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protestThe Star reports that hundreds of employees from the Community Works Programme (CWP) barricaded Joburg CBD streets on Monday morning, demanding a wage increase.  

A group of more than a hundred CWP workers protested in front of the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, for more than three hours.  The CWP workers have been trying to communicate with the Department of Corporate Governance (DCOG) for the past two years and they finally got a response from ANC secretary Dakota Legoete on Monday, who requested a time extension to reply to their demands.  “We have to make this matter an urgent one, and in the next two weeks we will be reviewing the memorandum we have received so that we can get back to you,” Legoete told the protesters.  The CWP said they had sent a memorandum to the DCOG office in Pretoria two years ago.  The then DCOG minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, received the memorandum and requested a two-week extension, but failed to reply.  The silence from all parties resulted in the workers marching to Luthuli House.  CWP co-ordinating task team organiser, Simphiwe Hlafa, said:  “Some of the workers, who are volunteering since 2010 are being paid approximately R780 – which is unfair in today’s expensive economy.  All we would like is for the workers to earn wages from R1,000, and they would have to work for 12 days for them to reach the R1,000 mark a month.”

  • Read the full original of the above report by Ntombizanele Libimbi and Asanda Matlhare on page 3 of The Star of 13 August 2019

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