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MangaungThe Citizen reports that workers at Centlec, the electricity supplier for the Mangaung Metro Municipality, Bloemfontein, downed tools on Monday.  

They were demanding that the MEC for corporate governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Oupa Khoabane and the municipal executive address their complaints.  The workers last week gathered outside the Centlec building demanding an improvement in working conditions, the removal of heaps of asbestos at the company premises, an end to nepotism and tender fraud, and permanent employment for those currently in acting positions.  They further called for the removal of the utility’s CE Andries Mgoqi on grounds of mismanagement.  In a memo of demands, they demanded that their grievances be addressed within 48 hours, which elapsed on Monday.  A letter was received from deputy mayor Lebohang Masoetsa requesting an extension, but workers nonetheless downed tools because this was not the first time such a response had been received.  Masoetsa’s response did not clarify when he would attend to the problems.

  • A short report by Katleho Morapela is on page 8 of The Citizen of 23 October 2018

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