The Waltloo and Akasia vehicle registration / licensing departments come to a standstill for union meetings every fourth Wednesday – DURING WORKING HOURS. No, this is not a printing error. I suspect this might also the case at the other stations such as Centurion .
Are there other organisations on this planet that have union meetings during working hours?
Moreover, these comfy fat cats close at 15:00 – umm... effectively 14:00 because there is no chance that you will get service if you get there after 14:00.
And of course, the place comes to a standstill during lunch.
And it gets worse: Also during working hours (when not eating or unionizing), you see these officials outside having a nice, long relaxing chatty smoke breaks - ignoring us idiots in the long queues.
We the public, say congratulations to the unions for doing a splendid job – at the expense of their only clients – we the people who pay their salaries.
At Waltloo, you STAND in a queue at the licensing and registration section. There is no seating for the ever growing queues.
Akasia also CLOSED last week for a couple of days (at full pay no doubt) because the unionized comrade cadres refused to inhale paint fumes. No, no - paint fumes are only meant for the painters who are not unionized.
I also had the unfortunate experience to have to go to Waltloo 6 times in one month. So one power hungry official on the spot declared me a “dealer” - and promptly banned me from registering my car (in my own name!) after 11:00 in the mornings. Why? Because they can.
Lastly, it’s noticeable how the rate to register a car has jumped from R82.00 to R132 in only 3 years. That’s a 60% increase or 20% per year. Why? Because they can.
Nothing will however change after this letter because somehow, we who pay their salaries keep voting these fat comfy cats into power election after election.
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