Municipal employees’ breaks to be monitored

2016-06-02 06:00

SOME municipality employees were seen enjoying leisure time when they were supposed to be working.

To put a stop to this Hibiscus Coast Municipality has standardised break times for employees so the public are aware of when they are meant to be working or taking a break.

Municipal manager Maxwell Mbili said the customer care call line has been inundated with calls reporting municipal employees who take lunch or tea breaks during operational hours.

“We have had media reports, coupled with photographs of municipal employees having a break for longer than the stipulated hours.

“In light of this, the municipality is of the view that break periods should be known to the public in order for both, the public and the employees, to react to the process knowing exactly the correct duration of lunch break and tea times,” said Mbili.

He said the issue arises from lack of supervision.

“Lack of supervision by supervisers is the cause of this, as it is their responsibility to see that lunch breaks are taken on time.”

Employees are required to clock in at 7.30am, followed by an optional 10-minute tea break at 10am.

The lunch break is officially at 12.30pm lasting for 30 minutes. The official time to finish work is 4pm.

Mbili encouraged the community to continue being watchdogs and report incidents where employees abuse the right of taking breaks.

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