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southafricalogoPretoria News reports that the unsafe working conditions and lack of air circulation inside the national Department of Health’s Civitas headquarters in Pretoria are believed to have caused the untimely death of a 59-year-old general worker.  

Caroline Nkosi collapsed while at work on 12 November after she experienced breathing difficulties.  She was admitted to hospital, where her condition worsened until she died last week.  Nkosi had been working in the building since 2001.  The sad news about her death broke on Tuesday during a protest by her colleagues at the main entrance of the building.  Demonstrators vowed not to resume work there until Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi had addressed their complaints regarding the unsafe building.  They blamed the minister for Nkosi’s death, claiming it was caused by the dusty conditions at work.  Her bereaved family from Mamelodi East too believe the conditions adversely affected her health.  The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) pointed out that the unsafe conditions at the building had been confirmed by a report compiled by the Department of Labour following an inspection on 29 November 2018.  It is apparently stated in the report that the inspection established “that there is a presence of black dust in every office we have inspected, both in the south tower and north tower”.

  • Read Rapula Moatshe’s report on this story in full at Pretoria News
  • Read too, State employees refuse to work in ‘unhealthy office’, on page 9 of Sowetan of 23 January 2019

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