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SparNews24 reports that the Department of Labour and Employment (DEL) said in a statement on Friday that one of Spar's franchise stores in Elardus Park, Pretoria, had been closed for an alleged failure to comply with various laws.  

Following a compliance inspection on Thursday by the DEL, the police and various health and safety regulators, it was concluded that the store should be closed.  The Mooikloof Spar and Meatworld Butchery also came under fire from the various watchdogs.  DEL spokesperson Mishack Magakwe said:  "Based on the findings of the inspections [at the various stores], it is evident that the employers are violating workers' rights.  During the inspection, it was found that the employers are not complying with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) and the Compensation of Injuries and Disease Act (Coida).  The employers failed to provide employees with information concerning remuneration and failed to issue out particulars of employment in the form of contracts, whilst on the other hand engaging in unlawful deductions from employees' wages."  It was also allegedly uncovered that employees worked excessive hours without overtime pay and their family responsibility leave was disregarded.  Immigration laws were also allegedly disregarded and several undocumented foreign nationals were detained.  The franchise was given 14 days to comply with orders issued by the department.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kamva Somdyala at News24

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