The concerns of a group of Fransbury residents, dissatisfied with Temi Construction company from Johannesburg for allegedly failing to employ community members, have been addressed by the department of public works (DPW).The company is constructing the Ngubengcuka Junior Secondary School.
At a recent community meeting, residents blamed the DPW for failing to see that legitimate employment procedures took place.
Before the project began in November last year, community development worker Cikizwa Tywabi said the contractor had committed, in a meeting at the DPW offices, to giving first preference to residents.
Project steering committee chairman Luzuko Foji claimed that skilled and semi-skilled labour used were not from the area.
“We don’t know how the workers managed to secure employment as the people of the community of Machibini and Fransbury were not considered for these jobs.”
Nkonde said internship forms were handed out for youths to apply but none of them were considered.
“As Machibini youth, we know we have graduates which should have been given preference. A contractor is obligated to take a certain percentage of young people – we are not demanding 100% but at least 40% (of the internships) should be awarded to locals.”
During the course of community meetings to resolve the issues, Nkonde said a number of attempts were made to involve the construction company.
Community members also alleged that an unfair appointment of community liaison officer Thandazwa Booi came as a surprise as none of the residents were informed about the CLO post to place their applications.
After residents complained about the selection process of the CLO, re-elections were held and Khaya Mbengo was appointed.
PWD spokesman Mphumzi Zuzile said that following a recent meeting, it was made clear that unskilled labour should be from Mahibini.
“The problem was solved and Simon Makambi was put in charge by both community and departmental officials until the situation returns to normal.”