Business for South Africa (B4SA), which is made up of Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council and was formed to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, has thrown its weight behind the introduction of vaccine mandates in SA, reported Daily Maverick (17 September 2021). B4SA chair, Martin Kingston, said big business has agreed to start “substantive” discussions about how a framework for vaccine mandates can be created and rolled out. The discussions will involve business, labour, government and community representatives at formal negotiation structures. Kingston said if an employee does not want to be vaccinated, the employer is obliged to ascertain whether alternative work is available. When all options have been explored, the employer has the right to commence the due process with respect to terminating the employment of the individual concerned.

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, has left it to companies/employers to conduct a Covid-19 risk assessment in line with occupational health and safety standards, which will allow them to determine whether vaccine mandates are required to keep workers safe in the workplace.

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