Mpofana manager under fire

2011-11-14 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has questioned the competence of Muzi Madlala, the municipal manager for Mpofana district, after his alleged failure to turn around the municipality’s financial doldrums.

DA councillor Ken Denysschen said businesses in of Mooi River and surrounding areas are battling to keep their heads above water, and it seems the municipal manager is struggling to keep his job.

“Crippling electricity costs and disconnections of businesses and residents are the order of the day, while the bulk of Bruntville residents do not pay for electricity, but are never disconnected.

“This is clearly discrimination against soft targets.”

Denysschen said the municipality’s debts amount to almost R100 million and that Madlala seems to be the only constant in a situation where councils and staff members come and go.

He said Mooi River hardly has a booming economy, nor is it able to attract any form of investment or industrial growth.

“It is plagued with a history of rumours and accusations with Tai Yuen Textiles and debt of over R40 million from this company alone. Is there any leadership in this municipality?

“After a number of businessmen sat in a council meeting recently, the opinion of the group is a resounding ‘no’,” said Denysschen.

He added that the need to have directors of departments live in town is an absolute necessity so they can experience life as Mooi River residents.

Madlala said, “We take note of the issues raised by Denysschen, which he has raised in our previous council meetings, and most of which after being deliberated on, are receiving the necessary attention.”

He said some of the issues raised are too broad as they mostly cover routine municipal business and to some extent are a generalisation of issues.

“The municipality has a fair amount of challenges, which in my opinion do not require approaching the department of co-operative governance [Cogta].

“Both Cogta and the provincial treasury are rendering support to the municipality in various forms as part of their municipal support mandate,” he added.

Madlala said that earlier this year the council had conducted an assessment of the state of the municipality and recommended intervention strategies to deal with the issues.

These are the same issues Denysschen in alluding to, he said.

“It is unfortunate that he now views it as not worth the paper it is written on, when he was part of those who moved for its adoption, and now everybody is committed to its implementation,” added Madlala.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.