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newsThe Citizen reports that the employees in Polokwane and Hammanskraal of Midrand-based construction company Khato Civils have downed tools following management’s contentious move on Monday to retrench 92 employees.  

The company is involved in a protracted payment squabble with the national department of water and sanitation over the multibillion-rand Giyani Water Project in Limpopo.  CEO Mongezi Mnyani indicated that the retrenchment programme came in after the company realised the Giyani water project had left them with deep scars.  One of the retrenched employees commented thus on Wednesday:  “We are sick and tired of this company’s management style.  We received letters of [their] intention to cut our salaries down to size in an effort to avoid retrenchments.  But that was not the case.  Instead we received retrenchment letters.  As if that was not enough, we receive the news that two of our managers were fired for formally lodging complaints about their salary cut.”  By noon on Wednesday, disgruntled workers had closed the gate to the company’s satellite office in Polokwane and were burning tyres on the road leading to it.  Mnyani confirmed that two operations managers had been fired and also that the company had retrenched almost 100 employees.

  • Read the full original of Alex Matlala’s report on this story at The Citizen


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