Emalahleni and Bethal local offices close due officials testing positive to COVID-19 - Mpumalanga
23 July 2020


The Department of Employment and Labour in Mpumalanga has today temporarily closed two of its local offices namely, eMalahleni and Bethal Local Office due to a positive case of COVID-19.

According to Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Margaret Mazibuko, one official from eMalahleni Local Office tested positive to COVID-19 and was in contact with eight employees, while another official from the Bethal Local Office also tested positive to COVID-19 and she was in contact three officials. The affected officials are currently taking time off work for mandatory quarantine.

Director-General of the department has previously stated that the safety of staff remain paramount. “Our officials are an important cog of the working of the South African economy and as such, we will also ensure that they are as safe as possible," said Mr Lamati.

Both offices will be temporarily closed with effect from Thursday, 23 July 2020 to Friday, 24 July 2020 for necessary decontamination to take place.  Drop boxes have been placed for clients visiting the offices. 

The offices are expected to reopen on Monday, 27 July 2020.

For media enquiries contact:

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694


“Please continue to adhere to the lockdown regulations. Stay home, wear your mask, wash your hands regularly and keep maintaining the social distance."



Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour