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Labour News

Labour department, IDC launch round two of the Innovation Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2024 The Department of Employment and Labour, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has announced the launch of the second round of the National Pathway Management Network’s (NPMN’s) Innovation Fund, an initiative of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention (PYEI).... 

Employment environment bleak, but there are opportunities for improvement  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2024 The 2024 ‘UASA South African Employment Report’ and second UASA/Bureau of Market Research (BMR) Employment Index paints a bleak picture of the country’s employment situation; however, there are areas of focus that can be pursued to turn this around, including skills development to capitalise on... 

Employment environment bleak, but there are opportunities for improvement
BMR Personal Finance Research Division head and senior researcher Jacolize Meiring explains how technology is impacting jobs, and how this can be managed to create employment opportunities

Nedbank launches R10m Indalo Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2024 Finance institution Nedbank on May 15 announced the launch of the R10-million Indalo Fund at the Indalo Inclusive Symposium at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria. The Indalo Fund is designed to change the way entrepreneurs are funded, creating a pipeline of viable... 

An image of Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility executive head Poovi Pillay
Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility executive head Poovi Pillay

Seifsa, Numsa conclude three-year metals, engineering sector wage agreement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2024 After three formal engagements, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded the terms of a three-year wage agreement for the metals and engineering sector. The agreement is... 

South Africa avoids technical recession despite challenges – Deloitte

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th May 2024 With unemployment, loadshedding and a weak economy being front-line issues in the upcoming elections, the incoming administration must drive investment and reform to restart growth, build confidence and help South Africa’s economy meet its potential, says advisory firm Deloitte. In its May 2024... 

South African companies struggling to keep pace with e-commerce growth

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th May 2024 While the cost of doing business is increasing, as companies grapple with ad hoc systems, legacy technology, skills gaps and poor infrastructure, global e-commerce companies with a “wealth of know-how” are rapidly intensifying competition. Hence, the influx of best-in-class global players into... 

Accenture sales and commerce lead Africa Mushambi Mutuma.
Accenture sales and commerce lead Africa Mushambi Mutuma.

SAB launches talent programme, invites young graduates to apply

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd May 2024 Against the backdrop of a high unemployment rate among South Africa’s youth, beermaker South African Breweries (SAB) has launched the first edition of its SAB Talent Challenge. The SAB explains that the programme aims to turn “traditional talent attraction practice on its head through this... 

SAB VP of people Bridget Makhura.
SAB VP of people Bridget Makhura.

NBI launches pragmatic Just Energy Transition Skilling for Employment Programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2024 With skills having been identified as a key cross-cutting requirement for the Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JET-IP), the National Business Initiative (NBI), together with the Presidency’s JET project management unit (JET PMU) and Boston Consulting Group, have launched the JET... 

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Transnet aims to defend its decision to partner with ICTSI at the DCT

By: Darren Parker     29th April 2024 State-owned Transnet has defended its decision to select Phillipines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) as the preferred bidder for the establishment of a partnership to manage the upgrade and development of Pier 2 at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT). Following the... 

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Some uncertainties remain around incoming visa regime changes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2024 Government is changing the way the South African visa system works and immigration law experts have lauded this positive step to enable more foreign skilled labour into the country, but they stress that some clarifications are still needed. In a webinar on immigration in South Africa on April 25,... 


Nehawu has called a strike at the Dube TradePort at King Shaka International Airport

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2024 The Dube TradePort Corporation, an agency of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, has announced that 112 employees, members of the Nehawu trade union, have gone on strike. The workers work in the company’s Bargaining Unit. The corporation has created and operates the Dube TradePort special... 

Unions, industry prepare for ‘tough’ talks as metals, engineering negotiations set to get under way

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2024 Trade unions and industry associations expect negotiations at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), which are set to start on April 10, in Boksburg, to be tough. Trade union Solidarity says the negotiations will be challenging because of an agreement that was reached... 

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CDE criticises govt’s lack of ambition in its job creation strategy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2024 South Africa faces an unemployment crisis, and the African National Congress’ (ANC’s) manifesto promise of 3.5-million work opportunities, is considerably inadequate to address this, independent policy research and advocacy organisation the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive... 

Old govt buildings to be converted into homes for State employees  

By: Darren Parker     5th April 2024 Human Settlements Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi wants to convert old and unused government buildings into residential properties for government employees. She said this was part of an effort to do away with apartheid spatial planning by bringing workers closer to their places of work or to existing... 

Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
In this video, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi discusses her department's efforts to provide housing.

Labour dept to launch new programme to tackle unemployment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th April 2024 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on April 4 announced that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) would launching a new Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Labour Activation Programme (LAP) to provide training for employment and entrepreneurship programmes. He informed that... 

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

Decline in formal sector employment for 2023 Q4 – Stats SA 

By: Thabi Shomolekae     26th March 2024 The Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday reported a decrease in the total number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector by 194 000 in the fourth quarter of 2023, bringing the level of employment to 10.7-million people. Maluleke was releasing the results of... 

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Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke

Joburg’s climate action plan to create more than 400 000 jobs – Gwamanda

By: Darren Parker     25th March 2024 Investment into climate mitigating strategies, as outlined in the City of Johannesburg’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), could create as many as 340 000 jobs, while investment into climate adaptation strategies could create an additional 77 000 jobs, Johannesburg executive mayor Kabelo Gwamanda has... 

Johannesburg executive mayor Kabelo Gwamanda
Johannesburg executive mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

Built Environment Indaba to address substandard project delivery, other challenges

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2024 Poor-quality projects, site invasions and inadequate transformation are some of the key issues that will be addressed at the inaugural Built Environment Indaba, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, on April 4 and 5. “We have a lot of incomplete projects. We also have... 

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Busa deputy CEO to succeed Coovadia in 2025

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th March 2024 Business organisation Business Unity South Africa’s (Busa’s) board of directors has appointed Khulekani Mathe to take over as Busa CEO in January 2025 when Cas Coovadia retires. Mathe was appointed deputy CEO on February 1, 2023, and he formed part of the business team working with the government... 

EWSETA develops, implements specialised renewable energy, water training programmes

By: Darren Parker     1st March 2024 To support the development of critical skills within the water and energy sector, the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is developing and implementing specialised renewable energy and water resource management training programmes in a bid to align with industry... 

EWSETA CEO Mpho Mookapele
EWSETA CEO Mpho Mookapele

Dept to assess research findings on job creation, retention

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th February 2024 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) will study the findings of two independent research reports on youth unemployment and consider how the research proposals can help it create and retain jobs. The findings of the two reports, which were commissioned by the DEL, were presented by Nelson... 

TVET colleges ‘not in a good state’ – Ewseta

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2024 South Africa’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are not in a good state, Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) CEO Mpho Mookapele has said. “Our TVETs are actually supposed to be producing skills for industry, because this is where you... 

Ewseta CEO Mpho Mookapele
Ewseta CEO Mpho Mookapele

Industry failure to report skills requirements undermining economic growth

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2024 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) has said it cannot accurately determine critical skills needs in the sector because industry participants do not accurately report their skills demands. In a media briefing, in Johannesburg, on February 27, Ewseta CEO Mpho... 

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dtic to host second Black Industrialists and Exporters Conference

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd February 2024 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) – in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Empowerment Fund – will host the second Black Industrialists and Exporters Conference at the Sandton International Convention Centre, in Gauteng, on March 20. The... 

Can SA mining prevent more hostage dramas in 2024?  

By: Darren Parker     16th February 2024 Since October of last year, several unlawful underground protests have raised serious concerns about the potential emergence of a new trend in which frustrated underground mineworkers turn to unlawful sit-ins and hostage-taking as a means of having their demands met. Although the South African... 

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Nxesi appoints second National Minimum Wage Commission members

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2024 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has appointed the second National Minimum Wage (NMW) Commission that will advise on the setting of the national minimum wage and sectoral determinations, after a thorough consultative process with the National Economic Development and Labour Council... 

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

Organisations voice their concerns about national minimum wage increase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2024 Various organisations have responded to government’s decision to increase the national minimum wage by 8.5% to R27.58 an hour, effective from March 1. Youth development agency Afrika Tikkun says that while this increase will enhance the quality of life and dignity of the poorest of poor, there... 

An image of Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi

Report reveals decline in entrepreneurial activity in South Africa post-pandemic

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st February 2024 According to the latest ‘2023 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South Africa’ (GEM SA) report, released on February 1, South Africa’s early-stage entrepreneurial activity has declined to below pre-pandemic levels, with fewer people than ever before considering starting new businesses. The report... 

World Bank, DBSA report highlights local SDG requirements

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st February 2024 Closing South Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gap will require significant infrastructure and related spending, informed by the right objectives and relevant metrics, a joint study by the World Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) shows. The report, titled ‘Going... 

Mixed reactions to passing of NHI Bill  

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th December 2023 Business groups Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and Business for South Africa (B4SA) are planning to submit a formal petition to President Cyril Ramaphosa to send the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill back to Parliament for amendments on the grounds of unconstitutionality.... 

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SA sees job growth, but it's cold comfort for millions of unemployed youth left behind

By: News24Wire      15th November 2023 Young people aged 15 to 34 years had an unemployment rate of 43.4% in the third quarter, compared with 45.3% in the second, according to Statistics SA. The decline mimicked the drop in the country's overall unemployment rate, but the figures still show that close to half of the young people who... 


Visa backlogs causing critical skills deficit, undermining economy

By: Darren Parker     13th November 2023 A lack of critical skills is holding back the South African economy, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has said, adding that the country is not solving the problem as fast as it should be.   In her weekly newsletter on November 13, she pointed to Home Affairs Minister Aaron... 

BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

BMA assures strike at Lebombo border will not disrupt services

By: Darren Parker     18th October 2023 The Border Management Authority (BMA) has assured that the planned strike action at the Lebombo border by the Nkomazi community on October 18 will be closely monitored to ensure no disruption of services.   The BMA has been asked to receive the memorandum from the community, which highlights the... 

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Waste industry can mitigate unemployment

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 South Africa needs more companies to implement effective waste management systems and principles in their value chains to effect a more circular economy. The country needs a focus on waste beneficiation, looking beyond to products’ next life and the viable use of recycled resources, states green... 

TESD increases awareness for industry issues

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th October 2023 Industry body the Temporary Employment Services Division (TESD) – as an affiliate of the Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) – continuously embarks on initiatives for members, non-members and clients to increase awareness of industry issues, enhance the value of membership and promote... 

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COLLABORATION Through its affiliation with Seifsa, the TESD actively participates in industry collective bargaining

Seifsa attends Brics Summit

6th October 2023 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has commended South Africa and the South African segment of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Business Council on its successful hosting of the Brics Summit – held from August 22 to 24 – and... 

Seifsa celebrates eightieth anniversary

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th October 2023 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) – after 80 years of representing and promoting the interests of the South African metals and engineering industry – attributes its success to strong leadership through the direct involvement of individual member companies in... 

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LUCIO TRENTINI In light of its anniversary, Seifsa aims to continue offering its members – and potential new members – products, services and training across traditional industrial relations, economics, human capital, safety, health, environmental and quality platforms
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