Protest Action: Section of Govan Mbeki Avenue; Whites Roads and Baakens Street closed off

APRIL 29, 2016

For the second day, on Friday, workers from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Waste Management Department blocked off two roads in the Port Elizabeth CBD, forcing many motorists, who were caught unaware, to make dangerous turns in the roads.

Drivers are advised that the section of Govan Mbeki Avenue, between Albany Road and Russell Road is blocked off with refuse trucks. So is Whites Road and Baakens Street (the area around City Hall).

The workers are apparently demanding back-pay for overtime for the past 12 months as well as bonuses from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Police are keeping a close watch on things.

On Thursday afternoon, when RNews visited the area around City Hall, there were groups of workers resting out of the heat around the square while a number of refuse trucks blocked off  Whites Road and Baakens Street.

The workers, who refused to be interviewed, only said they were there to speak to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, about several grievances.

Several motorists driving down Whites Road, and who were not aware of the truck bloackade, where forced to turn back and find alternative routes and some did not hide their frustrations - making signs at the workers, who were unmoved.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality offices' doors were shut, with rubbish scattered around, while one SAPS bakkie was keeping an eye on things.

Meanwhile, residents have been sitting with their uncollected refuse.