BCM told to fill com­mu­nity ser­vices va­can­cies

Daily Dispatch - - News - ZINE GE­ORGE POL­I­TICS ED­I­TOR

ANC bosses in Calata House have in­structed Buf­falo City Metro politi­cians and its top man­age­ment to ur­gently fill all va­cant po­si­tions within the com­mu­nity ser­vices direc­torate.

“We can’t have a metro where there is no di­rec­tor for com- mu­nity ser­vices, nor a gen­eral man­ager. This can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue while BCM streets are in such a poor state. We have se­nior peo­ple in this direc­torate all act­ing in these po­si­tions,” ANC pro­vin­cial chair Os­car Mabuyane said. He said the va­can­cies had not been filled for years.

Mabuyane spoke to the Daily Dis­patch on Wed­nes­day, a few hours af­ter he sum­moned Samwu and the troika, in­clud­ing mayor Xola Pakati, deputy mayor Zoleka Matana and mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Andile Sih­lahla, un­der one roof. That meet­ing paved the way for ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween labour and the city – with the metro of­fer­ing R10,000 to each worker to end the strike.

The strike started a few days af­ter ANC pro­vin­cial lead­ers in­structed Pakati to reshuf­fle his may­oral com­mit­tee. This saw coun­cil­lor Nontsikelelo Peter be­ing moved to com­mu­nity ser­vices while He­len Neale-May was moved to fi­nance. Mabuyane said these changes should have yielded pos­i­tive re­sults.

Mabuyane said BCM man­age­ment had it­self to blame for the chaos be­cause they had been “rest­ing on their lau­rels”.

“If you post­pone tak­ing crit­i­cal de­ci­sions, then you have a prob­lem. The is­sue of job eval­u­a­tion in BCM is a dis­cus­sion which started in 2002. Even the cur­rent mayor joined in [2016] while these dis­cus­sions were on­go­ing.”

BCM man­age­ment has it­self to blame be­cause they had been ‘rest­ing on their lau­rels’

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