Safety concerns sees SASSA's offices in Chatsworth shut down

Safety concerns sees SASSA's offices in Chatsworth shut down

A senior Labour inspector says officials uncovered a multitude of safety issues at the offices of the South African Social Security Agency in  Chatsworth, prompting its temporary closure. 

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The investigation revealed structural integrity issues, electrical problems, health, safety and hygiene issues.


The social security agency announced on Thursday that the local branch had been declared unsafe for occupation. 


SASSA says it'll reopen its doors once the structural integrity of the building is certified safe, and does not pose a risk to people's health or safety. 


In the meantime, it's asked grant beneficiaries to use its other offices in Durban, Umlazi, Pinetown and Wentworth. 

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The Department of Labour's Lennie Samuel says their investigations at the Chatsworth site were extensive. 


"It was at the end that a prohibition notice was issued SASSA office, the Home Affairs Department and the mental health clinic. Staff and public have been prohibited from accessing the services until the situation receives the necessary attention."

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