South Africa’s highly unionised economy places strong emphasis on the need to maintain high labour standards. Respecting good labour conditions and maintaining good employee relations has become central to policy and legislation.
With labour movements at the core of political thinking, companies are required to meet high standards to ensure operations in South Africa.
A focus on improved safety standards in South Africa – especially in the mining industry – compels companies to dedicate attention towards protecting employees and minimising potentially hazardous events.
With government taking a stronger stance against safety breaches, the material impact to companies is increasingly evident. In the mining industry, particularly, injurious incidents result in work stoppages that often culminate in huge costs to companies in production.