By Theodorah Waga Mawasha
NKOWANKOWA-A persistent failure to pay employees could very likely be a signal that a company is struggling financially. This is what students contracted as engineering manufacturers at Miya roofing manufacturers in Nkowankowa, Greater Tzaneen are suspecting could be the challenge with the aforementioned business.
This comes after a group of 100 young people came on board on a six months learnership program at the company but haven’t received their stipends. The learners claim that they have thus far worked for two months without pay and only 3 people in the team received wages for July alone.
According to one of the students who spoke anonymously said, they signed a six months contract which commenced in June 2022.
“We have been here for two months working our fingers to the bone. If the company is facing insolvency this must be communicated to us. It is unfair to work and not get compensated or be informed about why you aren’t getting money. We ask questions but we don’t get straight answers”, anonymous said.
“We have left no stone unturned with this matter but we are not getting any help hence we have resorted to involving the media. The CEO had the audacity to tell us that the three people were paid only because they use a certain bank that is convenient for him to make transfers”, anonymous fumed.
It is further reported by anonymous that, they have made attempts to involve Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and the organization confirmed that money was available to pay every learner who has reported for duty.
Tzaneen Voice contacted Ndzaka Myambo, one of the officials at the company. Myambo refused to comment on the matter citing that she is not a media liaison.
The company’s switchboard operator refused to provide details of the company CEO Vincent Mushwana, to give insight or comments on the issue