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No pay since work at FNB stadium

By unknown | Jul 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola and Rebaone Mangope

Getrude Makhafola and Rebaone Mangope

It has been four months since the 16 beleaguered FNB Stadium employees were paid.

Last month the workers approached Sowetan to help them get answers from the stadium manager, Dennis Mumble.

The workers claimed management had dumped them despite promising them alternative jobs while the stadium was being rebuilt.

The workers say before this, they used to enjoy good working relations with Mumble.

But he has allegedly dumped them for a comfortable executive position in the 2010 Local Organising Committee.

To them, South Africa's hosting of the biggest soccer spectacle, has brought nothing but unemployment and suffering.

Mumble has failed to return numerous phone calls regarding the nonpayment of their salaries.

A previous sit-in by the workers at his new office proved to be futile.

The workers have since complained to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

By complaining to the CCMA, they hope to get Mumble to look into their plight.

The workers include groundsmen, an electrician, a logistical manager and clerks. They are all awaiting an answer from Mumble.

Previously, the group was responsible for the smooth running of the stadium, organising big soccer matches and other events.

They had to vacate the stadium in February to pave the way for contractors.

The countless phone calls and their fading patience has left them even more confused than before.

"I am so angry at Mumble I do not think I will ever work with him again. We have lost faith in him, he has betrayed us in the worst way possible," said a tearful Thoko Mdaweni.

She also said that her car dealership is threatening to repossess her car because she has failed to cope with the payments.

An ailing Phakathi Magwaza, 65, cannot afford medicine for his diabetes and asthma attacks. He says all he wants from Mumble is his pension.

Justice Hlahla, a storeman, says his bills are piling up. He is afraid that he is going to end up on the streets if he does not receive his monthly salary as soon as possible.

Sowetan's attempts to get answers from Mumble failed because he did not return any of the phone calls or messages.

A trip to his office also proved fruitless.


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