Thulas Nxesi

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Thulas Nxesi said : “We are aware that our frontline workers like nurses and other medical staff have been affected by the pandemic. We will like to send the appeal for employers to ensure that workers are adequately protected and are given the necessary protective gear to do their jobs. Our figures show that most affected employees are nurses who are paying the ultimate price so that we get a second chance and survive the pandemic,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Unfortunately, we continue to see low levels of compliance with compliance rates hovering at 57% for the private sector and 47% for the public sector. Since the start of the lockdown, we have served 385 prohibition notices and overall, 2475 notices were served,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Equally, workers should refuse to work under dangerous conditions. Just this week, a company that flouted labour laws and did not adhere to lockdown regulations was found guilty and fined. It was the workers in that company who blew the whistle and both employer and employee have a responsibility for health and safety, albeit with differing roles,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As we have indicated before, we will follow every cent that we have spent during this period. Working together with our internal auditors, the office of the Auditor-General and our contracted forensic auditors as well as the law enforcement agencies, we are putting those who thought that the UIF was their source for easy money on notice. You will be found and you will be prosecuted,” External link

africanewswire Monday, July 6, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "There were certainly challenges in implementing the policies which called for the UIF to be revamped and for changes in procedures which were never designed to meet the scale of this kind of operation," External link

news24 Friday, July 3, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It is unlikely that the fund could return to financial soundness in 10 years without a contribution increase. [It] will essentially operate on a pay-as-you-go basis.” External link

mg Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "As of 24 June, the Fund has paid R 8.4 billion (R8,401,750,767.94) to 149,120 employers who submitted applications on behalf of 2,037,458 employees. In total, UIF has disbursed close to R 28 billion (R 27,717,930,315.10) since 16 April," External link

iol Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In as much as some companies have re-opened as a result of the risk-adjusted strategy which has seen the country move to level 3 of the lockdown, we acknowledge that there are still people who would find the injection from the UIF helpful and making a huge difference. There are still a number of companies that are either still closed or in dire straits and we hope those workers are not left in destitute,” External link

iol Friday, June 26, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the Covid-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

iol Friday, June 26, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It is alleged that there are companies that have not paid the workers what is due to them. We are aware of some companies allegedly loaning employees the money, and that is not legal,” External link

iol Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the Covid-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

africanewswire Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the Covid-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, June 15, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "We are also aware of other companies that are allegedly paying part of the money and not the full amount, as well as companies using the money for something else other than the intended purpose. If this all these allegations are true, we appeal to companies to do the right thing still," External link

sanews Monday, June 15, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. "It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the COVID-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

sanews Monday, June 15, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are also aware of other companies that are allegedly paying part of the money and not the full amount, as well as companies using the money for something else other than the intended purpose. If this all these allegations are true, we appeal to companies to do the right thing still,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 15, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the COVID-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 15, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "employees have a right to refuse to work if they have a reasonable belief that the necessary precautions have not been put in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19" External link

aljazeera-en Saturday, June 13, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot overemphasise the importance of ensuring that employers, both public and private, mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by Covid-19,” External link

mg Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As we indicated when we addressed the country last Friday, we are committed to ensuring that to the extent possible, the department through the UIF plays its role in shielding workers from the worst effects of the pandemic,” External link

sanews Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This must be done before they reopen their businesses in consultation with representative trade unions as well as health and safety committees,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 1, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There is a big debate about public hospitals. If regulations are not followed are you able to close the hospital? Clearly the weight of public interest is heavier, hence we have to try and deal with that overnight, so we don’t have to evacuate the hospital,” External link

businessday Friday, May 29, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by Covid-19,” “This message has not embedded itself in the consciousness of many employers, according to what we see in our statistics” External link

businessday Friday, May 29, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot overemphasise the importance of ensuring that employers, both public and private mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by COVID-19,” External link

sanews Friday, May 29, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot overemphasise the importance of ensuring that employers, both public and private mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 29, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently, the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers, who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups,” “I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that, to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

mg Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Despite several challenges, the UIF continues to experience in executing its mandate to the public, I believe it has risen to the task under extremely difficult circumstances. The noting of achievements is of course not to deny the existence of challenges,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We expect an increase in labour-related disputes due to retrenchments and termination of employment as employers try to stay afloat. This would undoubtedly place further strain on our ability to meet our social security obligations to the public,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We go to NEDLAC trusting that we will collectively explore opportunities available to all of us as partners to resolve the multiple and immense challenges presented by the pandemic,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “While the easing of the nationwide lockdown regulations to alert level 3 would see the economy gradually opening, the negative impact of Covid-19 would continue to be with us for a foreseeable future,” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently, the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers, who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups,” “I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that, to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

mg Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “With these huge payments, inevitably you will attract criminals and companies colluding with employees to try and fleece the coffers. We will be engaging the services of the auditor-general and auditing firms to ensure that we comb through all the payments” External link

africanewswire Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26,793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2,319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totalling R123,917,519 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

africanewswire Monday, May 18, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

africanewswire Monday, May 18, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26 793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123 917 519.03 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

africa-newsroom Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

africa-newsroom Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26 793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123 917 519.03 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages” External link

africa-newsroom Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26 793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123 917 519.03 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently, the department is also going through its database to reach out to farmworkers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. "I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Behind these figures are real human beings who are being enabled to the extent possible to withstand the worst of the pandemic’s economic meltdown. "While we are thrilled that we are able to make this difference, it would really be a slap in the face if employers of domestic and farm workers do not take advantage of this scheme and make sure that they lodge claims on time,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “For us, this is a source of great worry, because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26,793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. "I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123,917,519 to deserving beneficiaries. "Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Already, we are at the stage where if the application is complete, accurate, and valid, at best the department will process payment within 24 hours and worst in 48 hours. We are working hard to ensure that our systems respond to and accommodate the needs of our prime stakeholders – the workers,” External link

iol Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are now at a stage where 70 percent of those calls are attended to, on average, within three minutes. Again, we have listened to the anguished calls and we are making sure that our machinery is smooth and seamless to the extent possible,” External link

iol Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The fact that this week we paid 45,547 employees in claims submitted by 5,975 employers to the tune of R211 million directly means that we are fine-tuning our systems and improving on our response times with regard to payments,” External link

citizen Friday, May 15, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Society is judged by how it tries to take care of the most vulnerable in its midst. This is why government in general and the department of employment and labour in particular, are doing everything in their power to shield the most vulnerable from the worst of the pandemic” External link

citizen Friday, May 15, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We appeal to employers of domestic workers, those who may have difficulties paying them, to ensure that they access these services as soon as possible. The disbursements from UIF could also act as a top-up for reduced salaries and these are necessary for our mothers and sisters as they really need the break,” External link

citizen Friday, May 15, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We appeal to employers of domestic workers, those who may have difficulties paying them, to ensure that they access these services as soon as possible. The disbursements from UIF could also act as top-up for reduced salaries and these are necessary for our mothers and sisters as they really need the break,” External link

sanews Friday, May 15, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We sincerely hope that employers especially in these two sectors heed our call. We have also enlisted the help of a private company which is helping us trace these workers through their cell phones so that they are aware of the benefit and either get the employers to claim on their behalf or reach out to the UIF themselves,” External link

gov-za Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We appeal to employers of domestic workers, those who may have difficulties paying them to ensure that they access these services as soon as possible. The disbursements from UIF could also act as top-up for reduced salaries and these are necessary for our mothers and sisters as they really need the break,” External link

gov-za Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We may need to request additional space from other organs of government,” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The CCMA is being asked to massively increase its caseload and this is going to have budgetary implications,” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi says : “I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees. Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers” External link

africanewswire Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “We have companies that are misrepresenting us before their workers and the public. For instance, we were accused by a company in the Eastern Cape Unibisco when their workers demanded their money that we have not paid them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our records indicate that this company was paid a total of R539 595 on April 24 to pass on to their workers” External link

africanewswire Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees,” “Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers” External link

iol Friday, May 8, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have companies that are misrepresenting us before their workers and the public. For instance, we were accused by a company in the Eastern Cape Unibisco when their workers demanded their money that we have not paid them. "Nothing could be further from the truth. Our records indicate that this company was paid a total of R539,595 on 24 April to pass on to their workers,” External link

iol Friday, May 8, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi says : “I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees. Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers” External link

gov-za Friday, May 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “We have companies that are misrepresenting us before their workers and the public. For instance, we were accused by a company in the Eastern Cape Unibisco when their workers demanded their money that we have not paid them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our records indicate that this company was paid a total of R539 595 on April 24 to pass on to their workers” External link

gov-za Friday, May 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This intervention should be seen as part of the government-wide effort to mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic” External link

africanewswire Friday, May 8, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Clearly, we are not going to behave as if Covid-19 has not impacted on our programs, but the reality is in the parliamentary process, we have to present the program that we prepared prior to Covid-19 and that is what we have done," External link

irishsun Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 576 639 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2.4 billion. There are also 17 473 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R80 124 837.42 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 576 639 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2.4 billion. There are also 17 473 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R80 124 837.42 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It will be impossible to inspect every one of the 1.8-million businesses, therefore inspectors will rely on the support of the individual workers and the unions in providing vital information which in turn allows the inspectors to focus on the hotspots and to make an example of a particular offender,” External link

iol Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This decision is part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus by minimising and avoiding physical contact. This is in the best interest of both the public and employees of the Department. While our labour officers continue to process claims to ensure that claimants receive their UIF disbursements on schedule, the centres are not open to the public” External link

africanewswire Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:58:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “To date we have paid close to R7-billion in COVID-19 relief. This is the amount that we are paying for relief for workers and we appeal to the employers to ensure that it is paid to the workers without any further delay” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, May 4, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 481 911 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2-billion. In addition there are also 12 959 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R67 924 874 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, May 4, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “To date we have paid close to R7-billion in COVID -19 relief. This is the amount that we are paying for relief for workers and we appeal to the employers to ensure that it is paid to the workers without any further delay” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 4, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 481 911 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2-billion. In addition there are also 12 959 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R67 924 874 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 4, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This decision is part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus by minimising and avoiding physical contact. This is in the best interest of both the public and employees of the Department. While our labour officers continue to process claims to ensure that claimants receive their UIF disbursements on schedule, the centres are not open to the public” External link

gov-za Monday, May 4, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In returning to work it cannot be business as usual” External link

iol Monday, May 4, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Every employer must: notify workers of the regulations and guidelines issued by Cogta and the DTIC and how they will be implemented; inform employees that if they have Covid-19 symptoms they must not be at work; grant sick leave or apply for Covid-19 Ters benefits; appoint a manager from within the existing structures to address the concerns of the employees and workplace representatives” External link

iol Monday, May 4, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "In returning to work it cannot be business as usual," External link

iol Monday, May 4, 2020 7:40:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “They must minimise the number of workers in the workplace at any time through shift or working arrangements to achieve social distancing,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Workers should immediately inform the employer if they experience any symptoms while at work. Not doing so is a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by the worker. More importantly, the worker puts themselves – and their co-workers – at risk,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “An employer who does not comply with the Direction may be ordered to close their business. In addition, as the failure to comply fully with the OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) is a criminal offence, failure to take the necessary measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 may result in criminal prosecution,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:20:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In returning to work, it can’t be business as usual,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:20:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Workers should immediately inform the employer if they experience any symptoms while at work. Not doing so is a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by the worker. More importantly, the worker puts themselves – and their co-workers – at risk,” External link

sanews Sunday, May 3, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Workers should immediately inform the employer if they experience any symptoms while at work. Not doing so is a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by the worker. More importantly, the worker puts themselves – and their co-workers – at risk,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The direction contains the basic measure that employers must take to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in the workplace. Businesses that are reopening must put these measures in place before restarting the work,” External link

iol Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It will be impossible to inspect every one of the 1.8 million businesses, therefore inspectors will rely on the support of the individual workers and the unions in providing vital information which in turn allows the inspectors to focus on the hot spots and to make an example of a particular offender,” External link

iol Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "They must just be honest, we don't just pay, we pay based on the payroll," "We are on board with the moving train, except that employers must also play their role" External link

iol Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "We are not paying the whole amount. We pay 38% because it is a relief and we had budgeted for a period of three months. We pay according to the payroll submitted. 20 000 workers entitled to pay have not done so. Some employers have not even dared to help their employees," External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are endeavouring now to contact those individuals … we continue to appeal to them to help us,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We should not punish the workers because of irresponsible employers,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "They must just be honest, we don't just pay, we pay based on the payroll," "We are on board with the moving train, except that employers must also play their role" External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "They must just be honest, we don't just pay, we pay based on the payroll," "We are on board with the moving train, except that employers must also play their role" External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:59:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “The system was never meant to face such a huge demand. The system is very small, helping with 10000 to 20000 claims. Now we are talking millions. In terms of the system, we are not going to be able to deliver as we are supposed to,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “I have had about 200 successes, where he has sorted them out. If I am getting this deluge, what about people who are writing to their lawyers?” External link

iol Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The reason for these numbers is because some employers have not even dared to help the employees and we continue to appeal to them to help us,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are several complaints from some employers who say we paid a lump sum and that they don’t know how to allocate it,” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot in this day-and-age continue with the employment of foreign nationals, and think there will be peace if you are going to take low-level jobs of low-skilled people and give it to displaced people. These are not scarce skills jobs. These are jobs that local people can be able to do. Inspectors must deal harshly with employers not complying” External link

zimeye Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot in this day-and-age continue with the employment of foreign nationals, and think there will be peace if you are going to take low-level jobs of low-skilled people and give it to displaced people. These are not scarce skills jobs. These are jobs that local people can be able to do. Inspectors must deal harshly with employers not complying” External link

thezimbabwemail Friday, April 24, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "We cannot in this day-and-age continue with the employment of foreign nationals, and think there will be peace if you are going to take low-level jobs of low-skilled people and give it to displaced people. These are not scarce skills jobs. These are jobs that local people can be able to do. Inspectors must deal harshly with employers not complying" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, April 24, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

the-star Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:40:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Our system was not designed to accommodate the increased volumes of requests that we are witnessing due to the Covid-19," External link

the-star Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:40:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Some might take a year. Some might not come back and be able to operate," "The reality is that there are going to be massive retrenchments. We might add one million or two to the high unemployment which we have in the country," External link

iol Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As enjoined by the President, we continue making sure we ease the load of lockdown. We still appeal to more employers to ensure that they apply for relief for their employees to ensure we do not leave anyone behind” External link

gov-za Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic,” “The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much-needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 22, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much-needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic,” “The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much-needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have equally engaged other private sector companies to work with UIF to enhance the capacity of our IT system to respond to the growing number of requests,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

miningweekly Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have acknowledged that our system was not designed to accommodate the increased volumes of requests that we are witnessing due to the Covid-19. We have already taken steps to mitigate this risk. We have asked the South African Revenue Service to work with us to resolve the backlog we are currently experiencing. SARS has responded positively and they are sending a team to work with the UIF to ensure that we distribute funds to deserving beneficiaries as swift and cost-efficient as possible. We have equally engaged other private sector companies to work with UIF to enhance the capacity of our IT system to respond to the growing number of requests,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “These are important interventions that would go a long way towards alleviating some of the challenges we have been experiencing. The President has enjoined all of us to ensure that citizens are not unnecessarily inconvenienced as a result of the pandemic. As the Department of Employment and Labour we realise the critical role we have to play and we are encouraged by the spirit of solidarity both in the public and private sector and we are doing our utmost best to ease the hardship on workers,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have acknowledged that our system was not designed to accommodate the increased volumes of requests that we are witnessing due to the Covid-19. We have already taken steps to mitigate this risk. We have asked the South African Revenue Service to work with us to resolve the backlog we are currently experiencing. SARS has responded positively and they are sending a team to work with the UIF to ensure that we distribute funds to deserving beneficiaries as swift and cost-efficient as possible. We have equally engaged other private sector companies to work with UIF to enhance the capacity of our IT system to respond to the growing number of requests,” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “These are important interventions that would go a long way towards alleviating some of the challenges we have been experiencing. The President has enjoined all of us to ensure that citizens are not unnecessarily inconvenienced as a result of the pandemic. As the Department of Employment and Labour we realise the critical role we have to play and we are encouraged by the spirit of solidarity both in the public and private sector and we are doing our utmost best to ease the hardship on workers,” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “Now we are talking millions. In terms of the system, we are not going to be able to deliver as we are supposed to,” External link

citizen Monday, April 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi explained : “We have processed applications of close to R1-billion and, as we speak now, we are of the view that the UIF is managing, but Sars is waiting on the side-lines in case our system crashes,” External link

miningweekly Monday, April 20, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Rather, we have put in place systems to pay out UIF benefits through the companies, sectoral associations and bargaining councils, including, but are not limited to, sectors like tourism and small businesses,” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Rather, we have put in place systems to pay out UIF benefits through the companies, sectoral associations and bargaining councils, including, but are not limited to, sectors like tourism and small businesses,” External link

the-star Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It would thus have been impossible to control the social distancing situation but also with the travel bans, [it would have been impossible] to even travel there,” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF cannot deal with millions of individual claims. This would lead to delays in the processing of such claims. We have put in place systems to pay out UIF benefits through companies, sectoral associations and bargaining councils,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The relief the UIF is giving – we are talking about the relief for the month of April. People should not take advantage of the situation,” “Employers should have by now paid the March salaries minus the four days. People cannot start pressuring us for the March salaries. We are catering for the 21 days,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The relief that UIF is giving is for the month of April – (coinciding mostly with) the 21-day shutdown pronounced by the president… Employers should have by now paid the March salaries minus the four days (in March from when the shutdown started on the 27th),” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This has led to some resistance from some employers. We all need to understand that these are public funds that by law have to be audited. We, therefore, shall insist on the implementation of proper governance in this regard. None of us have a choice in the matter,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the employers who have already demonstrated social responsibility and solidarity by not only paying workers in full during this lockdown, but also by making themselves available to assist us by acting as disbursing agents during this period,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We do understand that in terms of the leave determination, employers can compel employees to take leave at any time as they deem fit. However, this is a unique situation that requires all of us to act in a manner that promotes social solidarity,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Labour Relations Act ) : “We are moving away from the traditional model of individual claims through Labour Centres, which would be simply overwhelmed. It would also turn Labour Centres into virus hubs, as they would attract huge crowds,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Firstly, it appears that some employers who are not delivering essential services and goods are forcing their employees to work. Employers are either unaware or choose to ignore the provisions of the National Disaster legislation and regulations, which only provide for essential services and production to continue at this time,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi warned : “If the situation persists, we will start to name and shame individual companies and branches,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We do understand that in terms of the leave determination, employers can compel employees to take leave at any time as they deem fit. However, this is a unique situation that requires all of us to act in a manner that promotes social solidarity,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Labour Relations Act ) : “We are moving away from the traditional model of individual claims through Labour Centres, which would be simply overwhelmed. It would also turn Labour Centres into virus hubs, as they would attract huge crowds,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Firstly, it appears that some employers who are not delivering essential services and goods are forcing their employees to work. Employers are either unaware or choose to ignore the provisions of the National Disaster legislation and regulations, which only provide for essential services and production to continue at this time,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi warned : “If the situation persists, we will start to name and shame individual companies and branches,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “These are public funds and they must be ordered,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We will be explaining (the national disaster benefit) after the consensus with all the Nedlac partners,” “What we do not want to do is to talk about the figures. We can’t just pronounce figures and raise expectations. And then, later on, find it’s too expensive. Our actuaries are crunching the figures. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be making detailed announcements, including how this will be administered” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Unfortunately, from our side we can’t be able to deal with this matter because it’s beyond this particular legislation,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi stated : “If a company contemplates a short term shut down, it is required to inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Our team will visit these companies to provide assistance with the processing of the claims,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi stated : “If a company contemplates a short term shut down, it is required to inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Our team will visit these companies to provide assistance with the processing of the claims,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 23, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In instances where companies decide to close for a short period as a precautionary measure, the short term UIF benefit will kick in. If a company contemplates a short term shut down, they are required to inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Our team will visit these companies to provide assistance with the processing of the claims,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “In instances where companies decide to close shop for a period as a precautionary measure, the short-term UIF benefit will kick in. If a company contemplates a short-term shutdown, they are required to inform the UIF” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “With the development and promulgation of the new Regulations, South Africa has become one of the leading countries to regulate ergonomics and reduce ergonomic hazards in the workplace. We can be proud of this. These regulations are in everyone’s interests – improving working conditions as well as performance,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In the past I have engaged with members of the executive on the debt owed to the department of public works and this was done with relative success. However, the challenge persists. Ministers are always willing to co-operate in terms of paying their monthly rentals. The challenge that we must resolve is a systemic one to ensure that the monthly rentals are collected without fail on an ongoing basis,” External link

businessday Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:53:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “However, what we must all agree on is that the violent and unlawful attacks on non-nationals and their property that we have witnessed can never, under any circumstances, be justified,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 25, 2019 4:01:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “However, what we must all agree on is that the violent and unlawful attacks on non-nationals and their property that we have witnessed can never, under any circumstances, be justified,” External link

sanews Friday, October 25, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “brings with it disruption and new opportunities in equal measure” External link

miningweekly Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “brings with it disruption and new opportunities in equal measure” External link

miningweekly Monday, October 21, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The scale of youth unemployment requires bold and urgent action. It requires innovative solutions, extraordinary effort, and an end to business as usual. It requires deep collaboration between the public and private sectors, and decisive measures to make the government work for young people,” External link

iol Friday, October 11, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Any economic growth is invariably tied to a competitive electricity price, security of supply and a sustainable state-owned utility that will require significant restructuring,” External link

sanews Friday, September 27, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “These figures highlight continued volatility in economic conditions as well as the general slowdown since the global financial crisis in 2008,” External link

sanews Friday, September 27, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A priority will be to achieve a clean audit report during this administration,” External link

the-star Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Through this intervention 6000 artisans will be trained at the cost estimation of over R800million. A further 81 000 learners will be taken through the skills programme at a cost of about R2.5bn to enable them access to training and possible job placement” External link

the-star Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi charged : “They (employers) must take responsibility for what we are doing because they are making the workers to fight against each other. The reality is why? You can’t have in one factory 100% drivers, coming, being foreign workers and you ignore the local labour. That is what is happening,” External link

iol Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Some jobs will go, because there will be new jobs that need skills. The issue of retraining and upskilling will be key," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "The reality is, we cannot stop that technological change. We just have to be ready for it. It has the potential to be disruptive. It will disrupt our lives. That is why upskilling [and] retraining is going to be very important. It is at the top of our agenda," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “A critical area of EE Act amendment is the review of Section 53 that will require the issuing of an annual certificate of compliance to organisations doing business with the State and its organs,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “A critical area of EE Act amendment is the review of Section 53 that will require the issuing of an annual certificate of compliance to organisations doing business with the State and its organs,” External link

the-star Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “This report to me says there has been little transformation in the workplace since the passing of the Employment Equity Act 20 years ago, which means our country is not moving on transformation,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This cannot continue. That’s why our people keep asking us what liberation we are talking about when economically, things remain the same. This unhealthy situation flies in the face of an inclusive economy,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “This report to me says there has been little transformation in the workplace since the passing of the Employment Equity Act 20 years ago, which means our country is not moving on transformation,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This cannot continue. That’s why our people keep asking us what liberation we are talking about when economically, things remain the same. This unhealthy situation flies in the face of an inclusive economy,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Section 53 will give us the force we need,” External link

businessday Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “We will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigating and solving the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” External link

iol Friday, August 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "What is very clear from the interactions we had is the gross violation of the labour rights and it’s something that we are seriously going to look into," "The fact that 90 percent of the workers in these shops are foreign nationals is clear indication of exploitation of cheap labour by the employers" External link

iol Friday, August 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Employers are using foreigners because they know they are desperate and will take anything offered to them,” External link

iol Friday, August 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “When we go back, we will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigate and solve the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Employers are using foreigners because they know they are desperate and will take anything offered to them,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If it means we have to issue out the prohibition notices that these businesses must close, then we will do it. We have labour laws which must be respected in this particular country and people cannot come and do anything they want,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “When we go back, we will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigate and solve the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 16, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Employers are using foreigners because they know they are desperate and will take anything offered to them,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 16, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If it means we have to issue out the prohibition notices that these businesses must close, then we will do it. We have labour laws which must be respected in this particular country and people cannot come and do anything they want,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 16, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Our coming here should not be seen as coming to threaten anyone. We are here to talk about improving industrial relations,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Our coming here should not be seen as coming to threaten anyone. We are here to talk about improving industrial relations,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 7, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi says : “There are some who argue that an any jobs (approach) - which yields more jobs - is better than the decent jobs we are striving for As South Africans, we are not going back to those dark days - certainly not under the watch of this government” External link

iol Saturday, August 3, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It’s a very serious matter, the issue of energy. Hence the president has said there needs to be some tough engagement into the issues of Eskom and some of the SOEs because the whole economy depends on electricity,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We must not just say it is the government who is responsible; we must say which department is not moving in driving those issues,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There is going to be robust debate now and robust implementation on what has been agreed on,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have agreed now that there will be a focus on all projects of the Jobs Summit. We’ve also taken a decision led by the President that these structures which were meeting quarterly are now going to meet every first Monday of the month,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:59:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have agreed now that there will be a focus on all projects of the Jobs Summit. We’ve also taken a decision led by the President that these structures which were meeting quarterly are now going to meet every first Monday of the month,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Mildred Oliphant ) : “Due to the special nature of this International Labour Conference (ILC), discussions on the future of work, the former minister [Mildred Oliphant] had agreed to also include representatives of the community sector from the National Economic Development and Labour Council ( Nedlac) as they participated in all national consultative meetings on the same,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This very important session was also graced by 40 heads of state and governments, who came to not only congratulate the organisation on this milestone but to also assist in providing direction and guidance for the future using, as their base document, the report of the ‘Global Commission on the Future of Work’,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In the current situation of deep systemic unemployment and slow growth, government has to use its active labour market policies to improve access to jobs and skills” External link

mg Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “What we are saying is not that it’s coming in with a jackboot approach and say we are closing you tomorrow. It is to sit, analyse the nature of the problem and say how do we help you to be able to comply. But at some stage we must set deadlines,” External link

businessday Monday, July 15, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We will have to treat them case by case. It’s not as if we are coming here with a hammer to deal with the employers. It’s to say we want to convince you, to persuade you to comply. But if you don’t comply and there is no reason not to comply, we will have to deal with you,” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need to [ask] how do we co-ordinate, complement and integrate our programmes,” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “What’s the point of employment and labour running an empowerment programme here, and then next door in the same locality is another department and they are not talking to each other?” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If the market fails, the state must … intervene and come up with the policies which are trying to correct the situation. If there is massive unemployment, the state has to … see what it can do to intervene in the economy to help create the jobs,” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Commission ) : “Prophesies that wholesale retrenchments would follow the introduction of a national minimum wage were not borne out. An expected massive spike in Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) cases has not occurred,” External link

businessday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Inspections to date indicate a high compliance rate with only 7% of employers failing to pay the prescribed rate,” External link

businessday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “First, where we can, we will leverage the resources of the department and of our entities, which are our labour market instruments – the UIF and the Compensation Fund – to preserve jobs and to invest in job creating initiatives,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “First, where we can, we will leverage the resources of the department and of our entities, which are our labour market instruments – the UIF and the Compensation Fund – to preserve jobs and to invest in job creating initiatives,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “First, I would like to express our heartfelt sympathies, as the department of employment and labour and the Compensation Fund, for the injustice that Mr Mabuza has suffered, and to assure him that the department and the fund are urgently investigating his case with a view to rapidly processing his compensation claim, as well as that of Mr [Thabo] Majola who we visited yesterday [Saturday],” “We would also like to flag the important role played by media in exposing these injustices. In the case of Mr Majola, he suffered serious burns at work [reportedly in 2008] and again received no assistance from his employer, who tried to shuffle off responsibility onto the labour brokers involved,” External link

citizen Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “I believe that the recent media coverage of the two cases will inspire others to come forward with their details to our Labour Centres,” External link

citizen Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “However, I will be announcing in my budget vote speech this week that during this financial year the department will augment its occupational health and safety team of inspectors with an additional 500 officers. I trust this will go a long way to strengthening occupational health and safety in the workplace,” External link

citizen Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "I know where you are going. You are going to say we are sending the largest delegation there. You are not even asking about the content of the conference," External link

businessday Monday, June 10, 2019 6:41:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “It becomes necessary or if it becomes necessary, we will have to see where we contain costs. But more important, how can we mitigate the effects of the likely rise of unemployment” External link

gov-za Friday, June 7, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As a department we are far from helpless. There are resources available that could be better utilized. There are current programs which could be up scaled. There may be past programs which need to be revived. So this is what I’m asking of the DDG’s and heads of the various programs, to point to the areas where we can make gains in terms of employment creation and intensive training and retraining. We have to cut the red tapes, improve the operations of the labour market especially for the small businesses” External link

gov-za Friday, June 7, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “The president is still going to elaborate further on his thinking around the reconfiguration of the department. And I imagine this process will come to act with the upcoming SONA which is scheduled for the 20th of June” External link

gov-za Friday, June 7, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “For this to happen, parliament must give guidance and take the decision to move the parliamentary precinct away from Cape Town and also legally pronounce Tshwane as the seat of parliament, by way of proposing a constitutional amendment on Tshwane/Pretoria as the new legislative capital of the Republic of SA,” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The project to relocate or move parliament from its current seat in Cape Town is primarily the responsibility of parliament, with the department of public works playing a supporting role,” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The department of public works also leases its properties out to private users, who have identified state-owned properties for personal or business use. Where there is no interest in a property, either from the public or private sector, the property remains vacant and unutilised,” “The department of public works is in the process of rolling out its disposal framework, which will drive the process of letting out state-owned properties to the private sector. This will assist in the reduction of vacant, unsecured and unguarded state-owned properties, thereby increasing the department’s revenue stream and reducing property holding costs. This will also lead to an accumulation of funds, which can be used to invest in the available stock of vacant properties” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The challenge with collecting rental income for ministerial residences is a systemic one. Once ministerial residences have been allocated, the department of public works submits the documents indicating the amounts payable monthly to the client departments, whose responsibility it is to action the stop orders from ministers and deputy ministers’ monthly income,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 2, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The challenge with collecting rental income for ministerial residences is a systemic one. Once ministerial residences have been allocated, the department of public works submits the documents indicating the amounts payable monthly to the client departments, whose responsibility it is to action the stop orders from ministers and deputy ministers’ monthly income,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Since then there has been some commentary from our fellow candidates that in some way the process has been flawed. The suggestion has been made that the value of the Irish and French bids has been under-scored or misunderstood or South Africa’s bid inflated,” External link

sanews Friday, November 10, 2017 12:44:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The compelling and detailed nature of our bid was recognised by World Rugby and the game’s leadership in their unanimous recommendation of South Africa as the best candidate to host Rugby World Cup 2023,” External link

news24 Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:27:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are within touching distance of realising a long-held dream to host the Rugby World Cup once again,” External link

news24 Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:21:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This was packaged as an economic bid. It largely pays for itself; it boosts sports tourism and economic activity and it creates jobs. We also said that the bid was a ‘triple win’ for the players, for World Rugby, the fans and indeed for our country,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:38:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There will still be stages where [we] have to go and present, that’s why we have put [together] a very solid bid… Our bid is an economic bid. It must be well researched with information from us as government [and] from the side of SARU [SA Rugby Union],” External link

sanews Friday, September 15, 2017 2:35:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Sexual harassment has found -prevalence in our jurisprudence,” External link

sunnewsonline Monday, September 4, 2017 3:56:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There will still be stages where [we] have to go and present, that’s why we have put [together] a very solid bid. We have said that our bid is an economic bid. It must be well researched with information from us as government [and] from the side of SARU,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:09:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Caster Semenya ) : “Congratulations are in order to the entire team, including Caster Semenya as she continued to carry our flag high in adding to our gold medal tally in the 800m women’s final and further by collecting a bronze medal in the 1 500m women’s final, serving as a great ambassador for all our woman athletes,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As for those who will be attending the Diamond League, they must go out there and represent the country well and we will be waiting in anticipation,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Caster Semenya ) : “Once more, happy Women's Month and I hope more female athletes who are currently at the London Championships will continue where Caster left off,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 8, 2017 8:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The tournament will contribute to stimulating our economy by supporting government priorities, especially as it relates to preferential procurement and adherence to the Sports Transformation Charter and the sharing of the profits derived. The event will further boost our tourism and hospitality sector,” External link

iol Monday, August 7, 2017 10:09:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A report by… independent experts was presented to us. We have studied the report which was able to show that SARU has been able to meet its own targets of transformation. We will continue to assess them on annual basis on further targets… because we believe that transformation is a process, it is not an event,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told ( about Amos Masondo ) : “Today our movement is suffering because of slates. Our people are bitter and some do not vote. Whoever thought that one day we would lose Port Elizabeth where our volunteers were born? If you go to Soweto today, there is no mayor who has delivered like [former Johannesburg mayors] Amos Masondo and the follow-up by Parks Tau,” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Look at what is going on in the ANC. Look at what is going on in the other unions. Look at our performance at the elections. We have lost some of the areas because of factionalism. Some of our voters have decided to take a back seat,” “This is because of factional battles which are based on greed. It’s no longer about leading a union or leading the ANC. It is about getting the powerful position, then having access to the resources and start giving to friends and relatives” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : “When JZ [President Jacob Zuma] was charged he was deputy president, and removed, it was Cosatu which said this was a political trial. Cosatu said we would not allow state institutions to be used to settle political differences. That was in 2005,” “This hasn’t started today. It’s been happening since many years ago. It was Cosatu, whose biggest union being NUM, which said we’re not going to agree to that. We said we were ready to take the government of that time head on, as Cosatu” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As young workers you have a choice now, to resolve and go very strongly, focusing on development programmes of the NUM. Reclaim the space which has been lost to Amcu. Reclaim that space and consolidate NUM. The consequences of NUM going down are so disastrous to the whole national democratic revolution,” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Why do you want to discredit leaders? We fought the use of state organs to advance political battles,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : ”Who would have thought that Mantashe and Mkhize could be under investigation? Pravin’s court case was withdrawn and now we hear they want to charge him again,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : ”We must deal with corruption, whether it’s by a politician or public servant,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Who would have thought that Mantashe and Mkhize could be under investigation? Pravin’s court case was withdrawn, and now we hear they want to charge him again,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Why do you want to discredit leaders? We fought the use of state organs to advance political battles,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Who would have thought that Mantashe and Mkhize could be under investigation? Pravin’s court case was withdrawn, and now we hear they want to charge him again,” External link

the-star Monday, November 7, 2016 11:43:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Why do you want to discredit leaders? We fought the use of state organs to advance political battles,” External link

the-star Monday, November 7, 2016 11:43:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Youth unemployment is probably the single most critical challenge facing South Africa today,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:04:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This generation of young South Africans want action; not vision statements or policies. And we need to act now to address their needs. We need to show them we’re worthy of their confidence,” External link

news24 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:14:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If we create jobs, develop skills and prepare these candidates for the workplace,” External link

news24 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:14:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : "What we need is the ANC that matches words with deeds and walks the talk in the forefront of our alliance as its leading component. “There are some who want us to believe that they are genuinely committed to shouldering collective responsibility for the failures that occur in the national democratic revolution. But instead of recognising that the ANC as a governing party is responsible for the policies driven in government, they, on the contrary, want society to believe that the problem lies with a particular department or individual minister,” Nxesi said. He reiterated that the ANC required a special national conference , similar to Morogoro in 1969. The Morogoro conference was the first national consultative conference of the ANC, held at Morogoro, Tanzania, in April-May 1969. “This conference will have to be deliberately structured to avoid, among others, crippling divisions, spiralling ill-discipline, despicable arrogance, inexplicable denialism, factional majoritarianism borne out of conferences by delegates hand picked to advance agendas of particular dominant factions, business interests' funding and buying of votes ... We must emerge out of this conference with a common vision and ensure that we self-correct, close ranks and unite as we have done since our birth in 1912. WATCH: ANC's warring factions are irreconcilable: analyst “No one must mistake their factional centralism for democratic centralism and think that by factionally appropriating the leadership of the ANC they will have the backing on the ballot of all those who they have marginalised in stealing the movement. The recent local government elections must be seen a teacher that delivered a decisive lesson in this regard," “History calls on us to break the stranglehold of factions that decide who attends and who does not attend and who votes for a particular slate at conferences,” External link

enca Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are at the crossroads. We will either fundamentally restructure the organisation, elect new leaders, emerge with new policies, abandon e-tolls, end slates and factions, and deal with corruption and tenders; or we will risk losing our leadership role in the 2019 general election. "History will judge us as a group that displayed an atrophy of vision and despoiled the gains of liberation due to crass materialism and self-aggrandisement,” External link

enca Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are at the crossroads. We will either fundamentally restructure the organisation, elect new leaders, emerge with new policies, abandon e-tolls, end slates and factions, and deal with corruption and tenders; or we will risk losing our leadership role in the 2019 general election. History will judge us as a group that displayed an atrophy of vision and despoiled the gains of liberation due to crass materialism and self-aggrandisement,” External link

iol Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:05:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “These are the immediate problems‚ together with the wider problem of corporate capture‚ facing the National Treasury‚ tax payers’ money‚ public entities and our economy. We must unite the widest rage of progressive forces to defeat these problems‚” “What we need is the ANC that matches words with deeds and walks the talk in the forefront of our alliance as its leading component‚” External link

thetimes-za Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:39:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary0.91%EN09/11/201611/09/2016
ministre0.91%FR07/17/201617/07/2016
public works minister66.36%EN12/04/201304/12/2013
minister22.73%EN11/27/201327/11/2013
minister of public works4.55%EN12/12/201212/12/2012
deputy0.91%EN10/25/201125/10/2011
president0.91%EN10/05/200805/10/2008
secretary general0.91%EN12/28/200728/12/2007
président1.82%FR10/03/200703/10/2007
Names Lang Count
Thulas NxesiEN98.63%
Thulas NxesiSA0.82%
Thulas NxesiFR0.55%


 
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Michael Cardo said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “This is deeply concerning and both the UIF and Minister Nxesi need to provide direction and communicate accordingly as a matter of urgency,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Jackson Mthembu said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “We are also grateful that Minister Nxesi is now on his way to full recovery. We take this opportunity to wish all fellow South Africans who are battling this disease well, as we also send those who have lost loved ones our sincere condolences” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Phumla Williams said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : "Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the minister, who have come in contact with him, will also undergo testing," External link

news24 Friday, July 17, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Alf Lees said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “It is therefore clear that Nxesi has deliberately tried to mislead Parliament in his reply, and the DA will move a motion to this effect once the House sits again,” External link

enca Sunday, October 9, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alf Lees said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “It is therefore clear that Nxesi has deliberately tried to mislead Parliament in his reply, and the DA will move a motion to this effect once the House sits again,” External link

iol Sunday, October 9, 2016 4:30:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : "What we need is the ANC that matches words with deeds and walks the talk in the forefront of our alliance as its leading component. “There are some who want us to believe that they are genuinely committed to shouldering collective responsibility for the failures that occur in the national democratic revolution. But instead of recognising that the ANC as a governing party is responsible for the policies driven in government, they, on the contrary, want society to believe that the problem lies with a particular department or individual minister,” Nxesi said. He reiterated that the ANC required a special national conference , similar to Morogoro in 1969. The Morogoro conference was the first national consultative conference of the ANC, held at Morogoro, Tanzania, in April-May 1969. “This conference will have to be deliberately structured to avoid, among others, crippling divisions, spiralling ill-discipline, despicable arrogance, inexplicable denialism, factional majoritarianism borne out of conferences by delegates hand picked to advance agendas of particular dominant factions, business interests' funding and buying of votes ... We must emerge out of this conference with a common vision and ensure that we self-correct, close ranks and unite as we have done since our birth in 1912. WATCH: ANC's warring factions are irreconcilable: analyst “No one must mistake their factional centralism for democratic centralism and think that by factionally appropriating the leadership of the ANC they will have the backing on the ballot of all those who they have marginalised in stealing the movement. The recent local government elections must be seen a teacher that delivered a decisive lesson in this regard," “History calls on us to break the stranglehold of factions that decide who attends and who does not attend and who votes for a particular slate at conferences,” External link

enca Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

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Thulas Nxesi said : “We are aware that our frontline workers like nurses and other medical staff have been affected by the pandemic. We will like to send the appeal for employers to ensure that workers are adequately protected and are given the necessary protective gear to do their jobs. Our figures show that most affected employees are nurses who are paying the ultimate price so that we get a second chance and survive the pandemic,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Unfortunately, we continue to see low levels of compliance with compliance rates hovering at 57% for the private sector and 47% for the public sector. Since the start of the lockdown, we have served 385 prohibition notices and overall, 2475 notices were served,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Equally, workers should refuse to work under dangerous conditions. Just this week, a company that flouted labour laws and did not adhere to lockdown regulations was found guilty and fined. It was the workers in that company who blew the whistle and both employer and employee have a responsibility for health and safety, albeit with differing roles,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As we have indicated before, we will follow every cent that we have spent during this period. Working together with our internal auditors, the office of the Auditor-General and our contracted forensic auditors as well as the law enforcement agencies, we are putting those who thought that the UIF was their source for easy money on notice. You will be found and you will be prosecuted,” External link

africanewswire Monday, July 6, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "There were certainly challenges in implementing the policies which called for the UIF to be revamped and for changes in procedures which were never designed to meet the scale of this kind of operation," External link

news24 Friday, July 3, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It is unlikely that the fund could return to financial soundness in 10 years without a contribution increase. [It] will essentially operate on a pay-as-you-go basis.” External link

mg Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "As of 24 June, the Fund has paid R 8.4 billion (R8,401,750,767.94) to 149,120 employers who submitted applications on behalf of 2,037,458 employees. In total, UIF has disbursed close to R 28 billion (R 27,717,930,315.10) since 16 April," External link

iol Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In as much as some companies have re-opened as a result of the risk-adjusted strategy which has seen the country move to level 3 of the lockdown, we acknowledge that there are still people who would find the injection from the UIF helpful and making a huge difference. There are still a number of companies that are either still closed or in dire straits and we hope those workers are not left in destitute,” External link

iol Friday, June 26, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the Covid-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

iol Friday, June 26, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It is alleged that there are companies that have not paid the workers what is due to them. We are aware of some companies allegedly loaning employees the money, and that is not legal,” External link

iol Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the Covid-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

africanewswire Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the Covid-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, June 15, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "We are also aware of other companies that are allegedly paying part of the money and not the full amount, as well as companies using the money for something else other than the intended purpose. If this all these allegations are true, we appeal to companies to do the right thing still," External link

sanews Monday, June 15, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are many cases where companies have not declared workers or have not contributed for employees. We will be raising debt against those companies and they must know that they need to pay back with interest and other penalties owed to the UIF. "It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the COVID-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

sanews Monday, June 15, 2020 4:47:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are also aware of other companies that are allegedly paying part of the money and not the full amount, as well as companies using the money for something else other than the intended purpose. If this all these allegations are true, we appeal to companies to do the right thing still,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 15, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It is in all our interest to do the right thing. Even without being compliant, we have done the right thing and still paid them the COVID-19 relief and they also have to do the right thing,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 15, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "employees have a right to refuse to work if they have a reasonable belief that the necessary precautions have not been put in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19" External link

aljazeera-en Saturday, June 13, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot overemphasise the importance of ensuring that employers, both public and private, mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by Covid-19,” External link

mg Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As we indicated when we addressed the country last Friday, we are committed to ensuring that to the extent possible, the department through the UIF plays its role in shielding workers from the worst effects of the pandemic,” External link

sanews Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This must be done before they reopen their businesses in consultation with representative trade unions as well as health and safety committees,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, June 1, 2020 1:44:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There is a big debate about public hospitals. If regulations are not followed are you able to close the hospital? Clearly the weight of public interest is heavier, hence we have to try and deal with that overnight, so we don’t have to evacuate the hospital,” External link

businessday Friday, May 29, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by Covid-19,” “This message has not embedded itself in the consciousness of many employers, according to what we see in our statistics” External link

businessday Friday, May 29, 2020 7:43:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot overemphasise the importance of ensuring that employers, both public and private mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by COVID-19,” External link

sanews Friday, May 29, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot overemphasise the importance of ensuring that employers, both public and private mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. We need to change behaviour in response to the dangers posed by COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 29, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently, the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers, who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups,” “I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that, to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

mg Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Despite several challenges, the UIF continues to experience in executing its mandate to the public, I believe it has risen to the task under extremely difficult circumstances. The noting of achievements is of course not to deny the existence of challenges,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We expect an increase in labour-related disputes due to retrenchments and termination of employment as employers try to stay afloat. This would undoubtedly place further strain on our ability to meet our social security obligations to the public,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We go to NEDLAC trusting that we will collectively explore opportunities available to all of us as partners to resolve the multiple and immense challenges presented by the pandemic,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:06:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “While the easing of the nationwide lockdown regulations to alert level 3 would see the economy gradually opening, the negative impact of Covid-19 would continue to be with us for a foreseeable future,” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently, the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers, who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups,” “I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that, to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

mg Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “With these huge payments, inevitably you will attract criminals and companies colluding with employees to try and fleece the coffers. We will be engaging the services of the auditor-general and auditing firms to ensure that we comb through all the payments” External link

africanewswire Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:30:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26,793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2,319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totalling R123,917,519 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages,” External link

citizen Monday, May 18, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

africanewswire Monday, May 18, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

africanewswire Monday, May 18, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26 793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123 917 519.03 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages” External link

AfricaNews-English Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

africa-newsroom Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

africa-newsroom Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26 793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123 917 519.03 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages” External link

africa-newsroom Sunday, May 17, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently the department is also going through its database to reach out to farm workers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “For us, this is a source of great worry because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26 793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123 917 519.03 to deserving beneficiaries. Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages” External link

gov-za Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Currently, the department is also going through its database to reach out to farmworkers who are also in our category of the most vulnerable groups. "I have instructed the department to do everything possible to track and trace workers in these groups to ensure that to the extent possible, no worker is left behind or falls through the crack of the social net we are providing,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Behind these figures are real human beings who are being enabled to the extent possible to withstand the worst of the pandemic’s economic meltdown. "While we are thrilled that we are able to make this difference, it would really be a slap in the face if employers of domestic and farm workers do not take advantage of this scheme and make sure that they lodge claims on time,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “For us, this is a source of great worry, because workers who could stand to benefit have not received this relief. A further 26,793 workers have not been paid as the supplied details have failed bank verification. "I appeal to these 2319 employers to ensure that the bank details are correct so that the department can swiftly hand over the funds totaling R123,917,519 to deserving beneficiaries. "Naturally, we expect that these would be the same accounts that are used to process salaries and wages,” External link

iol Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Already, we are at the stage where if the application is complete, accurate, and valid, at best the department will process payment within 24 hours and worst in 48 hours. We are working hard to ensure that our systems respond to and accommodate the needs of our prime stakeholders – the workers,” External link

iol Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are now at a stage where 70 percent of those calls are attended to, on average, within three minutes. Again, we have listened to the anguished calls and we are making sure that our machinery is smooth and seamless to the extent possible,” External link

iol Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The fact that this week we paid 45,547 employees in claims submitted by 5,975 employers to the tune of R211 million directly means that we are fine-tuning our systems and improving on our response times with regard to payments,” External link

citizen Friday, May 15, 2020 7:19:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Society is judged by how it tries to take care of the most vulnerable in its midst. This is why government in general and the department of employment and labour in particular, are doing everything in their power to shield the most vulnerable from the worst of the pandemic” External link

citizen Friday, May 15, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We appeal to employers of domestic workers, those who may have difficulties paying them, to ensure that they access these services as soon as possible. The disbursements from UIF could also act as a top-up for reduced salaries and these are necessary for our mothers and sisters as they really need the break,” External link

citizen Friday, May 15, 2020 3:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We appeal to employers of domestic workers, those who may have difficulties paying them, to ensure that they access these services as soon as possible. The disbursements from UIF could also act as top-up for reduced salaries and these are necessary for our mothers and sisters as they really need the break,” External link

sanews Friday, May 15, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We sincerely hope that employers especially in these two sectors heed our call. We have also enlisted the help of a private company which is helping us trace these workers through their cell phones so that they are aware of the benefit and either get the employers to claim on their behalf or reach out to the UIF themselves,” External link

gov-za Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We appeal to employers of domestic workers, those who may have difficulties paying them to ensure that they access these services as soon as possible. The disbursements from UIF could also act as top-up for reduced salaries and these are necessary for our mothers and sisters as they really need the break,” External link

gov-za Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We may need to request additional space from other organs of government,” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The CCMA is being asked to massively increase its caseload and this is going to have budgetary implications,” External link

businessday Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi says : “I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees. Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers” External link

africanewswire Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “We have companies that are misrepresenting us before their workers and the public. For instance, we were accused by a company in the Eastern Cape Unibisco when their workers demanded their money that we have not paid them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our records indicate that this company was paid a total of R539 595 on April 24 to pass on to their workers” External link

africanewswire Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees,” “Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers” External link

iol Friday, May 8, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have companies that are misrepresenting us before their workers and the public. For instance, we were accused by a company in the Eastern Cape Unibisco when their workers demanded their money that we have not paid them. "Nothing could be further from the truth. Our records indicate that this company was paid a total of R539,595 on 24 April to pass on to their workers,” External link

iol Friday, May 8, 2020 11:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi says : “I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees. Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers” External link

gov-za Friday, May 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “We have companies that are misrepresenting us before their workers and the public. For instance, we were accused by a company in the Eastern Cape Unibisco when their workers demanded their money that we have not paid them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our records indicate that this company was paid a total of R539 595 on April 24 to pass on to their workers” External link

gov-za Friday, May 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This intervention should be seen as part of the government-wide effort to mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic” External link

africanewswire Friday, May 8, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Clearly, we are not going to behave as if Covid-19 has not impacted on our programs, but the reality is in the parliamentary process, we have to present the program that we prepared prior to Covid-19 and that is what we have done," External link

irishsun Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 576 639 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2.4 billion. There are also 17 473 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R80 124 837.42 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 576 639 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2.4 billion. There are also 17 473 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R80 124 837.42 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It will be impossible to inspect every one of the 1.8-million businesses, therefore inspectors will rely on the support of the individual workers and the unions in providing vital information which in turn allows the inspectors to focus on the hotspots and to make an example of a particular offender,” External link

iol Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This decision is part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus by minimising and avoiding physical contact. This is in the best interest of both the public and employees of the Department. While our labour officers continue to process claims to ensure that claimants receive their UIF disbursements on schedule, the centres are not open to the public” External link

africanewswire Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:58:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “To date we have paid close to R7-billion in COVID-19 relief. This is the amount that we are paying for relief for workers and we appeal to the employers to ensure that it is paid to the workers without any further delay” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, May 4, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 481 911 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2-billion. In addition there are also 12 959 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R67 924 874 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved” External link

africa-newsroom Monday, May 4, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “To date we have paid close to R7-billion in COVID -19 relief. This is the amount that we are paying for relief for workers and we appeal to the employers to ensure that it is paid to the workers without any further delay” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 4, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A total of 481 911 workers have been disadvantaged to the tune of close to R2-billion. In addition there are also 12 959 workers who are also disadvantaged because of failed bank verification and an amount of R67 924 874 will be paid over as soon as this is resolved” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, May 4, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This decision is part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus by minimising and avoiding physical contact. This is in the best interest of both the public and employees of the Department. While our labour officers continue to process claims to ensure that claimants receive their UIF disbursements on schedule, the centres are not open to the public” External link

gov-za Monday, May 4, 2020 9:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In returning to work it cannot be business as usual” External link

iol Monday, May 4, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Every employer must: notify workers of the regulations and guidelines issued by Cogta and the DTIC and how they will be implemented; inform employees that if they have Covid-19 symptoms they must not be at work; grant sick leave or apply for Covid-19 Ters benefits; appoint a manager from within the existing structures to address the concerns of the employees and workplace representatives” External link

iol Monday, May 4, 2020 8:50:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "In returning to work it cannot be business as usual," External link

iol Monday, May 4, 2020 7:40:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “They must minimise the number of workers in the workplace at any time through shift or working arrangements to achieve social distancing,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Workers should immediately inform the employer if they experience any symptoms while at work. Not doing so is a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by the worker. More importantly, the worker puts themselves – and their co-workers – at risk,” External link

citizen Sunday, May 3, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “An employer who does not comply with the Direction may be ordered to close their business. In addition, as the failure to comply fully with the OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) is a criminal offence, failure to take the necessary measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 may result in criminal prosecution,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:20:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In returning to work, it can’t be business as usual,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:20:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Workers should immediately inform the employer if they experience any symptoms while at work. Not doing so is a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by the worker. More importantly, the worker puts themselves – and their co-workers – at risk,” External link

sanews Sunday, May 3, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Workers should immediately inform the employer if they experience any symptoms while at work. Not doing so is a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by the worker. More importantly, the worker puts themselves – and their co-workers – at risk,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:40:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The direction contains the basic measure that employers must take to prevent the transmission of coronavirus in the workplace. Businesses that are reopening must put these measures in place before restarting the work,” External link

iol Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It will be impossible to inspect every one of the 1.8 million businesses, therefore inspectors will rely on the support of the individual workers and the unions in providing vital information which in turn allows the inspectors to focus on the hot spots and to make an example of a particular offender,” External link

iol Sunday, May 3, 2020 6:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "They must just be honest, we don't just pay, we pay based on the payroll," "We are on board with the moving train, except that employers must also play their role" External link

iol Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "We are not paying the whole amount. We pay 38% because it is a relief and we had budgeted for a period of three months. We pay according to the payroll submitted. 20 000 workers entitled to pay have not done so. Some employers have not even dared to help their employees," External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are endeavouring now to contact those individuals … we continue to appeal to them to help us,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We should not punish the workers because of irresponsible employers,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "They must just be honest, we don't just pay, we pay based on the payroll," "We are on board with the moving train, except that employers must also play their role" External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "They must just be honest, we don't just pay, we pay based on the payroll," "We are on board with the moving train, except that employers must also play their role" External link

iol Wednesday, April 29, 2020 11:59:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “The system was never meant to face such a huge demand. The system is very small, helping with 10000 to 20000 claims. Now we are talking millions. In terms of the system, we are not going to be able to deliver as we are supposed to,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “I have had about 200 successes, where he has sorted them out. If I am getting this deluge, what about people who are writing to their lawyers?” External link

iol Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The reason for these numbers is because some employers have not even dared to help the employees and we continue to appeal to them to help us,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, April 28, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There are several complaints from some employers who say we paid a lump sum and that they don’t know how to allocate it,” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot in this day-and-age continue with the employment of foreign nationals, and think there will be peace if you are going to take low-level jobs of low-skilled people and give it to displaced people. These are not scarce skills jobs. These are jobs that local people can be able to do. Inspectors must deal harshly with employers not complying” External link

zimeye Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We cannot in this day-and-age continue with the employment of foreign nationals, and think there will be peace if you are going to take low-level jobs of low-skilled people and give it to displaced people. These are not scarce skills jobs. These are jobs that local people can be able to do. Inspectors must deal harshly with employers not complying” External link

thezimbabwemail Friday, April 24, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "We cannot in this day-and-age continue with the employment of foreign nationals, and think there will be peace if you are going to take low-level jobs of low-skilled people and give it to displaced people. These are not scarce skills jobs. These are jobs that local people can be able to do. Inspectors must deal harshly with employers not complying" External link

bulawayo24 Friday, April 24, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

the-star Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:40:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Our system was not designed to accommodate the increased volumes of requests that we are witnessing due to the Covid-19," External link

the-star Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:40:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Some might take a year. Some might not come back and be able to operate," "The reality is that there are going to be massive retrenchments. We might add one million or two to the high unemployment which we have in the country," External link

iol Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As enjoined by the President, we continue making sure we ease the load of lockdown. We still appeal to more employers to ensure that they apply for relief for their employees to ensure we do not leave anyone behind” External link

gov-za Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic,” “The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much-needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 22, 2020 4:35:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much-needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

iol Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic,” “The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much-needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19” External link

businessday Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have equally engaged other private sector companies to work with UIF to enhance the capacity of our IT system to respond to the growing number of requests,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

miningweekly Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have acknowledged that our system was not designed to accommodate the increased volumes of requests that we are witnessing due to the Covid-19. We have already taken steps to mitigate this risk. We have asked the South African Revenue Service to work with us to resolve the backlog we are currently experiencing. SARS has responded positively and they are sending a team to work with the UIF to ensure that we distribute funds to deserving beneficiaries as swift and cost-efficient as possible. We have equally engaged other private sector companies to work with UIF to enhance the capacity of our IT system to respond to the growing number of requests,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “These are important interventions that would go a long way towards alleviating some of the challenges we have been experiencing. The President has enjoined all of us to ensure that citizens are not unnecessarily inconvenienced as a result of the pandemic. As the Department of Employment and Labour we realise the critical role we have to play and we are encouraged by the spirit of solidarity both in the public and private sector and we are doing our utmost best to ease the hardship on workers,” External link

AfricaNews-English Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF is working round the clock to meet the extraordinary volumes of requests for assistance presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 benefit scheme will provide much needed relief to employees who have been laid off work or unable to earn an income due to Covid-19,” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have acknowledged that our system was not designed to accommodate the increased volumes of requests that we are witnessing due to the Covid-19. We have already taken steps to mitigate this risk. We have asked the South African Revenue Service to work with us to resolve the backlog we are currently experiencing. SARS has responded positively and they are sending a team to work with the UIF to ensure that we distribute funds to deserving beneficiaries as swift and cost-efficient as possible. We have equally engaged other private sector companies to work with UIF to enhance the capacity of our IT system to respond to the growing number of requests,” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi concluded : “These are important interventions that would go a long way towards alleviating some of the challenges we have been experiencing. The President has enjoined all of us to ensure that citizens are not unnecessarily inconvenienced as a result of the pandemic. As the Department of Employment and Labour we realise the critical role we have to play and we are encouraged by the spirit of solidarity both in the public and private sector and we are doing our utmost best to ease the hardship on workers,” External link

africa-newsroom Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “Now we are talking millions. In terms of the system, we are not going to be able to deliver as we are supposed to,” External link

citizen Monday, April 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi explained : “We have processed applications of close to R1-billion and, as we speak now, we are of the view that the UIF is managing, but Sars is waiting on the side-lines in case our system crashes,” External link

miningweekly Monday, April 20, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Rather, we have put in place systems to pay out UIF benefits through the companies, sectoral associations and bargaining councils, including, but are not limited to, sectors like tourism and small businesses,” External link

iol Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Rather, we have put in place systems to pay out UIF benefits through the companies, sectoral associations and bargaining councils, including, but are not limited to, sectors like tourism and small businesses,” External link

the-star Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It would thus have been impossible to control the social distancing situation but also with the travel bans, [it would have been impossible] to even travel there,” External link

businessday Monday, April 6, 2020 2:30:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The UIF cannot deal with millions of individual claims. This would lead to delays in the processing of such claims. We have put in place systems to pay out UIF benefits through companies, sectoral associations and bargaining councils,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 2, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The relief the UIF is giving – we are talking about the relief for the month of April. People should not take advantage of the situation,” “Employers should have by now paid the March salaries minus the four days. People cannot start pressuring us for the March salaries. We are catering for the 21 days,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The relief that UIF is giving is for the month of April – (coinciding mostly with) the 21-day shutdown pronounced by the president… Employers should have by now paid the March salaries minus the four days (in March from when the shutdown started on the 27th),” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This has led to some resistance from some employers. We all need to understand that these are public funds that by law have to be audited. We, therefore, shall insist on the implementation of proper governance in this regard. None of us have a choice in the matter,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the employers who have already demonstrated social responsibility and solidarity by not only paying workers in full during this lockdown, but also by making themselves available to assist us by acting as disbursing agents during this period,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We do understand that in terms of the leave determination, employers can compel employees to take leave at any time as they deem fit. However, this is a unique situation that requires all of us to act in a manner that promotes social solidarity,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Labour Relations Act ) : “We are moving away from the traditional model of individual claims through Labour Centres, which would be simply overwhelmed. It would also turn Labour Centres into virus hubs, as they would attract huge crowds,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Firstly, it appears that some employers who are not delivering essential services and goods are forcing their employees to work. Employers are either unaware or choose to ignore the provisions of the National Disaster legislation and regulations, which only provide for essential services and production to continue at this time,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi warned : “If the situation persists, we will start to name and shame individual companies and branches,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We do understand that in terms of the leave determination, employers can compel employees to take leave at any time as they deem fit. However, this is a unique situation that requires all of us to act in a manner that promotes social solidarity,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Labour Relations Act ) : “We are moving away from the traditional model of individual claims through Labour Centres, which would be simply overwhelmed. It would also turn Labour Centres into virus hubs, as they would attract huge crowds,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Firstly, it appears that some employers who are not delivering essential services and goods are forcing their employees to work. Employers are either unaware or choose to ignore the provisions of the National Disaster legislation and regulations, which only provide for essential services and production to continue at this time,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi warned : “If the situation persists, we will start to name and shame individual companies and branches,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:07:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “These are public funds and they must be ordered,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We will be explaining (the national disaster benefit) after the consensus with all the Nedlac partners,” “What we do not want to do is to talk about the figures. We can’t just pronounce figures and raise expectations. And then, later on, find it’s too expensive. Our actuaries are crunching the figures. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be making detailed announcements, including how this will be administered” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Unfortunately, from our side we can’t be able to deal with this matter because it’s beyond this particular legislation,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi stated : “If a company contemplates a short term shut down, it is required to inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Our team will visit these companies to provide assistance with the processing of the claims,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:37:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi stated : “If a company contemplates a short term shut down, it is required to inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Our team will visit these companies to provide assistance with the processing of the claims,” External link

dailymaverick Monday, March 23, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In instances where companies decide to close for a short period as a precautionary measure, the short term UIF benefit will kick in. If a company contemplates a short term shut down, they are required to inform the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Our team will visit these companies to provide assistance with the processing of the claims,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “In instances where companies decide to close shop for a period as a precautionary measure, the short-term UIF benefit will kick in. If a company contemplates a short-term shutdown, they are required to inform the UIF” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “With the development and promulgation of the new Regulations, South Africa has become one of the leading countries to regulate ergonomics and reduce ergonomic hazards in the workplace. We can be proud of this. These regulations are in everyone’s interests – improving working conditions as well as performance,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In the past I have engaged with members of the executive on the debt owed to the department of public works and this was done with relative success. However, the challenge persists. Ministers are always willing to co-operate in terms of paying their monthly rentals. The challenge that we must resolve is a systemic one to ensure that the monthly rentals are collected without fail on an ongoing basis,” External link

businessday Tuesday, November 19, 2019 8:53:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “However, what we must all agree on is that the violent and unlawful attacks on non-nationals and their property that we have witnessed can never, under any circumstances, be justified,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 25, 2019 4:01:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “However, what we must all agree on is that the violent and unlawful attacks on non-nationals and their property that we have witnessed can never, under any circumstances, be justified,” External link

sanews Friday, October 25, 2019 3:27:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “brings with it disruption and new opportunities in equal measure” External link

miningweekly Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “brings with it disruption and new opportunities in equal measure” External link

miningweekly Monday, October 21, 2019 6:28:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The scale of youth unemployment requires bold and urgent action. It requires innovative solutions, extraordinary effort, and an end to business as usual. It requires deep collaboration between the public and private sectors, and decisive measures to make the government work for young people,” External link

iol Friday, October 11, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Any economic growth is invariably tied to a competitive electricity price, security of supply and a sustainable state-owned utility that will require significant restructuring,” External link

sanews Friday, September 27, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “These figures highlight continued volatility in economic conditions as well as the general slowdown since the global financial crisis in 2008,” External link

sanews Friday, September 27, 2019 12:15:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A priority will be to achieve a clean audit report during this administration,” External link

the-star Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Through this intervention 6000 artisans will be trained at the cost estimation of over R800million. A further 81 000 learners will be taken through the skills programme at a cost of about R2.5bn to enable them access to training and possible job placement” External link

the-star Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi charged : “They (employers) must take responsibility for what we are doing because they are making the workers to fight against each other. The reality is why? You can’t have in one factory 100% drivers, coming, being foreign workers and you ignore the local labour. That is what is happening,” External link

iol Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:00:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "Some jobs will go, because there will be new jobs that need skills. The issue of retraining and upskilling will be key," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "The reality is, we cannot stop that technological change. We just have to be ready for it. It has the potential to be disruptive. It will disrupt our lives. That is why upskilling [and] retraining is going to be very important. It is at the top of our agenda," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 4:48:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “A critical area of EE Act amendment is the review of Section 53 that will require the issuing of an annual certificate of compliance to organisations doing business with the State and its organs,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:21:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “A critical area of EE Act amendment is the review of Section 53 that will require the issuing of an annual certificate of compliance to organisations doing business with the State and its organs,” External link

the-star Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “This report to me says there has been little transformation in the workplace since the passing of the Employment Equity Act 20 years ago, which means our country is not moving on transformation,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This cannot continue. That’s why our people keep asking us what liberation we are talking about when economically, things remain the same. This unhealthy situation flies in the face of an inclusive economy,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Equity Act ) : “This report to me says there has been little transformation in the workplace since the passing of the Employment Equity Act 20 years ago, which means our country is not moving on transformation,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This cannot continue. That’s why our people keep asking us what liberation we are talking about when economically, things remain the same. This unhealthy situation flies in the face of an inclusive economy,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Section 53 will give us the force we need,” External link

businessday Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “We will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigating and solving the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” External link

iol Friday, August 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "What is very clear from the interactions we had is the gross violation of the labour rights and it’s something that we are seriously going to look into," "The fact that 90 percent of the workers in these shops are foreign nationals is clear indication of exploitation of cheap labour by the employers" External link

iol Friday, August 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Employers are using foreigners because they know they are desperate and will take anything offered to them,” External link

iol Friday, August 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “When we go back, we will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigate and solve the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Employers are using foreigners because they know they are desperate and will take anything offered to them,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If it means we have to issue out the prohibition notices that these businesses must close, then we will do it. We have labour laws which must be respected in this particular country and people cannot come and do anything they want,” External link

sanews Friday, August 16, 2019 1:13:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “When we go back, we will sit down and apply our minds to the challenges presented to us today. We will be doing rounds all over the country to try mitigate and solve the issues faced by our people. We are the law bearers of the labour laws and we therefore should be leading by example,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 16, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Employers are using foreigners because they know they are desperate and will take anything offered to them,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 16, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If it means we have to issue out the prohibition notices that these businesses must close, then we will do it. We have labour laws which must be respected in this particular country and people cannot come and do anything they want,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, August 16, 2019 11:20:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Our coming here should not be seen as coming to threaten anyone. We are here to talk about improving industrial relations,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Our coming here should not be seen as coming to threaten anyone. We are here to talk about improving industrial relations,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 7, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi says : “There are some who argue that an any jobs (approach) - which yields more jobs - is better than the decent jobs we are striving for As South Africans, we are not going back to those dark days - certainly not under the watch of this government” External link

iol Saturday, August 3, 2019 10:40:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “It’s a very serious matter, the issue of energy. Hence the president has said there needs to be some tough engagement into the issues of Eskom and some of the SOEs because the whole economy depends on electricity,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We must not just say it is the government who is responsible; we must say which department is not moving in driving those issues,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There is going to be robust debate now and robust implementation on what has been agreed on,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 3, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have agreed now that there will be a focus on all projects of the Jobs Summit. We’ve also taken a decision led by the President that these structures which were meeting quarterly are now going to meet every first Monday of the month,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:59:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We have agreed now that there will be a focus on all projects of the Jobs Summit. We’ve also taken a decision led by the President that these structures which were meeting quarterly are now going to meet every first Monday of the month,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Mildred Oliphant ) : “Due to the special nature of this International Labour Conference (ILC), discussions on the future of work, the former minister [Mildred Oliphant] had agreed to also include representatives of the community sector from the National Economic Development and Labour Council ( Nedlac) as they participated in all national consultative meetings on the same,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This very important session was also graced by 40 heads of state and governments, who came to not only congratulate the organisation on this milestone but to also assist in providing direction and guidance for the future using, as their base document, the report of the ‘Global Commission on the Future of Work’,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:33:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “In the current situation of deep systemic unemployment and slow growth, government has to use its active labour market policies to improve access to jobs and skills” External link

mg Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “What we are saying is not that it’s coming in with a jackboot approach and say we are closing you tomorrow. It is to sit, analyse the nature of the problem and say how do we help you to be able to comply. But at some stage we must set deadlines,” External link

businessday Monday, July 15, 2019 8:32:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We will have to treat them case by case. It’s not as if we are coming here with a hammer to deal with the employers. It’s to say we want to convince you, to persuade you to comply. But if you don’t comply and there is no reason not to comply, we will have to deal with you,” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We need to [ask] how do we co-ordinate, complement and integrate our programmes,” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “What’s the point of employment and labour running an empowerment programme here, and then next door in the same locality is another department and they are not talking to each other?” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If the market fails, the state must … intervene and come up with the policies which are trying to correct the situation. If there is massive unemployment, the state has to … see what it can do to intervene in the economy to help create the jobs,” External link

businessday Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Commission ) : “Prophesies that wholesale retrenchments would follow the introduction of a national minimum wage were not borne out. An expected massive spike in Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) cases has not occurred,” External link

businessday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Inspections to date indicate a high compliance rate with only 7% of employers failing to pay the prescribed rate,” External link

businessday Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:36:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “First, where we can, we will leverage the resources of the department and of our entities, which are our labour market instruments – the UIF and the Compensation Fund – to preserve jobs and to invest in job creating initiatives,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “First, where we can, we will leverage the resources of the department and of our entities, which are our labour market instruments – the UIF and the Compensation Fund – to preserve jobs and to invest in job creating initiatives,” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “First, I would like to express our heartfelt sympathies, as the department of employment and labour and the Compensation Fund, for the injustice that Mr Mabuza has suffered, and to assure him that the department and the fund are urgently investigating his case with a view to rapidly processing his compensation claim, as well as that of Mr [Thabo] Majola who we visited yesterday [Saturday],” “We would also like to flag the important role played by media in exposing these injustices. In the case of Mr Majola, he suffered serious burns at work [reportedly in 2008] and again received no assistance from his employer, who tried to shuffle off responsibility onto the labour brokers involved,” External link

citizen Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “I believe that the recent media coverage of the two cases will inspire others to come forward with their details to our Labour Centres,” External link

citizen Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “However, I will be announcing in my budget vote speech this week that during this financial year the department will augment its occupational health and safety team of inspectors with an additional 500 officers. I trust this will go a long way to strengthening occupational health and safety in the workplace,” External link

citizen Sunday, July 7, 2019 10:29:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : "I know where you are going. You are going to say we are sending the largest delegation there. You are not even asking about the content of the conference," External link

businessday Monday, June 10, 2019 6:41:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi added : “It becomes necessary or if it becomes necessary, we will have to see where we contain costs. But more important, how can we mitigate the effects of the likely rise of unemployment” External link

gov-za Friday, June 7, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As a department we are far from helpless. There are resources available that could be better utilized. There are current programs which could be up scaled. There may be past programs which need to be revived. So this is what I’m asking of the DDG’s and heads of the various programs, to point to the areas where we can make gains in terms of employment creation and intensive training and retraining. We have to cut the red tapes, improve the operations of the labour market especially for the small businesses” External link

gov-za Friday, June 7, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told : “The president is still going to elaborate further on his thinking around the reconfiguration of the department. And I imagine this process will come to act with the upcoming SONA which is scheduled for the 20th of June” External link

gov-za Friday, June 7, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “For this to happen, parliament must give guidance and take the decision to move the parliamentary precinct away from Cape Town and also legally pronounce Tshwane as the seat of parliament, by way of proposing a constitutional amendment on Tshwane/Pretoria as the new legislative capital of the Republic of SA,” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The project to relocate or move parliament from its current seat in Cape Town is primarily the responsibility of parliament, with the department of public works playing a supporting role,” External link

businessday Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The department of public works also leases its properties out to private users, who have identified state-owned properties for personal or business use. Where there is no interest in a property, either from the public or private sector, the property remains vacant and unutilised,” “The department of public works is in the process of rolling out its disposal framework, which will drive the process of letting out state-owned properties to the private sector. This will assist in the reduction of vacant, unsecured and unguarded state-owned properties, thereby increasing the department’s revenue stream and reducing property holding costs. This will also lead to an accumulation of funds, which can be used to invest in the available stock of vacant properties” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:41:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The challenge with collecting rental income for ministerial residences is a systemic one. Once ministerial residences have been allocated, the department of public works submits the documents indicating the amounts payable monthly to the client departments, whose responsibility it is to action the stop orders from ministers and deputy ministers’ monthly income,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 2, 2019 5:31:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The challenge with collecting rental income for ministerial residences is a systemic one. Once ministerial residences have been allocated, the department of public works submits the documents indicating the amounts payable monthly to the client departments, whose responsibility it is to action the stop orders from ministers and deputy ministers’ monthly income,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Since then there has been some commentary from our fellow candidates that in some way the process has been flawed. The suggestion has been made that the value of the Irish and French bids has been under-scored or misunderstood or South Africa’s bid inflated,” External link

sanews Friday, November 10, 2017 12:44:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The compelling and detailed nature of our bid was recognised by World Rugby and the game’s leadership in their unanimous recommendation of South Africa as the best candidate to host Rugby World Cup 2023,” External link

news24 Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:27:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are within touching distance of realising a long-held dream to host the Rugby World Cup once again,” External link

news24 Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:21:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This was packaged as an economic bid. It largely pays for itself; it boosts sports tourism and economic activity and it creates jobs. We also said that the bid was a ‘triple win’ for the players, for World Rugby, the fans and indeed for our country,” External link

sanews Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:38:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There will still be stages where [we] have to go and present, that’s why we have put [together] a very solid bid… Our bid is an economic bid. It must be well researched with information from us as government [and] from the side of SARU [SA Rugby Union],” External link

sanews Friday, September 15, 2017 2:35:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Sexual harassment has found -prevalence in our jurisprudence,” External link

sunnewsonline Monday, September 4, 2017 3:56:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “There will still be stages where [we] have to go and present, that’s why we have put [together] a very solid bid. We have said that our bid is an economic bid. It must be well researched with information from us as government [and] from the side of SARU,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:09:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Caster Semenya ) : “Congratulations are in order to the entire team, including Caster Semenya as she continued to carry our flag high in adding to our gold medal tally in the 800m women’s final and further by collecting a bronze medal in the 1 500m women’s final, serving as a great ambassador for all our woman athletes,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As for those who will be attending the Diamond League, they must go out there and represent the country well and we will be waiting in anticipation,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:24:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Caster Semenya ) : “Once more, happy Women's Month and I hope more female athletes who are currently at the London Championships will continue where Caster left off,” External link

sanews Tuesday, August 8, 2017 8:18:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “The tournament will contribute to stimulating our economy by supporting government priorities, especially as it relates to preferential procurement and adherence to the Sports Transformation Charter and the sharing of the profits derived. The event will further boost our tourism and hospitality sector,” External link

iol Monday, August 7, 2017 10:09:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “A report by… independent experts was presented to us. We have studied the report which was able to show that SARU has been able to meet its own targets of transformation. We will continue to assess them on annual basis on further targets… because we believe that transformation is a process, it is not an event,” External link

sanews Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi told ( about Amos Masondo ) : “Today our movement is suffering because of slates. Our people are bitter and some do not vote. Whoever thought that one day we would lose Port Elizabeth where our volunteers were born? If you go to Soweto today, there is no mayor who has delivered like [former Johannesburg mayors] Amos Masondo and the follow-up by Parks Tau,” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Look at what is going on in the ANC. Look at what is going on in the other unions. Look at our performance at the elections. We have lost some of the areas because of factionalism. Some of our voters have decided to take a back seat,” “This is because of factional battles which are based on greed. It’s no longer about leading a union or leading the ANC. It is about getting the powerful position, then having access to the resources and start giving to friends and relatives” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : “When JZ [President Jacob Zuma] was charged he was deputy president, and removed, it was Cosatu which said this was a political trial. Cosatu said we would not allow state institutions to be used to settle political differences. That was in 2005,” “This hasn’t started today. It’s been happening since many years ago. It was Cosatu, whose biggest union being NUM, which said we’re not going to agree to that. We said we were ready to take the government of that time head on, as Cosatu” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “As young workers you have a choice now, to resolve and go very strongly, focusing on development programmes of the NUM. Reclaim the space which has been lost to Amcu. Reclaim that space and consolidate NUM. The consequences of NUM going down are so disastrous to the whole national democratic revolution,” External link

enca Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Why do you want to discredit leaders? We fought the use of state organs to advance political battles,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : ”Who would have thought that Mantashe and Mkhize could be under investigation? Pravin’s court case was withdrawn and now we hear they want to charge him again,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : ”We must deal with corruption, whether it’s by a politician or public servant,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Who would have thought that Mantashe and Mkhize could be under investigation? Pravin’s court case was withdrawn, and now we hear they want to charge him again,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Why do you want to discredit leaders? We fought the use of state organs to advance political battles,” External link

iol Monday, November 7, 2016 12:23:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Who would have thought that Mantashe and Mkhize could be under investigation? Pravin’s court case was withdrawn, and now we hear they want to charge him again,” External link

the-star Monday, November 7, 2016 11:43:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Why do you want to discredit leaders? We fought the use of state organs to advance political battles,” External link

the-star Monday, November 7, 2016 11:43:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “Youth unemployment is probably the single most critical challenge facing South Africa today,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 27, 2016 4:04:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “This generation of young South Africans want action; not vision statements or policies. And we need to act now to address their needs. We need to show them we’re worthy of their confidence,” External link

news24 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:14:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “If we create jobs, develop skills and prepare these candidates for the workplace,” External link

news24 Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:14:00 AM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : "What we need is the ANC that matches words with deeds and walks the talk in the forefront of our alliance as its leading component. “There are some who want us to believe that they are genuinely committed to shouldering collective responsibility for the failures that occur in the national democratic revolution. But instead of recognising that the ANC as a governing party is responsible for the policies driven in government, they, on the contrary, want society to believe that the problem lies with a particular department or individual minister,” Nxesi said. He reiterated that the ANC required a special national conference , similar to Morogoro in 1969. The Morogoro conference was the first national consultative conference of the ANC, held at Morogoro, Tanzania, in April-May 1969. “This conference will have to be deliberately structured to avoid, among others, crippling divisions, spiralling ill-discipline, despicable arrogance, inexplicable denialism, factional majoritarianism borne out of conferences by delegates hand picked to advance agendas of particular dominant factions, business interests' funding and buying of votes ... We must emerge out of this conference with a common vision and ensure that we self-correct, close ranks and unite as we have done since our birth in 1912. WATCH: ANC's warring factions are irreconcilable: analyst “No one must mistake their factional centralism for democratic centralism and think that by factionally appropriating the leadership of the ANC they will have the backing on the ballot of all those who they have marginalised in stealing the movement. The recent local government elections must be seen a teacher that delivered a decisive lesson in this regard," “History calls on us to break the stranglehold of factions that decide who attends and who does not attend and who votes for a particular slate at conferences,” External link

enca Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are at the crossroads. We will either fundamentally restructure the organisation, elect new leaders, emerge with new policies, abandon e-tolls, end slates and factions, and deal with corruption and tenders; or we will risk losing our leadership role in the 2019 general election. "History will judge us as a group that displayed an atrophy of vision and despoiled the gains of liberation due to crass materialism and self-aggrandisement,” External link

enca Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “We are at the crossroads. We will either fundamentally restructure the organisation, elect new leaders, emerge with new policies, abandon e-tolls, end slates and factions, and deal with corruption and tenders; or we will risk losing our leadership role in the 2019 general election. History will judge us as a group that displayed an atrophy of vision and despoiled the gains of liberation due to crass materialism and self-aggrandisement,” External link

iol Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:05:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said : “These are the immediate problems‚ together with the wider problem of corporate capture‚ facing the National Treasury‚ tax payers’ money‚ public entities and our economy. We must unite the widest rage of progressive forces to defeat these problems‚” “What we need is the ANC that matches words with deeds and walks the talk in the forefront of our alliance as its leading component‚” External link

thetimes-za Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:39:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
secretary0.91%EN09/11/201611/09/2016
ministre0.91%FR07/17/201617/07/2016
public works minister66.36%EN12/04/201304/12/2013
minister22.73%EN11/27/201327/11/2013
minister of public works4.55%EN12/12/201212/12/2012
deputy0.91%EN10/25/201125/10/2011
president0.91%EN10/05/200805/10/2008
secretary general0.91%EN12/28/200728/12/2007
président1.82%FR10/03/200703/10/2007
Names Lang Count
Thulas NxesiEN98.63%
Thulas NxesiSA0.82%
Thulas NxesiFR0.55%


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Michael Cardo said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “This is deeply concerning and both the UIF and Minister Nxesi need to provide direction and communicate accordingly as a matter of urgency,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Jackson Mthembu said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “We are also grateful that Minister Nxesi is now on his way to full recovery. We take this opportunity to wish all fellow South Africans who are battling this disease well, as we also send those who have lost loved ones our sincere condolences” External link

sanews Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Phumla Williams said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : "Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the minister, who have come in contact with him, will also undergo testing," External link

news24 Friday, July 17, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Alf Lees said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “It is therefore clear that Nxesi has deliberately tried to mislead Parliament in his reply, and the DA will move a motion to this effect once the House sits again,” External link

enca Sunday, October 9, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Alf Lees said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : “It is therefore clear that Nxesi has deliberately tried to mislead Parliament in his reply, and the DA will move a motion to this effect once the House sits again,” External link

iol Sunday, October 9, 2016 4:30:00 PM EAT

Thulas Nxesi said ( about Thulas Nxesi ) : "What we need is the ANC that matches words with deeds and walks the talk in the forefront of our alliance as its leading component. “There are some who want us to believe that they are genuinely committed to shouldering collective responsibility for the failures that occur in the national democratic revolution. But instead of recognising that the ANC as a governing party is responsible for the policies driven in government, they, on the contrary, want society to believe that the problem lies with a particular department or individual minister,” Nxesi said. He reiterated that the ANC required a special national conference , similar to Morogoro in 1969. The Morogoro conference was the first national consultative conference of the ANC, held at Morogoro, Tanzania, in April-May 1969. “This conference will have to be deliberately structured to avoid, among others, crippling divisions, spiralling ill-discipline, despicable arrogance, inexplicable denialism, factional majoritarianism borne out of conferences by delegates hand picked to advance agendas of particular dominant factions, business interests' funding and buying of votes ... We must emerge out of this conference with a common vision and ensure that we self-correct, close ranks and unite as we have done since our birth in 1912. WATCH: ANC's warring factions are irreconcilable: analyst “No one must mistake their factional centralism for democratic centralism and think that by factionally appropriating the leadership of the ANC they will have the backing on the ballot of all those who they have marginalised in stealing the movement. The recent local government elections must be seen a teacher that delivered a decisive lesson in this regard," “History calls on us to break the stranglehold of factions that decide who attends and who does not attend and who votes for a particular slate at conferences,” External link

enca Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:55:00 PM EAT