Workers unhappy as tender ends

2016-05-12 06:00
Nomonde Nteyi, 54, one of the workers employed by Uhlaza Group in Harare, was not happy that they will be unemployed by the end of the month. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Nomonde Nteyi, 54, one of the workers employed by Uhlaza Group in Harare, was not happy that they will be unemployed by the end of the month. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Nomonde Nteyi is living on the brink of despair.

She and 16 others are about to loose their jobs with their employer a year and 11 months to the date.

Nteyi,54, a mother of four children and four grandchildren, who are all dependent on her for sustenance said just the thought of sitting idle at home sends shivers down her spine.

They have been employed to clean the streets and open spaces in Harare since June 2014. Now they have been informed that their contracts will expire at the end of this month.

“We did not expect that at all. This will badly affect us, because we are solely dependent on the work to put food on the table for our families,” she said.

Uhlaza Group, their employer, it seems, can do nothing to save their fate as their tender period with the City of Cape Town also expire-s at the end of the month.

“I am appealing that they let us continue working, because there is no other job that we are going to get at our ages,” Nteyi said.

Noasam Ntsondwa, 55, said the letter informing them about the ending of the contract came as a shock to her.

“I did not see it coming. I was left shocked. It was my first time getting a job after a very long time and now it is gone. I am in the dark as to where the money is going to come from to feed my family. I wish that they extend our contract,” Ntsondwa said.

The 17 started working in the area in June 2014.

It has been revealed that their contract had ended in June 2014, but were granted an extension to work on a month-to-moth basis.

Meanwhile Ward 98 Councillor Anele Gabuza has distanced himself from the accusations that he was responsible for the termination of the contract.

“I have nothing do to with the issue of employment here. The City (of Cape Town) gave the tender to Uhlaza Group and the contract was for a year. It was then extended, because the city was still looking for an alternative company(after the expiry of the tender to Uhlaza Group). That is why it came to the point where they had to sign a month to month contracts pending the appointment of the new company. Some residents then started complaining that the contract for the workers in question exceeded their initial contract,” Gabuza said.

Workers get appointed from a database of the City of Cape Town and the other ones will be appointed from the database.

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