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Kouga refuse collection workers on go slow, Mayor says alternative arrangements made

Feb 3, 2017
Kouga refuse collection workers on go slow, Mayor says alternative arrangements made

Kouga Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Elza van Lingen, has apologized to local residents after the municipality failed to collect refuse on time owing to a go-slow by its waste collection workers, who want the municipality to quickly pay up for work done over the past festive season.

"On behalf of the Kouga Council, I would like to apologize to the residents of Jeffreys Bay for the recent delay in refuse collection," the Mayor said in a statement.

She said that she was informed by Social Services Portfolio Councillor, Danny Benson, that the delay was due to an illegal go-slow by workers in the Cleansing and Parks Department.

"Refuse collectors had to put in many extra hours over the Festive Season to cope with the holiday influx. There has, however, been a delay in paying them a portion of their overtime," van Lingen described.

"We are grateful to the workers for going the extra mile over the holiday season. They did fantastic work and we regret the delay in their payment."

She said that, together with Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams, she met with the workers early last week where they were reassured that they would receive their overtime.

"Despite our reassurances, they decided to embark on an illegal go-slow. Alternative arrangements have been made to collect refuse, but collection has happend later than usual," the Mayor said.

"Our sincere apologies go to the community of Jeffreys Bay. We would like to assure residents that we are investigating both the delay in payment and the illegal go-slow.

"Disciplinary action will be taken where necessary.

"The Council will not be held to ransom by employees, especially when their actions impact negatively on communities."