Walking on Waves: Freedom Through Unity & a Surfboard

As a person in a wheelchair, I find that ongoing therapies can be extremely emotionally taxing, among other things – something I think all of us, regardless of our ability, can agree on. When an organisation strives to find ways to improve the quality of lives of persons with disabilities, both physically and emotionally, it can be an amazing thing to be a part of. The Walking on Waves initiative endeavours to find ways to bring surfing – [...]

2017-12-19T09:13:21+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

Learnership Programmes: The Road to Independence

In 1998, the government enacted the Skills Development Act which became the groundwork for organisations such as the Skills Development Training Authority. While several organisations run learnership programmes in South Africa, it is SETA that is ultimately responsible for regulating them, thereby achieving the Development Act’s goals. Altitude Facilities Management, an organisation that assists companies in complying with the national and provincial laws surrounding the employment of disabled persons, works hand-in-hand with Altitude Skills Development [...]

2017-12-19T09:14:45+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

END OF YEAR 2016 NEWSLETTER

A lot has transpired in the labour front over the past month.  As everyone is aware, the expert working group on the national minimum wage has made a proposal of three thousand five hundred rand per month as a minimum wage across the board for all employees in South Africa.  This sounds drastic and rather sudden but there is a story behind it, which ameliorates the situation somewhat.  Firstly, this proposal is merely that it [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:14+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

EMOLUMENTS ATTACHMENT ORDERS

After the judgment given by Judge Desai in the University of Stellenbosch legal aid case there has been much confusion with regard to the garnishee orders.  There has been a suggestion to amend the Magistrates Court Act and the Department of Justice has drafted an amendment bill to the legislation.  There has been some horrific abuse against the consumers and especially detrimental to the vulnerable public who have had their economic rights abused. However, the [...]

2017-01-10T11:19:24+00:00 November 1st, 2016|

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

I strongly believe, after having practised labour law for thirty-five years and been extremely involved with, small businesses are the proper conduit for the youth to enter the job market.  With the stringent labour laws and harsh regulatory environment, these small businesses over the past ten years are becoming more and more reluctant to open the door to allow the youth with no skills to enter employment.  These small businesses were in fact the chosen [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:14+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|

WE RUN THE RISK OF BEING RELEGATED TO JUNK STATUS IF WE DON’T CREATE MORE JOBS

S & P have warned us that unless we get our labour situation correct we run the extreme risk when the next review is due in December 2016. We cannot continue doing the same thing and expect to see different results. Our government appears to be ignoring the fact that the way our labour laws and regulations are structured have a large influence on the negativity of job creation. We need to tackle the labour [...]

2016-08-11T07:15:15+00:00 August 1st, 2016|

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY NEW MINIMUM WAGES AS FROM THE 01ST JULY 2016

The Department of Labour has implemented the minimum wage schedule, which is applicable as from the 01st July 2016. This is applicable for all industries in the Hospitality Sector and has been gazetted as from the 01st July 2016 for the entire Hospitality Sector. The sector is divided into minimum wages for employers with (ten) 10 or less employees and for employers with more than ten (10) employees. For less than ten (10) employees the [...]

2016-08-11T07:06:50+00:00 July 1st, 2016|

WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION

In an interesting but shocking judgment from the Supreme Court of Appeal by Judge Maya, I quote the following: “This narrative starkly shows the Commissioners persistent and unexplained breaches of the settlement order and the flouting of the courts a quo’s directives in the various proceedings. It shows the utter disdain of the Commissioner, a senior state official entrusted with a vitally important social welfare responsibility and vast public funds (unnecessarily wasted by his persistently [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:14+00:00 June 1st, 2016|

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

The Constitutional Court has handed down a unanimous judgment stating that the public protectors ruling and corrective action must be followed in every single aspect. Furthermore, the Court said that our President was acting inconsistently with our constitution; over and above this, the National Assembly was likewise inconsistent with the constitution. The very good news from all of this is that we still have a very strong independent judiciary. This independence runs right through the [...]

2016-04-25T07:36:01+00:00 April 1st, 2016|

MINIMUM WAGE

I have been in the practice of labour law for over thirty years. I have for these past thirty years been involved with various wage negotiations for small and big businesses. I have sat on both sides of the table and to this day, I still represent some of the small independent unions in the Western Province. I believe that after much practice and after experiencing many strikes when the wage negotiations had failed I [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:15+00:00 March 1st, 2016|