Saturday , April 17 2021

Boss «did not even wait for me to explain why I was late» – Metrorail commuter loses his job after train delays

"He did not even wait for me to explain why I was late. I just said to pack their things and leave, "says Philile Nzimande, who was fired from his job because of the Durban MetroRail train delays.

Nzimande said she arrived two hours after, at the end of a train of Umlazi «stopped in the middle of nowhere" because of a power failure, according GroundUp.

"When the train finally arrived, I still had to walk 20 minutes to get to the office. By the time I was sweaty and anxious, trying to explain to my manager, that the delay was not my fault, "she said.

She works in the company for two months.

That was five months ago. If GroundUp visited the train station Dalbridge last week, Nzimande, 30, was one of several people waiting for a train to come. She went back to her house in Umlazi after she described as "another fruitless day" job search.

"I waited for the train for almost an hour," she said. "I have no choice but to continue to use the train because it is the cheapest option. Buses and taxis are twice as much, "she said.

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History Nzimande not from & # 39 is unique among MetroRail commuter in Durban.

Every day, during peak hours, cars traveling from the suburbs to the CBD crowded. Several suburban also expressed concern about the frequent train delays, cancellations and poor train service.

Another regular Metrorail commuter, who asked not to be named, said he too was afraid of losing his job as an engineer trainee, when he was late again.

It takes two train from his home in Umlazi to be at work on time. "I have received a final written warning because irregular times and train delays," he said.

"I have to be at work 7:00 sharp for field work. One morning, the train was delayed because of a power failure. Now I take two trains that are less crowded in urban areas. This means that I travel at least two hours from Umlazi in Umbilo. It's a compromise I had to do to keep my job, "he said.

GroundUp contacted the provincial representative of the passenger railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Deputy Nomnganga, for comment.

Despite several phone calls and emails, starting from 20 November, there was no answer.

If GroundUp speaks on Nomnganga in, Nomfundo Gomba, she promised to send our request, but no response had been received at the time of publication.

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