Deputy Minister of Labour meets injured employees in Ficksburg


The Deputy Minister of Labour, Inkosi Holomisa, on Tuesday met with farmworkers who got injured on duty at the Wood-at-Heart Project outside Ficksburg.

Holomisa, along with government officials, visited the project on Khalambazo farm in the wake of another injury on duty where a 38-year-old woman lost four of her fingers last week. It is alleged that her right-hand’s fingers were chopped off by one of the machines while she was working.

Media reports have surfaced that employees claim, among others, that they work under unsafe working conditions, have no safety gear, and many joined the project in good health, however, almost twenty dismissed employees are now disabled.

Holomisa says he wanted to uncover reasons behind the reported injuries.

“They claim that they were unfairly dismissed and believe that some of them should be getting more than what they are given by the compensation funds, because of the injuries they have sustained.”

Holomisa says he will go back to Ficksburg next week to investigate further.