Protest at pay delay

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Students of a Seta project in Ezibeleni have gone on strike after the company charged with implementing the project allegedly failed to pay their stipends Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA
Students of a Seta project in Ezibeleni have gone on strike after the company charged with implementing the project allegedly failed to pay their stipends Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

STUDENTS at an Ezibeleni-based services Seta-funded project embarked on a strike after they were allegedly not paid their stipends as stipulated in the advert for the internships.

Student representative council president Bayanda Damane said the students who were doing plumbing, bricklaying and plastering studies, were supposed to get R2500 a month. He said they started the internship on July 1 and were supposed to get the first payment by the end of that month.

”Intsingweni Consulting Pty Ltd is the implementing agent and they have not been consulting us on why the money was not paid. We want this project to continue and if they gave us updates as to why the money was not paid we would probably not have taken a stance to go on strike.”

The current project manager, who was identified only as Mankosi, refused to give information to The Rep.

“This is an internal matter and we are dealing with it as such. We can not speak to the media as we are not allowed to do so. The only person allowed to speak to the media is the public relations officer and unfortunately he is not here right now,” she said.

She refused to give the contact details to The Rep. No responses to questions sent to Seta communications and marketing manager Brenda Mpitsang were received by the time of going to press.

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