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Zero Waste Transport shuts down, retrenches all employees

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SA Zero Waste Transport has shut down operations with immediate effect as from 16 March 2022.

A number of employees shared their retrenchment letters with SA Trucker in which Directors Rudolf Waldeck and Vicky Waldeck told them that the business is closed with immediate effect.

The letter, part thereof, read:

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This is to confirm that due to circumstances beyond our control, the business is closed with immediate effect and retrenchment exercise has become necessary.

Your services will be terminated on 16 March 2022.

You will not be required to continue working in your current position.

The following are the arrangements and payments relating to the termination of your services
You will be paid the following:

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  • Normal wages up to and including 16 March 2022 together with 28days) payment in lieu of notice.
  • In addition, a severance payment calculated in terms of a formula based on your length of service.
SA Zero Waste retrenchments
Retrenchment letters issued to all SA Zero Waste employees. Pic Supplied.

SA Zero Waste directors did not give detailed reasons for shutting down the business.

Drivers who spoke to SA Trucker on condition of anonymity were not happy that the directors just woke up to say the business is closing.

“It was so unfair that we just woke up jobless because the company has closed. They could have at least warned us that the business could shut down, I feel cheated,” said one truck driver.

SA Trucker attempted in vain to reach the company for comment.

The company’s website has also been shut down as shown in the screenshot below.

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Zero Waste Transport shuts down, retrenches all employees
SA Zero Waste website has been removed. Screengrab

The business has been marked permanently closed on Google My Business.

SA Zero Waste google my business closed permanently
SA Zero Waste Google My Business Store permanently closed. Screengrab

The news of Zero Waste closure comes at the same time with an announcement by Massyn Vervoer that it’s closing the tautliner division.

Massyn Vervoer blames unfavourable market conditions in the road freight industry and the vandalism and damages the company experienced in the past.

CEO Frans Massyn, however, assured employees that noone will lose their jobs when the tautliner division closes its doors on 30 April 2022.

He promised that all the drivers and other employees would be placed somewhere else.

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