Blocked stormwater drains create job opportunities

2016-10-12 06:00
; Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, gets his hands dirty alongside the employees of the newly launched Extended Public Works Programme.     Photo: SUPPLIED

; Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, gets his hands dirty alongside the employees of the newly launched Extended Public Works Programme. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay Metro municipality has launched a campaign that will not only result in the clearing of blocked stormwater drains in the Bay, but in doing so, creating job opportunities for more than 220 people through an Extended Public Works Programme.

Launching the programme in the Uitenhage Town Hall last week, the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip, called on all the residents of the metro to support the project by refraining from dumping litter and foreign objects into stormwater drains.

“We are launching an important programme that seeks to improve our infrastructure and create the much needed jobs for the people of this city, especially the youth. We must make it our responsibility as residents to clean this city and make sure that the city’s infrastructure works well to support economic growth that will in turn create jobs,” said Trollip.

Speaking to the newly employed as he was busy clearing one of the blocked drains in Chase Street, the Executive Mayor told them to take their jobs seriously, because it was important work that would assist the Municipality in delivering world-class infrastructure.

Stormwater drain and canal clearing, creating awareness about illegal dumping in drains and removing overgrown grass in ditches and drains is some of the work that will be undertaken by the recently employed people.

Mayoral Committee Member for Roads and Transport, Councillor Rano Kayser, stated, “We have committed ourselves to create work opportunities for the residents, under a very difficult economic climate; this will be achieved through a number of initiatives. We took a conscious decision to start an initiative aimed first at creating work opportunities and also servicing our infrastructure.”

A visibly excited employee of the Programme from Uitenhage, Vanesa Adams, thanked the Municipality for the opportunity.

“What makes me happy is that I will be doing a job that will contribute to service delivery and bring a positive change,” she said.

Another employee from Motherwell, Siyabulela Nkosiyaphantsi, said, “As a man of the house, being given an opportunity to put food on the table is dignity restored for me. This opportunity will go a long way in changing the fortunes of my family.”

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