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SanlamBL Premium reports that Sanlam will join Discovery in imposing mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all staff from 2022, although it won’t fire workers who refuse the jab.

The Cape Town-headquartered insurance and investment group made the announcement to staff on Thursday. CEO Paul Hanratty indicated: “We can’t force anyone to vaccinate but we’re saying if you want to work for us you’re going to be vaccinated and that is true from the first of January so our staff have plenty of time to get it lined up. We’ve obviously taken extensive legal advice ... and, indeed, not to require your staff to be vaccinated is likely to be a problem because you endanger the lives of other people. It’s not just your colleagues that you’re endangering the life of, but your customers as well.” But, he went on to say: “We’re not going to retrench anyone. We’re not going to force anyone.” Discovery indicated on 1 September that it would make it mandatory for all staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as of 1 January 2022, with CEO Adrian Gore saying the company needed to take a stand to combat stubborn hesitancy that has hampered SA’s vaccination drive. But, not all SA companies are following suit. Momentum CEO Hillie Meyer indicated on Wednesday that, while the company encouraged vaccination, it would not make it mandatory for staff.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Garth Theunissen at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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