A go-slow by Tshwane employees at Princess Park electricity depot has led to large parts of Pretoria being in the dark.
Princess Park depot caters to the electric needs of areas such as Hatfield, Brooklyn, Clydesdale, Colbyn, Arcadia and the CBD.
A director from Unisa who did not want to be named said that he visited the depot to find out what was causing an outage and was told that workers had downed tools.
Tshwane MMC for finance Mare-Lise Fourie told Rekord staff had stopped work affecting repairs and restorations but that the dispute had since been resolved.
“There was a labour dispute today which resulted in a go-slow by officials in attending to electricity outages, we hope to be back on track soon.”
MMC for utility services Darryl Moss could not be reached for comment by the time of going to print but ward councillor Kate Prinsloo said the outages had affected most of the residents in her ward.
“There’s a lot of communes and flats that house students and now they are unable to prepare for the exams properly, it’s very frustrating.
“I asked for a report on the progress but unfortunately I do not have a restoration time yet. There are shops and office buildings that are also affected.
“This is unacceptable, I do hope that the management comes to a resolution, if people do not want to work to offer this essential service, they must be fired. It is as simple as that, they are not allowed to strike or go slow,” said Prinsloo.
She said she hopes that the discussions on the overtime could be resolved in time and that strong action would be taken against the officials who downed tools.
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