Migrant Labour Benefitting In The South African Job Market While Locals Remain Unemployed…By: Lorraine Richards
Immigrants are benefiting from the slightly recovering job market while natives are not. The unemployment rate in South Africa is very high at around 30 percent, and there is a large pool of unskilled and semi-skilled workers in South Africa. Many employers tend to prefer employing South African citizens over foreigners, and those who do hire employees from abroad must first prove they have been unable to find a South African citizen to fill the position. Brandon Manique stated; “The unemployment rate currently stands at more than 30 percent, and more than 3 million people have lost their jobs due to covid-19 in South Africa. The unemployment crisis for South Africans is critical, we live in an area of abundant work yet we remain unemployed. Transnet, a State owned company, has Stefanutti building tanks at TM1 at Island view. They have 38 foreigner nationals from India who were employed before and during Covid-19, even during lockdown In positions that can be filled by South Africans. They have been employed as; Riggers, General Workers, Assistant Fitters and Welders, yet there is no shortage of such skills locally”.
On Thursday July 23 in a peaceful protest, the following memorandum was delivered to Transnet;
MEMORANDUM TO TRANSNET TM1 Tank Building Project RTanks/Sapref Tanks
Att: Simon Malindi, Pravesh Lognath Rob Westermeyer
Herewith our Demands
-The Immediate Removal from Site of Foreign Nationals from India under Steffanutti/Vj Tanks. Immediate Moratorium on all foreign Nationals during Covid. Non Negotiable.
-Absolutely Totally and Completely no Labour Brokers.
-The commitment by Mr Leslie Logan (Representing the Stefanutti/VJ Tanks Joint Venture) who addresses our community at the WOW Centre in Austerville, Wentworth to employ from South Durban Basin to be immediately implemented. Until then a full a Moratorium on Recruitment.
– Removal of Marius Van Rensburg from all communication and engagements as he operates in Extreme Bad faith and is a blatant liar. This was agreed to by the Stefanutti/VJ tanks Joint Venture. Yet he continues to Meddle and is the source of great deliberate miscommunications.
-Immediate assessments and employment for South Durban Basin who qualify for employment on Site. With Oversight and Monitoring of these processes.
-The Full Supplier Development/Local Economic Spend plan to be implemented as per agreement for our local stakeholder communities in relation to CSI for the benefit and upliftment of our Community.
– Full Skills Development Plan to be implemented as per agreement for the benefit and upliftment of our community
-Immediate Access to Site for CLOs as they are the eyes and ears of Community duly mandated by ourselves the community. This is non negotiable.
-No Monies allocated to Community Development to be spent on Service Providers or Subcontractors at all. Non Negotiable.
– Immediate Sit Down within 24 hours with our leaders failing which we will have no alternative but to use all means at our disposal to engage Media, Transnet CEO Ms Portia Derby and Rally Further Solidarity within the KZB region with our other alliance partners to place a moratorium on this project in its totality.
South African legislation tries to sway employers towards employing local citizens. When seeking to employ foreign nationals, it is crucial to establish their lawful status before commencing employment. This is due to the fact that the Employee protections created by the Labour Relations Act and other statutes, may make it difficult to terminate the employment relationship later on if the employee is found to be working illegally. The ANC is set to impose restrictions on the employment of foreigners and unions are welcoming the move amid an ongoing jobs debate in the country. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the Government was called on to set strict parameters on the employment ratios of South African citizens and foreign nationals in locally owned businesses.
With slow economic growth due to the covid-19 outbreak, and high unemployment, the same questions are asked about legal foreign workers, particularly those who gain entry into the country each year. Foreign-hiring programs generally stem from the premise that South Africans aren’t skilled enough or won’t do certain jobs. These claims evoke skepticism from many academics and labour rights advocates. Critical skills refers to particular capabilities needed within an occupation. There is also a distinction between absolute and relative scarcity of skills. Further to this, the directive states that, for a general work permit, the application has to be accompanied by a certificate from the Department of Labour or an estimate from the database of a salary benchmark in the organisation stipulating the average salary earned by others in similar positions in the republic. It has to indicate that there has been a diligent search for a local worker, if no local is able to fill the post, then there would be a need for a foreigner to fill the position. The law clearly places the onus on the employer to comply with the relevant legislation and holds the employer liable for non-compliance. South African legislation attempts to sway employers towards employing local citizens.
When seeking to employ foreign nationals, it is crucial to establish their lawful status before commencing employment. This is due to the fact that the Employee protections created by the Labour Relations Act and other statutes, may make it difficult to terminate the employment relationship later on if the employee is found to be working illegally. Frank Alexander; Trustee of the South Durban Basin Community Development Trust, expressed: “As seasoned observers of industrial relations in South Africa we have observed that the Foreign National Question is so emotive that it’s one of those that people want to wish away. The reality is Foreign Nationals working is South Africa tend to produce the same trends. Not Critical Skills, long working hours (people getting locked up in buildings, factories etc) breach of the Countries Labour Laws by paying extremely low wages or breaching Sectorial Determinations, Sector Main agreements and Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
Two pieces of legislation, Employment Services Act and Immigration Act are clear. You can’t hire a foreign National for a skill that exists in the parameters of the country. The Dept of Labour has their own database of the unemployed and can peruse and try to find the skill required. The Dept of Labour can also engage private employment agencies to further satisfy themselves. They will then make a recommendation to Home Affairs. In our case like other countries, South Africa is signatory to the International Labour Organisation and this is within the parameters of the legally permitted guidelines world wide. Even now, as we speak, during international lockdowns there are Foreign National workers at TM1 Transnet, Sappi Saiccor under Murray and Roberts. Across all sectors. That we know of. I wish to be clear, no worker employs himself, the Company does this to see people from Taiwan, India, Singapore, Croatia, Pakistan working during Covid lockdown in your backyard is painful and hard to digest. The powers that be that permit this are engaged in actions tantamount to treason. This is the Apex of Patriotic betrayal.
We wish to reiterate that this question of Foreign labour is not a question of Xenophobia, we advocate for worker solidarity always across the world. The facts demonstrate that some unscrupulous employers are engaged in the practice of Employing Foreign Nationals for the sole purpose of exploitation, breaching of existing labour laws and practices across all sectors of the economy. We cannot sacrifice principle and righteousness at the altar of political correctness and trigger words”. That said, employment of foreigners is designed to be a short-term measure to bridge the skills within an employer’s business and to facilitate the transfer of skills. Employers should, therefore, ensure that the relevant skills are transferred to a South African citizen and that the necessary time and resources are invested in transferring and retaining the skills in South Africa.
“breaching “ Sectorial Determinations not Breathing Sectorial determinations
Page 2 Kairos News, South Durban Basin-September 02, 2020
Greta Apelgren: Grace Under Pressure…by Lorraine Richards
Most people credit the abolition of apartheid to many organisations and leaders, such as the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela. It is, however, unlikely that most would think of the women who retaliated against the oppression in honour of their communities and well-being. Colonialism and apartheid affected women in different ways than their male counterparts. For one thing, women were subjected not only to racial discrimination but also gender discrimination. However, their contributions to the struggle against apartheid were much greater than even they could have expected. Greta Apelgren is a true freedom fighter who retaliated against the oppression of the apartheid regime. On entering her home, you are greeted by a warm space that feels comfortable and attractive and has a distinct personality. The interior is tastefully furnished and incorporates details that add character and visual interest. She is the life of any gathering that she attends. People enjoy her anecdotes and sense of humour. However, she is a focused individual, who does not have the time for the mundane. She is sincere and courageous when faced with most life matters. She is always successful at most things that she is involved in, whether it be simple tasks or more ample projects. This is also because she is motivated by the fear of failure and by how much she dislikes cowardice. She needs to feel herself in control and on top of the leadership ladder, but at the same time, when someone deserves dignity, she is quick to offer it.
She is currently the president of Durban South Women In Business(DSWIBA).These are women in the business community who are blazing a trail in their business, are respected for accomplishments within their industries, give back to the community, and are sought out as respected advisors and mentors within their field of influence. From 1980 to 1986, she helped establish and manage the Wentworth improvement Centre, which focused mostly on the social development needs of the youth of Wentworth. She was an executive member of the Board of Management of the centre. She was also an executive member of the Wentworth Residents Association, and an active member of the local Catholic church, Christ The King, working mostly with youth programmes. Prior to her arrest, she was employed as a professional community development officer by the Durban Child and Family welfare Society, dealing mostly with issues affecting township women and children, impacted upon mainly by the inequalities of apartheid. From 1983 to 1985, she became an active member of the (United Democratic Front), UDF, as well as the United Committee of Concern, UCC. Through these structures, she actively campaigned against the tri-cameral elections because it deliberately excluded African people from that political dispensation. This was when African people would continue to be denied their democratic rights to vote. Shortly after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990, she became an executive member of the Wentworth branch of the ANC, an executive member of the Interim Natal ANC Youth League, an executive member of the Interim ANC Welfare Committee.
In January 1986, she was recruited by Robert McBride to become a member of a Special Operations Unit of umkhonto weSizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress. umkhonto we Sizwe or MK, translated “The Spear of the Nation”, was the military wing of the ANC. MK commenced the military struggle against apartheid with acts of sabotage aimed at the infrastructure of the state, and in the early stages, they were reluctant to target civilians. Her role at that stage was only to provide support, example transport, money, and so on, to the Commander and operatives in the unit. This was from January 1986 to July 1986, when she was arrested together with comrade Robert McBride and his father comrade Derick McBride. Greta has experienced all the emotions of Moral injury for her part in the fight for freedom from racism. Moral Injury refers to an injury to an individual’s moral conscience and values resulting from an act of perceived moral transgression, which produces profound emotional guilt and shame. If she could turn back the clock she would omit the part where innocent people were maimed and killed. “The first two years after my release I tried to be normal again and the more I struggled to be normal, the more disturbed I became. I had to accept that I was damaged. A part of my soul was eaten away as if by maggots, horrible as it sounds, and it will never get back again”; she painfully remembers. She was also subject to torture by the special branch interrogators, including months of solitary confinement.
“Together we have fought for our land, against low wages, high rents and the dompas. We have fought against bantu education, and for the right to vote for a government of our choice. Our history is about our struggle for freedom and justice. It tells the life story of the ANC and our struggle against racism and the apartheid government and its draconian sovereignty. Our struggle was not only for the freedom of one particular population group, but for all South Africans. Neither were we mindless hooligans who went about destroying academic institutions by means of arson. The struggle was never for avaricious leaders who seem to take pleasure in running the economy to the ground. A Kleptocracy with corrupt leaders that use their power to exploit the people and natural resources of their own country in order to extend their personal wealth and political powers, by embezzlement of funds at the expense of the entire population. South Africa was applauded for its peaceful transition to Democracy, yet it has re-entered a global world order that has entrenched existing patterns of unemployment, inequality and poverty. CRY OUR BELOVED DEMOCRACY”. It is clear that Greta Apelgren possesses courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate her actions. Courage that could be described as ‘grace under pressure’ – grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremitting pressure.
Kairos News, South Durban Basin-September 02, 2020 Page 3
The Rock of the Austerville community
The phrase wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (“you strike a woman, you strike a rock”) has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.
Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in South African history. One woman who has displayed courage, strength and extreme determination is none other than the founder/director of WOW; (Wentworth Organisation Of Women) Patricia Dove. This philanthropic woman has a tireless commitment to help others.
The outpouring love and strength with which she takes on any challenge to uphold the foundation of her community is commendable.
A closer look at her charitable attributes reveal just how complex, fascinating, and magnetic this lovely lady can be. Highly intelligent and very courageous, she is no pushover. In fact, when this woman decides what she wants, she’ll go after it regardless of the challenges in her way. Like Hillary Clinton, she is audacious. Her aim is to empower and develop women, children and the community in which they live, work and play. Whether it’s her almost glass-like eyes or her Mona Lisa smile, this lady just radiates good energy. With her great capacity for kindness, she has a true desire to do good in the world. She has an amazing ability to connect with people who are suffering or in pain. When you add all these traits together, Mrs Dove may actually be one of the nicest, kindest, most good-natured people you’ve ever met. Her doors are always open to the community in need.
With that said, it is no secret that she fights the hardest fight and is a woman among women. Patricia Dove is what phenomenal women are made of.
For further information, contact Swami Sagaren Govender on 073-391-5490/031-823-5207 and WOW Centre director, Patricia Dove on 073-238-9708. BY: Lorraine Richards
Woman Of The Year-Norma Mclou
Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities. It is a time to celebrate women for their strength, resilience and contribution to society and to the country. This Women’s Month we celebrate founder and chairperson of Malibongwe, Norma Mclou as Kairos News’ Women Of The Year. She is indeed a woman who each day continues to make a difference in her community. Her contribution to a better society is part of the new legacy that South Africans have been building since 1994. This lady is inventive, active and constantly thinking of new ideas on how to make the world better or to help others. To date, she has fostered over 40 children. She has shown a sincere and deep commitment to the children placed in her care and is well loved and respected by these children. She is the type who can shake things up and inspires others to make the changes they need in their life for the greater good of all. Weird and unconventional, she is never boring and knows how to crack a joke. Her stories will always be interesting because she has had many experiences, and loves to share with others.
Eccentric and having thoughts others wouldn’t even dare to imagine, she is philosophical and can adopt the “outside the box” type of thinking. She is able to solve complex problems with simple, yet surprising solutions. You will never see her idle because she dislikes boredom. Individualistic and creative, she is also famous for being kind and caring, which means that she can lead any group of people. While she loves to listen to other people’s opinions, she is unlikely to change her mind about her own views. She sticks tenaciously to her beliefs no matter what. “Let us salute the spirit of women. We possess the ability to cross boundaries, while embracing the freedom and power to be aware of our changing world. To know who we are and being true to ourselves is liberating. I, for one, constantly see the world through the people who populate my stories and my life. Their perspectives lead from unexpected insights into mine”; she expresses. By: Lorraine Richards
Joy Williams-The Gully Pastor
Every successful entrepreneur started somewhere. There’s no “magic pill” that effortlessly launches you out of your cubicle confinement and into the free world of entrepreneurship. The truth is, great success in business grows from just one, tiny seed. For some, the dream to be your own boss takes a long time, even years, before it finally comes to fruition. The truth is, great success in business grows from just one, tiny seed. We asked Joy Williams to share how she got her start in business. Her answers revealed the deep motivation and personal qualities that drove her to make her idea a reality. However, it wasn’t based on a great desire to build a business. Rather, it was borne out of necessity. She admits that she and her husband, Pastor Matthew Williams are fondly known as the ‘GULLY Pastors’ in the community, for their Evangelical and Outreach Street Ministry.
“I am an avid lover of plants and flowers so everywhere I go I take photos of plants and flowers. God has gifted me with an eye to appreciate beauty. My family tease me all the time about this, but I know when I am inspired to take pictures. So my phone is full of pictures of flowers. We use to also run a flea market stall selling pot plants and flowers. It was absolutely awesome being surrounded by all the flowers. We went through a bad patch again with no work for my husband. Eventually we had to sell the car. So no more flea markets. I was so disappointed. However, I kept on taking my pictures of flowers. What seemed foolish to man was a set up by God, once again. Little did I know that God was moulding and shaping me for Business and WOW! my passion is FLOWERS. And all this was during lockdown time. I am inspired to start up my business; my own personal unique brand exclusive to Joy Williams.”; she encourages. By: Lorraine Richards
Page 4 Kairos News, South Durban Basin-September 02, 2020
KhoiSan Provincial Traditional Council of KZN
Since 1999 the National Khoisan Council was formed by the late President Nelson Mandela to act as a negotiating forum to address the constitutional accommodation of the Khoisan San in South Africa. The Traditional Council was established under the leadership of Prince Raymond Trollip, the elected president of KPTC-KZN on 06 March 2020, in Pietermaritzburg. HRH has a vast knowledge on civic matters as a former Mayor of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal, a former Commissioner for the Commission for Religious & Linguistics Rights (CRL) and traditional affairs. This structure has met all the requirements of the Traditional KhoiSan Leadership Bill and can now make recommendations for KhoiSan communities to be recognised as traditional communities in accordance with the provisions of the Traditional KhoiSan Leadership Bill.
The legal opinion on the Traditional Leadership and Khoisan Amendment Bill noted a submission from the KZN Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs that it was time that the KhoiSan were grouped under one umbrella with the existing traditional authority. However, the legal adviser proposed that chapter 12 of the Constitution encompassed all indigenous customs, and the KhoiSan should be accommodated in terms of it, even though it might do things separately and differently. The Bill was to be branded as a section 76 Bill, even though it spoke to the National House of Traditional Leaders, as the National House was only there by virtue of its being a traditional house. Its objectives and functions are to promote the role of traditional leadership within a democratic constitutional dispensation, enhance unity and understanding among traditional communities and advise national government.
His Royal Highness, Prince Llewelyn Jullies of the Korana Tribe in KZN, stated; “The Khoisan order, which is the five bloodlines, had to be implemented. Out of those will be the Kings, Queen, Chiefs, Senior Traditional Leaders, Headmen and Headwomen. These will be appointed by the Premier of the province and registered with the Department of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).The second move to implement will be the KwaZulu-Natal Khoisan Traditional Council. When this council is put to work, we will start with our land, heritage and historical landmarks. This council will also address the needs of the Khoisan, such as employment and economic development, alongside local and provincial government, who will regulate themselves and appoint their own leadership”
Jean Choudree, 2nd Deputy President of the Khoisan Provincial Traditional Council of KZN said; “The council leadership will sit in various municipalities, local, provincial and national structures, representing the KhoiSan nation. The Khoisan Traditional & Leadership Bill allows us to form a provincial council and advisory council under the Premier.
The way forward is that our people must unite as the door is now open for ALL “Coloured communities to be part of the development plan for the first time in the country since our forebears were dispossessed. Our historical landmarks and heritage sites must be handed over to the rightful owners”. When it comes to the harsh difficulties many Khoisan face every day, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” hits home. Many people have only a vague sense of the serious past and present injustices suffered by these indigenous people.
With an attitude that the Khoisan were subhuman, “merciless savages,” white settlers forced countless numbers of them off their lands, away from ancient hunting grounds. The Khoisan still suffer higher rates of poverty, poor educational achievement, substandard housing, and higher rates of disease and illness. They continue to rank at or near the bottom of nearly every social, health, and economic indicator. One of the key strategic goals of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders is the custodianship of cultures, customs, traditions and values. Within the provincial context, traditional leaders have a significant role to play in promoting indigenous languages and cultures as well as preserving heritage for future generations. By: Lorraine Richards
Miss September 2020-Kimberley Maroney
Our Miss September 2020 is Austerville’s own sexy, most mysterious; Kimberley Maroney, who is the embodiment of Athena, goddess of war, tragedy and wisdom. She is exotic and magnetic, as deep as the sea, and, depending on her mood, as calm or as tempestuous. She is extraordinarily intuitive and will be keenly interested in the esoteric, or any occult or spiritual experience that offers some kind of deep insight. She is in tune with the fundamental forces of life and nature and is moved by the great tides and events of human experience.
Kimberley always wants to understand everything and knows how to craft just the right question to obtain the answers she seeks. She is intuitive, controlling, and sometimes self-destructive, but in all this she has a certain deadly beauty to her personality. She is fearless and caring, and even when life gets a little tricky she merely takes it on the chin and keeps going. Self-confident, resourceful, and strong, she is driven to succeed. She works hard and is always willing to sacrifice anything to reach her goals. She is also complex and secretive, choosing who she divulges her secrets to carefully.
The beauty of this woman is exceptional, mysterious and totally magnetic. She will control her wish to dominate and will let a man lead in a relationship, at least during courtship. With those beautiful, penetrating eyes of hers, she can read exactly what is on your mind. By: Lorraine Richards