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Amatola Water media statement
27 August 2018 


Amatola Water CEO Vuyo Zitumane has confirmed that striking employees had returned to work today following an agreement with SAMWU facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. 

The three-week long strike was called off after agreement that Amatola Water would backpay a 6, 5% increase on basic and retirement effective from 1 July 2017 and implement a 6, 5% increase effective from 1 July 2018. 

Zitumane says the agreement was also clear on disciplinary action which will be taken on all cases of misconduct and sabotage and distraction of Amatola Water property and equipment, excluding participation in the strike. 

“This type of behaviour cannot be condoned.  The organisation has suffered substantial damage to its infrastructure on two plants, including numerous pump-stations, pipelines and valves, which has had a knock-on effect for service delivery to some of our most-needy communities,” she explains. 

She says that the silver lining to the strike has been labour’s commitment to Amatola Water’s turnaround plan. 

“As we move forward, it is critical that we return to work and focus on recovering from the reputational, relationship and physical damage that has been incurred by the strike. It will not be easy, but Amatola Water proven itself to be a strong and resilient institution that has a significant role to play in the water sector,” she ends. 

Commenting on behalf of the South African Municipal Workers' Union leadership Victor Totolo says that “it was grateful to Amatola Water for the progressive approach to ending the strike and the determination, commitment and endeavours initiated to unlock the deadlock. We avail ourselves to restoring sound labour relations within the institution, establishing rapport between employees, mitigating the reputational damage, improving stakeholder relations, and above all, promoting a harmonised and democratised workplace.” 

For more information, contact:

Unathi Mbali 
Manager: Office of the CEO
Mobile 082 846 9243
Office +27 (43) 707 3740 

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