The protesters, about 200 of them were wearing their trademark yellow overalls, made their way up Bree and Jeppe streets in the city centre, and turned on Rissik Street facing the City council offices all the while upending and breaking rubbish bins.
A Pickup truck that was collecting rubbish in the vicinity had to speed away in a hurry after it was chased and workers threatened with sticks.
Protesters, who were busy chanting slogans against Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba, flatly declined to be approached for comments.
Mashaba announced last month he would cancel the City’s R1 billion co-production programme Jozi@Work, which was spearheaded by the previous administration, saying that it was littered with patronage.
Mashaba’s spokesperson Tony Taverna-Turisan said the City would continue to honour existing contracts under the programme as it continued the process of revamping the Jozi@Work programme.
Taverna-Turisan said that no jobs have been lost as a result of the City’s decision to revamp the programme, adding that all community members currently employed under Jozi@Work would continue working under the programme until the completion of their contracts.
“It is important to stress that work opportunities provided under the existing Jozi@Work programme are of a temporary nature. Currently, no work opportunities have been withdrawn in the process of revamping the existing programme,” Taverna-Turisan said.
“Rather, the key objective behind revamping Jozi@Work is ensuring that work opportunities under the programme are allocated freely and fairly whilst expanding work opportunities for residents. The new revamped Jozi@Work will bring to an end the network of patronage used to direct work opportunities to ANC members under the past administration.”
Taverna-Turisan said once the City’s new project is launched, it would directly employ workers within the City, ending the City’s reliance on Capacity Support Agents (CSA), middle men who would outsource the work.