I have recently been asked if the PAJA applies to private companies such as a Home Owners Association or Sectional Title Scheme. The question stems from an article in “Die Burger”, 3 November 2018, titled “Die 3P’s – Voldoen julle hieraan”, Sectional Title Scheme expert Tertius Maree, briefly mentioned three Acts of which the acronym […]
I recently received two calls from HSE consultants who wanted to double-check their own views. The first was about a Professional Engineer (ECSA registered) not accepting a Construction Manager appointed under CR8(1) having a dual appointment under Section 16(2) and eventually pulled rank on the outcome. The second was a question on a Safety File...
I have been inundated by calls from clients on the impact of the Constitutional Court ruling on Cannabis and what employers should do next. I will briefly explain the implications of this somewhat controversial topic. The ban on private possession, consumption and private cultivation of the plant at home was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional […]
When it comes to claims for compensation, I have seen many debates on the issue of whether or not an accident arose out of an employee’s employment. In most cases this question is asked by the person responsible for accident prevention and keeping the DIFR at zero and for the purposes of refusing to report […]
In a recent Q&A session on social media, I asked a group of 4000 safety practitioners where the general duties of safety officers can be found in the OHSAct. The responses were scary to say the least, and the best one certainly deserves a mention. “Safety Officer doesn’t have legal duties, safety officer is an […]
South African Safety Professionals will soon need to brush up on their Risk Management Skills as the landscape of the profession is most likely changing in 2019. As the starting point of any safety intervention, the identification and classification of Hazards, has for many years been inadequately covered in the training modules available under the […]
My first assignment as a Security Advisor was 15 years ago when I challenged the manager of a food retailer. He did not agree with my fees and I told him that he only need to pay me double the value of the items I will steal from his store. With a letter of agreement […]
The retail industry in South Africa are generally associated with large shopping malls, abundance of stores and long hours for bargain hunting, but getting into the retail industry as a business owner or franchisee is not a shopping spree. When starting a business or purchasing a franchise, most of us focus on profitability, getting finance, […]