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Textile firms resume operations

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Keketso Rantšo

Feb. 1, 2021 2 min read

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EMPLOYEES of the Nien Hsing International Lesotho (Pty) Ltd factory are expected to resume operations on Monday after the company was given the green light to open by the government.

The firm like many other local textile manufacturers was forced to shut down in light of the nationwide lockdown imposed by the prime minister in January, in a bid to curb the skyrocketing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Keketso Rantšo said Nien Hsing International Lesotho (Pty) Ltd factory is one of a number of firms that applied for permission to work during the lockdown period because they have many orders that are expected to be delivered to their buyers.

The factory, she said had initially requested only two shifts, adding however, that this time around it applied for three shifts in order to meet its deadline.

“'After submitting their application to both the Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as my ministry, we scrutinised it and approved it after all their documents checked out,” Ms Rantšo said.

She appealed to the workers to maintain the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) safety protocols at work to ensure that they minimise chances of infections.

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“Textile factories are some of the hotspots of the COVID-19 virus and it is vital for them to comply with the stipulated safety protocols to ensure that the virus is contained,” she said.

The Secretary General of the National Allied Clothing and Textile Workers Union (NACTWU) Sam Mokhele confirmed that Nien Hsing International Lesotho (Pty) Ltd is one of the five textile firms that are expected to open for business on Monday.

Mr Mokhele could however not be drawn to mention the other four firms at the moment, saying it was too early to discuss their identity in media platforms.

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