NATIONAL NEWS - Residents of Joza in Makhanda have brought an R18 million road construction project to a halt, demanding that people from their community be employed.
But the Makana Municipality says it’s up to the contractor, Mamlambo Construction Company to determine who it hires for the job.
On 12 April, the municipality hosted a sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of the upgrade of the busy Ncame Street. But when teams began work on the road earlier this month, members of the surrounding community complained that they were excluded from the recruitment process for the project.
Thabiso Gumenge, a father of two, has lived in the area since 1996. “We just see people working, not knowing where they come from and how they were employed and when? This is not new, every project here in Makana goes like this. I have given up now,” said Gumenge.