Mathabo Princes Boshego
On the morning of Wednesday, August 02, Mbombela Local Municipality workers downed tools and took to the streets, turning White River town area into a rubbish dump. The entrance to the municipal offices was closed off with a heap of rubbish that prohibited vehicles from entering the parking lot. A similar strike took place in the City of Nelspruit the day before. It is alleged that one of the reasons for the strike is salaries or wages not being on the same level as others working in nearby municipalities.
“Walking through the unbearable smell and seeing the actual dirt made my day horrible,” said Busi Dladla. She added how concerned she is about the people of South Africa violating the right to peacefully strike because “this strike is not peaceful at all.” “I am not happy about arriving late for my meeting in White River, trying to look out for bottles that can damage my car tyres and not having access to all road lanes,” said Given Jones from Hino Nelspruit.
White River provides employment to many people living in and outside of the town. “The strike made business very slow for my African Food restaurant when it came to deliveries to my customers,” said Marius Whitaker from Dave’s Kitchen.
White River is known as a tourist town, on the Panorama Route to Graskop. In the evening, some citizens of White River, members of the White River Ratepayers Association (WRRA) together with AfriForum and the neighborhood watch, gathered to clean the streets of the beautiful town of White River.
Local residents of various organisations cleaning up the streets in White River.