SparThe Citizen reports that Tayegetos Supermarket (Pty) Ltd, which owns two food chain stores and three liquor outlets in Tshwane, is disputing adverse findings of non-compliance against it by government officials.  

This followed last week’s swoop by officials from the police; the departments of home affairs, agriculture and labour; and the City of Tshwane’s environmental health department on Elardus Park SuperSpar, Mooikloof Spar and a Meatworld butchery.  Lawyer Jonathan Shafir, representing the company which owns Doornpoort Spar Tops, Elardus Park Superspar and Tops and Mooikloof Spar and Tops, said his client disputed the findings on the basis that they were “untrue”.  He claimed it was not correct that his client did not pay staff minimum wages and overtime and that staff were not registered for the Unemployment Insurance Fund.  It was also untrue that his client employed foreigners without work permits.  Department of Employment and Labour spokesperson Mishack Magakwe responded:  “We can confirm that the two Spars are not complying with labour legislation.  They have been subpoenaed to our office… to provide certain documents by November 11.  We have also sent them the calculations of the amount owed to employees in terms of overtime.  Failure to respond will lead to us taking further legal action.”  However, Shafir said his client was confident all of its labour affairs were in order.


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