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Oceana Brands factory faces closure over smell, workers protest

This comes after some Hout Bay residents complained of the foul smell emanating from the factory.

Workers of Oceana Brands marched to the mayor’s office against the proposed closure of the factory on 11 September 2015. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Oceana Brands workers have marched to the mayor's office against the proposed closure of the factory.

The factory faces closure after some Hout Bay residents complained of the foul smell emanating from it.

#HoutBaySmell Mbanjwa says the smell may be irritating but it's not harmful. MK pic.twitter.com/rQPAxVKs3r

They have called on the city and the factory owners to relocate operations from Hout Bay to where the stench won't affect residents.

#HoutBaySmell FAWU's Zolani Mbanjwa says the city shouldn't be bullied by "wealthy" residents of Hout Bay. MK pic.twitter.com/1cYksDm2TJ

The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) led workers in a march to the companies head office in the Cape Town central business district.

The workers handed over a memorandum at the mayor's today.

Fawu's Zilani Mbajwa said, "You must pay mind that this 98 employees they have families. In other words, if you are saying they must move to St Helena Bay, you're talking about [300 to 400] people because you cannot just move alone."

The memorandum was received by the City's Wilfred Solomans Johannes.

"Now the contract that you have is not with the City of Cape Town but with the employer and so the responsibility is on the owner of the company."

The union has given the mayor seven days to respond to its demands.

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