Hospital group Netcare plans to retrench over 500 employees as it seeks to cut costs following a failed offshore expansion and amid a tough economic environment in SA. Group employment relations manager Ramasela Mokonyama confirmed that section 189 notices had been issued to inform staff that the company would begin consultations on the "proposed structural review within its hospital division".No nurses working in patient care are included in the retrenchment process, which the company said was restricted to staff employed in other divisions. Mokonyama said: "516 Netcare employees received a letter informing them of the company's intention to review their conditions of employment, [but] the vast majority of employees . will be consulted regarding proposed amendments to their current hours of work or current roles."The number of posts to be potentially made redundant will not exceed 0.7% of the 20,000 Netcare staff. Kevin Halama, public relations officer at the Health & Other S...

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