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Cuban engineers: Govt to oppose Solidarity’s court docket utility

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s Division of Water and Sanitation will oppose a court docket utility by union Solidarity to have the Cuban engineers programme in South Africa cancelled.

Image: Gallo Photos/Frennie Shivambu

  • The water and sanitation division says the enter from Cuban engineers may be very minimal.
  • The division stated it might oppose Solidarity’s pressing utility, set to be heard subsequent month.
  • Solidarity needs the court docket to challenge an interdict stopping the Cuban engineers from doing any work within the nation.

The Division of Water and Sanitation will oppose a court docket utility by union Solidarity to reverse the deployment of engineers from Cuba in South Africa.

In a press release on Saturday, the division stated it was glad that it had addressed all issues raised by the union.

“The division reiterates that the enter of the Cuban engineers within the work of the division may be very minimal and solely a fraction of the technical engineering work carried out by the division. Their presence is supposed to assist and complement the technical engineering work within the division. Due to this fact, the provisions of the EPA [Engineering Profession Act] and the ECSA [Engineering Council of South Africa] don’t prohibit using overseas engineers by entities and authorities departments in South Africa.”

Solidarity stated it had met with division officers, asking that the programme be suspended, and had additional offered an inventory of 132 engineers who it believed may do the work.

READ | Cuban engineers to switch water, sanitation abilities that SA engineers would not have – Sisulu

Division officers requested a chance to current an alternate proposal, and the deadline was prolonged twice, however the proposal was by no means acquired, the union stated.

In line with the division, a digital assembly was held final week the place questions have been raised by the union and answered by officers.

“One of many key questions raised associated to the registration provisions of the EPA. On this occasion, the division can state that it’s conscious of the registration provisions of the EPA and notes that the ECSA has not but made it obligatory for engineering professionals to register with the council. Due to this fact, there was no want to make sure compliance with the Act in as far as it pertains to the secondment of the Cuban engineers in South Africa.” 

Solidarity filed an pressing utility, asking the Gauteng Excessive Courtroom in Pretoria for an interdict that might forestall Cuban engineers from doing any work on South Africa’s water infrastructure, and that no funds be made in relation to the settlement between authorities and Cuba.

The union’s CEO Dirk Hermann stated that “importing engineers” was outrageous when the data, competence and accreditation of keen engineers have been accessible within the nation.

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Hermann stated in a press release on Wednesday:

These Cuban engineers will not be accredited in South Africa. Our tax cash can a lot somewhat be used to make use of our personal engineers and employees. We can not look on whereas the Minister [of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu] squanders assets by way of her irrational selections. Our precedence is to advertise the pursuits of South African employees.

Sisulu introduced final month that 24 Cuban engineers would arrive within the nation to switch data and abilities on water and sanitation. She added that this was as a result of Cuban engineers possessed speciality abilities that their South African counterparts didn’t have.

The matter has been set down for a court docket listening to on 1 June.

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