COVID-19 in South Africa
South Africa school reopening South African teachers’ unions warn against reopening schools without proper precautions

Five unions in the education sector have advised their members to not return to schools unless PPE is provided and the premises are sanitized. Classes are set to resume in South Africa on June 1 and teachers have to report for duty on May 25

South Africa Airways South African unions continue fight to save national airline

Three major unions have offered to take up to 49% pay cut for the next two months due to the financial distress at South African Airways, while Business Rescue Practitioners have allegedly rejected the unions’ offer and recommended the winding down of the airlines

South African gold mining company abandons workers after asking them to return to work

60 workers were turned away by the company as the permitted capacity was exceeded. They are now stuck in overcrowded, unsanitary hostels with no way to get home

NUMSA South Africa Excellerate South Africa’s NUMSA calls out leading company for violating workers’ rights

Excellerate Services, owner of South Africa’s largest private security company, has failed to pay its workers’ outstanding wages while forcing them to work without PPEs, sanitizers and other protective measures, as per the union

Unions claim victory against South African Airways’ management in labor court

A judge the Labor Court in Johannesburg ordered the withdrawal of retrenchment notices affecting around 4,700 employees of South African Airways

Comair NUMSA condemns South African airline Comair’s bid for ‘business rescue’

The spokesperson of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said that the real intention behind Comair opting for business rescue could be to continue with its retrenchment plans under the guise of dealing with the lockdown

Nurses in South Africa protest demanding PPE, income tax breaks and Danger Allowance

The protests were organized by the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union. Other demands included the immediate and periodic testing of all healthcare workers and compulsory, conducive, decent and habitable accommodation for essential staff

South Africa Dairy workers COVID South Africa’s largest dairy company forced to shutdown plant after workers test positive for COVID-19

After five workers tested positive for COVID-19 at Clover Industries’ Bloemfontein plant, members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) forced the unit to close down production and called for nationalization

Cuban doctors arrive to South Africa

With a robust healthcare system and one of the world’s highest ratios of the number of doctors in a country to its population, the communist state has already sent over 1,200 doctors to 22 countries.

Violent evictions of South African shack dwellers continue amid lockdown

Despite the moratorium on evictions, the government stands by as violent demolitions continue to take place and leave communities vulnerable and without homes

South African government allows mining activity despite lockdown extension

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in South Africa questions the government exemption provided to gold, platinum and even diamond mines as essential services and has accused the mining department of succumbing to pressure from companies

“Capitalism is incapable of responding to a crisis of this kind”

The lockdown in South Africa has been extended till the end of April. However, the government’s execution of the lockdown, along with decades of under-investment in health, has left the country unprepared.

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