For Immediate Release
18th April 2023
SATAWU MET WITH MEC SELLO LEHARI
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) wishes to update and to inform its members at the North West Investment Transport (NTI) that it held a lengthy and fruitful meeting with the MEC of Community Safety and Transport in the North West Province Mr Sello Lehari, Government officials from the Department and the NTI management over the weekend the 15th of April 2023. The General Secretary of the organisation Cde Jack Mazibuko led the team.
It is not a secret that the North West Transport Investment, which is a government entity has been facing financial distress for years, allegations of corruption and maladministration that led to non-payments of salaries of our members and workers at the entity for months. In trying to find ways to save NTI, a Business Rescue Practitioner was appointed, however the sad reality is that the so called BRP failed dismally, in fact the entity became worse under this man’s incompetency.
The union is also aware that the BRP is currently in court, fighting for his contract to be extended/ renewed. The BRP knows very well that he does not have a case as he failed to present his plan to the portfolio committee in the Provincial Legislature. The union is very
clear and resolute on this matter, the BRP must go. He has done enough damage and we support the decision taken by the North West Provincial Government to get rid of him.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union is behind and fully supports both the Gauteng and the North West Provincial MECs for Transport as they fight the downfall of the entity.
The union will always support any action/ decision that seeks to improve the lives and the working conditions of the workers to the better.
The union and the MEC have agreed to put the interests of the workers first. The GS of SATAWU and the MEC both vowed to work together to save the entity. Millions of people rely on these services between Gauteng and North West daily, our members and workers
cannot afford to lose their jobs, already the country is facing high rate of employment.
The union also stated that, in the process of rescuing the NTI workers must not be left behind, in fact workers must be beneficiaries. In conclusion, the MEC, the GS, Government officials and the NTI management agreed that there should be more meetings and engagements going forward as we are rebuilding the entity.
Issued by SATAWU