Pub­lic de­mand jobs

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­newage.co.za

THE Man­gaung metro mayor, Olly Mlameleli, yes­ter­day is­sued a warn­ing to res­i­dents in the city who went on the ram­page de­mand­ing jobs.

She said there were proper pro­ce­dures to fol­low when peo­ple wanted em­ploy­ment.

Mlameleli was speak­ing af­ter meet­ing del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing 400 an­gry res­i­dents who ear­lier in the day em­barked on a protest in Batho lo­ca­tion in Bloem­fontein.

Res­i­dents bar­ri­caded roads with burn­ing tyres and bricks de­mand­ing jobs from the mayor.

Com­mu­nity leader Te­bogo Koloti said they were promised per­ma­nent jobs af­ter their ex­panded pub­lic works pro­gramme (EPWP) ended last year.

The project was to main­tain a stream at a nearby re­cre­ation park but it ended and they said they were told that they would be part of a sec­ond phase and would be pro­vided with per­ma­nent jobs.

But Mlameleli said she was baf­fled by the claims that they were promised per­ma­nent jobs af­ter the com­ple­tion of the first phase of the project.

“Claims by the EPWP ben­e­fi­cia­ries that they have been ex­cluded from the pro­gramme are not true,” Mlameleli said.

“They are up­set that they are not all in­cluded af­ter hav­ing ben­e­fited for a num­ber of years. We have a duty to be fair and eq­ui­table to all the un­em­ployed peo­ple of the metro.”

She said she was not par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by the way the group han­dled the mat­ter.

“We are sur­prised that you have been promised jobs and it does not work that way.

“If there are per­ma­nent jobs in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity they will be ad­ver­tised like any gov­ern­ment depart­ment.

“We can’t just say that there are jobs for you. The truth is that there are no jobs here at the mo­ment.

“You can­not just come and de­mand jobs, do you know how many peo­ple are look­ing for jobs in the metro? Thou­sands and thou­sands,” she said.

Koloti said they came to the of­fice of the mayor be­cause they had been try­ing to en­gage their coun­cil­lors in dif­fer­ent wards with­out any luck.

“Man­gaung has dis­ap­pointed us be­cause we want per­ma­nent jobs which they promised.

“We are not here to fight but to plead with the mayor as per the prom­ise that some of our peo­ple who worked at the stream would get steady jobs.

“We can­not work in these pro­grammes that run only for a few months and end, we would like per­ma­nent jobs so that we can feed our fam­i­lies,” he said.

Koloti said they were dis­ap­pointed that their meet­ing with the mayor did not yield any pos­i­tive re­sults.

DEATH TRAP: A taxi driver was killed along and two pas­sen­gers in­jured in an ac­ci­dent on the N2 high­way near Som­er­set West yes­ter­day.

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