Car guards do matter
Since the beginning of November, Hedraweb car marshals have not been found on their sites in Grahamstown and circumstances surrounding their absence are still unclear.
Hedraweb Investment is the company that has a contract with Makana Municipality to do the daily running of the parking system in Grahamstown. The company is owned by Thabo Dlabantu. Earlier this year, the company reached a Service Level Agreement with the municipality.
The agreement was that Hedraweb would manage all parking in the CBD area. In early November, however, the marshals disappeared from their sites.
Makana municipality’s acting municipal manager Mandisi Planga has maintained that the matter was still being discussed by the municipality and Hedraweb.
In early November, the municipality and Dlabantu both confirmed that there were reasons for the workers not to be seen on their sites.
The two parties said they were sorting out the problem and would not reveal too many details on the matter.
Yesterday, Dlabantu refused to comment on the matter stating that Grocott’s Mail had quoted him out of context the last time.
In November, Dlabantu said he had machines in his office but they were not working. He said Makana knows the reason why there were no machines on the streets.
Yesterday, Planga said the municipality and Hedraweb were still working on ways to sort out the matter. He said the problem was still unresolved. Photo Anele Mjekula merely paid a R450 basic salary a month and commission on top of that. But they said if for whatever reason they failed to report to work, the R450 basic salary would be deducted from.
“You have to bring something like a doctor’s certificate for example to avoid deductions,” one said. They confirmed that he owner does have machines but that they are not functioning.
“The machines are in his office but they are not working. Apparently they were switched off by the company that was providing them.”
“Now we are working for ourselves as we did initially. Business is much better because the money you make
is yours. When we were still working for the company, it was not easy but we had no other option,” said a former Hedraweb employee who chose to remain anonymous.
Other car guards who were not employed by Hedraweb said it was a huge relief for them that Hedraweb was no longer operational.
They said previously, they had to wait for the Hedraweb employees to leave at 5pm before they could get an opportunity to work.
That was not enough time as they claimed that it was just a few hours of work for them. After 8pm they said only a few cars could be found parking in the CBD.
Thembinkosi Mdyogolo was busy directing a vehicle into a parking lot in High Street this week.