Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga held a public meeting in Pilgrim’s Rest today with business and workers in which it was agreed that legal opinion be obtained to stop the shutting down of the town on 31 July.
This after the Public Works Department awarded the majority of 21 business leases for core premises in the small tourist town to individuals or companies with no capital, business plan or knowledge of the town.
At today’s meeting, business and workers were united in the call to fight the collapse of the Pilgrim’s Rest economy. The DA and the Pilgrim’s Rest community have transferred the matter to our attorneys for legal opinion on a joint court application.
One worker stated at the meeting that he would need to remove his four kids from school after he is retrenched at the end of the month.
Business owners will be evicted from their premises on 1 August by the Public Works Department without negotiating the ongoing employment of workers.
The DA and the Pilgrim’s Rest community took a firm decision to fight for the town and against the jobs that will be lost if Public Works’ plan to shut down businesses goes ahead. We will communicate the outcome of the legal opinion in due course.