PSA says national health department is mum over poor condition of building
The Public Servants Association (PSA) says there has been no progress in their engagement with the National Health and Public Works Departments over the state of the Civitas building in Pretoria.
Workers have downed tools over concerns around the building where they work.
PSA deputy general manager Tahir Maepa says the department has still not addressed safety concerns, despite these issues being raised over the past few months.
So far nothing has changed, in fact I think we are at the point where we are at loggerheads.Tahir Maepa, Deputy General Secretary of the PSA
We are not the ones who wrote a report about the state of that building, in terms of the report,it says the building is only 20% compliant.Tahir Maepa, Deputy General Secretary of the PSA
Maepa denies claims that striking workers vandalised newly installed safety features in the building.
Any element of criminality, we condemn it, if it is true we expect the department to act accordingly. The situation of the fire extinguishers, sprinklers... those are issues we raised, that they are not working. All of a sudden after we have raised it, they go to the media and say that those things are broken, of course they are, they have never worked.Tahir Maepa, Deputy General Secretary of the PSA
Meanwhile the department's spokesperson Popo Maja insists work has been done to address the workers concerns.
It is not accurate to say nothing has been done ever since these grievances have been brought forward.Popo Maja, national health department spokesperson
What we are asking the court is for them to pronounce as to whether the building is posing a risk to staff.Popo Maja, national health department spokesperson
Click on the link below to listen to the full conversation...
News24 journalist Kyle Cowan gives more insight on what the ruling will mean for the attempt to prove that money was laundered.Read More
Human Rights Watch South African director Dewa Mavhinga reflects on the planned march to the Nigerian Embassy against crime.Read More
The number of national recoveries so far is 590,071, which translates to a recovery rate of 89.2%. Gauteng has 193,153 recoveries.Read More
Daily Maverick journalist Ray Mahlaka and Sacca president Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi reflect on government's commitment.Read More
Party leader Herman Mashaba says it is time for citizens to elect people who will serve them and not their political needs.Read More
South Africans bid farewell to the struggle icon at the Westpark Cemetary in Randburg.Read More
There will be increased support for gender-based violence survivors. Restrictions on international travel will be eased.Read More
The president is addressing South Africans on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
The president will address South Africans on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
Independent energy advisor Ted Blom and spokesperson Sikhonathi Mantshantsha reflect on how the utility cuts power supply.Read More