Health and Well-Being

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The aim of this report is to look at what Rhodes, in terms of policies, procedures and programmes, offers the staff and students as regards to their well-being, that is, their health and safety. These programmes, policies and procedures must be looked at in light of legislative framework.

Firstly, in the making of programmes, policies and procedures, the Constitution must be at all times kept in mind, most especially the Bill of Rights. This is because the Constitution is the supreme law, and any conduct inconsistent with it is invalid. The Bill of Rights ensures that any policies enacted by the University will not infringe upon the basic human rights of any person, nor can it discriminate against any person.

Secondly, there are legislative acts which have been passed with which the University must comply. The first of these is the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, which provides for the health and safety of persons at work and for the health and safety of persons in connection with the use of plant and machinery; the protection of persons other than persons at work against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work; to establish an advisory council for occupational health and safety; and to provide for matters connected therewith. The second is the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 which provides for compensation for disablement caused by occupational injuries or diseases sustained or contracted by employees in the course of their employment, or for death resulting from such injuries or diseases; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

The report will look at to what extent these programmes, policies and procedures have adhered to the legislative framework, as well as their scope and quality. In the instances where the programmes, policies and procedures are found lacking, recommendations and...
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