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Buffalo City Municipality staff get salary increments, vacancies being filled

By Yolanda Palezweni - Jul 27, 2017
Buffalo City Municipality staff get salary increments, vacancies being filled

The Buffalo City Metro Municipality (BCMM) on Wednesday held its first council meeting for the new financial year at the East London City Hall Auditorium in East London.

Amongst the many issues discussed by Councillors were around staff salary increases, the process of filling vacant Director positions, non- performing Councillors and progress on the public transport project in King Williams Town.

The municipality implemented the 7.36% annual salary increase for all employees with effect from 1st of July as per South African Local Government Bargain Council (SALGBC). However, according to the SALGBC, employees are entitled to receive annual increase as determined each year.

“The salary increase, in terms of clauses 6.4 and 6.5 of the Collective Agreement shall be 7.36% with effect from 1st July 2017, and any benefit or condition of service as stipulated in clause 6.6 of the Collective Agreement shall increase by the same rate of 7.36%,” said BCMM City Manager, Andile Sihlahla.

He added that the minimum wage as stipulated in clause 7.3 of the Collective Agreement shall increase by the same rate of 7.36% and the new minimum wage shall be R6845.09, with an effect from July 2017.

As part of the meeting, the Council also deliberated on the report by the City Manager about the progress on the public transport facilities project in King Williams Town. According to Sihlahla’s report, the BCMM identified the development of intermodal facilities as a cornerstone to improve public transport and, inter alia, facilitate the sustainable development of socio-economic facilities.

The project was awarded on the 3rd of October 2016 and was launched at King Williams Town Botanical Garden on the 10th of November 2016.

“The BCMM has prioritized the upgrading and development of public transport facilities in King Williams Town, to provide for the current and future needs of public transport in the community,” said Sihlahla.

He added that affected areas include the three main municipal-owned public transport facilities within the King Williams Town Central Business District (CBD) viz the Taxi City, Market Square taxi ranks and the Market Square bus Terminus.

Sihlahla further added that the improvement of these public transport facilities will provide commuters with mobility, resulting in improved access to job opportunities, schools, and shops.

The Council Meeting concluded with deliberations on the process of filling Director vacancies in the municipality.

The meeting also resolved to deal with non-performing Councillors as they hold the municipality.