BUSA urges business to allow staff time off to vote

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pretoria - With less than 24 hours to go until South Africans go to the polls in municipal elections, Business Unity South Africa is urging employers to make provisions for staff to take time off to vote.

"BUSA urges all employers to make provision for staff to have quality time off to vote. It is important to maximize the involvement of voters in these elections notwithstanding that tomorrow is a public holiday. It is important to maximize the participation of voters in these elections," said BUSA in a statement on Tuesday.

"BUSA believes that for democracy to deepen and widen in SA, every citizen should be free to participate in the democratic process as they see fit. We urge all eligible citizens to exercise this right, especially in this level of local government closest to them. It is an opportunity for citizens to hold their political leaders accountable for service delivery," it added.

About 23 million South Africa will head to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes. Among those who will be voting is President Jacob Zuma who will vote at his Nkandla homestead at 9am. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will make his mark at Colbyn in Pretoria at 7am.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will cast his vote at 9am at Deutsches Altersheim, Groenkloof, Pretoria. He will be joined by Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

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