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Sol prepares for return of office workers

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The Sol; Plaatje Municipality is busy getting its house in order for the return of municipal employees to their offices on Monday.

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality is busy getting its house in order for the return of municipal employees to their offices on Monday.

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said on Tuesday that while all workers providing essential services, including refuse removal, sanitation and electricity, worked throughout the 60-plus days of the lockdown, only around 20 to 30% of administration workers reported to the office. “Many of them worked from home,” Matsie said.

He added that a meeting was held on Tuesday morning to ensure that all staff members who reported for duty on Monday, June 1 were provided with PPEs, while all the other protocols were also followed.

“This is extremely important to us,” he said. “We have categorised our high-risk employees and are also looking at the different sectors, and how the necessary protocols, like screening etc, can best be applied,” said Matsie.

He said that besides ensuring the health and safety of employees, the municipality also had an obligation to the public that it was able to continue providing essential services. “For example, if there is a contamination at the council yard, and we are forced to close this section for a period, it will have serious implications for service delivery. As a result, we are taking our responsibility of providing a safe working environment very seriously.”