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New Tshwane administration faces first protest

22 August 2016 - 15:37 By Bongani Nkosi

A group of its workers belonging to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) are picketing outside the customer entrance of the metro's headquarters‚ Isivuno House‚ in the city.DA blames ANC for Tshwane power cuts, land invasions - ANC blames EFFThe City of Tshwane’s Democratic Alliance (DA) administration said it is under siege and has experienced “sabotage”. The workers want the metro to start paying them their shift allowances. They told TMG Digital an agreement was reached in June that shift allowances would be paid as from July.The shift allowances are in addition to basic wages for workers working certain shifts‚ like evening or overnight shifts.The workers picketing outside Isivuno House mostly work in the electricity department‚ call centre and water meter reading division.The workers held up placards saying the metro owed them. One read: “Tshwane a re tshwaneng. Tshwane a re patelaneng” which loosely translated says “Tshwane let us be equal. Tshwane let us pay each other.”Another read: “City of Tshwane you owe us. Pay us back our shift allowances.” And another one said: “Tshwane robbed us our shift allowances for the past ten years.”The metro's officials are locked in talks with Samwu representatives. It is not clear if Solly Msimanga‚ Tshwane's new mayor‚ is part of the talks.A Democratic Alliance member‚ Msimanga succeeded Kgosientso Ramokgopa of the African National Congress last Friday...

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