City manager adds a feather to Msunduzi’s cap

2014-08-01 00:00

MSUNDUZI’S municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi was elected president of the Institute of Local Government Management (ILGM) at a national conference last week.

This resulted in a round of applause at the Msunduzi executive committee meeting yesterday.

Councillors said that this was not only a feather in the city’s cap, but that the municipality was gaining ground in building up its positive image.

Nkosi explained that the ILGM was established 17 years ago. Its predecessor was the Institute of Town Clerks. He said that while honoured, he was mindful the position carried a lot of responsibility. However, the work complemented what he was doing at Msunduzi.

Nkosi stressed that the organisation was not a union but a professional body. They had good news at the conference that the South African Qualifications Authority had granted the organisation professional status.

The board has also approved a new professional designation, “Accredited Municipal Manager” (AMM). Those accredited would have the qualifications related to the competencies as laid out in the amended Municipal Systems Act.

Nkosi said the institute’s forthcoming plans involve setting up a national ethics committee for its members and later having such committees at a provincial level.

Another area they will be looking at is how to make being a municipal manager an attractive career choice, where senior managers stay longer in their positions. “We find on average that that senior municipal officials spend about two-and-a-half years in their jobs. It is a challenging position and carries many responsibilities,

“There needs to be a learning curve. Managers coming into the field need at least two to three years just to understand the environment,” he added.

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