Msunduzi gives bonuses for failure

2010-04-14 00:00

DESPITE the dismal performance that has become synonymous with deputy municipal managers in the employ of the Msunduzi Municipality, a recent report reveals that they are still entitled to bonuses.

Tabled by acting municipal manager Kevin Perumal at a recent executive committee meeting, the report reveals the following:

• Unacceptable performance equals a bonus of between zero and 0,9%;

• Performance which is not fully effective equals a bonus of between one and 1,9%;

• Full, effective performance equals a bonus of between two and 4,9%; and

• Performance which is significantly above expectations equals a bonus of between five and nine percent, while outstanding performance equals a bonus of between 10% and 14%.

Democratic Alliance councillor Rodger Ashe was shocked that the report recommends that those who performed unacceptably still get bonuses.

“If you’re not performing and aren’t effective, then surely you can’t be entitled to a bonus. I think these figures should be reviewed. Even 0,9% is not justified, it should be zero,” he said.

Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler said the ratings will be reviewed and Mayor Mike Tarr said they will await the findings of the review.

On Friday, The Witness reported that all deputy municipal managers are the subject of one-on-one investigations for failing their respective departments and playing a role in the financial crisis that brought the municipality to its knees.

When the provincial task team tabled their report at an Exco meeting last month, they recommended that all performance bonuses be stopped, but Perumal said the municipality is contractually obligated to pay them.

Last year in March, The Witness reported that the ink was hardly dry on the Demarcation Board’s decision to award Pietermaritzburg metro status when the deputy mangers pushed for a change in their titles, and salary increases.

At the time, they justified their argument by saying that Section 57 employees working under the Mangaung and Buffalo City municipalities were earning more than R960 000 a year, and they deserved the same.

Former deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Phil Mashoko, was almost suspended over the matter.

While he was acting municipal manager, he tabled the deal at an Exco meeting, but when it was brought to the full council for approval former council speaker Alpha Shelembe opposed it.

Shelembe said this was because only full council had the power to authorise such packages and titles. Former municipal manager Rob Haswell accused Mashoko of “wittingly or unwittingly” misleading Exco into agreeing to the deal.

The Witness understands that the matter of the managers’ salary adjustments eventually went to court, but it has yet to be finalised.

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