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nehawu80BusinessLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is to embark on an indefinite strike at the Department of Water and Sanitation’s offices and facilities nationwide from Thursday.  

The strike will affect the ongoing construction of dams and service delivery at the department’s offices.  The union announced at a media briefing on Wednesday that the strike was over corruption, maladministration and unfavourable working conditions.  Among other items on the list of the union’s demands was for the department to cease using contractors in its projects as they were allegedly the gateway of "corruption and looting" in the department.  Of the department’s 5,000 staff members, 3,000 are affiliated to Nehawu.  The general secretary Zola Saphetha said:  "The community is going to be affected.  Unfortunately, this comes in the midst of the scarcity of water … We had to consult and in the process of consulting, we don’t see it as a negative impact but we think it’s a right and necessary thing to do.  But there will be casualties, and it’s not intended."

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Nehawu believes it has government under the cosh over water, at Fin24
  • And also, Nehawu considers reporting Mokonyane to Hawks, at BusinessLive

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