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Eswatini Mobile employee takes company to court after job loses amid restructuring triggered by financial constraints.

Saturday, 2nd December, 2023

MBABANE:Happiness Lapidos, an employee of Eswatini Mobile has taken the mobile company to court after losing her job amid what the company described as restructuring that resulted to some positions being declared redundant.

Redundant refers to positions or employees that are no longer needed because their work has lost relevance or become unproductive to the operations of the company, Michello Shakantu is the Executive Chairman of Eswatini Mobile.

In her application file at the Industrial Court under a certificate of urgency this week,Lapidos alleged that on the 7th November 2023, while in her line of duty, she came across her colleagues who were standing in what appeared to be a group. 

She told the court that,some of the employees were crying while some seemed to be frustrated,the employees include Machawe Dlamini,Lindelwa Dlamini,Sikhulile Radebe, Busi Dlamini and Tema Nhlabatsi among others.

Lapidos further told the court that,she then asked her colleagues what was going on and they handed to her a letter written;

“Due to the ongoing economic challenges and the company’s inability to meet its revenue targets,business growth has been affected and this has necessitated that the company considers restructuring.It is unfortunate that, some positions risk being declared redundant”,reads the court papers in part.

The applicant wants the court to interdict the company from continuing with declaring her position as redundant and/or furnish her with a notice in terms of Section forty(40) of the Employment Act of 1980 and further notify the Labour Commissioner.

Eswatini Mobile employee takes company to court after job loses amid restructuring triggered by financial constraints.
Eswatini Mobile Chairman Michello Shakantu.