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Nxesi commits to assisting those affected by unrest

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The Department of Employment and Labour has assured workers and businesses affected by recent unrest of its commitment to assisting them in rebuilding and working towards economic recovery.

Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi has affirmed that the department is committed to assisting workers who have been affected by the recent unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Nxesi stated that the department noted 75 000 employees who have been affected by the latest unrest, which means that there would be a temporal work stoppage or outright retrenchments.

The department specified that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) offers benefits that could serve as an intervention for affected workers and companies. He confirmed that the department will be drafting a special directive to ensure that workers who did not normally qualify for benefits could now receive them. The department also called on all affected businesses to apply for the normal Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).

The department further assured that factories and shops that were burnt down would be rebuilt. Nxesi promised that the department’s inspection and enforcement services would hasten to facilitate the issuing of construction work permits to construct companies, and ensure the speedy rebuilding of damaged infrastructure, which the department has noted is a process which could take 30 days.

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Mahlohonlo Lakaje
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