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farming thumb medium80 84The Department of Labour reported on Wednesday that recent blitz inspections conducted in the agricultural sector in Free State yielded surprising but encouraging results.  

The provincial department conducted inspections at Green Park Farm, Yukon Farms and Stols Farm in Bothaville as part of this year’s Workers Month campaign.  Inspectors represented all competencies within the Inspection and Enforcement Services Directorate of the Department.  The department said the results painted “a positive picture as cases of non-compliance are not as bad as anticipated.”  Only Yukon Farms was found to be in contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including failure to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its employees.  Contravention notices were served on the employer, who will be required to rectify all the non-compliances within 60 days.  The other two companies were found to be in compliant with all provisions of labour laws.  “We would really like to commend those employers who are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that they comply with our labour legislations.  On the same token, we call on those who are still lagging behind to follow suit or face the full might of the law,” said Nomfundo Douw-Jack, head of the provincial department.  Coupled with the inspections were advocacy sessions where workers were taken through different pieces of labour legislation.

  • Read the Department of Labour’s press statement at SA Govt News


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