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Apr 25 2012 1:26PM
 
Hearings on security
Manyi and Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant). Cabinet Spokesperson and GCIS CEO Jimmy Manyi addresses the Post Cabinet Media Briefing held at Gcis in Pretoria. South Africa. 22/02/2012. Picture: SIYABULELA DUDA
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Zandisile Luphahla

The wages and working conditions of the private security industry in the province will come under the microscope following a notice by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant that her department will investigate and review the sector.

The Department of Labour started early this month with a round of national public hearings, which will see the department embark on a two-day series of hearings starting at the Upington Waterfront guest house on Wednesday and the Kimberley labour offices on Friday.

Deputy director Shaun Feldman said the determination for the private security sector expired in September: "It is important that all those that will be affected, the employers and employees, participate in the process so that their inputs are considered when the new determination comes into effect."

Feldman said the review applied to every employer and employee in the private security sector, including car guards.

The scope of coverage includes those who guard or protect fixed property, goods, premises and persons or employees, including monitoring and responding to alarms at premises which are guarded by electronic means.

He said the determination excluded managers and those subjected to bargaining council agreements.

The Private Security Sectorial Determination was promulgated on November 30, 2001.

Feldman said in the previous hearings there was a challenge to get people to attend because of the nature of the industry shifts, but he emphasised the importance of full participation by all concerned.

"The hearings provide an opportunity to look at problem areas."

zandisilel@thenewage.co.za

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