Mayor: Much has to change

2008-01-03 00:00

MSUNDUZI’S mayor started the year yesterday by pointing out the challenges the city must face if it wants to attract major projects.

Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo believes there is room to create a better image for the city, which may even result in investors gaining enough confidence to build a five-star hotel in time for the 2010 soccer World Cup. The municipality is planning to approach investors regarding this much-needed facility.

At a media briefing, Hlatshwayo admitted to flaws and recommended possible solutions. She said the city’s administration has stabilised with the appointment of senior staff like municipal manager Rob Haswell and chief financial officer Roy Bridgemohan.

“During 2007 we experienced instability within the council with the Scorpions raiding offices in the city hall as well as receiving a qualified audit. However, these problems were countered by the council appointing the senior officials to restore the stability to the municipal finances and image,” she said.

Hlatshwayo counted the establishment of ward committees as a breakthrough, as well as the completion of the three-year construction of the Msunduzi website.

She admitted that staff morale at the municipality has been low due to a lack of personnel in certain departments, but she assured the public that training and the employment of more staff will improve things.

“Hand in hand with this is performance management. We will have to streamline the functions of council to match the existing finances and unspent funds. To further improve our management system we will be utilising the K100 management system, which has proven successful for the eThekwini Municipality.”

thabi@witness.co.za

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