GO!Durban construction halted

2016-04-26 06:00

THE stop on the GO!Durban construction in the past weeks are as a result of aggrieved groups within the taxi industry and workers of the contractors.
Their disputes include their inclusion in the GO!Durban project, and payment schemes of workers with their contractors.
City officials have been in consultation with the groups so that the disputes are addressed and issues resolved in order for work to resume.
At this point, the city is unable to divulge the details of these meetings as discussions are still in progress with group representatives.
eThekwini Municipality's spokesperson Thulani Mbatha said it is important to note that in terms of the National Department of Transport’s (NDoT) action plan of 2007, the vision of the integrated rapid public transport network is dependent on three main factors - having a plan with municipal control over the integrated networks and incorporate a provision whereby bus and mini-bus taxi operators have a stake in the operations.
"In line with NDoT’s vision, the process of engaging with the taxi and bus industry began a number of years ago. In February 2014 the city signed a memorandum of agreement with the relevant industry structures to map out the way forward in terms of roles and responsibilities for the negotiation process.
"The compensation model and the model of how the industry will be involved has been drafted and will be agreed upon through a process of negotiations with the taxi and bus industry, where they will be assisted by independent advisors who have been appointed by the city. This process is imminent.
“Regarding the payment of workers, it is important to note that the workers of the contractors are not employed by the municipality, they work for the contractors, therefore, the city cannot interfere with the employer and employee relationship on the payment terms between these parties."
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