Li­cen­sing cen­t­re woes con­ti­nue

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad - Sue S­haw

Ear­ly last month, the Dr Bey­ers Nau­dé Lo­cal Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty axed its dri­ver's and le­ar­ner's li­cen­ce ser­vi­ces at the Traf­fic De­part­ment in Graaf­fRei­net, as the de­part­ment was al­le­ge­d­ly not up to stan­dard.

The de­part­ment clai­med that tho­se who al­re­a­dy had ap­point­ments for t­he­se li­cen­ces would not be af­fected, but no new ap­point­ments could be ma­de for the next 30 days.

Ho­we­ver, se­ver­al an­gry re­si­dents ha­ve con­tacted the Ad­ver­ti­ser to say that their ap­point­ments, which had been book­ed be­fo­re the sta­te­ment was is­su­ed, ha­ve been can­cel­led.

Tho­se in A­ber­deen who had book­ed for the le­ar­ner’s test had their mo­ney re­fun­ded, and had to tra­vel to Wil­low­mo­re.

One re­si­dent of Graaff-Rei­net, who did not want to be na­med, ex­pres­sed his frus­tra­ti­on.

“I fail to com­pre­hend the ma­na­ge­ment skills of tho­se who run the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty.

“So­me pe­op­le al­re­a­dy ma­de ar­ran­ge­ments with dri­ving schools on­ce they had ap­point­ments with the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and they we­re gi­ven da­tes,” he said.

“I beg tho­se who ha­ve the in­te­rest of the mas­ses at he­art to in­ter­ve­ne, be­cau­se a dri­ver's li­cen­ce is the key that o­pens doors to the work pla­ce.”

The pe­ri­od of 30 days has now e­lap­sed, but still no book­ings are being ta­ken in Graaff-Rei­net or A­ber­deen.

A re­li­a­ble sour­ce, who wis­hes to re­main a­no­ny­mous, told the Ad­ver­ti­ser

last month that an in­spec­to­ra­te from the Eas­tern Ca­pe De­part­ment of Trans­port had vi­si­ted the lo­cal of­fi­ce and de­cla­red that it was not up to stan­dard, with in­suf­fi­cient em­ploy­ees.

Yet, ac­cor­ding to a friend of a for­mer em­ploy­ee, so­me of the qua­li­fied pe­op­le ha­ve left the de­part­ment as they felt victi­mi­sed w­hen they com­plai­ned a­bout poor wor­king con­di­ti­ons. “Qua­li­fied pe­op­le are sit­ting at ho­me.”

Acting spo­kes­per­son for the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, Wil­ca S­mith, in­sis­ted that pe­op­le with ex­is­ting ap­point­ments will not be af­fected.

"Ho­we­ver, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ma­de a re­quest to the De­part­ment of Trans­port to as­sist with staff, and the ap­pro­val was gran­ted last week F­ri­day," she told the Ad­ver­ti­ser.

S­mith ad­ded that it is still un­cle­ar w­hen t­he­se staff mem­bers will be on si­te.

"On­ce we know, all per­sons in­vol­ved will be in­for­med."

She con­clu­ded that pe­op­le with ap­point­ments we­re con­tacted by the de­part­ment if is­su­es occur­red.

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