Disgruntled over looming retrenchments of Academic and Processional Staff Association (APSA), workers’ union vows to disrupt Durban July tomorrow.
Threats to interrupt Durban’s prestigious Durban July comes following unsuccessful retrenchment negotiations between APSA and Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, which is expected to retrench hundreds and ad to South Africa’s astounding overall underemployment rate of 27.6%.
APSA Secretary-General Professor Boitumelo Senokoene said: “People have decided to test us and we are ready for the challenge. We have nothing to loose. We are not investors. We are not shareholders. We are there to make sure that the mandate and demands of the workers are met. Regardless of Gold Circles and Phumelela disclaiming the association of the Durban July and the APSA dispute, APSA insists that the presence and participation of the horses, which come from Phumelela owned racecourses makes it relevant. Gold circle representative Michel Nairac said APSA has not made any contact with them and he is perplexed as to what the problems of Phumelela employees have to do with their brand.
SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said: “A pro-active approach, which resulted in successful events previously, has been adopted for this event. SAPS officers and personnel will be in and around both areas of events, as well as around Durban to tackle the problems which might disrupt the events. The racecourse gates will be opened from 10:00 am and there will be other parallel events which will be monitored by police until next morning.”
Friday 05 July 2019 21:30GMT [CWSN] Kesia Qulu