Indian expatriates working at Durban Port intimidated by a “community forum”

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Durban -A GROUP of Indian expatriates feared returning to work at the Durban Port after a “community forum” prevented the 32 men from leaving their accommodation on the Bluff.

Ramulu Dandiboniya said they had arrived from India about two years ago to build 36-metre diameter tanks including floating roofs and Geodesic domes. Part of this project also included sharing skills with South Africans.

Last week, they were prevented from leaving their accommodation and they felt fearful. “They (the community forum) were shouting slogans that we could not understand,” he said.

Dandiboniya, the project manager for VJ Tanks, said they worked on the project with Stefanutti Stocks and that the situation had deteriorated to the point where the Consulate of India had to get food to the men because they were locked in. “They are scared to even go buy bread,” he said.

Dandiboniya had arrived in SA in 2019, and the rest of the working crew followed in January 2020. When the rest of the workers arrived, they started to experience intimidation when one of them was verbally attacked in November last year.

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I can kinda see why people would be upset at large organized groups like this being imported for the sole purpose of a construction project

feels qualitatively a bit different than the oke from zim that is just trying not to starve

doesn’t quite excuse it but still
 

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I can kinda see why people would be upset at large organized groups like this being imported for the sole purpose of a construction project

feels qualitatively a bit different than the oke from zim that is just trying not to starve

doesn’t quite excuse it but still

" Part of this project also included sharing skills with South Africans." - whatever that skill is although I don't see what construction skill won't be available in SA.
 

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When the insurgents at Mozambique infiltrates Natal and come to Durban, all the Xenophobia and threats will come to an end. I doubt those people will allow lawlesness in Durbs.
 

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I can kinda see why people would be upset at large organized groups like this being imported for the sole purpose of a construction project

feels qualitatively a bit different than the oke from zim that is just trying not to starve

doesn’t quite excuse it but still
They probably require a lot of specialist welding, a skill which is lacking in this country. There just aren't enough of those coded welders. Even eskom used a lot of expat labour for their boiler welding.
 
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When the insurgents at Mozambique infiltrates Natal and come to Durban, all the Xenophobia and threats will come to an end. I doubt those people will allow lawlesness in Durbs.
They haven't even expanded their influence beyond Cabo Delgado yet.
 

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" Part of this project also included sharing skills with South Africans." - whatever that skill is although I don't see what construction skill won't be available in SA.
We don't have certain welding skills. We had Serbians and Croatians at Kusile doing most of the specialist welding. My employer had a bunch of Thai nationals when the skill was needed.
 

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No, they won't go far. If they were seeking expansion, they would have tried to dominate Tanzania before heading south.
 

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No, they won't go far. If they were seeking expansion, they would have tried to dominate Tanzania before heading south.
Mobility of people. They establish a presence, imperceptible initially. It's a long game. two or three generations.
 

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Proudly South African. Xenophobia is a human rights violation as all humans in SA are supposed to be protected by the Bill of Rights irrespective of nationality. Yet I see no mention of the SAHRC.

The SAHRC only acts in perceived white on black cases.
 

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I can kinda see why people would be upset at large organized groups like this being imported for the sole purpose of a construction project

feels qualitatively a bit different than the oke from zim that is just trying not to starve

doesn’t quite excuse it but still

I have watched locals trying to build an arch over a gate for two years and demolishing every one due to lack of symmetry (BEE company employing AA). Now you want locals to build 36-metre diameter tanks including floating roofs and Geodesic domes?
 

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" Part of this project also included sharing skills with South Africans." - whatever that skill is although I don't see what construction skill won't be available in SA.

These:

Building 36-metre diameter tanks including floating roofs and Geodesic domes.
 

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They probably require a lot of specialist welding, a skill which is lacking in this country. There just aren't enough of those coded welders. Even eskom used a lot of expat labour for their boiler welding.

Geodesic domes require mathematics, survey and welding of precise angles.
 
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