Telkom has informed employees that the company will have a mandatory vaccination policy for people visiting Telkom Group premises.
The representative reaffirmed the MyBroadband policy and clarified that it only applies to employees and contractors.
Customers will not need to be vaccinated or take a negative PCR test to access Telkom stores.
MyBroadband saw the new policy letter signed by Ben van Zyl, head of Telkom’s purchasing and contract management group.
“Over the past few months, the Telkom Group has been studying the company’s procedures and response regarding Covid-19 vaccinations, as well as its implications for our employees and non-employees in our workplaces,” the latter said.
Telkom maintains that it has an obligation to provide a safe working environment and limit health and safety risks as far as reasonably practicable.
“This commitment includes eliminating or minimizing the risks associated with exposure to disease/diseases where harm from such disease can be minimized through vaccination,” the letter says.
Telkom said vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the severity of Covid symptoms – 19 cases in the workplace, in communities and in South Africa as a whole.
“To this end, Telkom Group has decided to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy effective from June 1, 2022, in order to protect the health of its employees, customers, service providers and other third parties from the dangers of Covid-19.”
The policy is:
- All employees and contractors with access to the Telkom group premises must be vaccinated or at least provide documentary evidence that they are not at risk of Covid-19.
- Unvaccinated people who visit any Telkom Group premises must provide a negative PCR Covid result – 19 no older than 72 hours – in accordance with government regulations.
“This is done to protect the health and safety of Telkom employees and others who have access to any Telkom Group premises,” the letter says.
“Telkom recognizes that COVID-19 vaccination represents a significant opportunity to help the wider society control the impact of the disease by preventing or reducing the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. Therefore, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”
A Telkom spokesperson told MyBroadband that the policy also applies to workers who visit customer premises.