Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has urged various heads of government departments to ensure that necessary hygienic precautions are put in place as most public servants are preparing to return to work post lockdown.

He says public servants should be capacitated through a plethora of guidelines and skills relating to COVID-19.

According to the Minister, employees who will be required to work from home will be equipped with the necessary tools such as laptops to execute their duties smoothly – while individuals with underlying health conditions will be required to produce doctor’s proof to be granted permission to operate from home.

Mchunu has also acknowledged the continuous shortage of PPEs in some areas across the country.

“The issue of PPEs remains a concern in some areas and is receiving the attention of the Department of Health to ensure the safety of frontline health workers. To facilitate accurate response depending on the circumstances, stakeholders in specific facilities are encouraged to ensure alertness of the Department of Health on needs,” adds Mchunu.

In the video below, the Minister addresses members of the media on Public Service operations under level 4 lockdown:

In previous weeks, the Department of Health was criticized by some unions for failing to provide PPEs to healthcare workers.

Below is the highlight of week 1 of Level 4 lockdown: