Minister of Labour and Social Security, Phila Buthelezi, recently embarked on a courtesy visit to Montigny, Bhunya, where he engaged with the CEO of the company, Andrew Le Roux, as well as the management and staff. During the visit, the CEO provided a brief overview of the company’s history and accomplishments. Montigny is known as the second largest timber exporter in Eswatini, following the sugar industry.
Additionally, Minister Buthelezi had the opportunity to meet with the executive members of the Montigny Investments Staff Association (MISA). The association expressed positive relations with the management, emphasizing an open-door policy. They also took the chance to raise concerns about the unemployment rate and requested a review of the minimum wage.
As part of his tour, the Minister visited the forest area to engage directly with the staff working there. The employees reported that they were well-supported by the company, which provided transportation, accommodation, and safety gear. In terms of wages, they expressed satisfaction, stating that their salaries exceeded the minimum wage.
Minister Buthelezi highlighted the significance of such visits, stating that they play a vital role in allowing the Ministry to better understand the ground realities, identify any gaps or opportunities, and enhance tripartite relations among the Ministry, employers, and employees.
The Minister’s visit to Montigny, Bhunya, provided valuable insights into the company’s operations and the concerns of its employees. It emphasized the Ministry’s commitment to fostering a conducive working environment and addressing labor-related challenges effectively.