Land development projects to remain on back burner

2010-04-13 00:00

DESPITE the national strike and go-slow at the surveyor-general’s office being temporarily halted, the land deve­lopment plans clogged in the backlog caused by the go-slow will remain unapproved as the surveyors will only deal with new work coming in.

The surveyor’s office has been on a go-slow since September last year, with the Pietermaritzburg office at the epicentre of the action.

In KwaZulu-Natal, it is estimated that over R4,5 billion in land development projects are held up in the backlog estimated to last about three months.

The employees at the surveyor-general’s office say the backlog is not their problem. They said their only interest is processing the current work that is coming through the door.

Zim Giyama, the national organiser of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), said their go-slow was temporarily suspen­ded to give their ma­nagers time to deal with their issues. He said they will deal with new projects brought to the office, but not the backlog.

“Even though we are back at work in full force, there is still a lot of work that is coming in and we are busy dealing with that.”

“The backlog will remain … because we will most likely never get to it, not in three months or six months or even in the year.”

Giyama said it is up to the department to handle those problems.

“There has been some discussion that the department will recruit people from outside to come and help with the backlog and … that is fine as long and no one in this office is expected to engage in unauthorised overtime.”

Eddie Mohaibi, national director of communications of the Rural Development and Land Reform Department, was unable to comment on the backlog yesterday, as he was still trying to get an update on the situation.

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