Samwu march to affect refuse collection, other municipal services

2012-10-25 00:00

REFUSE collection and other municipal services are expected to be affected tomorrow when the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) marches against the South African Local Government Association’s (Salga) decision to appeal against the implementation of a wage curve agreement.

Samwu said that the agreement would have paved the way for a proper wage structure to exist in the municipal sector.

Msunduzi Samwu deputy chairperson Rocky Madondo said that they will also be marching against corruption in local government.

Their march in Pietermaritzburg will begin outside the city engineers department in Havelock Road at 9 am and proceed to the Umgungundlovu District Municipality’s offices in Langa­libalele Street, before heading to the city hall.

Madondo said they would also call for Msunduzi to be graded as a metro.

“We want our municipality to be a grade seven municipality because it was already awarded metro status, but this was taken away due to political infighting,” he said.

Madondo said that municipal workers wanted their salaries increased just as councillors were given an increment.

“We are also calling for the municipality to do away with temporary employment and to hire people on a permanent basis,” he added.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said he expected “there will be disruptions, but we do not expect essential services to be disturbed in terms of the law”.

The municipality would nevertheless monitor the situation closely, he added.

Zuma said that people in areas where refuse is collected on Fridays should take their rubbish out as normal tomorrow.

“If it is not collected on Friday, they must please not leave it on the road; they must take it out on Saturday, and it will be collected,” he said.

Umngeni Municipality spokesperson Mbali Mwandla said waste collection and other services would be disrupted by the march.

“We urge residents not to put out their domestic waste for collection because it will only be collected next week Friday [November 2],” she said.

Mwandla apologised for any inconvenience caused during the march.

She advised residents to call 033 239 9263 for further assistance.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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