Ugu dealing with strike aftermath

2018-06-21 06:01
PHOTO: OMEGA MOAGI Ugu District Municipality municipal manager DD Naidoo (left) and municipal spokesperson France Zama address a media briefing at the municipal boardroom.

PHOTO: OMEGA MOAGI Ugu District Municipality municipal manager DD Naidoo (left) and municipal spokesperson France Zama address a media briefing at the municipal boardroom.

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THE Ugu District Municipality unprotected strike, which saw residents denied access to essential water services, is finally over. While addressing media at a briefing at the municipality on Tuesday, municipal manager DD Naidoo confirmed that staff were back at work.

The resolution for the staff’s return to work was reached during a nine-hour meeting, held with Ugu Municipality, Samwu, and KZN premier Willies Mchunu, at the Ray Nkonyeni municipal chambers on Friday.

In a joint statement following the meeting, the relevant government stakeholders who were in attendance of the meeting confirmed that the illegal strike would cease and Ugu and Samwu were instructed to address their concerns through a selected facilitation team by no later than July 31. Meanwhile, the municipality was to first and foremost restore functioning water systems to affected community.

At the media briefing on Tuesday, Naidoo acknowledged that it would be a timeous process to try and restore balance within the Ugu water systems following disruptions during the strike. “We are now working hard to try and restore the balance in our systems that was interrupted during the strike because, in as much as all the staff is back at work, the disruptions that were incurred are not something that can be reversed overnight,” said Naidoo.

He said call centre staff would be following up with affected areas to check if their water has been restored to ensure smooth operations in all areas.

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