Labour department inspectors have issued a prohibition notice against the health department’s head office in Pretoria, citing it was unsafe and unhealthy for employees. The department ordered its employees to vacate the Civitas, offices on Monday following the notice. Workers have been in a protracted battle with the department and health minister Aaron Motsoaledi over the state of the building, following numerous reports of employees falling ill due to the conditions they were subjected to at the offices. On Monday, the department was prohibited from “allowing employees to occupy the Civitas building as it continues to be unsafe and unhealthy for employees”. According to the notice, the sprinkler system pump, ventilation systems and activators in the building are not working while structural repairs related to waterproofing “have safety and health effects”. Civitas was originally built in 1971 to accommodate the home affairs department and was renovated between 2007 and 2010. It ho...

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