Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to South Africa as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

South Africa: Immigration concession extended until 30th June 2024

The temporary concession allowing foreign nationals who have pending long-term visas, waivers, and appeal applications to continue to reside and work in the country on their current visa has been extended until 30th June 2024 …

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South Africa: Hourly wage minimum (March 2024)

With effect from 1st March 2024, the national minimum wage per ordinary hour will be increased to 27 …

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South Africa: Tabled 2024 NMR options

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) Commission has tabled three proposals for this year’s national minimum wage, they are: the ‘Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 3%’ recommended by the majority of members; a ‘basic CPI uplift’ recommended by the business constituency, and ‘CPI plus 0 …

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South Africa: Changes in labour costs (Q2 2023)

Between Q3 2015 and Q2 2023 the average gross labour cost rose by 41 …

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South Africa: Some relief for foreign employers

The National Treasury has made some concessions under its Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, first drawn up in July 2023 …

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South Africa: Parental leave entitlement

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that all parents, irrespective of gender, should be entitled to four months’ parental leave …

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South Africa: Non-competes generally recognized by the courts

Both the Labour Court of Appeal and High Court have recently been reminding employees that well drawn up non-compete clauses place a clear limit on their scope to join a competitor organisation …

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South Africa: Revised business travel allowance for motor vehicles

No tax is payable on an allowance up to the rate of 464 cents (US$0 …

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South Africa: Settlement agreement based on affirmative action

The intervention of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) has achieved a compromise position that meets the long opposition of the ‘Solidarity’ trades union to the government’s employment equity proposals …

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South Africa: New Directive on powers of Commissioners

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is a statutory body that was first established under the Labour Relations Act back in 1995 …

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South Africa: Misuse of the ‘urgent court’ facility to block disciplinary suspensions

Recently, the Labour Court in Pretoria expressed its concern about the way senior state and municipal officials have frequently sought to bring their suspensions for alleged misconduct to court via the so called ‘urgent court’ facility …

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South Africa: Constitutional Court rules on use of contract labour to replace striking workers

The court has just overturned rulings by the Labour and Labour Appeals Court in the case of Numsa v TrenStar …

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South Africa: President approves Employment Equity Amendment Bill

The President has finally signed into law the delayed Employment Equity Amendment Bill (2020) …

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South Africa: Partnership to improve compliance with the unemployment insurance Act

Currently, less than half of employers in the Western Cape comply with the Act …

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South Africa: Minimum wage updated from 1 March 2023

The national minimum wage was increased on 1st March 2023 from ZAR23 …

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