IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION – 11 June 2020
JOHANNESBURG – The Estate Agency Affairs Board will re-open its Sandton, Johannesburg offices toward the end of June following the Covid-19 national lockdown.
The regulator will adopt a phased-in approach from 23 June 2020 when essential staff will return to the office to ensure continued service delivery to its stakeholders.
Throughout lockdown, the EAAB however ensured that core staff members were appropriately equipped to work remotely and service its stakeholders.
The EAAB CEO Ms. Mamodupi Mohlala said the phased return will be undertaken in line with government regulations using prescripts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in governing workplaces in relation to the virus. Stringent workplace protocols have been put in place, including special health and safety requirements and the appointment of a dedicated Covid-19 workplace readiness task team and a Covid-19 compliance officer.
“We are entering a new normal that will continue for some time. We are however committed to the health of our employees and the safety of stakeholders and the public and will endeavor to put all necessary precautions in place as we continue to offer our mandatory services,” said Ms. Mohlala.
In addition to strict rules around social distancing, daily self-screening, cleanliness and hygiene routine, Ms. Mohlala said all employees and security personnel will receive training to ensure full compliance with all legislative prescripts.
The EAAB has procured specialized services to disinfect and sanitize the offices, provide training services and supply personal protective equipment (PPE). Other control measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will include using technology to promote social distancing (virtual meetings), cancelling all group events and limiting shared spaces. Information of policies and practices will be communicated to employees and industry stakeholders on a regular basis.
The Department of Employment and Labour and the union will be invited to do workplace readiness inspections prior to the planned opening on 23 June to ensure compliance with all relevant Covid-19 regulations.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue using electronic means to contact the EAAB (details and email addresses on www.eaab.org.za) where possible.
For further Covid-19 related enquires contact: Covid-19 Compliance Officer Mr. Oscar Mangole at firstname.lastname@example.org.