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toyotaThe Citizen reports that Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has reiterated that none of its employees will lose their jobs as the company implements a systematic phased plan to return its Prospecton plant to working conditions.

The recent deadly KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) floods caused extensive damage to the facility and the company said it was likely to lose around 45,000 vehicles that were in production. Toyota clarified that the safety and welfare of its employees remained a key priority. “The majority of Toyota employees fall under the NBF (National Bargaining Forum) and, as such, payment is governed by the rules of the NBF, where 50% of wages are paid where there is no work. None of the TSAM employees will lose their jobs, and they will receive support from the company throughout the process,” the manufacturer advised. However, Toyota added that, as it had done during the Covid-19 lockdown, it would endeavour to improve employee earnings by bringing in employees on a rotational basis to assist in clean up and restoration activities, would work with the Government to provide temporary relief measures (UIF benefits) and would request financial institutions with which employees had loans for a three-month payment holiday, among other benefits. Toyota said it was also working with local NGOs to use its employees to provide community support and clean up. “Employees who volunteer for such activities will be paid by TSAM. It is hoped that the combination of these above initiatives will ensure no loss of income to all our employees.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Faizel Patel at The Citizen
  • Read too, Toyota could lose 45,000 vehicles at Durban plant due to flood impact, at Fin24

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