TswaingThe Star reports that the North West has vowed to rapidly deal with the failure of the Tswaing Local Municipality to pay their employees’ third party funds.  

Workers at the municipality went on a work-stoppage after several third parties raised the alarm about the municipality’s failure to pay contributions to their pension and other benefit funds.  Carin Visser of the Democratic Alliance (DA) lamented as follows about the ongoing protests:  “The strike emanated from the municipality’s failure to pay third party deductions over to the employees’ pension fund for the past two years, which is now greatly affecting already non-existent service delivery by the municipality.  Residents are left without water, electricity and other essential services.  The licensing offices are closed and not even Municipal Manager Isaac Moruti is to be found in his office.”  The municipality has been placed under administration due to gross mismanagement allegedly perpetrated by senior officials.  Local government spokesperson Dineo Thapelo said the department was working round the clock to deal with the matter speedily.  “The municipality has met two of the five pension fund schemes which cover municipal employees.  We intend to meet with three others this week, from Monday.  A payment arrangement was proposed.  The pension fund schemes have promised to reinstate the risk cover immediately after payment of the first month,” Thapelo indicated.

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