Naspers considers compulsory vaccines for South African staff

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Naspers is considering making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for South African staff after the country’s largest medical-scheme administrator took the step earlier this month. 

Africa’s largest company by market value is mulling the decision to enable employees to travel safely, Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, head of Naspers South Africa, told the Nation Brand Forum on Tuesday. 

Discovery, which is involved in the country’s vaccine rollout, will make inoculations compulsory for all staff from the start of next year.

“We are watching Discovery and seeing what they are doing because we would like to have something similar,” Mahanyele-Dabengwa said.

Naspers has a cross-shareholding with Amsterdam-based Prosus, which houses the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s international internet assets.

In South Africa, Naspers owns the online retailer Takealot, as well as Media24, whose brands include publications like News24, Huisgenoot, YOU and Daily Sun, as well as book publishing and distribution businesses. 

Ishmet Davidson, CEO of Media24, said the company is in the process of developing a workplace vaccination policy.

"This policy is being developed within the ambit of the law and in a way which balances the rights of individual employees with our duty to provide a safe work environment. We will also enter into consultations with our employees before implementing any policy. I am very much in favour of vaccinations. I think the case has already been made regarding the efficacy of vaccines and our duty towards our employees."

Additional reporting by Fin24.

  • Fin24 is in the Naspers-owned Media24 stable.

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