Tender: massage for every worker

2010-08-30 12:49

Pretoria - One head and shoulders massage per worker per year.

This is one of the services the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is requesting in a tender for social services over at least the next three years.

The agency, which has government as its only shareholder, is planning to introduce a toll of about 65c/km on all Gauteng freeways next year.

Last week Sanral declined to answer Sake24's questions on the issue.

However, it appears from tender documents that the organisation envisages a full-time, multilingual and multicultural call centre for its employees.

It will offer the services of psychologists, biokineticists, dieticians, lawyers, debt counsellors and registered nurses. This network of professionals also has to be available countrywide for visits to all Sanral offices and employees' homes.

Legal advice on any issue unrelated to the job, advice on childcare and care of the aged, cancer and HIV, twice-a-year measurements at work of glucose levels, body mass, and stress and burnout management have to form part of the package.

Once a year the team has to look at lung function assessment, flu injections, parenting, recreation and a balance between employees' working and private lives - and each worker should receive a head-and-shoulders massage.

The tender should be based on services for 70 employees.


  • stevie wonder - 2010-08-30 12:56


  • Graham - 2010-08-30 13:17

    What a joke and it is not April yet, have never heard of anything this funny what is next, a weekend at a Spa?????????????

  • jo - 2010-08-30 13:21

    these people are lucky to have jobs!!!!! why on earth must be pay a levy for these people!!!!

  • Joe - 2010-08-30 13:22

    At least now we know what some of the toll fees will be used for! How about a chauffeur service for all the employees? And dont forget a nice company car!

  • Sarah - 2010-08-30 13:25

    Cripes! I would rather suggest IQ tests so as to ensure that the correct road markers and common sense will be used during road upgrades - having lost my father to these badly excecuted upgrades, I am somewhat disenchanted with SANRAL and my sympathies lie with all the workers and drivers and passengers who died during this black and bleak period on our roads.I really wish we could get an accurate count on exactly how many lives have been lost during the upgrades.

  • TMF - 2010-08-30 13:26

    They can do alot with 65c/km.

  • Over my dead body - 2010-08-30 13:40

    I'll be damned if I'm going to pay 65c/km for some useless call center operator to get a biokineticist. Time for a reality check!

  • piete - 2010-08-30 13:42

    the weekend at the spa is for management!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheNekkidEmperor - 2010-08-30 13:43

    What a bizarre country...

  • bab - 2010-08-30 13:53

    Why should the workers not get this , they see how lavish the life style of our leaders and politions are. They feel they should also have all these perks!!!!!!

  • Cygnus X1 - 2010-08-30 13:55

    The inmates are clearly running the institute now!!

  • Pire - 2010-08-30 14:02

    Keep sqeezing the cow for milk...till there is no more, what then? We will find out sooner than we think with the rate things are going.

  • gw - 2010-08-30 14:06

    Not sure that this is something to make a huge fuss about. "Employee Wellness" is very much the flavour of the month at the moment, and companies worldwide are providing these services. But whether a state-owned entity such as SANRAL should be going this far for its 70 employees is debatable! If there are clear and acceptable benchmarks for efficiency and delivery, then a small amount spent to reinforce this would be OK... but in the absence of this, it is not justified.

  • Robin Hawkins - 2010-08-30 14:11

    I'm a civil servant and would never dream of wasting state funds on such nonsense.

  • Jeepers - 2010-08-30 14:17

    Jeepers . 65c/km will double up on the cost of travelling.Using a basis of 9l/100k for petrol consumption at R 8.20/l this equates to 73.8c /km .If the govt takes half in levies ( not sure of the exact numbers) , there is a fortune to be made by fleecing off travellers at 65c/km. Jeepers, when is someone going to call a spade a spade ?

  • Petro - 2010-08-30 14:20

    Can I please apply for a job there? Iam sure the best is still to come!

  • LBS - 2010-08-30 14:27


  • Clive - 2010-08-30 14:39

    Employee wellness programs such as the one described are common in large 1st world companies operating in developed economies. However Sanral should recognised we are in a developing economy that does not have the levels of employment, wealth etc and that the provision of this level of employee welfare cnnot be justified. Rather minimise the cost of transport to allow economic growth for the entire economy

  • WST - 2010-08-30 14:41

    ...and they say there is no money,whereas they budget for such things.Our county has gone to the dogs,really!!!.

  • Monene - 2010-08-30 14:45

    i think it`sd awaste of my tax, since well i am also a public servant that cant afford a luxury of getting a spa voucher. this should escalate to all public servants as they also earn peanuts and can afford.

  • Ant - 2010-08-30 15:43

    And where can we apply for a job to work at SANRAL? It sounds wonderful, and you get 3 weeks extra leave per annum as the rest of the company is on strike.

  • Purple Rain - 2010-08-30 15:49

    SANRAL is one of the best performing SOE. It has delivered on its mandate from time to time. Why is it a crime for it to invest a little amount of money on wellness of its employees? All leading companies in SA have employee wellness programs. SANRAL is an employer of choice and it should be proud that it takes care of its employees.

  • M - 2010-08-30 17:06

    Tomorrow I am handing in my resignation and applying for a job in the government, anywhere will do but the cherry on top will be at SANRAL.

  • Cherise H - 2010-08-30 17:09

    I travel to Woodmead from the West Rand every working day. I bought a diesel car for the economy that my daily 92km round trip demands. Now I will have an additional R 572.00 cost a month for the pleasure of being stuck in traffic. The massages should be offered to frequent users on mileage usage basis instead. Will just have to get up @ 4 o'clock in the mornings to take the back roads to get to work instead and only use the highway when in a rush. What a life!!!!!!!

  • G.N - 2010-08-30 18:01

    I just wonder whats coming next. this country is getting worse and worse day by day.

  • purple rain - 2010-08-31 09:16

    Even though SANRAL is state owned, it is not your typical government department. It is well run machine that cares and supports its employees, that believes in developing employees. None of the SANRAL employees belong to unions. in its history there has never been any strikes. It employs professionals that value integrity and hardwork.

  • Pierre - 2010-10-08 10:18

    WOW ! How long before the goose and the golden eggs are gone ? Can you believe it ? Only in Africa !

  • Rodger - 2010-10-08 12:58

    Guess who Purple Rain works for? For those types of perks I would also fight tooth and claw.

  • Jules - 2010-11-08 10:25

    If it is such a great company to work for, why on earth do they need psychologists? Clearly they should not need the debt collectors either as they must be earning good salaries too. Therefore they can cut the 65c down to 30c and offer half the services and also keep the road users a lot happier. At the rate SANRAL are going, there will be more and more congestion on the residential roads and the highways will remain empty - cept for SANRAL employees who probably get a free ticket to ride the highways..........

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