Cape Town – South African Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi joined a team of departmental inspectors in the City of Cape Town on Tuesday to ensure the enforcement of the labour legislation in the hospitality sector.
According to the Labour Department, the Western Cape’s Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch embarked on a mega blitz inspection focusing on the hospitality sector.
The inspectorate was testing compliance on the National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA); Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA); Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA); Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) and Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA).
According to EWN, Provincial Chief Inspector David Esau said the hospitality was one of the vulnerable sectors in the city.
“Every year we design an operational plan that looks at the most vulnerable sectors in the province. And obviously, the hospitality [industry] is one of the vulnerable sectors that we have and that’s why we have identified this particular sector to be inspected for this year,” said Esau.
The mega blitz inspection began this week on Monday and was set to conclude on Friday.
The department aimed to have at least visited 500 business entities at the end of the mega blitz.
“We have made a plea to all the labour federations to provide us with companies that we should visit but we also have our own national database that we are working from,” the report quoted Esau as saying.
Nxesi would be accompanied by Department of Employment and Labour’s Inspector-General Aggy Moiloa and the department’s Chief Inspector Tibor Szana, added the statement.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo