The Department of Employment and Labour office in Polokwane, Limpopo province, has been temporarily closed due to water floods suspected to have been caused by faulty plumbing.
As a result, the entire client services hall has been flooded causing damage to IT equipment and electrical appliances which may cause possible electrocution. Furthermore, the water coming from the top floor might cause the ceiling to collapse posing danger to clients and staff.
The office will be temporarily closed until further notice in terms of section 30 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993, which allows the inspector to prohibit any act or situations which threatens or is likely to threaten the life of people.
Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Ms Johannah Machaba, has called on clients to utilise the Department’s online services or alternatively visit the nearest office situated in Seshego next to the police station until the matter is resolved.
"It is unfortunate that this incident occurred in the biggest office which services majority of our people across the province as it is situated in the heart of the city. However, the health and safety of clients and staff remains a priority. While some of our officials will be working from home, others will be delegated to assist in the nearby office where clients will be flocking into," said Maschaba.
Online services can be accessed on: www.labour.gov.za or alternatively clients can call 015 290 1675/74/80 or 0769609195/0614049298 for assistance.
The Department apologises for the inconvenience caused by the closure.
For media enquiries contact
Ms Lerato Mashamba: Provincial Spokesperson
082 908 1833
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Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour
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