Res­i­dents bear brunt of dis­rup­tions

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Devon Koen koend@ti­soblack­star.co.za

THE Nel­son Man­dela Bay Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ac­knowl­edged yes­ter­day that com­mu­ni­ties were bear­ing the brunt of ser­vice de­liv­ery dis­rup­tions due to of­fi­cials be­ing un­happy with amend­ments to the over­time pol­icy.

Cor­po­rate af­fairs boss Vuyo Zi­tu­mane said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was com­pelled to re­view the pol­icy af­ter it emerged that over­time was in­cor­rectly ap­plied for a num­ber of years.

“As a re­sult, a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the an­nual bud­get was paid ir­reg­u­larly to em­ploy­ees above the pre­scribed an­nual salary thresh­old,” Zi­tu­mane said.

The amend­ments were meant to ad­dress the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties but had in­stead been met with re­sis­tance by some mu­nic­i­pal staff.

Zi­tu­mane said at no time had the mu­nic­i­pal­ity flouted the Ba­sic Con­di­tions of Em­ploy­ment Act in its re­view of the over­time pol­icy.

Amend­ments made to the pol­icy in­cluded:

Em­ploy­ees earn­ing less than R205 433 a year would be com­pen­sated in terms of the Ba­sic Con­di­tions of Em­ploy­ment Act;

In the case of emer­gen­cies all qual­i­fy­ing em­ploy­ees, ex­clud­ing di­rec­tors, would be re­mu­ner­ated in terms of the em­ploy­ment act; and

All em­ploy­ees above the an­nual salary thresh­old would be paid on a straight-line ba­sis, ex­cept in case of emer­gen­cies.

Zi­tu­mane said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity would also not tol­er­ate the sab­o­tage of ser­vice de­liv­ery by dis­grun­tled em­ploy­ees.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity would in­sti­tute crim­i­nal and in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions to iden­tify and act against those in­volved.

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