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The implementation of the new information communication technology (ICT) model will be executed through a mixed approach strategy according to the Department of Labour, as it winds up its multi billion rand 10 year contract with Siemens.

While the number of workplace inspections conducted by the Department of Labour has exceeded targets there remain concerns about whether real workplace transformation has taken place.

The vision of contributing to the creation of decent employment through inclusive economic growth is expected to take shape when the Department of Labour (DoL) officially launches the national Job Fairs event.

The Essential Services Committee will receive the power to represent government in labour law matters. The number of workers required to be on duty during a strike is one of the issues the committee is expected to address and resolve.

As part of an investigation into wages and conditions of employment in the sector the Department of Labour (DoL) launched a series of national public hearings to review the Private Security Sectoral Determination.

The Department of Labour?s Compensation Fund paid over R2.7 billion in the 2010/2011 in compensation for injuries and diseases sustained in the workplace in the five high risk sectors, a conference was told.

The Skills Portal has frequently carried reports about people claiming to be labour inspectors. The bogus "inspectors" tell employers that their labour legislation is out of date and sell posters of legislation at inflated prices. Now the Free State police have arrested two men who are alleged to have been posing as labour inspectors - after having sold posters to an employer for more than R2,000.00.

The Department of Labour in the South African government is responsible for developing policy and labour laws to regulate the South African labour market. A team of labour inspectors is responsible for enforcement of labour laws.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (The OHS Act) was written in the interest of workers in South Africa. Understand your rights by reading our summary of the OHS Act here.

The national Cabinet has announced that Jimmy Manyi has been appointed as the new Director General of the Department of Labour. Manyi is currently employed in the private sector but also serves in the part-time position of head of the Commission for Employment Equity. During his term at the CEE he has been very vocal in his support for the EE Act and his criticism of employers who have failed to embrace the spirit of the affirmative action law.

The Department of Labour ends its financial year for 2008/09 at the end of next month looking forward to a challenging 2009/10. Following qualified audit reports in prevous financial years, the department spent time improving its systems to ensure better accountability for public funds.

The Department of Labour will host a high level construction summit following the recent spate of accidents in the workplace that have claimed lives and left scores of people injured.
The gathering, to be held at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni will be addressed by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.

Education and skills development remain key to increasing chances of employability and productivity, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said during the showcasing of scarce skills training projects in Johannesburg. "Investment in training is the responsibility of all stakeholders, government, enterprises, social partners and individuals," he told the gathered guests.

Preliminary investigations by the Department of Labour into Stellenbosch Waterscape?s fatal incident revealed serious contraventions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, the Labour Department has announced. About 20 people working for Gaza bouwers were renovating an old warehouse which is believed to be more than 60 years when an interior wall collapsed during the demolition.

The Department of Labour has warned domestic employers and workers to be on the lookout for bogus officials who swindle people of their hard-earned cash.
Incidences have been reported in Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban that officials were under the guise of collecting money for the burial of deceased domestic workers.

It was on 1 April 2003 that the department first included domestic workers in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and today, five years later, scores of them continue to enjoy the social protection offered to millions of their fellow citizens.

This comes after the defaulting employers continued to disregard the law by ignoring the compliance orders that the Department of Labour issued to them on separate occasions. The department then took the matter up with the Labour Court where judgement was handed down unopposed for all cases.

The Department of Labour will conduct a formal inquiry into an incident where workers were exposed to poisonous fumes at the Assmang plant in Durban, in 2007

Department of Labour has urged employers and workers to join it in the fight against fraudulent unemployment claims by certain workers

Labour Director-General (DG), Vanguard Mkosana's contract comes to an end on 30 November 2007, the Ministry has announced. Dr Mkosana has served in this position since 2004. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana today praised the outgoing Director-General for the sterling work he has done during his term.

The Director-General of the Labour Department, Dr Vanguard Mkosana has resigned and will leave the department at the end of November. The Sunday Times reported that he took the action after differences with Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.

The Department of Labour is to train 50 union representatives on health and safety issues in KwaZulu-Natal by the end of November, in a bid to curb workplace fatalities.

Labour inspectors in the Eastern Cape have today started a five-day blitz campaign to enforce labour laws in the eastern parts of the province.


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