This was after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.
THE GROUND floor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, which houses the cashiers and enquiries sections, was closed on Thursday morning to allow the offices to be sanitised and deep-cleaned, after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.
Municipal spokesperson Thoko Riet said the positive employee had contact with two co-workers, who were sent home earlier this week to self-isolate.
“The second floor offices were deep-cleaned and sanitised on Wednesday, but because the employees who are now in self-isolation were cashiers, a decision was made to deep-clean and sanitise the ground floor area which houses the cashiers, enquiries and credit-control sections, in both the old and new sections of the building. As a result, employees who work in these sections were sent home on Thursday and the area was sanitised,” said Riet.
As a result these sections were closed to members of the public on Thursday, however, they will be open from Friday again.
Meanwhile, workers in the refuse removal section also resumed their duties on Thursday following a meeting with the acting municipal manager (MM).
Riet said that at the meeting the acting MM and management presented to the workers that outstanding overtime was acknowledged, however due to financial constraints they could not be paid.
She stated further that it was agreed that overtime of up to 30 hours would be paid. “However, until there is an improvement in our cash flow, overtime above the 30 hours will not be paid. Management will come up with a payment plan, within seven days, for the payment of any additional overtime above the 30-hours limit.”
She added that following the meeting, workers agreed to resume their duties and refuse collection was expected to continue as normal.