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Salini further curbs operations

KEETMANSHOOP, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Salini Impregilo introduced a limitation on all work related activities at Neckartal Dam to one shift per day, starting Wednesday, until further notice.
The company normally operates on a 24-hour schedule of two shifts, but of late has started reducing working hours in the wake of cash flow problems.
Salini this week requested Government to pay up N.dollars 396 million in the interest of optimal functioning of operations at the dam.
In an internal memorandum to all staff, signed by Project Manager Fabrizio Lazzarin, Salini said working hours are reduced to 8.5 hours per day, including a non-negotiable one-hour break.
In the memo, seen by Nampa, the company warns that working of excess hours is strictly prohibited and that no overtime will be recognised.
The only exception is for employees assigned to perform essential services and the work schedules for these will be determined by supervisors beforehand.
The shifts for site workers are from 07h00 – 15h30 Monday to Saturday and 08h00 – 17h00 for office workers from Monday to Friday. Office workers will work from 07h00 – 12h00 Saturdays.
Nampa has meanwhile learnt that Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa is scheduled to meet with Salini on Friday.
He will also speak at a business seminar to be held during the Keetmanshoop Agricultural and Industrial Show on Thursday.
Here, he is expected to shed light on various issues related to Neckartal Dam, his office confirmed to Nampa on Wednesday.
Lazzarin did not respond to calls made to his cell phone.
Salini is known for its non-responsive behaviour towards Namibian media.
The company has over the years persisted with a “no comment” response to queries pertaining to issues arising at the dam.
The company has on occasion also blocked and demanded the physical removal of journalists who visited the site during labour disputes and other spontaneous occurrences.
Free entry to the dam is not permitted and visits have to be arranged with Salini in advance and approval granted.
(NAMPA)
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