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Gingindlovu residents challenge contractor’s appointment

The aggrieved members told Sithole they have been neglected and excluded by the municipality when it comes to job opportunities

GINGINDLOVU residents have decided to stop the work of a private contractor hired by uMlalazi Municipality to clean up and cut grass in Ward 18, until the municipality explains how the company was appointed.

This resolution was taken on Wednesday during a community meeting held in Gingindlovu library, attended by the director of community services, Bongani Sithole and Ward 18 councillor Sipho Nsele.

The aggrieved members told Sithole they have been neglected and excluded by the municipality when it comes to job opportunities.

Resident Peggy Mdlalose said they are very upset about the decision to hire an outside company to cut grass in their area.

‘We need transparency. We demand to know why they hired a company from KwaMbonambi,’ said Mdlalose.

Mdlalose said they raised their unhappiness with the municipality and were told that the appointment was done through the deviation clause, as there was no company registered in the municipality database.

‘Firstly, the company was introduced to us before the tender was advertised. As the community we took the decision to stop this company until the municipality provides us with proper answers,’ she said

Cll Nsele urged municipal officials to attend to the community grievances before they get out of hand.

‘They have made threats to stage protests. I have asked Sithole to meet with our municipal manager to address this issue,’ said Nsele.

uMlalazi Communications Manager, Mkhuseli Buthelezi said that at this stage they have not received any submission from the community, so they would not comment as this was new to them.

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