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North West health dept’s contractor accused of UIF fraud, unfair treatment of employees

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More than 200 safety guards employed by Mazaxa development and initiatives, contracted by the North West division of health, are accusing the corporate of a variety of transgressions.

These embrace defrauding them of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contributions, not paying bonuses or offering uniforms and unfair therapy on the office.

According to the settlement settlement dated 12 October, 2022 from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration listening to held in Rustenburg: “All security employees employed by Mazaxa were supposed to get their bonuses between November and December 2022. All employees will be paid annual bonuses on 15 November and December 15, 2022.”

UIF cash deducted

A male safety worker, who can’t be named for worry of victimisation, said the safety firm was not compliant with a variety of necessities.

“The firm gave us uniforms once they first arrived right here in July 2021. They deduct UIF cash however the division of labour says that we’re not paying UIF. We don’t pay provident funds as a result of the corporate doesn’t need to contribute.

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“We have notified the department of health but they do not seem to be doing anything about these issues,” the source stated.

The division of health in the North West refuted the claims: “Mazaxa confirmed that two sets of full uniforms were provided. They are in the process of procuring and issuing new uniforms,” spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said.

The safety staff dismissed the department of health‘s declare.

Company doesn’t pay for maternity depart

The safety firm, primarily based in Limpopo, didn’t touch upon the questions despatched to go office in Mokopane and to operational supervisor, Rantso Majafa.

Another safety officer said the corporate didn’t pay for maternity depart or annual depart. The division claimed they weren’t aware of this and said UIF was being paid. But they have not seen proof.

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Verification of compliance with labour issues was set for February and March 2023 and transgressions could be tackled, Lekgethwane added.

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