Pikitup says it has had to spend R50 000 per day additional resources to clean accumulated waste in Johannesburg caused by former Jozi@Work employees .
Groups of disgruntled former Jozi@Work employees have disrupted service delivery by damaging infrastructure and littering extensively, demanding permanent employment.
The utility says the three-month Pikitup contracts signed by former Jozi@Work beneficiaries through the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), expired in May and that it has at no point stated or implied that anyone would be entitled to an extension or full-time employment.
Spokesperson, Muzi Mkhwanzi says the project was meant to introduce temporary employment.
Jozi@Work does not extend only to Pikitup. As Pikitup...we are in an unfortunate situation where if you disturb our services it becomes apparent to everybody.— Muzi Mkhwanzi, Pikitup spokesperson
The programme was actually cancelled and replaced with the community upliftment programme which will be spread to each and everybody in the city who is looking for employment.— Muzi Mkhwanzi, Pikitup spokesperson
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