Question NW35 to the Minister of Employment and Labour

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24 February 2021 - NW35

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Mkhonto, Ms C N to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department has done any investigations into the adherence of employers to labour laws during the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19; if so, has he found that employers adhered to the specified laws in the manner that they treat the workers during the lockdown?


The Occupational Health and Safety inspectors, nationally, conducted around 18 238 inspections for the three quarters in the financial year 2020/21. 47% of workplaces inspected were found to be non-compliant whilst 53% were found to be compliant with OHS and COVID19 Directions.

Around 8619 notices were issued to non-compliant employers during this period. This included contravention, prohibition and improvement notices.

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