Workers get qualified

2016-11-09 06:01
Olly Mlamleli, executive mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality (front, left), presents certificates of competence to Moleboheng Moselando, the only female employee who successfully completed training to operate hydro blast and road sweeper machines. Behind them are councillors and workers who received certificates of competency to operate different engineering machines. Photo: Teboho Setena

Olly Mlamleli, executive mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality (front, left), presents certificates of competence to Moleboheng Moselando, the only female employee who successfully completed training to operate hydro blast and road sweeper machines. Behind them are councillors and workers who received certificates of competency to operate different engineering machines. Photo: Teboho Setena

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A group of engineering workers of the Mangaung Metro Municipality have finally received their qualifications in the form of certificates of competency to operate various road maintenance machines.

Olly Mlamleli, executive mayor, presented the certificates publicly on Friday, 28 October.

She said the presentation of the certificates coincided with her programme of conducting a skills audit.

“This is to ascertain that every person is correctly placed for work he or she is qualified to perform. I have committed myself to conducting a skills audit as part of my 104 days campaign. I’m now on a mission to ensure that happens,” she said.

Mlamleli said she had found the certificates in one of the offices of the council.

“This was despite the workers who were eagerly waiting to receive their qualifications,” she said.

The group of engineering workers had been waiting for almost a year after successfully completing different courses in their respective fields. The workers were trained to operate bulldozers, pothole patching machines, road sweepers and hydro blast machines.

Moleboheng Moselando was happy to receive two certificates, to operate a hydro blast and a road sweeper machine.

She is the only woman in a group of men to complete the course.

Moselando had started off as a road marker, working her way up to operate the road sweeper and the hydro blast machine.

“I’m happy that I finally received my certificates after waiting for months,” said Moselando.

As printed on their individual certificates, they had attended the courses last year November. Their certificates must be renewed every two years and they are due to renew theirs before the end of November 2017.

“Presenting people with their qualifications instil pride and make them worthy employees. I see no reason why this was not done after these workers had successfully completed training. The smile on their faces is for everyone to see they are happy to have their qualifications,” said Mlamleli.

Mlamleli did not hide her shock to find a B Com graduate employed as a cleaner by the municipality.

“If a skills audit was conducted, the person would have been placed at a suitable department,” she said.

Mlamleli also handed over brand-new pothole patching machinery, which had been gathering dust at the municipality workshop in Bloemfontein.

She said she had discovered the machinery during her routine inspection.

“I’m unable to determine their value. But the one thing I can confirm is that I found them at the workshop while engineering workers needed to do their work of road maintenance in the city.

“People have been complaining about deteriorating roads and streets, yet we have machines being kept at workshops. I don’t know for what reason.”

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