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kznlogo thumb100 The Witness reports that yet another KZN provincial government building has been found to be in a deplorable state, placing the lives of hundreds of employees at risk.

Staff at the Department of Health offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, have been forced to work from home since last week after the Department of Employment and Labour condemned the building, which has reportedly been in a bad condition for years, with a leaking roof and lack of ventilation. Labour officers conducted an inspection of the offices that housed some administrative staff, including supply chain management, earlier this month following complaints. About 100 employees were told to work from home, while nine have been relocated to Town Hill Hospital. Nehawu regional secretary Mazwi Ngubane said the results of the inspection proved what they had been saying to the department all along, namely that the building was not conducive to be occupied by employees. “How can you allow employees to work under such conditions? The roof is leaking and staff have to place buckets everywhere to prevent the rain from flooding the workspace. We lost so many employees during Covid-19 and we are not willing to lose more employees due to their working environment,” he commented. Spokesperson for the KZN Department of Health Ntokozo Maphisa said: “The department is aware of the temporary closure of the building due to challenges with its roof tiles, which has affected three out of its six blocks.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lethiwe Makhanya at The Witness

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