be relied upon. In a statement, Steinhoff, which was engulfed by an accounting scandal last month, leading to the resignation of CEO... 

Steinhoff says will have to restate 2015 financial statements

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday reported that State-owned defence industrial group Denel might not be able to pay its staff their salaries for December. It did so in a press release, following a meeting with Denel management, and expressed its “shock and concern” at the situation. The union... 

South African defence industry group beleaguered by financial woes
Photo by Keith Campbell/Creamer Media
Some Denel products on display: in the very front, a portable launch system for the Ingwe anti-tank missile, followed by the Ingwe missile itself; behind them a Badger Infantry Fighting Vehicle and in the rear, a Casspir mine protected vehicle. Just visible between the Badger and the Casspir is a Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

Gordhan joins Wits School of Governance

By: Sane Dhlamini     30th November 2017 The University of the Witswatersrand (Wits) announced on Thursday that it had appointed former Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan as a visiting professor at the Wits School of Governance, as from Friday. “He has played an integral role in South Africa’s history and we believe that his strong... 

Gordhan joins Wits School of Governance
Photo by Duane Daws
Pravin Gordhan

New initiative aims to create 100 000 jobs for the youth in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2017 With unemployment in South Africa reaching crisis levels that further threaten an already embattled economy, a new initiative, bringing together 20 industries, aims to create at least 100 000 jobs for unemployed youth in 2018. Launched on Monday, the multisector Jobs Summit initiative aims to... 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

Landmark projects help Esor to improve performance in tough market

By: Dylan Slater     17th November 2017 Despite challenging market conditions and a deteriorating market environment for the six months ended August 31, JSE-listed civils and construction group Esor recorded a “significant improvement” in its finances, with profit before tax of R3.1-million, compared with a loss recorded in February.... 

Unemployment biggest culprit in South Africa’s inequality

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 Unemployment, and not low formal sector wages, is the biggest cause of inequality in South Africa, economist Mike Schussler argued at a presentation of trade union Uasa’s sixteenth ‘South African Employment Report’, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. Noting that no other country among the 100 biggest... 

New council announced by architectural body

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 The South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (Saclap) recently annouced its new four-year council, as appointed by Department of Public Works Minister Nathi Nhleko. Council members will serve a four year term of office from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2021.  

Manufacturing Circle sees some bright spots in local industry investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 Despite the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) showing a downward trend year-on-year, falling to 60 in the third quarter, the industry body remains optimistic about the local manufacturing industry. “Results were consistently above the neutral 50-point mark, which is evidence of the... 

Manufacturing Circle sees some bright spots in local industry investment
Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

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