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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 16 August 2011 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

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    Strikers tear through Salt RiverTAURIQ HASSEN

    WHEN rubbish collection day dawnedin Salt River last Wednesday, resi-dents expected their refuse to be takenaway not strewn across their streets.

    A rowdy column of workers belonging tothe SA Transport and Allied Workers Union(Satawu) marched from Salt River RailwayStation towards Main Road by way of CecilRoad on the day.

    The striking staff members were callingraised salaries but Cecil Road residents,threatened and then left do deal with an after-math of rotting domestic waste, feel the work-ers went too far.

    Peoples Post visited the area at the time oftheprotest andwasgreetedby frustrated resi-dents, armed with brooms and hose pipes,cleaning the front sections of their homes.

    Resident Marlene Adams says she left herhouse when she heard a commotion at thebottom of the road, only to be confronted bya mob of people hurling dustbins around.

    They were like a storm when they left,the whole area was messed up, and the smellwas horrible.

    Later, another, smaller group of strikersmade their way up Cecil Road, but a policeescort ensured they did no damage to the ar-ea.

    Fariedah Thompson watched in horror asrefuse was thrown onto her car and kickedaround in front of her home. We have gotnothing to do with their problems, and theywill return to their homes and not experiencewhat we have seen here today, she says.

    Shewasdisgusted, she says, adding that theworkers displayed an unbelievable sense ofviolence, stupidity and lack of hygiene dur-ing the brief outburst.

    Ruwayda Marlie likewise stared in shockat the pile of rubbish in front of her homewhile workers walked past. I really dontthink this is right at all, she said. Its reallydisgusting, and this place really stinks now and we are going to have to clean up thismess.

    Residents who attempted to stop the strik-

    ers from soiling their streets were forcedback into their homes and threatened withsjamboks. Melany Abrahams, one of thosewho rushed outside to stop the workersspree, says, They rushed towards me, point-ed those sjamboks and told me to shut up andget back inside, otherwise theywouldbeatmeup.

    Carl Maketfie, Satawus provincial coordi-nator for cleaning services in the WesternCape, says the union did not support the ac-tions by strikers. Satawu is a recognisedunion, and we negotiate with the employees,but we dont support violent marches.

    Maketfie says the union warns protestersnot to become violent, says some will do asthey please.

    Either way, the union will not accept thebehaviour, he says, andwill look into themat-ter.

    Satawu-aligned workers started theirstrike action on Monday last week, joiningforces with the members of nine other work-ers unions. Satawu is leading negotiationson behalf of all nine unions, which represent

    about 75 000 workers in the sector.Satawus chief negotiator, Lungile Nts-

    huntshe, says the unions are eagerly await-ing an invitation to talk the matter over.

    AFTERMATH: Melvin Jacobs cleans up in the wake of the march.Photos: Tauriq Hassen CHAOS: Bins were thrown on their sides.

    OUTRAGE:Mama Marlie points indisgust at aheap offilth.

    ON GUARD: Police escorted the last group of protesters through CecilRoad.

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    Realising the dream of jobsMANY South Africans stilldo not have the dignity ofwork.

    With less than half of the SouthAfrican population being regularlyemployed, the need for job creationis clear.

    To create jobs requires a concert-ed effort by individuals and busi-ness leaders, and 93 000 Jobs forMandela Day, headed by ProudlySouth African (PSA), aims to in-spire everybody to create jobs for asustainable future. To follow arethe details of a number of pro-grammes working in synergy to-ward this goal.The New Growth PathThe governments New Growth

    Path states that employment crea-tion will be the most important ba-rometer of South Africas progressin economic development, and pro-vides the framework to help meetthe goal of creating five million jobsin South Africa by 2012, reducingunemployment from 25% to 15%.

    Infrastructure development, ag-riculture, mining, manufacturing,green economy and tourism are keyareas under focus in the plan.The Jobs FundAnnounced by president Jacob

    Zuma in his state of the nation ad-dress in February, this fund isaimed at supporting initiativesworking toward job creating. TheJobs Fund is also targeted at help-ing the countrys youth acquire

    skills while theyre employed.It is envisaged that the funds ac-

    tivities will include planning, fi-nancing and oversight of the imple-mentation of job creation projectsin the country. Enterprise develop-ment, infrastructural investment,job-seeker support and assistanceto job-creation institutions form apivotal part of the funds pro-gramme.Expanded Public Works Programme

    (EPWP)The EPWP established in 2004 to

    provide essential services and facil-ities to poor communities, as wellas skills development and trainingopportunities for the unemployed has developed further under theEmployment Intensive Investment

    Programme.The first phase of the EPWP, im-

    plemented between 2005 and 2009,created more than 100 000 work op-portunities. The second phase willbe carried out up until December2014, during which R73 billion is ex-pected to be spent. About one mil-lion short-term jobs have been cre-ated since the beginning of the sec-ond phase in April 2009, withanother 800 000 short-term jobs(with an average duration of 104days) anticipated for 2011-2012.The Youth Employment SubsidyThis subsidy aims to raise de-

    mand for young workers in thecountry. To incentivise this, thesubsidy compensates employers fortaking on young employees in cases

    where the productivity of the newrecruit is unknown. The young in-dividuals, in turn, have the oppor-tunity to gain valuable work experi-ence.

    It is envisaged that the Youth Em-ployment Subsidy will support423 000 new jobs for young workersin South Africa over its three-yearspending period, which will costR5 billion.

    The National Skills FundThe National Skills Fund puts

    money into undergraduate bursa-ries through the National StudentFinancial Aid Scheme and post-graduate bursaries through the Na-tional Research Foundation. It alsofunds training of unemployed peo-ple.

    Get involvedwith Obz FestTHE next public meeting about the Observ-atory Festival will take place on Saturday27 August. Residents are invited to attendand share their views on the matter withthe organising committee. The meetingstarts at 11:00 at the Observatory Commu-nity Centre, situated in room 2 of the Ob-servatory Village of Arts. For further infor-mation contact 082 262 4968 or visit

    info@obsarts.org.za.

    Take a hikeTHE Meridian Hiking Club will hold arange of hikes over the next few weeks, andthey invite everybody to join.On Saturday 20 August, hike from Fres-

    naye Crack to Lions Head; contact Mar atmareascott@meridian.org.za.Two hikes take place on Sunday 21 Au-

    gust. For one, you can walk along the Lies-beeck River with Victoria, who can be con-tacted on 082 295 4451 or atwillsome434@gmail.com.

    A scramble and traverse of Carin GrottoFountain, meanwhile, will be led by Sam;call him on 082 498 0361.

    Visitors pay R15 per hike. For general in-formationvisitwww.meridian.org.za andbe sure to checkwithhike leaders about theweather.

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