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Labour: Most Nkomazi farms non-compliant

2011-10-23 21:51

Johannesburg - The majority of farms in Nkomazi in Mpumalanga have failed inspections by the labour department for not complying with various labour legislations.

Only four of the 23 farms that were inspected were fully-compliant, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Sunday.

"All in all, 17 undertakings were issued, 16 notices for contravention [and] three prohibitions served, one directive issued and three subpoenas served on errant workplaces."

The inspections concentrated on checking compliance with employment equity, basic conditions of employment, the compensation for occupational injuries and diseases, occupational health and safety and unemployment insurance regulations.

One farm was facing prosecution after it failed to comply with a notice that was issued more than two months ago.

"At the end of the day, we would like to see more employers comply with the legislation and should they need it, we would be more than happy to help employers understand and comply with the law," she said.

The farms were inspected by 18 teams, including Oliphant.