The Department of Employment and Labour has noted the number of inspections reported to have been conducted during the height of the pandemic, estimating 7 000 between the private and public sectors.
The Department of Employment and Labour, led by Minister Thulas Nxesi, took to Twitter to reveal the estimated number of COVID-19 inspections that were conducted between Levels 5 to 2 of the national lockdown. According to the department, “Nearly 7 000 inspections were carried out,” with 5 406 inspections being in the private sector, while 1 434 inspections were conducted in the public sector.
The purpose of the post was evidently to commend the Labour Health and Safety Inspectorate’s role in trying to flatten the curb, especially in the workplace. The post also went on to touch on the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS), which comes to an end at the end of October. To date, over R49 billion was disbursed towards relief benefits, according to the department.
See the post below.
From lockdown levels 5 to 2, nearly 7 000 inspections were carried out.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) October 13, 2020