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.

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