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GeorgeMail & Guardian reports that rescue workers are continuing to work around the clock in an attempt to rescue survivors at a mangled apartment building in George, Western Cape, after eight workers died in the collapse earlier this week.

The George municipality confirmed on Thursday afternoon that 37 people had been rescued from the rubble at 75 Victoria Street, leaving 44 still unaccounted for, after the multi-storey building collapsed shortly after 2pm on Monday. The number of workers at the site was revised from the initial 75 people reported on Monday to 81, after records were received from the project developer. On Tuesday, George mayor Leon Van Wyk confirmed that the project developer for the building was the Neo Victoria Development Group, which employed Liatel Developments as the contractor. At this stage, it is “not about foreign nationals but about the rights of workers”, said Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi after speculation in the media about whether the workers were foreigners. “It is not about foreign nationals or nationals – it is about the human beings whose rights have to be protected, regardless of their nationality,” Nxesi said at a briefing. Although the minister refrained from answering questions about the nationality of the workers, he said his department would be engaging with the Mozambique, Malawian and Zimbabwean consulates. Nxesi also said a compensation fund for the workers would be discussed after the investigation by the police and the labour department had been completed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Umamah Bakharia at Mail & Guardian

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