Msunduzi’s Nkosi: ‘Challenges not insurmountable’

2012-04-13 00:00

THE honeymoon is over for Mxolisi Nkosi who finished his first 100 days in office this week. During a review of this period, he yesterday offered brickbats and bouquets to various departments under his rule and outlined what work had been done, and what still needs his attention.

He also revealed that he has sent a team to Germiston to learn how to improve the city’s crematorium. “They are coming back today and we are going to replicate Germiston’s model of crematoriums in Msunduzi because they have the best in the country.”

He said the work started by former administrators, Johann Mettler and Sibusiso Sithole, on forensics will not be swept under the carpet. He said their forensic process has been completed and that presiding officers and prosecutors have been appointed to finalise the disciplinary process.

He said while his first 100 days have been stressful, there was no need to get emotional. All that needs to be done is to apply the law, he said, referring to the striking workers who had stormed the city hall while embarking on an illegal industrial action.

He said they will be charged and the “no work no pay” principle will apply.

“We have challenges, but they are not insurmountable.”

Having met all business units, management and stakeholders, Nkosi was “particularly impressed with the fire department because it was the most organised unit in the municipality, although it does still have its challenges”.

He said visiting the council workshop was disturbing because he saw municipal vehicles lying there not getting fixed as they waited for spare parts. “We discovered two problems there, one was management and the other was the issue of supply chain processes,” he said.

Nkosi said for the municipality to turn around he needs people to drive the critical success factors namely compliance, strong, consistent management, financial viability, effective public participation, effective monitoring and disciplined labour.

“When staff go astray on the buffer zone it means that they can still be advised, but when they reach a no fly zone then we will need to get rid of them.”

“It was very extensive. Nkosi seems to have a good grasp of the needs and challenges of the Msunduzi Municipality,” said DA Caucus leader Bill Lambert, commending his first 100 days.

CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, Melanie Veness said although Nkosi is yet to present his 100 days report, they have found him to be very pleasant to work with.

Nkosi’s 100 days: page 11

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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Looking forward - Priorities over the next 100 days: Review all Policies and By-laws; Institute internal audit on critical areas; Develop the Functional Organogram; Review the Municipal organogram; Fill all critically funded vacant posts; Develop and implement public participation and Strategic Planning Processes and Enter into Performance Agreements with all Managers up to level 3.

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thobani ngqulunga

THE honeymoon is over for Mxolisi Nkosi who finished his first 100 days in office this week. During a review of this period, he yesterday offered brickbats and bouquets to various departments under his rule and outlined what work had been done, and what still needs his attention.

He also revealed that he has sent a team to Germiston to learn how to improve the city’s crematorium. “They are coming back today and we are going to replicate Germiston’s model of crematoriums in Msunduzi because they have the best in the country.”

He said the work started by former administrators, Johann Mettler and Sibusiso Sithole, on forensics will not be swept under the carpet. He said their forensic process has been completed and that presiding officers and prosecutors have been appointed to finalise the disciplinary process.

He said while his first 100 days have been stressful, there was no need to get emotional. All that needs to be done is to apply the law, he said, referring to the striking workers who had stormed the city hall while embarking on an illegal industrial action.

He said they will be charged and the “no work no pay” principle will apply.

“We have challenges, but they are not insurmountable.”

Having met all business units, management and stakeholders, Nkosi was “particularly impressed with the fire department because it was the most organised unit in the municipality, although it does still have its challenges”.

He said visiting the council workshop was disturbing because he saw municipal vehicles lying there not getting fixed as they waited for spare parts. “We discovered two problems there, one was management and the other was the issue of supply chain processes,” he said.

Nkosi said for the municipality to turn around he needs people to drive the critical success factors namely compliance, strong, consistent management, financial viability, effective public participation, effective monitoring and disciplined labour.

“When staff go astray on the buffer zone it means that they can still be advised, but when they reach a no fly zone then we will need to get rid of them.”

“It was very extensive. Nkosi seems to have a good grasp of the needs and challenges of the Msunduzi Municipality,” said DA Caucus leader Bill Lambert, commending his first 100 days.

CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, Melanie Veness said although Nkosi is yet to present his 100 days report, they have found him to be very pleasant to work with.

Nkosi’s 100 days: page 11

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

Looking forward - Priorities over the next 100 days: Review all Policies and By-laws; Institute internal audit on critical areas; Develop the Functional Organogram; Review the Municipal organogram; Fill all critically funded vacant posts; Develop and implement public participation and Strategic Planning Processes and Enter into Performance Agreements with all Managers up to level 3.

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