SA HR news roundup: JSE firms to show transformation gains

The SABC is recruiting hundreds of contractors.

JSE firms are required to show BBBEE compliance. The SABC is on a hiring drive to recruit hundreds of contractors while a shortage of critical staff delays surgeries. Youth are called on to acquire skills for the energy sector and senior government officials set to receive a cash gratuity.

JSE firms required to show BBBEE compliance
Over the last few years, companies listed on both the primary and secondary market of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange have been obliged to comply with reporting obligations in respect of the status of their transformation.

B-BBEE Commission head Zodwa Ntuli says companies are increasingly failing to report on their empowerment progress. According to Business Tech, she says “The failure to comply with the B-BBEE Commission’s reporting requirements as set out in the reporting matrix will likely lead to the rejection of the annual B-BBEE compliance report.”

SABC looking for hundreds of contractors after axing 800 employees
Last year, the SABC was forced to retrench 877 permanent workers, which cost R177 million in a once-off payment in severance packages.

Despite financial challenges, the broadcaster has now advertised for 484 freelance jobs, primarily for its SABC News division. Positions range from news journalists, editors and producers for TV and radio, to camera operators and video editors, vision controllers, line record operators and bulletin writers, as well as make-up artists.

Shortage of ICU nurses delaying surgery catch-up
Health24 reports that pre-existing shortages of intensive care trained nurses and other critical staff were exacerbated by Covid-19. Healthcare workers either contracted the virus and fell ill or had to isolate, causing a backlog.

The National Department of Health spokesperson Foster Mohale says the government's Personal and Salary Administration System showed that there were 23,350 vacant posts for nurses in all categories in December 2021. Mohale says plans to increase nurses’ numbers depend on the availability of funded posts in provinces and currently, “recruitment of staff in provinces is negatively affected by fiscal constraints”.

Youth urged to gain energy skills for the future
Mineral resources and energy deputy minister Dr Nobuhle Nkabane has encouraged learners to pursue careers in energy and mining as the country transitions towards a low carbon economy, according to Business Tech. The deputy minister was speaking to learners in Taung, in the North West.

She encouraged the learners to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as subjects in order to add to a pool of skills required to guide the country during the just energy transition.

Senior government managers to get cash payment
The Department of Public Service and Administration has announced that senior management working for the government, who did not get a salary increase in 2021/22, will now get a cash gratuity backdated to 1 April.

Fintech reports that they will also get a 1.5 percent salary increase in line with public service arrangements which provide for “pay progression” every year.

Head of the budget office in National Treasury, Edgar Sishi, said that the 1.5 percent was already part of the budget framework. The cash gratuity would cost the government R230 million.