The world at large is greatly affected by COVID-19, but as if this is a common season of the year, we have to keep up with work and business for survival. Despite the global statistics and daily updates on alarming deaths as well as the terrible impact of the pandemic world-wide, it would be unwise to turn a blind eye on the fact that people are greatly affected by hunger rather than the corona outbreak itself.
Amidst the struggle, Finite magazine reached out to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon. Keketso Rantšo in search for advice on how to continue working while also avoiding chances of infection. She outlined some of the most important measures to be adhered to at workplaces and for general caretaking. Rantšo indicated that there is extreme significance to abiding by safety protocols and maintaining social distancing. As also advised by the former Prime Minister Dr. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane, she also advised that employers are to organize work shifts to eliminate compression at the work place.
Rantšo, whose main concern is on congested industries such as factory outlets, stipulated on a need for supervisors to ensure that from entry to work, there is the recommended one metre distance between workers and avail hygiene products – such as sanitizers and hand washing products. “We now have positive cases in the country and looking at how rapidly the virus spreads, we are to be more conscious by trying to eliminate unnecessary movement even though the we are no more fully locked down”, Rantšo said. She emphasized that employers need to organize emergency response services to handle any case that may manifest at the workplace.
As the Minister, Rantšo pointed the importance of work progress to the global economy. “All workers boost the economy as business can only operate when people earn salaries. Therefore, we cannot go for an extended period with business closure. It is important, however, that workers wear their masks, avoid touching their faces and regularly wash their hands.” Said the Minister.
Sending a direct message to women, Rantšo showed that they are most likely to spread the virus since they have close contact with every head in the family. She advised that they should be careful when traveling to and from work to protect their families.