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pikitupEngineering News reports that Johannesburg municipal waste manager Pikitup’s services were disrupted on Friday owing to protest action by Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees, over a payment dispute.  

The EPWP employees were contracted by Pikitup to assist in clearing the waste backlogs that accumulated over the festive season.  The employees apparently closed down depot gates, preventing trucks and other employees from leaving the depots.  They were demanding to be paid their stipends immediately for their services.  Pikitup explained that the reason for the nonpayment of the stipends resulted from EPWP employees not submitting all the required documentation to allow for the facilitation of payment on time.  The required documents were reportedly submitted only after the payroll closure.  While the waste manager made a special arrangement with the City’s finance department to make payments on Friday, owing to it being a special payment arrangement, the money was not immediately reflected in the employees’ bank accounts.

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