75 VU­VU­LANE EX-WORK­ERS SHARE E2.2M

…it ends 12-year wait and suf­fer­ing for Vu­vu­lane Ir­ri­gation Farm­ers (VIF) Pty Ltd ex-work­ers af­ter they were paid their dues in full

Sunday Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STO­RIES BY FOR­TUNE NDLANGAMANDLA

Pa­tience pays!!! This lit­er­ally sums up the end of 12-years wait and suf­fer­ing by Vu­vu­lane Ir­ri­gation Farm­ers (VIF) PTY LTD ex-work­ers, as they have been paid their dues in full.

The pub­li­ca­tion has it in au­thor­ity that the 75 ex-work­ers were paid in full their ben­e­fits last year; the last per­sons re­ceived their monies mid-De­cem­ber. All in all, the 75 ex-work­ers shared E2.2 mil­lion.

As re­ported by this pub­li­ca­tion on Septem­ber 2, last year, more labour­ers were ex­pected to pocket around E100 000 each.

They also an­tic­i­pated get­ting their pen­sion and sav­ings made in their co­op­er­a­tive, Natsi Si­nayo In­vest­ments.

Pay­ments of the ex-work­ers started soon af­ter the Au­gust 31 meet­ing, which was chaired by Vu­vu­lane Ir­ri­gation Farm­ers (VIF) PTY LTD liq­uida­tors Sibu­siso Motsa and Der­rick Jele.

The meet­ing, which was at­tended by close to 100 af­fected peo­ple in­clud­ing the com­pany’s ex-em­ploy­ees, farm­ers, tenants and cred­i­tors who proved their debts with an un­named pre­vi­ous liq­uida­tor un­der the watch of po­lice.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, liq­uida­tor Motsa said the liq­ui­da­tion was un­der­way be­cause Tibiyo TakaNg­wane agreed to write off E27 mil­lion in debts.

Speak­ing to this pub­li­ca­tion dur­ing a tele­phonic in­ter­view, liq­uida­tor Motsa con­firmed that all work­ers were paid their monies and fur­ther con­firmed that they shared E2.2 mil­lion.

When asked to ex­plain the de­vel­op­ments, Motsa said the next step was to han­dover all fixed as­sets to Tibiyo TakaNg­wane.

He said as ex­plained dur­ing the last meet­ing held with all stake­hold­ers, the pay­ments of the work­ers does not mean they should va­cate the houses. How­ever, he also stated that the paid for­mer work­ers now have no jus­ti­fi­ca­tions on oc­cu­py­ing the houses.

“So, whoso­ever we will han­dover to might evict them but we have not handed over yet. We are sup­posed to han­dover to Tibiyo TakaNg­wane,”

Motsa said the han­dover has been de­layed by the fact that Tibiyo TakaNg­wane was still at­tached to na­tional events. It is af­ter the na­tional events when a date would be set for the han­dover.

“We only sold mov­able as­sets. All fixed as­sets (build­ings) would be handed over to Tibiyo TakaNg­wane.

“We are sure that the han­dover will take place this week, how­ever, we will also go back to af­fected stake­hold­ers to in­form them who would take over. That would be the end of our work,” Motsa ex­plained.

He men­tioned that ex-work­ers had shown sat­is­fac­tion on their paid ben­e­fits.

Mean­while, the ex-work­ers have been wait­ing to be paid their dues af­ter a court ver­dict, which or­dered VIF as­sets to be liq­ui­dated as the farm­ers who owned it at that time had al­legedly failed to clear a wa­ter bill es­ti­mated to be at E27 mil­lion. Ever since then, some of the ex­work­ers con­tin­ued to oc­cupy the com­pany’s houses.

75 ex- work­ers of VIF were paid in full their ben­e­fits last year, with the last pay­ments re­ceived mid-De­cem­ber.

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