These South Africans work a six-day work week‚ 8-12 hours per day

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JOHANNESBURG- The Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) has found that the two jobs a person is most likely to work the hardest in South Africa are mine-workers and those working in retail.

OCECD said the survey they conduct found out of 50 countries who took part, South Africa come took fifth place as the hardest working country with workers spending 43.3 hours per week on the job.

They found that mine-workers put in the most work, an average of  45,3 hours a week.

Desire Mokoena a mine production planner from Mpumlanga told TimesLIVE that mine- workers worked 12 hour shifts, mostly six times a week.

Mokoena said the career has its rewards even though she is a woman in a male dominate industry but could be more conducive,

“As you advance forward [in the mine] you leave the toilets behind. As a woman‚ what are the chances of me having to go back to the [entrance] far away to walk to the bathrooms? It is not safe anymore. There are illegal miners underground so anything can happen. So normally the women would find a corner at the pillars and just relieve themselves… It is dark‚ no one can see you‚ but it is unhygienic‚” s

“Underground‚ a lot of things need manpower. You pull cables‚ get onto a high machine and remember‚ the ground is not level. They say it’s uncomfortable for women. Other women end up having back problems because of such things‚”

Lily Kok spoke to TimesLIVE, who has years of retail experience, “Retail is one of the easiest industries to get into after matric‚” a beauty consultant employed by a leading retailer in Sunninghill.

“When you’re looking for a job‚ in most cases‚ retail would be the first to welcome you into the working field. So I think that’s the first option that people go for‚”

She added, “The only rewarding thing I would say‚ is seeing your customers happy and pleased with the service you have given them‚” she said‚ suggesting that there was not a lot of financial gain that came with the job.”

OCED said retailers and wholesale workers clocked in an average 44.7 hours. Kok spends 48 hours, six days a week on the job, most of them spent on her feet.

OCED added, “South Africa’s hardest workers are black men younger than 45 in a semi-skilled occupation and lucky enough to have a permanent job in a country with high unemployment.”

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