Municipality In Hot Water For Unpaid Salaries

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Just months after the 2021 Local Government Elections (LGE) , a Northern Cape Municipality is being accused of not paying workers salaries.


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Just months after the 2021 Local Government Elections (LGE) , a Northern Cape Municipality is being accused of not paying workers salaries.

In the run up to the LGE, politicians were out in full force promising their constituency improved service delivery and a better life. All the voters had to do was mark their cross next to their name.

However financial issues have plagued the Renosterberg Local Municipality located in the Pixley Ka Seme District of the Northern Cape, known as the Karoo region.

More than 100 workers have not received their December salaries. The workers’ medical aid contributions, pension funds and funeral policies have not been paid for some time. The Renosterberg municipality also owes South African power utility, Eskom millions of rands.

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) believes that the municipality should therefore be dissolved.

Samwu Regional Secretary Peter Demas says its sentiment has been a long time coming as the municipality cannot fulfil its financial obligations.

He revealed that pension fund contributions have not been paid for four years while medical aid schemes have suspended benefits for the municipality's workers.

Demas explained that the provincial government had put the municipality under administration which resulted in a by-election where a new councillor was elected. The financial issues however did not change.

He reveals that not only have the workers not received their salaries, they have also not received their increases which was agreed to in the collective bargaining agreement that took place in October last year.

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