The Department of Employment and Labour will reopen on 8 June

The department recently issued a statement announcing it had completed its back-to-work preparations.

While national lockdown level restrictions will be in place from Monday 1 June, the Department of Employment and Labour will only open its doors to the public a week later on the eighth day of the month.  

The department recently issued a statement announcing it had completed its back-to-work preparations, which include the deep cleaning and disinfection of office buildings around the country according to approved guidelines, office space realignment for open offices, procurement of personal protective equipment, screening equipment and sanitisers, the establishment of the Crisis Management Team (CMT) and the appointment of a fully-dedicated compliance officer, who will coordinate and work with those who will be appointed at provincial level.
 
“To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, only a third of the Department's officials will report at their respective workplaces and we have made provisions for those who are over 60 and those who have underlying conditions as determined by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and are at a risk of developing severe illness from Covid-19 to work from home," said the Department’s Director-General Thobile Lamati, adding that arrangements had been made for for most of the officials to work from home as individuals are slowly reintroduced to the office environment. 
 
The Department also explained that half of the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s officials will be working from home and the other half will report to work at their respective offices.