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22 January 2021

Rustenburg – Former employees of Shepherd Bushiri, founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, expressed their frustration for not being fully paid for the period they worked at the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa in the Magaliesberg by protesting in the road leading to the spa on Monday 18 January 2021. The protest was peaceful, yet management refused to come out to discuss their plans with them.

 
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) informed Platinum Weekly that director Cameron Morajane had closed the matter brought to them by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) against Shepherd Bushiri trading as the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa, however, an email communication from SATAWU on Thursday 14 January 2021 states otherwise.

 
SATAWU indicates that the CCMA case was heard on Friday 4 December 2020 by commissioner Foster Maluleke and is still on the roll as they tasked SATAWU to compile a detailed list of all the workers and the amounts due to them. SATAWU submitted the list to the CCMA on Thursday 10 December 2020.
The submission details salaries and wages amounting to around R2 million which have not been paid. SATAWU has secured an arbitration with the CCMA’s commissioner Aaron Sebako for Wednesday 24 February 2021.
Bushiri listed the resort as surety on a loan which he defaulted on. A court order from March 2020 states that if Bushiri’s company defaults on repaying a loan the resort would become the property of the JM BUSHA Investment Group (Pty) Ltd. The transfer of ownership came about and Benson Mavedzenge issued a letter on Wednesday 2 December 2020 stating that JM BUSHA was ceasing to operate the country resort. 


Documents provided to Platinum Weekly show that debts incurred by Bushiri and the previous owner, before transferring the property to the current owner JM BUSHA, have contributed to the outstanding wages owed to workers.

Protestors outside the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa asked management for answers on Monday 18 January 2021
Protestors outside the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa asked management for answers on Monday 18 January 2021
Don’t bother phoning the number on the last Facebook post from the iconic country resort as the mailbox is full.

 

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