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New “noise level” labour Bill on way

Occupational Act to be amended…

Vuvuzelas A new labour bill on noise level induced hearing loss involving amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act would be introduced to Parliament said Madodana Tuntulwana, from the department of labour (DoL) director general’s office, when addressing parliamentarians on the department of labour’s annual budget report to Parliament.


The new Bill had been drafted which was with the State Law Advisers before being presented to cabinet and then, as is normal, going to Nedlac.   The Bill is as a result of research in the workplace carried out after visits to factory and workplaces in South Africa.

Annual report back

In presenting its annual performance figures, now tracked in terms of performance and evaluation,  DoL also presented its performance figures and budget, receiving credits from a number of parliamentarians across the political spectrum on their achievements for the year under review.

DoL showed that it had managed to inspect 32 838 workplaces compared to a target of 33 917 for the last quarter of 2012 alone, finding that 59% of workplaces complied fully with all aspect of labour regulations. Due action had been taken. On national figures, just given as an activity guide, it was also stated as being DoL’s intention to visit some 87,000 work stations nationally before the year was complete.

Complaints response

Labour complaints received from employees around the country to DoL offices numbered in total some 55,500 of which 65% were settled in 14 days, against a target set of 70%. The response system in most provinces was therefore working, it was noted.

Tuntulwana was very specific on inspections in the workplace were “social protection”, injury or hazardous materials were involved.  Noting that for this a separate exercise had taken place in the Western Cape, for which there was no political reason, so far 63 of the specific inspections out of a target of 200 had been achieved and matters dealt with or were in due process.

Tuntulwana added that other legislation, regulations and guidelines on employment services had been drawn up to address discrepancies in the labour market, provide a quality service and make DoL employment services more accessible during the next year.

Half a million workers applying

DoL stated it had succeeded in registering was 427,349 work-seekers, tabling a breakdown of the targets and achievements per province as at the end of 2012 together with a breakdown of work-seekers receiving counselling. He claimed that  94%, or 196 438 of the 207 950 people, who had approached the department nationally, had been dealt with.

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