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southafricalogoThe Star reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) officials are self-isolating after an occupational health and safety inspector at their provincial office in Gauteng tested positive for Covid-19.  

In addition, the relevant office will be disinfected and deep cleaned.  The inspector is the second DEL employee to have been infected with the virus, following an employee from the Compensation Fund in Pretoria having tested positive at the beginning of the month.  The inspector self-reported after undergoing medical tests following a consultation with a medical practitioner who advised him to have more tests done in view of his flu-like symptoms.  DEL director-general Thobile Lamati commented:  “We are urging our officials to proceed with extreme care.  The possible further easing of restrictions calls on the department to play a critical role in monitoring workplaces, and we will continue discharging our duties diligently while also ensuring that our officials are shielded from the virus.”  Meanwhile, the Botha Sigcau Building in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape was closed on Tuesday after two Department of Health officials tested positive for Covid-19.  The building will be closed until testing and disinfecting are concluded.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Boitumelo Metsing at The Star

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