CARMEL RICKARD: Fuel for thought
A petrol attendant damaged a customer’s car by using the wrong fuel. Should he have been fired for not paying for a course to improve his skills?
Since discovering that magistrates in Lesotho are paid a salary roughly equal to those of petrol attendants in SA — though without tips or any extras, of course — I have been interested in stories about the employment conditions of the people who fill our cars.
This particular case concerns self-funded compulsory training. An employee of Engen Barbeque Downs, Ngwato Lekgau, put the wrong fuel into a customer’s vehicle in December 2017. Engen covered the repair costs of more than R2,000. But what was to be done about Lekgau?