No jab, no work: These SA companies will adopt mandatory vaccine policy

Several big-name South African companies have announced that they will be implementing a mandatory vaccine policy.

South African businesses are implementing “no jab, no work” policies. Several big-name South African companies have made their claim to the mandatory vaccine and there is no swaying them.

After President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the possibility of mandatory vaccine policies, many institutions/businesses jumped on it.

IOL reports that the unvaccinated will not be allowed on the employer’s properties and are set to face retrenchment.

SA BUSINESSES WHO HAVE WELCOMED THE MANDATORY VACCINE POLICY

DISCOVERY

The big brand medical aid, insurance and financial organisation were one of the first to welcome the policy. Chief executive Adrian Gore made the announcement back in September 2021.

“Based on the science and public health imperative, we see it as our responsibility to materially increase the country’s overall vaccination rate.

“We hold ourselves to the highest standard in this regard. This is crucial both ethically, given the scale of immune-compromised people in our country, and practically, given the degree of vaccine hesitancy currently being observed.”

Adrian Gore

SANLAM

Africa’s largest non-bank financial services group followed shortly after Discovery. Employees have until January 2022 to get their jab otherwise they will not be allowed on the employer’s premises.

CURRO

Sought-after private education group has also adopted the policy. With a number of educational staff having scum to the virus, they felt it was a smart move. Protecting staff and children is the education groups main priority. Its chief executive, Andries Greyling, said staff who do not abide will face possible retrenchment.

MTN

The cellphone giants president Ralph Mutipa announced the policy be effective as of 1 January 2022.

“The science is clear. Vaccination against Covid-19 reduces rates of serious infection, hospitalisations and death. As an employer, we have a responsibility to ensure that our workplaces are guided by the highest standards of health and safety, and that has informed our decision to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for our staff.”

Ralph Mutipa

OLD MUTUAL

Another big Mzansi employer. All employees are to provide proof of vaccination by January 2022 or they too will not be allowed to come to work.

The insurance company’s chief executive, Iain Williamson, said: “Across the world, vaccinations are proving to be the key to unlocking economic activity, returning life to a more normal rhythm, preventing severe illness and death, decreasing transmission rates as well as reducing the emergence of new variants of the disease.”

STANDARD BANK

Allowing employees a little more time, Standard Bank’s policy will only be effective as of 1 April 2022. The bank is giving understanding to unvaccinated employees, however, a reason for not being vaccinated has to be lodged as an objection on constitutional or medical grounds.

GAME

The mega-retailer is taking no chances, mandatory vaccine policy is a go. They are helping both staff and shoppers get vaccinated through their Vaccination Appreciation Wednesday venture. They are also offering a 10% discount to customers who produce proof of vaccination or a valid ID. This discount is available to those who purchase goods up to R10 000. Nice!

BIG CONCERTS INTERNATIONAL

Their policy does on only affect staff, but customers too. South Africans wanting to attend its events in future will be required to show proof of vaccination. This hit hard when Justin Bieber fans were preparing to buy their tickets.

 

The South African News

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