Mpofana CFO ‘needs help’

2009-09-10 00:00

THE competence and experience of the rookie chief financial officer (CFO) at Mpofana Municipality has been questioned after a former CFO was roped in to assist in the preparation of financial statements.

Ayanda Ndlovu (25) was appointed on a salary of R450 000 a year in April to manage the municipality’s R80 million budget. She has less than five years’ experience — even though the minimum requirements were five years in the financial sector — of which two had to be at senior management level.

Mooi River residents are up in arms, saying they cannot have a CFO who cannot fulfil her job requirements and be paid the salary she is receiving.

“An inquiry into this needs to be conducted and the outcome made known to ratepayers who are paying her salary,” said one resident.

Although Ndlovu has the right qualifications, she does not meet the minimum management requirements stated in the job advertisement.

Ndlovu has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a certificate in supply chain management. She worked as a budget office intern at uMgungundlovu District Municipality from April 2005 to March 2006. She then moved to Nampak where she was a cost accountant from April 1, 2006, until August 31, 2007, before becoming a plant accountant/financial manager at the same company. She was thereafter appointed as Mpofana’s CFO.

Mpofana municipal manager Muzi Madlala defended Ndlovu’s appointment, saying she scored best during the interview and assessment.

“If you look at the time she was appointed, the municipality was finalising its budget. Because we had to meet deadlines for the budget and financial reports, we had someone come in to support her. It’s part of her orientation,” said Madlala.

He said that because Ndlovu was in a corporate environment before her current position, she had to be trained because the corporate sector does not use the same financial systems as government organisations.

“It’s council’s responsibility to provide support so someone can settle in. It doesn’t mean she’s incompetent,” said Madlala.

Democratic Alliance councillor Theo Pratch said Ndlovu is qualified and, although someone has been helping with the financial reports, she will go for training soon.

However, IFP councillor Ernest Majola said they regard Ndlovu’s employment as a total waste of money.

“The previous CFO did not require assistance or help to do the job, so why do they have to hire someone to help this CFO? The IFP regards this as total dictatorship on the part of the ANC.”

Vice chairman of the Mooi River Ratepayers’ Association Ken Denysschen said ratepayers are concerned, as Ndlovu’s employment history proves she did not have the minimum required experience.

“Having the qualifications without the experience doesn’t really help much,” he said.

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