Recent news

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

South Africa: Bracing for the worst

Companies in most sectors have been warning unions and employee representatives that, partly due to interruptions arising from ‘load shedding’ in the electricity network, there is a coming business crisis – with pay freezes and retrenchments likely in the near future …

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South Africa: Labour Appeal Court settles questions on retirement age

Clarification of the legal right of employers to terminate an employee lawfully once they have passed the agreed age of retirement …

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South Africa: Kenyans will soon be able to enter South Africa without a visa

South Africans already enjoy free visas on arrival in Kenya, whilst Kenyans require visas in advance to enter South Africa and are required to provide proof of sufficient funds and return flight tickets …

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South Africa: Newly amended Employment Equity Act to come into effect in 2023

Employment equity to become an obligation at a sectoral level …

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South Africa: UIF contributions and declaration

Employers must pay contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and declare their workers to the Fund …

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South Africa: Numsa signs wage increase agreement for motor sector workers

Motor trade pay deal averts strike action …

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South Africa: Three-year deal covering the auto sector

The Automobile Manufacturers Association has signed an agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa …

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South Africa: Unions reject Transnet’s revised wage offer, continue strike

Unions reject latest Transnet offer to end strikes affecting freight and ports …

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South Africa: NUM signs three-year wage deal with Ergo Mining

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has signed a 3-year wage agreement with Ergo Mining, with effect from 1st July 2022 …

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South Africa: Thungela signs three-year wage agreement with NUM

Inflation-sustaining deal in the minerals extraction sector …

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South Africa: Government extends Zimbabwe special permits by six months

Thousands of Zimbabweans who were due for deportation at the expiry of their residence permits in December this year have been given a six-month grace period to give them time to regularize their stay …

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South Africa: 11.5% increase in murder rate during Q2 2022

The alarmingly high murder and extortion incident rates have made it increasingly dangerous to deploy expatriates to the country …

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South Africa: Stricter action needed against workplace harassment

The Department of Employment and Labour has called on employers to take sterner action to stem the tide of harassment in the workplace …

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South Africa: Updated critical skills list (August 2022)

The government continues to update its Critical Skills List …

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South Africa: Auto sector wage deal remains out of sight

Negotiations between the Automobile Manufacturers Association (AMEO) (which represents car companies like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen) and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) have been underway for many weeks …

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