Duduza residents accuse Gibela Rail of not giving jobs to locals

Duduza residents on the East Rand have accused the Gibela Rail project of not employing locals.

Yesterday community members barricaded roads with burning rubble and tyres protesting against the transport manufacturer situated in Nigel‚ situated 3 kilometers outside Duduza.

Convener of the Duduza Greater Community, Nsizwa Mekgwe, says the company has failed to fulfill commitments made with the community.

There were 110 artisans currently trained in different countries, which is Brazil, Germany and France. And 170 engineers.

Nsizwa Mekgwe, convener of the Duduza Greater Community

Upon our discussions with Gibela, they said they could not confirm or deny those statistics.

Nsizwa Mekgwe, convener of the Duduza Greater Community

Part of those statistics - there is no person who is from Duduza or any surrounding township on the project.

Nsizwa Mekgwe, convener of the Duduza Greater Community

These statistics capture continuous disregard of community submissions and ...community appraisals.

Nsizwa Mekgwe, convener of the Duduza Greater Community

We do have those skills in Duduza currently, but unfortunately they decide to go somewhere to source the very same skills.

Nsizwa Mekgwe, convener of the Duduza Greater Community

Gibela Rail Consortium spokesperson, Pam Radebe denies Gibela made an agreement with Duduza community members to provide employment.

Mekgwe insists he has an email from Gibela promising jobs to the community.

Radebe says they employ all residents of Ekurhuleni, not only Duduza residents in the Prasa rolling stock project. She says it is a national project and gives opportunities to all historically disadvantaged South Africans.

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