The Department of Labour (DoL) through its Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch is holding a major seminar on Wholesale and Retail sector on Wednesday, 7 August at the Olive Conference Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The seminar is part of the Department of Labour’s advocacy campaign to highlight voluntary compliance with broader South African labour legislation in the workplace.
The theme of the seminar is: “Sustainable small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the Wholesale and Retail Sector”.
The department seeks to use the seminar to highlight how the Department of Labour could play a role to assist SMMEs to sustain themselves while complying with legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act; Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and Employment Equity.
Expected at the seminar are delegates from the wholesale and retail sector, labour unions and other interested stakeholders. DoL’s Deputy Director-General of IES Thobile Lamati is expected to deliver a keynote address. He will share the stage with DoL’s IES Chief Director: Statutory & Advocacy Services Virgil Seafield. There will also be speakers from wholesale and retail sectors; the Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration; and the Compensation Fund.
The seminar’s topics will focus on the state of compliance with labour laws within the Wholesale and Retail Sector; complexities, challenges and dynamics of the sector; the role of industry Seta; prevalence of injuries and occupational diseases in the wholesale and retail sector; effective reporting of occupational injuries and diseases; compliance challenges within the sector; the role and importance of workers and their representatives in enhancing job protection in the sector.