Bfn youth call for jobs – “if not, Mlamleli must step down as Mayor”

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A group of about 200 residents was heard chanting in unison “(Cyril) Ramaphosa, talk to Olly (Mlamleli) because we want jobs”  during a march on Friday afternoon in Bloemfontein’s Central Business District (CBD). The group, which mostly consisted of young people, said that they want Mangaung Metropolitan Executive Mayor, Olly Mlamleli to step down as she has failed to deliver on service delivery, particularly waste collection and also to provide jobs for young people in the metro. This protest comes weeks after she held a meeting with various representatives from wards 1 to ten in Mangaung’s townships, who were asking her for permanent jobs. The community representatives said that they were a group of about 70 people from these wards who needed jobs and they had already worked in various governmental initiatives such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and Community Workers Program (CWP). Municipal spokesperson, Qondile Khedama said that the metro’s Deputy Mayor, Lebohang Masoetsa took the memorandum of grievances from the marching residents and said that Masoetsa committed to going through each listed item on the memorandum with representatives from those communities. “These marching residents were complaining that their EPWP and CWP contracts had ended and they were without jobs. They also referred to the Batho Heroes Park project, where they used to work, saying when will the other phases of the project start as they had only worked on the first phase,” Khedama said. He further stated that the municipality noted their concerns and will liaise with the national Department of Public Works, which is the custodian of that project and find out when Phase 2 and 3 will resume. Meanwhile, Parkweg Police spokesperson, Chaka Marope said that the march was a peaceful one and neither no incidents were reported, nor was anyone arrested.