The Department of Employment and Labour has warned members of the public to be on the lookout for companies which fraudulently use the logos of the department in order to deceive the public into believing that they are either working or partnered with the department.
One of these companies which had also used the department’s logo illegally is the so-called Labour Development Trust of South Africa which is based in Johannesburg. When questioned, the company replied by saying that they used the department’s logo for marketing purposes.
The said company also claimed that it was established through NEDLAC and claims to have links to other government departments and the International Labour Organisation.
“It is unacceptable for private entities to use the logo of a government department without sanction or written agreement. We would like to appeal to such companies to stop marketing their services on the back of the department. Those that persist will be taken to court.” Said the Director-General of the Department of Employment and Labour, Thobile Lamati.
Lamati said the department appeals to workers to be on the lookout for these and to check with the department if these companies have been allowed to use the departmental logo or if they have a working relationship with the department. He said the fact that a company uses the department’s logo does not mean that it has been sanctioned by the department.
The said company also claimed that it was established through NEDLAC and claims links to other government departments and the International Labour Organisation.