South Africa. Labour inspectors currently conducting raids on KwaZulu-Natal farms for workplace law compliance are impressed with the levels of conformity that they have recorded since Monday.
So far, 101 (77 percent) of the 132 farms visited as part of the five-day crusade have been applauded for fully complying with the legislation, whilst only 31 (23 percent) were found to be not complying.
The agricultural sector has been placed under the spotlight as part of the department’s national drive to enhance the visibility of it’s inspectorate in the most remote and rural communities of the country.
“This national inspection campaign is also aimed at improving compliance in industries with high incident rates as well as the sectoral determination that regulates the basic conditions of employment for the sector,” said Department of Labour spokesperson Page Boikanyo.
“Inspectors are among other things checking for compliance with health and safety measures, availability of risk assessment plans where required, training of workers on health and safety issues and the provision of protective wear for workers,” he said.
According to the department, some of the main contraventions by farmers at this stage, point to no health and safety reps or committees being appointed, no first aider on duty, no electrical installation certificate being available, no protective wear being provided for workers and no toilet facilities, among others.
A total of 34 contravention notices were served to the defaulting farmers who were also given 60 days to rectify the situation.
Other violations include incorrect payment of over-time wages for which a written undertaking was secured.
In the Newcastle area a written undertaking was also secured from an employer who violated different sections of the Employment Equity (EE) Act.
These included no consultation with workers being carried out, no EE plan in place and no proof of annual reports submitted to the department. – BuaNews