Sewerage project ‘beset with problems’

2015-06-18 06:00
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The Aim site in Azalea Ward 10. Aim project director Vee Munnery confirmed that workers are back at work after their strikes.

PHOTO:nompendulo ngubane The Aim site in Azalea Ward 10. Aim project director Vee Munnery confirmed that workers are back at work after their strikes.

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AIM, the company that won the tender for the Ward 10, Azalea, sewerage project says that last month’s strike, the first, was because of differences between the ward committee and the ward councillor.

Aim responded after Echo published an article about the project on 28 May.

Echo interviewed the community liaison officer­ Sibongiseni Madlala and ward councillor Msizi Ngcobo who confirmed that there are problems with the proceedings of the projects.

Project director Vee Munnery sent Echo a list of allegations saying that what was in the newspapers was untrue.

Munnery says the project is beset with problems due to the political climate of Ward 10. She said the first strike was due to the differences between the ward committee and the ward councillor.

“The second strike was called by the ward committee on 11 May because the CLO was dismissed. The workers were asked to return to work on 17 May. After consultation with Msunduzi Municipality, work resumed on 18 May. On 19 May, the ward committee stopped the labour from working again. “Labourers were very angry because they were stopped. After discussions with Msunduzi Municipality by stakeholders work resumed on 28 May,” said Munnery.

She said the community felt the project was not properly introduced to them by the councillor and they were unhappy with the labour and the CLO appointed. “We were then asked to terminate the services of the labour and the CLO, and new labour and CLO were recruited by the councillor. The CLO, [Madlala] was dismissed for “insubordination” on 8 May after a disciplinary hearing, chaired by an independent labour lawyer­,” she said

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