The Department of Labour is to conduct a blitz inspection targeting the forestry sector in Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga, next week.

The event, which starts on Monday and ends on Friday, will focus on compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as well as Employment Equity Act (EEA).

Nonyaniso Njwambe, Provincial Chief Inspector, said a tough-as-nails team of inspectors will scour the area with an aim of educating and conducting inspections for “us to determine the level of compliance in the sector.”

She said forestry was largely dominant in Ehlanzeni District as well as few areas in Gert Sibande District, also in Mpumalanga.

She said it was important for stakeholders to work together to reduce accidents, injuries, illnesses and deaths. Equally critical was to address complaints by workers about their conditions of service.

The all-important blitz takes place a week before the forestry seminar to be hosted by the Department in Sabie, Mpumalanga from March 1 to 3.

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