JOHANNESBURG - Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi this week visited one of the department's labour centres in Durban as part of efforts to improve services, his office said.
The Pinetown centre, which services areas such as New Germany, West Mead, Hillcrest, Kloof, Waterfall, Kwadabeka, KwaNdengezi, and Hammersdale, has to grapple with long queues daily, among other challenges.
“We will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigating and solving the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” Nxesi told clients during his visit.
The labour department said Nxesi also visited the Durban China mall, where he found that most employees were foreign nationals with no work permits.
Employers were also not in compliance with labour laws such as the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Unemployment Insurance Act and the National Minimum Wage Act.