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Labour News

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Gautrain and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have signed a wage proposal made by the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), who manages the Gautrain, effectively ending the strike that started on October 5. The standard Gautrain train service will resume on October 16, while... 

Civil engineering council now has over 1 500 members

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 Another 373 firms have registered for membership of the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI), meaning that “companies in the civil engineering sector continue to recognise the value” of the council, says BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley. This brought the total number... 

BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley
BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley

Sacci says trade activity improving

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 Trade activity has improved in South Africa, with the seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index having measured 50 index points in September, implying that half of the respondents experienced better conditions than in August. Trade activity previously improved to 37 index points in July, and then... 

Sacci says trade activity improving

Covid-19 has widened unemployment level disparities between cities, rural areas

By: Donna Slater     13th October 2020 A recent research report reveals that government’s Covid-19 response needs to be targeted more carefully to the distinctive challenges and opportunities of different places. The 'Visagie & Turok 2020' report, compiled by University of the Free State National Research Foundation research professor... 

University of the Free State National Research Foundation research professor Ivan Turok
University of the Free State National Research Foundation research professor Ivan Turok

Labour market stakeholders urged to comment on gender-based violence draft code

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) urges stakeholders in workplaces to make submissions on the Draft Code of Good on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work before October 21. The code provides a framework for the interpretation and implementation... 

South Africa lacks political might, original thinking required to tackle unemployment crisis, says BLSA CEO

By: Donna Slater     5th October 2020 Although the Covid-19 crisis was always going to cause an unemployment crisis, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says, to her mind, the problem is a lack of “original thinking and political courage” to make radical changes to how employment works in South Africa.
 She explains that... 

BOC says contingency plans in place for Gautrain strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th October 2020 Operator of the Gautrain, the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), says it will implement a contingency plan to ensure it is able to still deliver a train service to its passengers after trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced that its members would embark on... 

Numsa serves notice for Gautrain strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2020 Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on October 2 issued a notice to strike at the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) − the management and operating company for the Gautrain. The union said its members would, as of the morning of October 5, go on an indefinite... 

UIF to process Covid-19 TERS claims for September period from Oct 1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will, from October 1, start processing Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) applications for the period covering August 16 to September 15.  “To apply for the September period, employers are required to upload documentation that includes... 

Jobs picture worse than the official unemployment rate shows 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 It may seem surprising and positive that the figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed an improvement in the unemployment rate to 23.3% in the second quarter, compared with the rate of 30.1% in the first quarter, but financial services provider Nedbank believes the numbers... 

Jobs picture worse than the official unemployment rate shows

Numsa calls for Bombela to resume negotiations to avoid Gautrain strikes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has urged the Bombela Operations Company (BOC), which manages the Gautrain, to return to the negotiating table. Numsa says its members feel that BOC is driving them towards a strike, noting that BOC is refusing to negotiate yearly wages... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers said on Tuesday that it would take part in the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ October 7 strike against corruption. NUM said while it noted efforts from President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight corruption, workers were losing confidence in government’s ability... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption

Skilled workers seek jobs on the streets of South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2020 South Africa is forecast to set an unwelcome world record this week when its statistics agency is predicted to report unemployment rose to a record 34.8% in the second quarter, which would be the highest of 83 countries tracked by Bloomberg. Ayanda Mbatha was among the unlucky ones who joined the... 

Skilled workers seek jobs on the streets of South Africa

Pandemic presents opportunity to rethink PEPs, speaker says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2020 There is a need to reconsider the approach of Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) and to structure these to upskill workers for the workplace of the future, a webinar hosted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on September 22 has revealed. Development Economist consultant Liesel... 

UIF TERS payments to resume

By: Simone Liedtke     21st September 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is set to resume its Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits payments on September 21. UIF acting commissioning Marsha Bronkhorst said a payment plan would be run for all outstanding payments for April, May and June over September 21 and 22,... 

DPWI, AgriSeta partner to train and certify 400 artisans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has partnered with the Agricultural Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSeta) to provide artisan development training to 400 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants. Artisan development is often overlooked by school... 

DPWI, AgriSeta partner to train and certify 400 artisans

Breathalyser tests should be adapted, not cancelled

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2020 The misconceptions regarding the potential hygiene risks associated with alcohol breathalyser tests can have a significant negative impact on affected industries, since the safety of staff and expensive equipment can be compromised by intoxicated workers, says alcohol breathalyser and drug... 

RHYS EVANS
Lives can be saved and accidents can be avoided if proper alcohol testing continues to be implemented
RHYS EVANS Lives can be saved and accidents can be avoided if proper alcohol testing continues to be implemented

Covid-19 outbreak delays launch of dust suppression system

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2020 Environmental solutions company I-CAT intended to launch a new dust suppression system earlier this year but there were many delays owing to the national lockdown, says I-CAT director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg. “While the Covid-19 national lockdown halted many mining operations, the outbreak... 

A MIST OPPORTUNITY
I-CAT’s new misting system launch was delayed because of Covid-19, but the company aims to launch it before the end of the year
A MIST OPPORTUNITY I-CAT’s new misting system launch was delayed because of Covid-19, but the company aims to launch it before the end of the year

Environmental concerns driving industry change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 A disruptive change is currently underway in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) refrigerant market, global safety science company UL states. 

GOING GREEN 
Driven by environmental concerns, global promoters are advocating the phase-out of traditional refrigerants in favour of new alternatives with a lower global warming potential
GOING GREEN Driven by environmental concerns, global promoters are advocating the phase-out of traditional refrigerants in favour of new alternatives with a lower global warming potential

Engineering collaboration assists local development

18th September 2020 Mechanical engineering contractor Brimis Engineering is working together with air conditioning contractor Blue Hemisphere on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation at the Middelburg Provincial Hospital. 

HVACR industry at a turning point

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is at a turning point and it is up to all the innovators in the industry to take the lead and set a new standard for South Africa, multinational air-conditioning manufacturing company Daikin South Africa MD Koen Van... 

KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate
KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate

Acquisition ensures increased OHS offering

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2020 Facilities management services provider Afroteq Advisory, a subsidiary of holding company AFMS Group, expanded its service offering in the occupational health and safety (OHS) sector by acquiring OHS service provider OHS Africa. Acquired in May this year, the new division, OHSAfroteq, forms part... 

A HEALTHY OUTCOME
Covid-19 has put health and safety in the workplace at the top of the agenda
Photo by Adobe
A HEALTHY OUTCOME Covid-19 has put health and safety in the workplace at the top of the agenda

CDH lawyer warns of retrenchment pitfalls

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2020 With a continued low economic growth rate and rising unemployment still painting a bleak picture for South Africa, law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH director Jose Jorge warns that companies will “continue to tighten their belts” in the months ahead, meaning more job losses are likely on the... 

UIF announces final TERS application closing dates

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has extended the processing of new claims for April to September following consultations with social partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council. The new closing dates are final, with the UIF stating that no further applications for that... 

IDC approves R746m for Covid-19 economic relief

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2020 Development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R746-million and disbursed R440.8-million as part of government’s Covid-19 economic relief measures. Following the onset of Covid-19 in South Africa, the IDC established three interventions in March. 

UIF delays Covid-19 TERS payments to address AGSA audit findings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2020 The payments for the new and outstanding applications for the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) relief benefits has been halted while the Department of Employment and Labour and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) improve controls as urged by the Auditor General of South... 

Dube-Ncube to inspect Margate Airport renovations

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube will visit Margate on Saturday to inspect R10-million worth of renovations at the Margate Airport as the country observes Tourism Month. Dube-Ncube will be accompanied by KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community... 

KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Industry’s wings seemingly clipped

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 South Africa’s economy is hanging by a thread and this has presented massive challenges for the local aerospace industry, says aircraft design organisation Aerodesigns Africa director Murray Spoelstra. 

GLOBAL SIGHTS SET 
Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies
GLOBAL SIGHTS SET Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies

Level playing field key to moving industry forward

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 Transformation should be a top priority among the issues that need to be addressed in manufacturing for the aviation industry, says maintenance solutions provider Dynamic Aerotech technical operation and research director Mulalo Neluheni. 

OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY 
While there is scope for black people with potential to thrive in this space, this needs to take into account the whole value chain in the aerospace industry
OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY While there is scope for black people with potential to thrive in this space, this needs to take into account the whole value chain in the aerospace industry

Association laments sector decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 The aerospace manufacturing sector is in a “freefall” and there does not appear to be any parachute in sight, says industry body Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa (Camasa) co-chairperson Themba September. 

AIRING IT OUT 
In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan
AIRING IT OUT In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan

Company helps industry meet extra staff demand

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 Staffing solutions provider Workforce Staffing’s country manager for Botswana Jimmy Samuels says the freight, logistics and warehousing industry is vital to South Africa’s economy, as many other sectors depend on it to operate. Constantly advancing technologies in this industry create a... 

ESSENTIAL STAFFING SOLUTIONS
Workforce Staffings has been providing suitable, trained staff for positions on short notice, ensuring that essential services have been operating under lockdown
ESSENTIAL STAFFING SOLUTIONS Workforce Staffings has been providing suitable, trained staff for positions on short notice, ensuring that essential services have been operating under lockdown

BEE not at the expense of meritocracy should be part of recovery, says Zungu

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2020 Black Business Council (BBC) president Sandile Zungu on September 10 said black economic empowerment (BEE) had a role to play in turning the economy around. During a webinar hosted by the Covid Business Rescue Assistance task team, Zungu discussed how the implementation of economic recovery... 

DUT, Ithala sign MoU to boost KZN economy

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has applauded the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) between her department’s Ithala Development Finance Corporation and the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The signing, according to... 

KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism And Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism And Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Innovation drives mining efficiency, but also accessibility for women

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 Even though the mining industry has come a long way in providing more opportunities for women, women still only make up 12% of the industry’s workforce. The adoption of new innovations and technology can contribute to increasing the number of women working in the industry, says Women in Mining... 

Innovation drives mining efficiency, but also accessibility for women

B4SA welcomes TERS extension

By: Donna Slater     9th September 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi’s decision to further extend the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS), operated by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), to September 15. Earlier in September, Nxesi said that with the lockdown for some... 

FMF appoints chairperson and deputy

By: Donna Slater     9th September 2020 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has elected Lawrence Mavundla chairperson during its first meeting of the new board following its election at the FMF annual general meeting on July 29. He is supported by deputy chairperson Johanna McDowall.  

Free Market Foundation chairperson Lawrence Mavundla
Free Market Foundation chairperson Lawrence Mavundla

Covid-19 TERS payments extended until September 15 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 Following negotiations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council and the signing of the direction to that effect by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme has been extended until September 15. “With the lockdown for some... 

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
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