Sassa staff finally get to move

2013-09-19 00:00

EMPLOYEES of the Social Development and SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) are finally being moved from a building in Durban central that has been declared unsafe.

Workers have now been told to choose the offices they feel comfortable to work in, after labour inspectors closed down the decaying state building in Stalwart Simelane Street, which was previously condemned by the Department of Labour.

Over the years, workers had complained that the building was a threat to their lives.

A source with the department, who had been privy to the developments, told The Witness that working condition in the building had been catastrophic for years.

“This building was first condemned by labour inspectors in 2006. Workers were supposed to be moved a long time ago, but the process was delayed. It has been operating with one lift, and toilets were always blocked.”

He added that on Tuesday, government workers were told by their managers to choose from any of the offices from the various social services’ offices around the city.

“People could move to any office, but they won’t have workstations. The services offered to the poor people would be affected for some time,” the source said.

KZN Department of Social Development spokesperson Ncumisa Fandesi said the department received notice of closure from the Labour Department due to the building’s uninhabitable state.

“MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi has reassured members of the public that services rendered by the office will not be affected,” she said.

Fandesi said they were moving all the staff to Liberty Towers on the corner of Dr Pixley ka Seme Street until further notice. She said their clients would be notified about new developments.

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