At Last! Pikitup Managing Director Amanda Nair Fired


Pikitup board has thrown out its controversial managing director Amanda Nair; with immediate effect. Nair, who has been on special leave since April, has been accused of maladministration and corruption.

According to the board, the severance of the MD’s contract is in the best interest of the company; a wholly owned entity of the City of Johannesburg‚ its shareholder‚ employees and the residents of the City of Johannesburg.

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Prior to her dismissal, she was suspended after an independent forensic investigation conducted by hired independent auditors on eight charges related to recruitment and remuneration of employees and three charges related to procurement were served to her on 5 July.

The board added:

“Correspondence with Ms Nair has become increasingly vexatious; politicised and hostile to the former and current leadership of the board and the City [of Johannesburg].

In the similar vein, it is clear that Ms Nair would have considerable difficulty in creating a relationship of trust with organised labour, and providing the leadership necessary to create harmonious workplace relations; a reasonable expectation of an MD in any company.”

Workers Kick Against Former Managing Director Amanda Nair

Nair has been on the nerves of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu); prompting the union’s call for her immediate dismissal in its industrial action demands. In the period between November 23, 2015, and April 9, 2016; Pikitup flooded the streets for 36 days during unprotected and illegal labour action protests.

The strike was characterized by violence and intimidation. It also left the city with an unpleasant smell as refuse piled up in the city centre and its environs.

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Meanwhile, the board has appointed the managing director of Joburg Water; Lungile Dhlamini, the acting MD of Pikitup. It also wished former managing director Amanda Nair well in her future endeavours.