The supervisor came to receive the memorandum on behalf of his bosses but left with a box full of CVs.
The ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region has forced a supervisor to take with him the hundreds of CVs belonging to unemployed young people in the area and told to employ them.
Regional chairman Trevor Nkosi and secretary James Nkosi led scores of young people in a march to the Standerton Oil Mill, Thuthuka power station, New Denmark Mine and Transnet in the Standerton area on Thursday, demanding they create job opportunities and skills development.
The four companies are accused of employing people from outside the Standerton and of not doing enough to develop skills.
When the march began to the area’s Transnet on Thursday morning, Ruben van Bulderen, a supervisor at the state-owned company, was told to go call the company’s manager.
But van Bulderen answered that the manager was in Durban and he was there to answer on his behalf.
“The manager is in Durban,” van Bulderen said to the crowds. “I cannot take decisions on his behalf,” he said, to the annoyance of the crowd.
“Do not tell us about your manager who is in Durban. Go to your office, tell your boss that we want him here,” they told van Bulderen.
They told him they would not leave the area if his boss didn’t come to sign the memorandum himself.
Police spokesman Captain Johannes Nhlabathi told 013NEWS that the situation would have gone worse if Lekwa municipal executive for dept community services and safety, Mandla Mphuthi, didn’t come to talk to Trevor and James.
“They said they would not leave until the manager came from Durban to sign the memorandum,” Nhlabathi said.
“And if the manager didn’t come they were going to vandalise the properties and we were not going to allow that situation,” the cop spokesman said.
The league agreed that Bulderen should sign the memorandum and told them he accepted the CVs and will respond to it “quite soon” after he had spoken to his boss.
ANCYL Gert Sibande secretary James Nkosi read the memorandum.
The march then continued to the Standerton Oil Mill, where the league complained about racism and delivered the memorandum demanding the job creation and skills development.
It then went to Anglo American’s New Denmark Coal Mine where the league and Anglo American management clashed after the mining company’s boss told them they were still going to think how they respond to their demands.
New Denmark Mine refused to sign the memorandum and take the league’s CVs after the comments of one of their managers that the company would think about their demands ‘but not now’.
The march then went to Thuthuka power station, where Eskom bosses received CVs, signed the memorandum and promised to enhance skills developments as in past years and make it local.
(edited by ZK)
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