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blsaEngineering News reports that Busi Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership SA (BLSA), says businesses in SA must do everything possible to encourage employees and the wider public to get vaccinated.

“There has obviously been much debate about vaccine mandates. Companies like Discovery have shown how powerful they can be, having now got its staff vaccination rate up to 94%. Other companies have followed the example, though there will be legal tests of the principles, I am sure. Organised business is working to obtain legal clarity as soon as possible,” she wrote in her weekly newsletter. Mavuso also highlighted that President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a task team to explore the issue, noting that government could do much to mandate vaccination. But she added that companies could do a lot to drive vaccine take-up, even if they did not mandate it. “Encourage and support your employees – many are hesitant not because of some deep ideological conviction but because they do not have the information to feel able to make an informed choice. Help by giving clear information on vaccines, including the growing body of international evidence on how to help countries get back to normal. Explain where they can get vaccinated and offer them time off to do so (it is a legal requirement),” Mavuso advised.


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