Indians in S Africa hit by ‘jobs for locals’ stir | Hyderabad News -

Indians in S Africa hit by ‘jobs for locals’ stir | Hyderabad News

Hyderabad: A group of 32 Indian workforce, including a project manager from Telangana, executing a specialised construction project at Durban Port, are facing severe opposition from a local South African group under the guise of ‘jobs for locals only’ stir. The group has even gone to the extent of preventing the Indian workers from getting out of their makeshift accommodation.
Stefanutti Stocks, one of South Africa’s leading engineering and construction groups, which employed the Indian workers, had to seek local police’s help to handle the situation. “We are now being provided private security to escort us,” said Ramesh Dandiboyina, project manager at the work site in Durban Port. Out of the 32 workers, Ramesh hails from Telangana. The others belong to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The situation took a turn for worse when the local workers who were protesting against their Indian counterparts did not allow them to go out to buy provisions or allowed food to be supplied to them. Ramesh got in touch with Patkuri Basanth Reddy, president of Gulf Telangana Welfare and Cultural Association, and discussed the matter with him. Basanth Reddy got in touch with the authorities in Durban and ensured some help to the workers.
Vivek Katare, Consul (consulate, passport and visa division and community affairs), Consulate General of India (CGI) in Durban, also intervened and took up the matter with the authorities concerned. The workers said the CGI had been of great help to them.
The workers, however, are on tenterhooks. Their workplace is 10 km away from where they have been provided accommodation. “As of now, we are safe,” Ramesh said. But, the local South African group is sticking to its demand that their jobs should not be given to Indian workers.
The project was undertaken by Stefanutti Stocks to construct 36-meter diameter tanks. Constructing floating roofs and what are called ‘geodesic domes’ is also part of the project, which began in 2019.

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