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southafricalogoGroundup reports that Department of Labour inspectors sealed off the Home Affairs offices in Atlantis on 23 October‚ after finding the building not suitable for human occupation.  

Its derelict state contravened the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  A notice dated 30 October placed on the main entrance door confirmed the closure “due to the conditions of the building”.  Also there was a labour department notice dated 23 October, prohibiting Home Affairs from occupying the building as it threatened the health and safety of persons.  The derelict building is owned by the City of Cape Town and has deteriorated because of neglect.  Home Affairs officials said they had been working in the bad environment for a while.  Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane said the building was closed because of dysfunctional toilets‚ electricity problems‚ damp walls and ceiling‚ unmaintained fire equipment‚ no drinking water and obstruction of fire exits.  But he added that, after being provided proof that the concerns had been addressed‚ the prohibition notice was revoked on 5 November.  Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola confirmed the reopening of the office, indicating that the defects had been fixed over the past weekend.

  • Read the full original report by Peter Luhanga at GroundUp

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