Mayor announces committee – Ridge Times

The executive mayor of the municipality of Govan Mbeki, Cllr Nhlakanipho Zuma, held a press conference on Friday, December 10 to announce his executive committee.

The executive mayor decided to appoint only five members of the municipal committee (CMM) instead of seven due to the financial constraints of the municipality.

The newly appointed MMCs are Mr. Vusi Mbokazi who will be responsible for technical services, Mr. Doctor Mtshali for water and sanitation, Ms. Thandi Ngxonono for planning and development, Ms. Thandi Mtsweni
for business services and Mr. Oupa Sibanyoni for community services and security.

The mayor said that Mr. Mbokazi is endowed with technical skills and is a skilled craftsman.

He said the municipality analyzed, assessed and then concluded that electricity and other mechanical challenges require that there be a stand-alone department that will deal with electrical and mechanical issues.

Zuma said that this department will have its mayor’s committee member and a director unlike before when the departments shared a director.

He said the municipality will start looking for a suitable and qualified candidate for the post.

Mr. Zuma decided to appoint the members of the mayor’s committee after extensive consultation with strategic stakeholders in the municipality.

“We are currently a municipality in financial difficulty and it will not be correct for us to appoint a full seat of the committee of mayors if we intend to correct the status of the municipality,” Zuma said.

Mr Zuma said they had noted and taken into account several principles as they considered which ones are supposed to be part of the mayor’s committee.

He said they were looking for capacity, continuity, geographic distribution, gender and youth, and they had decided who would be appointed.

“It is crucial to stress to the community that under difficult circumstances we were able to reach a consensus on the names.

“We understand that there are concerns that have been raised about the Section 106 investigation and other related issues, and we want to respond to them in a timely and correct manner,” said Mr. Zuma.

“The Section 106 report has been adopted by council and the council is currently implementing it in a manner that conforms to the requirements of the law and we ask the public to leave us space to deal with this particular issue and to do not interfere with this process, ”Zuma said.

Cllr Ngxonono and Cllr Mtshali are both involved in the Section 106 forensic investigation report.

Cllr Ngxonono retained her post of MMC for planning and development which she obtained after stepping down as executive mayor of the municipality, while Cllr Mtshali, who was chief whip of the council during the previous term, is MMC for water and sanitation.

Last year Ms Ngxonono placed Mr Felani Mndebele, the now dismissed city manager, on “preventive suspension” with full pay and Mr Mndebele took the case to the High Court, which ruled in favor of Mr. Mndebele.

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