Ci­vil te­ams batt­le to keep af­lo­at

George Herald - - NEWS - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

Two te­ams wor­king at the De­part­ment of Ci­vil En­gi­neer­ing we­re laid off in Sep­tem­ber, af­ter their con­tracts ex­pi­red. Con­cern has been rai­sed that the ab­sen­ce of t­he­se te­ams ham­pers ser­vi­ce de­li­very and con­tri­bu­tes to the high vo­lu­me of o­ver­ti­me claims, be­cau­se the re­mai­ning te­ams ha­ve to work a­round the clock.

A mo­ti­on in this re­gard, ta­bled by PBI Coun­cil­lor Vi­r­gill Ge­ric­ke, was u­nop­po­sed at the coun­cil meet­ing last week. Ge­ric­ke said w­hen tho­se te­ams we­re in pla­ce the re­spon­se ti­me was much quic­ker. "So­me­ti­mes its the se­wa­ge that o­ver­flows and child­ren play in tho­se a­re­as," he said.

George Ma­yor Mel­vin Naik con­fir­med that it is a mat­ter of con­cern. "For that very re­a­son Hu­man Re­sour­ces is in the pro­cess of ap­poin­ting of­fi­ci­als," said Naik. "The­re is a pro­cess in pla­ce to rein­sta­te them per­ma­nent­ly." He ple­a­ded with di­rec­to­ra­tes to speed up the pro­cess. "Put in the re­qui­si­ti­ons so that we can get the pe­op­le per­ma­nent­ly em­ploy­ed. And that is all a­cross the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on." Ge­ric­ke com­men­ded the ma­yor for ta­king le­a­ders­hip in this re­gard. Naik said he had a re­cent meet­ing with Sam­wu w­he­re this is­sue was al­so dis­cus­sed.

"Of the 144 pe­op­le (that had to be laid off be­cau­se their con­tracts ex­pi­red) the­re are a­bout 40 pe­op­le that just need to be pla­ced in the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on," said Naik. George Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty was ap­pro­a­ched for com­ment on the cur­rent re­acti­on ti­me at the De­part­ment of Ci­vil En­gi­neer­ing, and the si­tu­a­ti­on with the wor­kers that we­re laid off. No feed­back has been re­cei­ved by the ti­me of going to press.

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