Land Affairs: extended strike could increase survey backlog and halt development plans

2010-08-11 00:00

AN extended strike could increase the massive backlog at the surveyor-general’s office in the provincial Land Affairs Department, which could bring numerous development projects in the province to a halt inKwaZulu-Natal.

Currently, the backlog is estimated at two months, down from eight months earlier this year when the employees affiliated with Nehawu engaged in a protest over unsatisfactory job conditions.

Yesterday, as department employees went on strike, Zim Giyama, the organiser for the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the department, warned that the provincial economy risks a devastating turn with the strike.

“Without the surveyor-general’s office, the economy cannot move because nobody can do anything as projects cannot be implemented without approval by the office.”

Giyama said that with the strike, “we will most likely see an increase” in the backlog.

Eddie Mohaibi, the national director of communications in the Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Department, said they have made plans to ensure that service delivery is not disrupted. “Among the plans we put in place is that we look at the offices that are most affected and we pass the work to the less affected offices,” Mohaibi said.

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