Seven major changes coming to workplaces under Level 4

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Lockdown level 4: Seven changes affecting public sector workplaces

Minister for Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu said public service workplaces must adhere to the following regulations under Level 4.

Seven major changes coming to workplaces under Level 4

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Minister for Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu, on Friday 8 May, held a briefing on the readiness of public service operations under Level 4. Mchunu said workplaces should prepare in the following ways, now that the country is operating under Level 4. 

Mchunu said public servants have a personal duty to uphold Batho Pele Principles summarised as putting people first all the time, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mchunu said for the government to facilitate the unlocking of the economy, there will be a need for more public servants to return to their workplaces to provide services that will be required by those sectors that are part of the Level 4 phase. 

“During this transition between the levels, the focus of the Public Service is to continuously ensure the provision of services required for the effective functioning of the government,” he said.  


According to Mchunu, the following things should take place at workplaces in preparation for a smooth transition from Level 5 to Level 4 of lockdown

  • The workplaces must be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to returning of employees, and strict health and safety protocols must be implemented at all times; 
  • Biometrix systems in all access areas must be disabled and manual access activated to prevent contamination; 
  • Entrances and receptions must be rearranged to contain transmission by employees stationed in these areas; 
  • Hand sanitisers, soaps and hand towels must be placed in strategic areas including entrances, common areas, doorways and where office equipment is shared;
  • Non-medical officials must and service recipients must wear cloth masks to prevent transmission; 
  • Temperature screening must be conducted to every person entering the building on a daily basis; and
  • Work stations for employees and waiting areas at service points must be disinfected regularly. 


Mchunu said that where employees can work remotely from their homes rather than in workplaces, departments are encouraged to continue with that approach, taking into consideration the requirements with regard to critical and essential services. 

Mchunu said departments are urged to strengthen capabilities by ensuring that employees have necessary resources for remote working and are productively utilised. 

“It must also be clarified that although employees may be working remotely, they may also be required from time to time to attend the workplace, to among others, receive instructions, documentation, access office infrastructure and to submit [a] completed task,” he said. 

“Officials with co-morbidities or underlying conditions and those above 60-year-old, are encouraged to continue working remotely or remain at home as they are at higher risk. Medial reports or business continuity considerations be used to make a determination,” added Mchunu.