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NC employment centre shut down

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Management is currently instituting disciplinary actions against these employees to correct the situation

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Employment and Labour has confirmed that its De Aar Labour Centre, previously located at the New Lisbon building, is no longer operational.

Department spokesperson Kebalepile Khula stated yesterday that the office had been closed since September 2 due to the expiry of the lease.

“Interim arrangements were made to continue with services at the Emthanjeni Local Municipality town hall in De Aar until the new accommodation was secured by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. However, the employees declined to work at this temporary accommodation,” said Khula.

He added that management is currently instituting disciplinary actions against these employees to correct the situation.

“We would like to profusely convey our apologies to the community of Pixley ka Seme district for the inconvenience caused by the closure of De Aar office and the subsequent actions by the officials to embark on industrial action. As the department we are working hard with relevant stakeholders to try and resolve these matters as soon as possible and spare our clients undue hardship,” Zolile Albanie, chief director: provincial operations, added.

“The department has devised a plan to continue rendering services across the district in the light of recent development, to cushion our clients from the effects of high expenses in transport to seek services as far as Kimberley due to these unfortunate actions from our employees. Stakeholders and clients will be kept abreast on the latest developments with regard to the above situation and lasting solutions are expected soon.”

Service delivery related enquiries may be directed to Ivan Young (deputy director: labour centre operations) on 066 299 5838.