southafricalogoThe Department of Labour reports that it has moved a step closer towards the reopening of the Johannesburg Labour Centre (JLC) to address service delivery.  

A new advertisement for the tender for office accommodation is to be placed by the Department of Public Works in the Government Tender Bulletin in the first week of June 2018.  In a series of engagements held between the Departments of Public Works and Labour, it was agreed that the process of finding new office accommodation needed to be restarted.  New specifications were developed and approved and a project execution plan was developed.  The department’s building at 143 Commissioner Street was closed following a prohibition notice issued by the occupation health and safety inspectors over concerns for the safety of employees.  After corrective action, the notice was revoked.  But before the staff could move back in, a fire in the building broke out in June 2015 resulting in the deaths of two fire fighters.  The Johannesburg Emergency Services then conducted an investigation to determine the cause of the fire and ultimately found that the building was generally unsafe for accommodation and served a notice on the landlord to shut the building completely.  In July 2017, a tender for office accommodation for the JLC was advertised, but no successful bidder was found at that time.

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