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Tzaneen labour centre closed down

by Lloyd Ramutloa last modified 2017-11-14 16:40

14 November 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety(OHS) unit under Inspection and Enforcement Services issued a prohibition notice on the Tzaneen Labour Centre following an inspection that took place recently. This was after numerous attempts to improve the status of the building failed.

The prohibition notice was issued in terms of the OHS Act, 1993 with the following findings:

•   Open electrical wires

•    Leakage through the concrete slab

•    Does not meet the emergency evacuation processes

The above findings can endanger both employees and clients. The open electrical wires increase the risk of fire. A certified engineer is needed to assess the damage caused by the leakage through the concrete slab as it might have weakened the structure over the years. Furthermore, the building has no emergency exits.

This resulted in the immediate closure of the Labour Centre. However, services will not be affected as a contingency plan has been drafted to deliver efficient services to clients. Inspectors will continue conducting inspections, the Unemployment Insurance Fund and Compensation Fund services will be rendered at visiting points. Clients are encouraged to visit Giyani, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa Offices. However a mobile office will be opened from tomorrow to assist clients at the Labour  Centre.

‘’The department of Labour has zero tolerance for non-compliance; the safety of staff members and clients is a priority. The office will be closed until the matter is resolved,’’ Phaswane Tladi said.

The department of Labour Limpopo Management apologises for the inconvenience caused to all stakeholders affected by the closure.

-ENDS-

For more information contact:

 

Mr Phaswane Tladi

Provincial Chief Inspector

0845043801

 

Issued by

Ms Lerato Makomene

Provincial Communication Officer

0829081833


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