The ongoing strike by municipal workers in Tshwane has led to widespread disruptions in service delivery. So much so that residents of Pretoria and Centurion may continue to bear the consequences for weeks.
Cilliers Brink, mayor of the Tshwane metro, in an interview with Kallie Kriel on the AfriForumTV program Kallie meets… played open cards about the situation in the metro and what it will mean for residents.
Brink says there will be serious delays for weeks to resolve, among other things, power outages and leaks, and even to do outsourced work such as garbage removal efficiently.
Members of the trade union Samwu have been on strike for several days over the wage and salary increase of 0% for 2023‑’24 that the city council approved in June.
Nevertheless, the strike continues. The strike has already led to emergency services’ operations in the metro being disrupted, clinics being closed and even Jan Alleman being without power or water for days due to breakdowns that are simply not being repaired.
Although some of the striking workers have already returned to work after the metro issued a final ultimatum, and obtained several interdicts, these members are now being intimidated into not doing their work.
Watch what Brink has to say about this on AfriForumTV: