Ezemvelo KZN’s COO loses her job

2014-02-06 00:00

THE recent departure of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s chief operating officer was due to underperformance, the organisation said yesterday.

Pinky Makhathini-Miles, who had been in the job for six months, was reportedly told on Friday to vacate her office.

Ezemvelo spokesperson Musa Mntambo said Makhathini-Miles was not fired or suspended — her employment was simply not confirmed following a six-month probation period.

“The organisation has a six-month probation period which serves to see if you fit in with the culture of the organisation and then there is the performance. Thereafter the organisation decides whether or not to confirm the employment,” Mntambo said.

Mntambo confirmed that Makhathini-Miles’s employment was “not confirmed” due to underperformance, but declined to elaborate.

He criticised Makhathini-Miles’s statements that Ezemvelo CEO Bandile Mkhize was performing poorly.

Makhathini-Miles was quoted saying that Mkhize was the luckiest CEO in the world, adding that she found it ironic to be fired by Mkhize for underperformance when he had presided over five qualified audits in the past five financial years.

She claimed she was never afforded the opportunity to respond to the issues around her performance.

Mntambo said: “The CEO [Mkhize] did not sign an employment contract with the COO; she does not know what is in his contract. The [Ezemvelo] board has never said that [the CEO is under-performing] and the MEC [of Environmental Affairs, Meshack Radebe] has never said that.”

He said Makhathini-Miles’s work was being split between other managers.

Radebe said he was unaware of Makhathini-Miles’s dismissal and would wait for a report on the matter.

Attempts to speak to Makhathini-Miles were unsuccessful yesterday.

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