Concern that Virgin Active putting lives of late-night shift workers at risk

Concerned member of Virgin Active, Mpho Leseka, says she always offers transport to staff to taxi ranks or near their homes after the gym closes at night.

Leseka says gym staff have to walk about three kilometers to the nearest taxi rank after work because Virgin Active in Midrand does not provide transportation for those who work late at night.

Some of them [workers] have talked about being mugged, having to suffer being assaulted.

Mpho Leseka, Virgin Active member

She says she has raised these concerns with the management of Virgin Active.

Leseka says the workers she transports say they have also shared their experiences with management.

I like the convenience of going to the gym until 9:30 in the evening, but it shouldn't be at the expense of somebody's safety. It shouldn't be that somebody must suffer being mugged and sexual assault so I can go to the gym...

Mpho Leseka, Virgin Active member

Another caller, Feziwe, says she workerd for Virgin Active for 10 years and was a junior manager when she left.

She says staff working at night would always be concerned about how they will get home.

Virgin Active South Africa spokesperson, Les Aupiais, says they do not provide transport for staff working at night.

Aupiais says they have never received any reports from staff who have been mugged and sexually abused on their way home.

It's one of the most complex and challenging issues. We have 140 clubs around the country. Most of them are in high traffic areas.

Les Aupiais, Virgin Active South Africa spokesperson

If there are areas that are challenging, maybe that's where you focus and look at, but it's not something that happens right across the board.

Les Aupiais, Virgin Active South Africa spokesperson

Listen to Grootes' robust discussion with Les Aupiais here...

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