Daily Archives: March 15, 2018

Labour on national minimum wage bill exemption briefing sessions

Second round of national series roadshows on the National Minimum Wage Bill Exemption process with employers set to commence next week in Gauteng

The Department of Labour will be embarking on another national series of roadshows on the National Minimum Wage (NMW), this time focusing on the Bill Exemption process with employers’ across the country.

The bill which is set to pave way for the NMW in South Africa is currently in Parliament and has been published for the public to make representation by 16 March 2018.

The briefing sessions will commence in Johannesburg next week on Monday, 19 March at Orion Hotel, 16th Floor, Orion Building, 49 Jorissen St, Braamfontein, and then followed by Pretoria on Tuesday, 20 March at Southern Sun Pretoria, corner Pretorius and Steve Biko Streets in Arcadia.

Under the new law, employers will have to pay their staff a minimum wage of R20 an hour with the exception of sectors such as the farm/forestry, domestic and expanded public works programme workers, that have been given a longer transition period to pay R18, R15 and R11 per hour respectively. The NMW is set for implementation from 1 May 2018.

Section 15 of the Bill makes a provision for an employer or an employers’ organisation registered in terms of section 96 of the Labour Relations Act, acting on behalf of its members to apply for an exemption in the prescribed form and manner from paying the NMW.

The Department has drafted Regulations to this effect and, is currently designing an IT system that will make provision for applicants to apply for exemptions online. These regulations and the new NMW exemption system therefore compels the Department to meet with employers and employer organisations across the country in order to present the draft regulations, the application system and ways of calculating.

The next briefing sessions are lined up as follows: Cape Town (22 March), George (23 March), Durban (27 March), Richards Bay (28 March), Lichtenburg (03 April), Springbok (05 April), Upington (06 April), East London (09 April), Port Elizabeth (10 April), Nelspruit (12 April), Piet Retief (13 April), Tzaneen (16 April), Polokwane (17 April), Bloemfontein (19 April) and culminating in Bethlehem on (20 April).

Venues for the other provinces will be communicated in due course and can be viewed on the Department of Labour website.

The briefing sessions will be held from 10:00 -13:00.

Source: Government of South Africa

Street vendors busted for dealing in dagga in Pretoria

Crime Prevention (Narcotic Team) Pretoria Central, arrested two suspects aged 33 and 28 in a raid against drugs dealers who are using street vendors to sell their merchandise.

The suspects were apprehended at Scheiding and Lillian Ngoyi Street, pretend to be selling normal merchandise such as sweets, Chips, etc.

During the search, the police officers discovered zip lock plastic bags of dagga underneath a plastic floor cover of a bag. Through intelligence interviews by the police, more zip lock packets of dagga were found at one of the suspects apartment.

In a separate incident within Pretoria Central during police foot patrol seven suspects were arrested for possession of narcotics (dagga).

Sting operations such as these will be conducted continuously to curb crime within the Pretoria Central Business District Area.

All arrested suspects will appear at the Pretoria Magistrate Court soon.

Source: South African Police Service

MEC Vadi condemns attacks on personnel, Metrorail trains

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has condemned the violent attacks on Metrorail trains and personnel, leading to a temporary suspension of services in the Mamelodi corridor.

The MEC condemned unwarranted damage to new trains, saying it’s not in the public interest and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Last night, the newly introduced Metrorail train was pelted with stones at Eerste Fabrieke Station in Mamelodi, where the crew and security officials were harassed and some sustained injuries.

“We cannot allow criminal elements and hooligans to disrupt rail services in our communities and damage public transport infrastructure. Law enforcement agencies must act to bring those responsible for these senseless attacks to book,” Vadi said.

Metrorail has recently been experiencing a series of staff assaults, train hijackings and attacks against its commuter trains on the Mamelodi corridor.

In less than a week, more than 10 Metrorail employees were attacked, leading to Metrorail withdrawing six trains from service due to malicious damage.

MEC Vadi has also called on commuters to work with Metrorail security services and law enforcement agencies to ensure that those responsible for acts of vandalism are brought to book.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Labour hosts Local Employer Advocacy campaign,16 Mar

The Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services to engage employers

The Department of Labour in the Free State will be hosting a Local Employer Advocacy Campaign in Sasolburg. This campaign is aimed at informing and engaging employers on different services offered by the Department of Labour.

To that effect, Business Units of the Department of Labour such as Inspection and Enforcement Services, Public Employment Services as well as Unemployment Insurance Fund will present their service offerings to attendees. On the other hand, this campaign will see a number of employers in different sectors of our economy in the northern tip of the Free State province converging to deal with employment creation and placement of work seekers.

ESSA system will also be marketed to employers who are currently not making optimal use of this service offered by the Department. ESSA is a computerized system which has been developed to register work seekers and work opportunities that have been supplied by employers looking for workers. ESSA is therefore an automated matching platform where work-seekers are matched with available opportunities.

Source: Government of South Africa

NCOP Delegation Left with Mixed Feelings Following a Visit to a Number of Schools in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, as Part of an Inspection Visit and Report Back Following Taking of Parliament to the People

Parliament´┐Ż The NCOP delegation left with mixed feelings following a visit to a number of schools in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, as part of an inspection visit and report back following the Taking of Parliament to the People (TPTTP) undertaken in 2016. The NCOP members visited Makaula Secondary School, Justice Sodladla Pre School, Vuyani Pre School and Zingisani Pre School, that are in the Umzimvubu Local Municipality.

The NCOP delegation led by Mr Mntomhle Khawula received a mixed bag of responses and made some observations when it inspected service delivery sites to assess progress made on challenges identified in the 2016 TPTTP campaign in the area. Some of the NCOP recommendations were implemented or are being attended to with clear timelines for implementation, while in other instances there was no movement. Some of the appreciated development include progress made in addressing water and sanitation challenges although more work should still be done. We could see in some areas that certain departments made follow-ups and delivered on their commitments said Mr Khawula.

Briefing the NCOP delegation, the Speaker of the uMzimvubu Local Municipality, Mr Sobane Mnukwa, said more work will be done to address the poor infrastructure of some Early Childhood Development Centres visited, and to ensure that their water and sanitation as well as poor roads.

Mr Khawula said: We are particularly satisfied with the progress made at MaKaula Secondary School, one of the best performing boarding schools in the province of the Eastern Cape. When we visited the school in 2016, some staff positions were vacant but now they have been filled. That is promising. It shows that the Department of Education has delivered.

He said: when we came in 2016, we recommended that a hostel should be built for this boarding school. Although there are delays we appreciate the given project timelines with all role players taken on board. Key to these projects is the coordination of various role players.

The NCOP delegation heard that water shortages in various municipalities are hampering the development of among others the construction of the required MaKaula hostel. The delegation instructed the municipality to step up its intervention to get the water supply challenges resolved, as well as matters of drug abuse by youths. The delegation was very concerned about lack of progress in investigating allegations that a female ambulance driver was involved in paddling drugs to school children.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa