Workers suffer as contracts go unpaid

2011-08-05 00:00

ELECTRICAL contractors doing work for the Msunduzi Municipality are worried they could face the coming long weekend without food because they have not been paid. Already one labourer faces eviction from his accommodation for not paying his rent.

They claim that yesterday they were told that they may get paid by today, but there is no guarantee of that.

The contractors say that to date the municipality has managed to pay four of the nine contractors and cannot understand the hold-up for the other five.

Theo Konigkramer, who has spoken on behalf of the contractors, said the municipality cannot keep on saying they are not submitting the proper paperwork. They are definitely doing this, he added, as they have learnt their lessons from the days when they had to wait up to 60 days for payment. “We understand that they must check, but to take a whole month to do this smacks of inefficiency,” Konigkramer said.

The contractors said they have failed to make an appointment to see the administrator as they are told he is out or in meetings.

Konigkramer said he had to speak to one of the worker’s landlords and beg him to give him until next week to pay the rent.

Msunduzi administrator Sbu Sithole told The Witness the contractors must be patient and understand that there are a lot of checks to be carried out to make absolutely sure that money is being paid for work that has been done.

Meanwhile, the city’s meter readers, who were also threatening to protest over not being paid, have received their wages.

A director of the meter-reading company, Riotec, Goolam Dawood, confirmed that payment had been received. “Things are getting back on track and back to normal.”

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