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Job seekers raid casino in Pretoria

In spite of the major disruptions to its construction activities on Tuesday, the International’s Time Square Casino and Hotel located in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, is all set to fling open it gates on April 1 after a grand opening show.

The spokesperson linked with Sun International, Michael Farr, has said that they will continue engaging with the group with regards to vacancies and give due consideration to those applicants who are duly qualified for the available posts, as and when they become available.

This brand new and innovative city development was in the centre of a massive labor and job seeker protest this Tuesday morning. As per Pretoria news, over 500 job seekers belonging to surrounding areas had stormed the parking in the basement demanding that jobs be given to them and other residents of Pretoria.

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According to witnesses, several job seekers had barged into the Hotel’s parking area early morning on Tuesday, at about 8am. They were demanding an audience and emergent meeting with the casino authorities in charge of recruitment. As they became more violent, they started hurling bricks as well as other construction items. Their main demand was that they should be allowed access to the Hotel’s construction site. Once the situation escalated and got out of control, police had to be summoned for maintaining law and order.

According to Colette Weilbach, a police spokesperson, a 40-year-old Brooklyn police station sergeant sustained light head injuries as he was struck by a brick in his attempts of stopping the mob from becoming violent and getting into the premises of the construction site. He was taken for first aid to the hospital and was soon back at his post as medical assistance was promptly provided for the minor injuries sustained by him.

10000 indirect and direct jobs are anticipated to be in order in the construction, initial fit-out, as well as the start-up phases.

Farr added that the group of violent job seekers had alleged that the casino and hotel giant had refrained from employing people from Pretoria; this was one of the main features of their agitation. He added that it was unfair that failing to employ the locals to work during the development stages should trigger off such a demand from job seekers. Though Sun International was sympathetic to the need for employment in the community, it was impossible to absorb most job seekers as there was no available space in most positions.

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