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southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that many licensing and registration applications are not being processed at the Civitas Building headquarters of the health department in Pretoria while staff are protesting the “unsafe” condition of the building.  

One unemployed health practitioner’s dream of opening a clinic in Mafikeng has been shattered as the strike delayed her application being processed, resulting in her losing the entire project.  With staff protesting against the conditions of the building for several months, applications have not been touched for weeks.  Staff appeared to be on a go-slow at the building on Tuesday, with some demonstrating outside, while others worked from laptops in the building foyer.  The employees have vowed never to enter the building again, claiming it was only 20% compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  This has apparently affected the department “very badly” as the protesters have stopped others who want to work.  According to health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, the pharmaceutical industry has been severely affected, since the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) is also housed in the building.  Motsoaledi said he continued to report to his office, situated on the 28th floor, as the conditions were not serious enough to warrant a shut-down.  The Public Servants Association’s Peter Moloi, who represents the staff, said the Department of Public Works agreed to assist in addressing their safety and health concerns, but that has not happened.

  • Read this report by Rorisang Kgosana in full at The Citizen

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