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From the Mayor's Desk - 3 February 2017

03 February 2017
Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen

On behalf of the Kouga Council I would like to apologize to the residents of Jeffreys Bay for the recent delay in refuse collection.

 

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Danny Benson has informed me 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.

 

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.

 

Together with Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams, I 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 happened later than usual.

 

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.

 

Regards

Elza