Dakada tells water author­ity: Pay me for job done

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI

arts and cul­ture fes­ti­val.

“For the pro­vin­cial event I was se­lected to par­tic­i­pate as an ad­ju­di­ca­tor. VET­ERAN stage ac­tor and play­wright This event took two days in Khany­iso Billy Dakada is ac­cus­ing June and ex­pected pay­ment for this the depart­ment of water and was R1 000 for both days,” he said. san­i­ta­tion of reneg­ing on an agree­ment “For the na­tional event I was se­lected to pay him for ser­vices he as a men­tor to the drama ren­dered at two of their events re­cently. groups who went through to the finals. I was also there for two days

Dakada said he was se­lected by the ex­pect­ing R3 000 for both days,” depart­ment to par­tic­i­pate in the Dakada said. Baswa Le Meeste (pro­vin­cial and na­tional) The pro­vin­cial event was held in Gins­berg and Bhisho.

Baswa Le Meeste fes­ti­val recog­nises the ef­forts of school pupils who ed­u­cate so­ci­ety about in­te­grated water re­source man­age­ment, pro­mot­ing ef­fi­cient use of water as well as health and hy­giene.

This is car­ried over through tra­di­tional mu­sic, poetry, prais­esing­ing, drama and draw­ing.

Dakada said he was told to com­pile a re­port of his work and sub­mit it to­gether with an in­voice be­fore pay­ment could be pro­cessed for the pro­vin­cial event.

“I sub­mit­ted the re­port and in­voice. Feed­back from the depart­ment was that I need to sub­mit a dif­fer­ent re­port that does not have any neg­a­tive com­ments,” Dakada said.

The pro­vin­cial of­fice had fa­cil­i­tated his trip to Johannesburg, but when he asked them about pay­ment he was told that he was paid for flights and ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“How can that be pay­ment?”

“Then they told me that I should take it up with the na­tional of­fice be­cause no one had proof that I did any work. But peo­ple ac­tu­ally saw me guide the groups. If I did not work why did they keep me there and not send me home?, Dakada asked.

The depart­ment’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion head Thandile Ngc­ume, said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and had been cor­re­spond­ing with Dakada to re­solve the is­sue. — ziphon@dis­patch.

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