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evrazBusiness Report writes that just a month after Evraz Highveld Steel in eMalahleni was shut down, retrenched workers and the town’s municipality have already started counting their losses.  

Workers say they are struggling to survive as they have been without an income for the past two months.  No retrenchment packages were paid out by the failed company.  The municipality said due to this, more than 2,000 families were struggling to settle their municipal debts, putting it in the red.  Municipal manager Theo van Vuuren said they had resolved to approach the situation leniently.  Yet, the situation is dire for former workers who have more than just municipal payments to contend with.  Trade union Solidarity says the need to address the poverty situation that has emanated from the closure of Highveld Steel is urgent.  Its Helping Hands charity has been contributing food parcels to the affected communities.  Businesses across eMalahleni are also recording losses in revenue due to decreased buying power.

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