Water Department appointments under fire

The South African government continues to cosy up to Havana. This time, appointing 24 Cuban engineers to provide support on water projects locally. eNCA’s Barry Bateman reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Cubans have come to South Africa’s rescue again, but they’re not being welcomed with open arms.

The Water and Sanitation Department has appointed 24 of Havana’s finest to support local engineers at troubled water projects.

The department says the deployment is part of a skills transfer programme going back two decades and will cost taxpayers about R60-million.

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South Africans are not impressed, questioning why the need for the appointment when there are unemployed professionals on home soil. 

Similar anger was expressed when Cuban doctors were brought in last year to support the COVID-19 response.

* eNCA’s Barry Bateman reports.


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