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postoffice thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) has refuted allegations by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) that it has breached Covid-19 occupational health and safety regulations by failing to screen workers and deep clean its workplaces.  

One employee at Sapo’s regional office in Bloemfontein has tested positive for Covid-19.  Thabo Lekota, the CWU’s Free State secretary, said they were concerned that the building the employee was working in was “never deep cleaned in accordance with the usual procedures applicable under Covid-19”.  He said:  “The failure of Sapo to properly clean and sanitise its workplaces is a serious risk to its employees and by extension to members of the public and Sassa beneficiaries.”  Lekota said if the employer did not rectify those issues, the union would advise its members to refrain from work.  But, Sapo’s operations division refuted the allegation that an employee had contracted Covid-19 at the workplace.  It did, however, admit that there was an incident in the Bloemfontein regional office where an employee in the finance division tested positive in March after attending a church service.  “All staff in this regional office were subsequently screened and the workplace was deep cleaned and cleared to resume operations by health authorities. The employee has since recovered,” Sapo stated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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