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Following a recent visit to Rustenburg in the North West, where 400 housing units are being built, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has called on construction companies to adhere to all labour laws or risk stern action from her department.

Labour Minister warns construction companies“I am extremely concerned by reports that some companies are flouting construction regulations. If construction companies do not comply, we will have no choice but to issue prohibition notices to stop them from continuing with their work. We will not compromise workers’ safety and lives,” she said.

The Royal Bafokeng Housing Project in Phokeng in the North West is a R2.2 billion Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) investment project by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The Minister was accompanied by her deputy, Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa, members of PIC, the UIF board, officials from the Department of Labour, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and Royal Bafokeng Housing Project Management on the tour of the site.

The Minister is awaiting a full report about the state of the compliance with all labour laws by construction companies operating in the project. She added that despite this, she was happy with the partnership that has resulted in workers’ dignity being restored through the housing project.

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