RESIDENTS from Canelands gathered over jobs outside Mighty Meats in their area which is opening soon.
According to community leader Simphiwe Mzimela the community of around 300 people were upset as they felt the business was not giving opportunities to people in the area to be employed.
“People from the community have not been given the opportunity for jobs so they feel there is no benefit for the community with them coming here,” said Mzimela.
Mzimela said the community were further disgruntled as they claim that some of the community members lived on the property where the company building has been built.
“We were told that those people will be the first to benefit,” said Mzimela.
Although the community planned to protest, Mzimela said the situation was quashed after speaking to representatives of the company.
“We have had a good relationship with them and we spoke to them. We have been told that on Monday they will start employing people from the community,” said Mzimela.
He said the community is confident they will keep to their word, but if this does not happen then the community will return.
According to a representative of Mighty Meats, the company is committed to employing locally as it is in the interest of the company and the community in which they are based.
The representative further explained that they have not opened and the community thought they had because of work being done inside the premises which was actually the preparation of the premises for when they do open.
“The confusion arose because contractors working in the property had employed casuals on a day to day basis to deal with cleaning and moving of plant and equipment. The company has a policy to employ local people and train them accordingly,” said the representative.