Metro hopes to strike deal with staff by Friday

JULY 28, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality hopes to reach an agreement with striking staff from its Electricity and Energy Directorate before Friday.

Last week Friday, staff from the directorate downed tools and embarked on an illegal strike over allowance issues. That resulted in Nelson Mandela Bay residents escaping two days of Stage 2 load shedding, which were implemented by Eskom over the weekend. 

However, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, told local radio station, Algoa FM, that the strike had placed considerable strain on services and has caused delays in attending to electricity related problems within the metro.

He said that the Municipality's Portfolio Chairperson for Infrastructure  and Engineering, Councillor Andile Mfunda, met with striking workers on Monday in a bid to find common ground.

Mniki says the meeting was positive.

He advised residents to continue registering electricity queries and complaints with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's call centre.