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Govt working with Saldanha Bay employers to avert water-related job losses

Officials have confirmed to EWN that three major employers in the Saldanha Bay area are concerned about the precarious supply of water.

FILE: Picture: Pixabay.com.

CAPE TOWN - Local government authorities are working with major employers on the West Coast in an effort to stave off water-related job losses.

Officials have confirmed to Eyewitness News that three major employers in the Saldanha Bay area are concerned about the precarious supply of water.

Together they employ more than 8,000 people.

The companies include two fish canning factories and the Saldanha smelter.

Local government department chief Graham Paulse says they’ve been holding meetings with the employers to try to ensure a steady supply of water.

"The smelter is at risk of closing and losing about 2,000 direct job losses."

The two fish canning factories in the area also rely on fresh water and if it dries up so will their business.

One of those factories is owned by Oceana. It’s told Eyewitness News it’s committed to augmenting the municipal water supply and is, in fact in the process of doing so.

That will ensure the factory keeps running and job losses are kept at bay.

WATCH: CT's dam levels remain low

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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