The municipality has since sent out a statement informing workers that they will receive R1,000 food vouchers to use at one of the food shops. According to the statement sent to workers, the vouchers are limited to food stock but can be used for other important products such as the purchase of prepaid electricity.
Workers, including elected officials, had to access these vouchers from Friday June 17 around 3:00 p.m. to Wednesday June 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Workers have not been paid for the month of May due to cash flow problems.
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The municipality has yet to comment on the OFM News investigation.
According to the Auditor General (AG), Tsakani Maluleke, says that Masilonyana is among three municipalities in the Free State that have not accounted for the money spent.
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The decision to give workers food stamps was taken following a meeting with labor unions to mitigate the effects of the May 2022 wage delay.
However, in a second letter sent to the workers regarding the payment of wages, the acting city manager, Lungile Mokoteli, said that the municipality was trying to speed up the process of resolving this problem and trying to get the workers paid. wages as soon as possible.
In 2021, around this month, the municipality again approached the Cooperative Governance Department (Cogta) for a bailout after again failing to pay its workers. However, the head of the department (HOD), Mokete Duma, said the municipality will not receive a bailout due to the depletion of funds intended to help the municipalities.
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In 2022, the municipality is again among eleven cash-strapped Free State municipalities that reportedly approached the provincial Treasury and Cogta departments for bailouts, just two months after the end of fiscal 2021/ 22.
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