“Protecting workers and jobs in the era of Covid19"
Mini-Plenaries (Virtual), 10h00 21 July 2020
T.W. Nxesi MP
Minister of Employment and Labour
Ms. Boitumelo Moloi MP
Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour
• Honourable Chairperson and Members
• The Director General, Senior Management of the Department and its entities
• Members of the media
• Ladies and gentlemen
As we meet, virtually, in the midst of this deadly pandemic, let me assure the Minister as well as all the officials of the Department who are currently in self-isolation that you are in our prayers some 134 active COVID cases, 705 in quarantine, and tragically 6 officials who have passed on. Let me also take this opportunity to assure those officials and all fellow South Africans that we are with you in solidarity.
Given these exceptional circumstances, I have decided to amalgamate my input, as Deputy Minister, with that of the Minister.
The 2019/20 Budget Vote speech began with the question: what are the implications of the reconfiguration and renaming of the Department of Labour to include the mandate for Employment? Job preservation and creation continues to provide a unifying vision for the Department, reflected in the 2020/21 Budget, and in our response to the pandemic and the accompanying economic challenges.
Let me begin by reporting on the commitments made in the 2019/20 Budget, and the achievements of the Department for the year:
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