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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that while the Department of Health is fighting trade unions in court over the safety of the Civitas building that house its headquarters in Pretoria, its officials admitted to the worrying state of the building months ago.  

In documents submitted as part of the Public Servants Association’s (PSA’s) case to the labour court, senior departmental managers concurred with workers that the state of the infamous building was harmful.  Several investigations conducted into the health and safety of the building have also concluded against the department.  Employees stationed in the building are refusing to go to work, saying they fear for their lives due to respiratory ailments, among others.  The department apparently wants to take disciplinary action against the workers as it sees their action as an illegal strike.  Following complaints by workers that they suffered from ailments including dizziness, headaches, nausea and fatigue, the PSA and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) took the matter up.  Civitas was originally built in 1971 to accommodate the home affairs department and was renovated between 2007 and 2010.  It houses 1,500 employees in its 29-storey south tower and eight-storey north tower.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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