Thato Maruapula

Thato Maruapula

Associate Designate

Thato Maruapula is an Associate Designate in our Employment Law Practice. Thato primarily focuses on Occupational Health and Safety, proceedings at the Commission for Conciliation and Arbitration (CCMA), the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court. He has experience with advising both local and international clients on the Employment Law landscape in South Africa on a wide-range of Employment and Labour related issues.

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Thato joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in June 2017 as a vacation student and was subsequently offered Practical Vocational Training for the year 2020, which he accepted. Thato then joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in January 2020 and gained experience in our Employment, Dispute Resolution, and Pro Bono & Human Rights practice areas. Thato is currently an Associate Designate in our Employment Law practice.

  • Assisting clients on mandatory workplace vaccination policies
  • Drafting various pleadings in the Labour Court
  • Urgent applications at the Labour Court
  • Appearing at the CCMA
  • Acting on behalf of an employer in an inquiry in terms of section 65(1) of the Mine Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996
  • Advising clients on retrenchment proceedings in terms of section 189 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995


  • LLB, University of Pretoria (2019)
Dealing with vaccination objections
7 February 2022 Employment Law

Dealing with vaccination objections

As many mandatory vaccinations policies become effective in February 2022, employers are faced with the practical challenges of managing the processes prescribed by the Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety issued by the Department of Employment and Labour on 11 June 2021, particularly the exemptions procedures. Looking to the emerging CCMA arbitration awards, our Employment Law experts discuss how to deal with employee objections to becoming vaccinated.

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